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Hobby Lobby Letter (please re-post)


Hobby Lobby Store in Ohio

[The following is a public letter presented by the Hobby Lobby Stores company. It is public domain and can be freely re-posted, in fact, Hobby Lobby have requested that it be re-posted. It was forwarded to me by one of my contacts. SJ]

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012, 4:35 PM

A Letter from Hobby Lobby Stores CEO
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 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

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 government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your
fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of
companies but will not exempt Christian organizations including the
Catholic church.

Since you will not see this covered in any of the liberal media,
pass this on to all your contacts.

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

David Green, Hobby Lobby Founder and CEO
  1. 12/08/2012 17:07

    Thanks for the info. It has been circulating in my area for a while, just unbelievable!

    • 12/08/2012 18:23

      Yeah, it is a little dated. I did not receive it until a few days ago, and I figured if I was just now getting this letter then there may be others out there who have yet to read it…

  2. 12/08/2012 16:43

    Reblogged this on BPI reblog and commented:
    Hobby Lobby Letter (please re-post)


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