Hobby Lobby Takes On the Feds Over First Amendment

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. has become the first non-Roman Catholic business to file lawsuit against the Obama Health and Human Services (HHS) Department since the Obamacare mandate, which declares companies provide sterilization, contraception and abortifacients in their health care plans, went into effect on August 1.

The Examiner reports,

Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., a Christian-oriented hobby and craft store, filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday. The company is challenging a mandate in the nation's healthcare law, dubbed "Obamacare", that would require the Christian company to pay for the morning-after pill. The hobby and craft chain, based out of Oklahoma City, claims in the lawsuit that the government mandate is forcing them to “to violate their deeply held religious beliefs under threat of heavy fines, penalties and lawsuits”. If Hobby Lobby stores do not provide the drugs in their company health insurance plans, they could be fined up to $1.3 million a day. Hobby Lobby is self-insured. The company will be forced to comply with the mandate by Jan. 1, which is the start of its insurance year.

“By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow,” Hobby Lobby CEO and founder, David Green, stated. “We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.”

Hobby Lobby was founded in 1972 and calls itself a "biblically founded business”. All stores in the chain, more than 500, are closed on Sundays. Mardel, Inc., another company of David Green's, also joined in the lawsuit. Mardel, Inc. is a bookstore and education company with 35 stores that sells Christian-themed materials.

The lawsuit read, “The Green family’s religious beliefs forbid them from participating in, providing access to, paying for, training others to engage in, or otherwise supporting abortion-causing drugs and devices."

CNS News adds,

According to the lawsuit, Hobby Lobby has always operated as a family business and provides health plans to employees through a self-insured policy.

In addition, the Greens pay their employees at least 80 percent above the minimum wage, give a portion of their profits to charity and close their stores on Sundays in accordance with their beliefs, according to the court document.

“Certain nonprofit religious organizations have been exempted from the mandate altogether, and others have been given extra time to comply with it. But the government refuses to give any accommodation whatsoever to families like the Greens, who simply want to run their businesses in accordance with their beliefs,” the lawsuit states.

Should the Greens decide to provide an insurance policy that excludes the services that violate their religious faith, they could be facing fines of up to $1.3 million per day, according to Baxter.

Their attorney, Eric Baxter, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said, “The HHS mandate puts the Green family and Hobby Lobby in the position where they are facing millions of dollars of fines per day unless they violate their religious conscience."

“And the government’s position throughout this has been that if you go into business, if you’re making a profit, you lose your religious freedom, your First Amendment rights. And that’s really outrageous," said Baxter.

“This just reinforces that this is not just a Catholic issue,” Baxter continued. “There are many religious organizations -- Christian and non-Christian -- throughout our country that object to abortion. And even if they don’t object to preventive contraception like the Greens, they do object to contributing or paying for drugs that will induce an abortion.

“Not only that but whether you share those religious convictions or not, all people who love liberty should be concerned that the government is encroaching on First Amendment rights in this manner,” he said.

It is clear this is an over reach of the federal government despite what the Supreme Court has ruled. It is a clear violation of the First Amendment. However, If people would band together and stand up and not comply with the mandate, what could the federal government possibly do with millions of businesses not complying? Shut them down? Talk about social unrest. It would make the economic situation in our nation far worse than it is now.

May God bless the Greens and others who are fighting this infringement upon God given rights that their representatives swore an oath to God that they would defend in the Constitution.

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  • Death of a patriot

    America is no more. It has lost its morales and its values. Americans allow its government to bypass its Constitution. I thought 2008 was a fluke. 2012 proved me wrong. America wants to become Western Europe. America is dead.

  • TexasLadyJuanita

    Finally, in this atmosphere of nasty liberal politics, and throw in some old Republicans too, here is something to CHEER about!!

  • BigJohn555

    I had never heard of these stores before, but I have now located the nearest store, and will be visiting it, even though it is a little further away than the store I now go to.

  • Jen Brpwn

    Thankful for these families and business owners who are taking a stand. Continue to stand strong. We must all stand without waver together,

    • http://missionoutreach.org Ray Downen

      In particular, we must vote together for Romney as President and for Republicans in each office where we have a choice. The Democrat platform ignores God. Godly people should not choose to vote for anyone running as a Democrat.

