I was thisclose to Jo-Ann Fabrics today but am holding out to make my Valentine’s Day craft purchases tomorrow at my local Hobby Lobby.
Hobby Lobby is a chain of 514 craft stores in 41 states, and it is owned by the Green family, who are devout Evangelical Christians.
The Green family believes the Obamacare mandate would force it to provide “what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance,” according to a letter published in USA Today on September 12, 2012, by CEO and founder, David Green (pictured right with wife Barbara).
Green announced in that letter his company was filing a lawsuit to block the mandate.
On December 26, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, an Obama appointee, denied the company’s emergency appeal.
Hobby Lobby responded by announcing it would defy the mandate, which took effect January 1. This means it could be fined as much as $1.3 million a day by the IRS ($100 per day per employee).
The owners of Hobby Lobby are now engaging in civil disobedience to stand for their religious beliefs, and we must support them.
“Like” the Standing with Hobby Lobby Facebook page, and then please give it your business tomorrow.
More on the remarkable Green family by the Craft & Hobby Association, October 8, 2012:
Forbes magazine has included David on its Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans since 2004….
The growth is attributable in part to his loyal employees, who have good reason to be loyal. Three years ago, at the depth of the recession when the unemployment rate was skyrocketing, Hobby Lobby raised the starting minimum wage, which was already higher than the federally mandated level. The company has increased the starting minimum wage $1/hour four years in a row. The company also built an extensive medical clinic for employees at the headquarters in Oklahoma City.
The family has strong religious beliefs, and they put their money where their mouth is. The company probably loses millions in sales because the stores are closed on Sundays. Each Christmas and Easter, Hobby Lobby takes out a full-page ad in the major newspaper of each town with a Hobby Lobby store. The ads have a religious theme, not the typical “50% Off!” ads that are so common for retail advertisements.
Half of all pre-tax earnings are given to a variety of evangelical causes. The list of donations is almost endless; Forbes estimates David has donated “upwards of $500 million,” including property to help the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, and tens of millions to save the almost-bankrupt Oral Roberts University, etc. The company is planning a national Bible museum to house the more than 44,000 religious artifacts that have been purchased and saved.
The ministry reaches around the world, too. The company has printed and distributed almost 1.4 billion copies of Gospel literature to more than 100 countries.