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Post by Rohn on Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:33 am

I received this email and thought I'd pass it along for everyone to think about and comment on,
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I'm fairly certain there are those among you who are not familiar with "Hobby Lobby" but it the place to find most supplies for most any Hobby you may have. This puts the story out there for us to see and try to understand why we were forced to change.

Hobby Lobby Founder-May Close ALL Stores

Hobby Lobby May Close.
David Sloan “The wisdom that comes from above is, first, pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity.” – James 3:17
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 government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.

Since you will not see this in the liberal media, please pass this on to all your contacts.
Sincerely,
David Green
CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

“Honorably managing God’s pesky creatures to the benefit of His most treasured creation.”
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Post by dizzy on Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:36 am

I'll be sorry to see them close, but support them in their decision.

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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:45 am

I too will be sad to see them close but support them for taking a stand against being forced to provide something that clearly is against their religious beliefs.
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Post by Sonshine on Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:35 am

If enough Christians would stand up and contact their representatives they may not be forced to close. I know that Christians can make a difference. Remember what happened with Chik Fil A awhile back? I think the best way to support them is to go to goverment officials and let them know we aren't sitting down and letting this happen to Christians.

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Post by 12acrehome on Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:31 am

Hobby Lobby and Chick fillet are two Christian businesses that I support, and really hate to hear of either one closing. Like the others who have responded I do support their decision.

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Post by 12acrehome on Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:56 am

I'm glad they chose to fight

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Post by Sonshine on Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:39 am

We really need to be praying for them, as well as for all Christian owned businesses.

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