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  • Josiah

    Hobby Lobby and Amrdel are great companies with excellent products and principled leadership. I support them financially and with prayer.

  • cornerstonearts

    Bravo! Thank you, Hobby Lobby, for making a stand for what is right.

  • seabear

    Another company standing strong. So great to hear this. GBHL

  • jagraham

    There are three possible options that result in only two certain outcomes.
    First option and outcome: Vote for and re-elect the Hope and Change candidate that supposedly cares about the poor and uses the words of the Bible as his justification for massively increasing spending on social welfare programs. If Christians turn out and vote for President Obama then he will be re-elected.
    Second option and outcome: Vote for the rich, capitalist, candidate that promises to return America to its original foundations to a less centralized government with more personal freedoms. This candidate’s religion even denies the Orthodox Christian view of the Trinity. Mormonism even espouses that Satan and Jesus are spirit brothers and that God had physical relations with Mary. If Christians turn out and vote en masse for Governor Romney despite his religion, then he will be elected.
    Third option and outcome: Christians abstain from voting because each candidate is unworthy; Obama wants gay marriage and Romney’s religion denies that Jesus is Lord above all. In good conscience Christians stay home from the polls. That results again in the first outcome.
    Reflecting on the first option: If anyone thinks that President Obama is a Christian then let the record speak for itself. This is a man who for 20 years sat under the hate-filled preaching a Rev Jeremiah Wright, a Black Liberation Theology hate monger. I wonder if Rev Wright ever preached on “Loving God and Loving your neighbor as yourself” which Jesus said is the Greatest Commandment (Matthew 22)? Radio talk show host and former political candidate Alan Keyes, even offered further evidence in 2004 that then Senate Candidate Obama was not a Christian. Keyes said that even “Jesus Christ would not vote for Obama” due to his far left views on abortion and infanticide while serving in the Illinois State Senate.
    President Obama recently showed more of his so-called “Christian” faith in by claiming to have compassion on same sex individuals who want to have the same rights of marriage that heterosexuals have enjoyed from the beginning of civilization. The President even cited the Golden Rule in his decision. We must be reminded however that even Satan quoted scripture when he tempted Jesus (Matthew 4). Similarly, the President quoted scripture to justify his position. Unfortunately his position is inconsistent with the whole counsel of Holy Writ. This misreading of the Bible is what the Great Reformer, Martin Luther, warned when he said that “Scripture does not have a wax nose” and is not to be twisted into anything we want it to say. Seems this was just a bone to the Gay Rights crowd so they would continue to donate to the President’s re-election effort.
    President Obama has led from behind on this economic recovery and led from the front increasing this catastrophic debt burden he has imposed upon our children and grandchildren. Unfortunately these massive tax increases will choke the growth of this economy and our power as a world leader will consequently diminish. When he promised to change this country, he meant what he said. In my view, the President is actually a statist. His god is actually the all-powerful government bent on subjugating a free people under his rule.
    Reflecting on the second option: So what would a Mormon presidency look like? There are sixteen Mormons serving in the US Congress. Mormons are known for their abstentions from alcohol, tobacco, caffeine. I served in the military with many Mormons and they were some of the finest officers dedicated to the defense of America that I ever served with. Other Mormon friends I have are some of the hardest working and most patriotic people I know. Devout Mormons are law abiding citizens of very higher moral standards and committed to their families. Governor Romney and his family could be characterized in this way.
    Would Mormon theology or a Mormon President be counter to the preservation of our Great Republic? First, we must understand that Mormon theology is a “works based” religion. I think we could infer that good works accomplished by any group (feeding the hungry, blood drives, coats for kids, etc…) are beneficial to our society as a whole. The disagreement is in the motivation for doing good works. The theological discussion with Mormons or other religions is whether good works can justify our standing on Judgment Day before God Almighty. What is not in dispute is the “good” in the term good works.
    Second, would Governor Romney be the mouthpiece of the Mormon Church or a good President of all the people? As President, Romney promised to pursue a conservative, pro-growth economic agenda. His number one economic priority would be to grow the economy — helping to create good jobs, raise incomes and preserve American strength. Just as President Kennedy was the first Catholic president and did not act as the American Pope, there is no reason to think that a Romney Presidency would rule from Salt Lake City.
    Reflecting on the third option: Christians staying home from the polls or voting for a third party candidate keeps the status quo in place with Harry Reid running the Senate and conservatives being demonized in the House for wanting to reign in the debt. Worse than that, if we don’t overturn the Affordable Care Act we become complicit in furthering the continued slaughter of the unborn under the ruse of “Women’s Health Coverage.” This government’s intervention, never seen before in the history of this Great Republic, mandating that faith based organizations participate in this slaughter is unconscionable. Think of it this way, we have a modern King Herod in office that is determined to slaughter the unborn and whose ultimate goal is power, total power. (Historical note-around the time of Jesus birth King Herod ordered the slaughter of boys two years old and under in Israel to try to kill Jesus.)
    What is a Conservative Christian supposed to do? Christians should be all about sharing the message of God’s love through Jesus Christ. We are also called in the New Testament to be good citizens. Therein lays the dilemma, because the world of politics is a human endeavor run by sinners, of which I am one. Christians also understand the reality of the evil that exists around us. Jesus called us to be “Salt and Light” to a dark and lost world. Therefore I should do everything in my power to advance the kingdom of Christ and counter evil. Therefore I have to vote and I have to vote against the current President’s policies.
    In light of the recent attacks on our embassies in the Middle East and North Africa, it seems that the current President is more content with appeasing the Muslim Brotherhood than standing strong against the regimes that want to do us harm. Just as I am justified in killing an intruder that comes into my house and seeks to do my family harm, our country is also justified in defending itself against militant Islam that is hostile to our values and the freedoms we enjoy in the West. Justification for Christians to take up arms can be found in what is called Just War Theory.
    If Christians cannot vote in good conscience for the Romney/Ryan ticket due to the Mormon connection, please consider stopping the modern King Herod by voting against President Obama. That would be the “R” selection on the ballot

