Hobby Lobby CEO letter: “Honoring God...

Hobby Lobby CEO letter: “Honoring God is more important than turning a profit”

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Demystifying liberal myth

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Jan 5, 2013
BY ED MORRISSEY

Normally I’d be inclined to run something like this on a Sunday, when I like to explore more faith-based topics. However, today is Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day -- http://www.lifenews.com/2013/01/03/thousands-... --, where consumers who support the Christian ownership’s stand against the HHS mandate that attempts to impose a highly restrictive definition of religious expression can put their money where their mouths are. Since I don’t really have a hobby at the moment, I’ll instead offer a passage from the open letter written by Hobby Lobby CEO David Green, who explains why he’s decided to spend a lot of money and risk even more to fight the HHS regulation that would force him to act against his religious principles.

"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 health care 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."

.. The mandate for free birth control, which is already cheap and readily available for anyone who wants it (and has federal subsidies for Medicaid recipients already in place through Title X), is just a Trojan horse in an attack on religious liberty — and even more, for freedom of choice.

If businesses want to offer “free” birth control (which will get funded by premium hikes), they can already do so; no one is stopping them. Same for schools, hospitals, and private citizens who want to donate money to family-planning clinics on their own...

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/01/05/hobby-l...
Demystifying liberal myth

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Jan 5, 2013
http://shop.hobbylobby.com -- Hobby Lobby’s online shopping website link.

You can support Hobby Lobby from the comfort of your own home, which we did today.
HuskerDu

United States

#3 Jan 5, 2013
Went shopping at Hobby Lobby! Extremely busy!

Morgana 9

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#4 Jan 6, 2013
What a LOAD.

The CC does not believe in BC of any kind and especially not the "Pill". They do not believe women should call the shots. They believe women should be pregnant at all times regardless of harming herself. They believe that a rape victim should NOT receive the morning after pill, because they believe women should be vulnerable and accept anything a man puts to them...because they liken "men" to god.....and the Pope "believes" "he" is a spokesman for "god". What they really are is a woman hating "corporation" that disallows women ANY say in the governance of "their" "male" based corporation.
HuskerDu

United States

#5 Jan 6, 2013
Morgana 9 wrote:
What a LOAD.
The CC does not believe in BC of any kind and especially not the "Pill". They do not believe women should call the shots. They believe women should be pregnant at all times regardless of harming herself. They believe that a rape victim should NOT receive the morning after pill, because they believe women should be vulnerable and accept anything a man puts to them...because they liken "men" to god.....and the Pope "believes" "he" is a spokesman for "god". What they really are is a woman hating "corporation" that disallows women ANY say in the governance of "their" "male" based corporation.
You are a load... You are nuts.

“2014 TDF”

Since: Mar 09

Boca Raton, FL.

#6 Jan 6, 2013
HuskerDu wrote:
Went shopping at Hobby Lobby! Extremely busy!
You think the store paid its tithes today, or did they use the $$ to make payroll?
Ocean56

AOL

#7 Jan 7, 2013
Morgana 9 wrote:
What a LOAD.
The CC does not believe in BC of any kind and especially not the "Pill". They do not believe women should call the shots. They believe women should be pregnant at all times regardless of harming herself. They believe that a rape victim should NOT receive the morning after pill, because they believe women should be vulnerable and accept anything a man puts to them...because they liken "men" to god.....and the Pope "believes" "he" is a spokesman for "god". What they really are is a woman hating "corporation" that disallows women ANY say in the governance of "their" "male" based corporation.
Exactly. The Catholic Church treats women as second-class citizens, as it has ALWAYS done. Any retail chain that practices DISCRIMINATION against women, as Hobby Lobby is doing by refusing to provide birth control coverage, is one where I refuse to shop.

Morgana 9

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#8 Jan 7, 2013
HuskerDu wrote:
<quoted text>You are a load... You are nuts.
I am not the one believing in misogynistic myths......that would be you. Keep your religion on YOUR doorstep and off of mine....got it??

“Blessed Be”

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#9 Jan 7, 2013
Oh, the irony of a employer whining about having to provide insurance for birth control for their employees, when their store is just chock full of items made in CHINA, where they force abortions on women.

What the man really means is that pushing the dogma of their religion is more important than their employees and customers.
Ocean56

AOL

#10 Jan 7, 2013
Bitner wrote:
Oh, the irony of a employer whining about having to provide insurance for birth control for their employees, when their store is just chock full of items made in CHINA, where they force abortions on women.
What the man really means is that pushing the dogma of their religion is more important than their employees and customers.
Exactly. I wonder how Hobby Lobby will react when they begin LOSING employees and customers because some employees quit and lots of customers stop shopping there.

