GODFATHER POLITICS by GARY DEMAR(Our Constitution does NOT claim ‘freedom FROM religion! JM)
Hobby Lobby Takes on the Obama Administration and the Federal Government
posted on November 29, 2012
by Gary DeMar
As you probably know, ObamaCare mandates are going to hit employers with 50 or more employees. A number of businesses have gotten exemptions. Many, maybe even all, of them are most likely political in nature. It’s the Santa Clause Effect: I’ll do you a favor if you do one for me — vote Democratic in the next election. Actually, it’s more like the Godfather Effect: “The Democrats will make you an offer you can’t refuse.”
There are some provisions of the 2700-page mandate that are downright evil. One of them is forcing businesses to pay for contraception cover. This would include abortifacients masquerading as birth control. An abortifacient is a substance that induces an abortion. It’s a post-conception drug, therefore, it does not come under the definition of a contra (against) conception.
A number of schools (Illinois-based Wheaton College and Virginia-based Liberty University), Catholic groups, and large companies are petitioning for an exemption. Hobby Lobby is one of them. The following is a statement from David Green, the CEO of Hobby Lobby:
My name is David Green, and I am the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. In case you are not familiar with our company, we are a national arts and crafts retailer with more than 500 stores in 41 states. We are headquartered in Oklahoma and employ more than 22,500 individuals nationwide.
I started Hobby Lobby as a miniature picture frame company, called Greco Products, in 1970. My family and I made miniature picture frames and sold them to various retailers. Because there was a high demand for this product at the time, we were able to take out a loan of $600 from the bank to open our first retail store, which consisted of 300 square feet of manufacturing space in the back, and 300 square feet of retail space in the front. That store became the first ever Hobby Lobby.
My family has been an integral part of this business since day one, and remains an important part of it today. My son, Steve Green, is president of Hobby Lobby. My son, Mart Green, is president of Mardel, which is a Christian bookstore that is an affiliated business with Hobby Lobby. My daughter Darsee Lett is a vice president of Hobby Lobby. Several of my grandchildren also work in our business.
Another integral part of Hobby Lobby from day one has been our faith. My parents were both pastors, and all of my siblings are involved in ministry. I felt like somewhat of an outsider going into retail, but I’ve found a way to minister through Hobby Lobby. We have always operated our company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles, including integrity and service to others. We believe wholeheartedly that it is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has been successful. Therefore, we seek to honor him in all that we do.
As part of that faith, we care greatly for our employees and their families. That’s why, unlike most major retailers, we are only open 66 hours per week and are closed on Sundays to allow our employees to spend time with their families. For the past four years in a row, we have increased the minimum wage for our full-time employees, and it’s now 80 percent above the national minimum wage.
We also believe in sharing our faith, which is why we purchase full-page ads at Christmas and Easter in newspapers in all the major cities where we operate. We also contribute both time and funds to numerous Christian organizations across the nation and the world. Hobby Lobby has always been a tool for the Lord’s work. For me and my family, charity equals ministry, which equals the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We know that we have been blessed by God’s grace, and we believe it is because we have chosen to live our lives and to operate our business according to His word, and we are very grateful for that.
But now our faith is being challenged by the federal government. The Health and Human Services “preventative services” mandate forces businesses to provide the “morning-after” and the “week-after” pills in our health insurance plans. These abortion-causing drugs go against our faith, and our family is now being forced to choose between following the laws of the land that we love or maintaining the religious beliefs that have made our business successful and have supported our family and thousands of our employees and their families. We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.
Court rules Hobby Lobby must pay for “morning after pill”
Posted on: 5:24 pm, November 19, 2012, by KFOR-TV, updated on: 06:11pm, November 19, 2012
Information from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
A federal court said Monday Hobby Lobby will have to “violate its faith” and provide “morning after” pills and the “week after pills” in their insurance plan.
If they do not, they will face fines up to $1.3 million per day.
The court didn’t question the Green family’s beliefs but ruled that those religious beliefs were only “indirectly” burdened by the mandate’s requirement that they provide free coverage for specific, abortion-inducing drugs in Hobby Lobby’s self-funded insurance plan.
“It is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured,” David Green said, Hobby Lobby founder and CEO. “Therefore we seek to honor God by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.”
Hobby Lobby is the largest and only non-Catholic-owned business to file a lawsuit against the HHS mandate.
The Green family said they have no moral objection to the use of preventive contraceptives and will continue covering preventive contraceptives for its employees.
However, the Green family said their religious convictions prohibit them from providing or paying for the abortion-inducing drugs, the “morning after” and “week after” pills, which would violate their most deeply held religious belief that life begins at conception.
MY TWO SENSE
This is morally outrageous! The judge in this case is clearly biased and in one of Obama’s pockets. No one can know the U.S. Constitution and defend this decision! I support the Green family and feel for them having to suffer this burden.
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