Hobby Lobby: We May Close All Stores…Honoring God Is More Important Than Turning A Profit!!!

Hobby_Lobby_IntroHobby Lobby Founder-May Close ALL Stores. 

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.

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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.

ANTIOCH, CA - MARCH 25:  Customers enter a Hobby Lobby store on March 25, 2014 in Antioch, California. The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments from crafts store chain Hobby Lobby about the Affordable Healthcare Act's contraceptive mandate and how it violates the religious freedom of the company and its owners. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

ANTIOCH, CA – MARCH 25: Customers enter a Hobby Lobby store on March 25, 2014 in Antioch, California. The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments from crafts store chain Hobby Lobby about the Affordable Healthcare Act’s contraceptive mandate and how it violates the religious freedom of the company and its owners. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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 Christianorganizations including the Catholic church.

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

by Lynda Bohning Orndorff

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  • bcal001

    looks like a cheap owner that wants to get away from paying health insurance and is using the lord to try to get his way

    • Dorie Gamble

      Because he doesn’t want to kill babies?

    • ImaMe

      Yep exactly! Religion has NO place in this country! If you want to push your crap onto others, sell or bake your crap from home!

      • James

        Same argument back at you. If you want to push your corruption and negativity onto others, go somewhere else.

      • Kellie M

        Religion has no place in this country? Maybe not in your home but you can’t delegate what happens in everyone’s homes or businesses. This is not a Communist country, we have freedom of religion. Get off of your high horse.

    • Kellie M

      If you did your research you would know the stipulations in the lawsuit said that Hobby Lobby would have to provide insurance for their full time employees. And btw, the employees starting pay is much higher than minimum wage. Nothing cheap about that man. Shut up about things you know nothing about.

  • Beliefs

    I am glad that we finally have someone in this world who can stand up for what they believe in, rather than choosing the almighty dollar. People are charged everyday with murder what maker aborters any different. If you support them you support murder. I have shopped Hobby Lobby for years, I would really hate to see the company go under, but really love the fact that you will stand up for your beliefs. Everything the Bible tells us is taking place and nothing will change as long as the Christian believers continue to sit back and keep allowing ourselves to be pushed around, at some point we all have to take a stand. Always remember through your journey and fight, God said he will never leave us or forsake us, and he has always provided your needs and your needs will always be met. I will continue to be in support of your company and continue to shop your stores as long as your able to keep them open.

    • Lila Linson

      Amen!!!! It is so sad how so many people are so lost. I’m with Hobby Lobby! THEIR ARE MAN’S LAW’S, AND THEIR ARE GOD’S LAW’S! AND WHEN YOU DISOBEY GOD’S LAW’S THE PUNISHMENT WILL BE SO MUCH MORE SEVERE! We shall not have to comply with the EVIL in this world, Because those who serve the Lord, are not of this world.

    • Kellie M

      It was a hoax about the stores closing that started at least 3 years ago. The CEO never had any intentions of closing the stores and in fact opened 70 new stores starting in 2014. They aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

  • GeorgiaYankee

    The letter was written in the fall of 2013. It doesn’t mention closing any stores, let alone all stores. That particular lie was invented by this website to attract attention.

    And yes, you can be compelled by the law of the land to refrain from exercising “deeply held religious beliefs.” Notice how the Mormons suddenly got a revelation that polygamy wasn’t a sacrament when Utah was applying for statehood? There are countless other examples, especially in the area of race relations.

  • Steve

    So what your saying is your going to force your religious beliefs on everyone. I love when people hide behinde the bible as an excuse to “do it their way?.

    • Joe Roberts

      It’s not forcing it on anyone. They just don’t want to pay for abortions that are against their religion. What’s wrong with that? They shouldn’t be forced to do things that go against their religion. Period. We don’t force people into the military based on their religious beliefs so what’s the difference?

      • Steve

        It’s paying for insurance not abortions, just so happens that’s one (small) part of the plan. So what about people that are against transplants or surgeries or medicines, and as wacky as it sounds there are some people that are. So now everyone gets to pick and choose what part of insurance they don’t like?
        BTW not that it’s any of your business but I’m not for abortions either, and yes, even if it’s against your religious beliefs when there was a draft you still had to serve just not in combat (but that compares how?).

  • Susan Peck De Rosa

    The law says they have to pay for birth control and nothing specific about abortions. This has become their rallying cry to not pay for birth control but say abortions all the time. They are misinformed at Hobby Lobby and use that to push their agenda through. I no longer shop at Hobby Lobby because of this controversy.