Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Battle for Hobby Lobby

Some of you may not shop at Hobby Lobby due to one not being local or may not agree with the company's decisions they make. I may get slammed for this post but feel I must add my thought on the matter. We are a Nation built on Christian values. Our money is printed with "In God We Trust". I try to live my life by the principles God has put in place for us. I do not slam people for their beliefs just because they are not my own. I am a Christian and I am not afraid to say so. I find it appalling that a business can be fined for following their religious beliefs. Now this business is not sacrificing living things or doing things that would hurt anyone they just are choosing to follow God and not offer abortion causing drugs to their employees. They are not telling the employees that they can not seek these out them selves they are just standing by their beliefs and telling them they will not pay for them. I completely agree with their decision on this matter. They will not aid in the death of a child. Someone has to stand up for the voices of the babies that can not defend their right to live and grow. I for one do NOT believe in abortion in no way shape or form. I believe a baby is a gift from God. It was a struggle for me to get my daughter and I suffered many losses during my journey to conceive. I praise God every day for my kids and as long as I can breath I will continue to do so. With that being said here is a letter from the Hobby Lobby founder and CEO of the company on this matter:

Letter by David Green, the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.:
“When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn't much bigger than most people's living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God's word. From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation's largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.
We're Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I've always said that the first two goals of our business are: (1) to run our business in harmony with God's laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that's what we've tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week's biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God's grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We've not only added jobs in a weak economy, we've raised wages for the past four years in a row.
Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage. But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government healthcare mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don't pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don't cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one.
If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines. Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that's raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It's not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it's the same for everybody.
But that's not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won't exempt them for reasons of religious belief. So, Hobby Lobby and my family are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don't like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.
My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that's a choice no American and no American business should have to make.
The last two paragraphs of this original article was added to the speech in the e-mail and has been deleted. This was a speech made by Mr. Green and was reported in USA Today.
David Green
CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

This letter was found here: and you can go here to read the article on the matter.

I am supporting the decision this company has made and I hope more Americans will as well. I feel even if you are not a Christian you know what it is like to be persecuted for your beliefs what ever they may be. This Nation is in a great deal of trouble by the way it is being run and the people that are in office. Our National debt is at an all time HIGH but the man in office is jet setting all over the world for his own gain and not the gain of the country. With unemployment at an all time high and more people on Welfare than ever the last thing we need is to lose another big or small company to government greed. The closing of Hobby Lobby would put a LOT of Americans out of work. Much needed jobs. I stand with Hobby Lobby. Will you stand with them as well?

Have a blessed day everyone!! Until next time :)


CraftsofthePast said...

I am so happy to live in a country where we are all free to state our opinions openly. You have every right and are very courageous to state your views openly. I always have admired your spunk.

I am also happy that you have your children and that you are thrilled to have them.


Jennifer Tuminello said...

Thank you Anna :)

Angela Wojcik said...

I had no idea that Hobby Lobby was under fire. I support Hobby Lobby 100%! I so not think it is ok for the government to step in and make companies cover things like abortion. 1.3 million dollar a day fine is ABSURD! I like that Hobby Lobby is closed on Sunday for the families of the employees. (I have caught myself there on a Sunday quite unhappy because I forgot.) I think American people as a whole need to slow down and smell the roses. Hobby Lobby and Chick Fillet are both companies that allow their employees to take a day of rest. I would like to repost this blog and get the word out if that is ok with you. I could go on about this subject because it infuriates me!

Claire said...

Stand up for what you believe in.

Putman Lake Designs said...

I am truly worried about this country and what it has come to stand for. We send aid all over the world and have so many that REALLY need the help here. I'm not talking about the generations of people that now EXPECT the government to care for them, but the ones that are struggling to make ends meet and can use some assistance. Need to get off my soapbox.

Thank you for sharing this, Jennifer.

Cathy Morgan said...

I do not believe in abortion for myself but I do not make that decision for others.
I think when you go to work for Hobby Lobby you know who you are working for, their values and ethics not just that you get Sunday off and get to leave early, so I do not really understand the problem. Find another job or shut up is the way I feel about it.

Ewenique said...

It is an outrageous overstep of authority for the national government to impose its will in controversial personal matters on a private company which supplies much needed jobs to hundreds of people, especially during this time of economic hardship and high unemployment. Sadly, I fear that the trend towards more heavy handed government intrusion will only continue.

Jennifer Tuminello said...

Angela Wojcik yes please report it. You have my full support in doing so :) Thank you for spreading the word.

JewelryArtByDawn said...

It's a slippery slope when the government starts over regulating privately held companies on matters such as these. We want companies to treat their employees fairly, yet they should have a certain amount of latitude in determining where they stand on matters such as this.

Just as we would not want government to force an individual to have an unwanted medical procedure, neither should a privately held company be forced to participate in practices that are against their firmly held beliefs.

Michelle said...

From what I've heard, one circuit court judge allowed a temporary injunction, while another disallowed it. With a split in opinion between two circuit courts, it means that this issue is likely to be decided by the Supreme Court.

Wyvern Designs said...

I read your post and agree with those that stated that this is a free country. Everyone has the right to choose what religion they follow and to do what their principles dictate.

ShadowDogDesigns said...

I personally despise Hobby Lobby
because of the way I have been treated there on more than one occasion when I needed to return something that was stated as one thing and turned out NOT to be. I also hate the flood of cheap Chinese junk - buy American! I will never grace their doors again - that is a personal decision. But I do agree with their right to stand up for what they believe in. You can bet this is going to the Supreme Court.

Bridget from Refined Vintage said...

I admire your strength and courage to stand up for your beliefs, We are very fortunate to live in a country where this is a liberty we can pursue. I do not have a Hobby Lobby near me but I would give them my support and shop there if I could. If you are acting out of Love and living by your faith, putting your trust in God, you will always do the right thing.