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.
Sincerely,
David Green
CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

This letter was found here: http://www.examiner.com/article/letter-from-hobby-lobby-we-may-close 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 :)
Jennifer