    Read more: http://freedomoutpost.com/2012/09/what-is-the-conservative-christian-to-do-in-the-2012-presidential-election/#ixzz26pnBTDJz

    • http://missionoutreach.org Ray Downen

      Some folks have wit and others have less wit. To not vote for Romney is to allow Obama to be returned to office. And that makes no sense at all. Not even a half/wit should see sense in choosing to not vote for Romney when he is the one candidate with the opportunity of replacing Obama.

  • jamandjelly

    Good going Hobby Lobby.....I'm behind you 100% and May God Blessings shine on you. We need more businesses like you to stand up to B.O.

  • NotRightNotLeft

    Each person's rights end where they interfere with another person's rights. Health insurance should be equal for all employees, not just those that happen to work for rational employers.

  • bungicord

    If the suite doesn't work I advise the Greens to close their doors, take their substantial profits and leave the country and enjoy their God fearing lives free of government control. I love their stores but can do without them in the name of Jesus.

  • mamathegreat

    I STAND BEHIND YOU HOBBY LOBBY!. I love this store. Stand up America let take our country beliefs. Our nation was built by Pastor, Bible and God. Let take it back!

  • SamRiddle

    If it were islam and not christianity, this would not be an issue! Right-On Hobby Lobby!

  • Linda

    Obama needs to butt his nose out of peoples private lives!! The Morning After pill? Are you kidding me? So we're supposed to pay for someone else's bad decision to have unprotected sex? I'm proud of Hobby Lobby for their decision. I love this store! I wish all stores would close on Sunday. Sunday use to be a really peaceful day. Greed got in the way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.shoots Jason Shoots

    The government will be even more responsible when more jobs are loss, cause companies like Hobby lobby and Chik fil a will probaly close the businesses down, before they comply with thier rules.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FDZVMGNQTGIVYTOQ36T42ITD3E LibRep

    I say turn the tables on the feds - tell them if Obamacare is not repealed, they will shut down. Simple as that. Our government needs to remember who they work for. We elect representatives, not rulers.