I had to laugh at Knutter's claim that Hobby Lobby was "very busy" when she went shopping there. I have a feeling it was just the OPPOSITE of busy.:-)

“Blessed Be”

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#11 Jan 7, 2013
Ocean56 wrote:
<quoted text>
Exactly. I wonder how Hobby Lobby will react when they begin LOSING employees and customers because some employees quit and lots of customers stop shopping there.
I had to laugh at Knutter's claim that Hobby Lobby was "very busy" when she went shopping there. I have a feeling it was just the OPPOSITE of busy.:-)
Her desperation is palpable. And, she lies.
pbfa

Scottsdale, AZ

#12 Jan 7, 2013
Ocean56 wrote:
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Exactly. I wonder how Hobby Lobby will react when they begin LOSING employees and customers because some employees quit and lots of customers stop shopping there.
I had to laugh at Knutter's claim that Hobby Lobby was "very busy" when she went shopping there. I have a feeling it was just the OPPOSITE of busy.:-)
Especially since the nearest HL to Falls City is @ 60 miles away from the kunttner, so she did not go by the store to see any such thing. What a freak it is.
Husker Du

United States

#13 Jan 7, 2013
pbfa wrote:
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Especially since the nearest HL to Falls City is @ 60 miles away from the kunttner, so she did not go by the store to see any such thing. What a freak it is.
You are a loser posting filth, but then you are slime. I was there a week ago and went there again to support them this Sat. Its only one hour away, freak o' nature. By the way I was there three times in Dec. Saturday was busier than black Friday. And another thing, I also went to Hobby Lobby on a Thursday in Omaha, the one on 90th street.
Husker Du

United States

#14 Jan 7, 2013
Ocean56 wrote:
<quoted text>
Exactly. The Catholic Church treats women as second-class citizens, as it has ALWAYS done. Any retail chain that practices DISCRIMINATION against women, as Hobby Lobby is doing by refusing to provide birth control coverage, is one where I refuse to shop.

A, no She doesn't.

Morgana 9

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#15 Jan 7, 2013
Husker Du wrote:
<quoted text>
A, no She doesn't.
Sure the CC treats women as second class, how many women are allowed in the governing? Allowed to be pope??? OH...thats right NONE!!! WHY???? Because they think women are beneath men and the CC is a boys club....but hey if they can sucker in a few women to clean the alter and tidy things up they might let them through the door!

“2014 TDF”

Since: Mar 09

Boca Raton, FL.

#16 Jan 7, 2013
Husker Du wrote:
<quoted text>You are a loser posting filth, but then you are slime. I was there a week ago and went there again to support them this Sat. Its only one hour away, freak o' nature. By the way I was there three times in Dec. Saturday was busier than black Friday. And another thing, I also went to Hobby Lobby on a Thursday in Omaha, the one on 90th street.
I didn't realize your donkey was in such good shape to run 60 mph Knutter.

Amazing!! What do you fees that thing; bibles??

Morgana 9

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#17 Jan 7, 2013
Husker Du wrote:
<quoted text>You are a loser posting filth, but then you are slime. I was there a week ago and went there again to support them this Sat. Its only one hour away, freak o' nature. By the way I was there three times in Dec. Saturday was busier than black Friday. And another thing, I also went to Hobby Lobby on a Thursday in Omaha, the one on 90th street.
I am reporting you, you sound as though you might hurt someone. You are such a "pretend" christian calling another filth and slime.....one of gods creation!!!! Shame on you.

You sound like the Religious Hobby Lobby stalker. You are one scary bible thumping freakoid.
HuskerDu

United States

#18 Jan 7, 2013
Morgana 9 wrote:
<quoted text>
Sure the CC treats women as second class, how many women are allowed in the governing? Allowed to be pope??? OH...thats right NONE!!! WHY???? Because they think women are beneath men and the CC is a boys club....but hey if they can sucker in a few women to clean the alter and tidy things up they might let them through the door!
We are freer than you.

“2014 TDF”

Since: Mar 09

Boca Raton, FL.

#19 Jan 7, 2013
HuskerDu wrote:
<quoted text>We are freer than you.
But never freer than Jewish women Knutter.

Do you realize that, according to Jewish law, if my wife wants to have sex with me and I don't, because I'm dead tired and have to be up at 4:00 am to catch a 7:00 am flight, I cannot tell her no, and if the situation was reversed, she can tell me no?

Tell me catholic women have that much power. I dare you.

Morgana 9

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#20 Jan 8, 2013
HuskerDu wrote:
<quoted text>We are freer than you.
Don't think so peaches, I don't have the baggage of religious second class citizenship that you operate under.

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