comes to Hobby Lobby.  (The following letter written by David Green, founder and CEO of the crafts chain Hobby Lobby, outlining the company’s legal struggles–just one of 63 nationwide–against the federal government’s unconstitutional attempts to run roughshod over religious freedom in America is more than a year old but remains an open case.  It is published here, with a few bracketed clarifications, to alert the American people to the true issues involved and since, as Green observes, President Barack Hussein Obama’s mainstream media won’t publicize his views.

The letter originally appeared as an op-ed piece in USA Today and since then U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton issued a preliminary injunction for Hobby Lobby and its sister company, the Mardel Christian bookstore chain, and granted the case a temporary stay; it may still end up in the Supreme Court. 

Should the government prevail, Mr. Green indicates he would have no other choices but to close all of Hobby Lobby’s 556 stores in 45 states employing almost 23,000 people or effectively submit to demands he and his family abandon their Christian moral beliefs.) 

See his decision:

Hobby Lobby Sues Government  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 [Obamacare] 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.  [ and other liberal-leftists have intentionally distorted Hobby Lobby's position by alleging the Green "family's opposition on religious grounds to a government health mandate requiring employers to provide insurance coverage to their employees for contraceptives," whereas they do provide such coverage but refuse to cover abortafacients.]

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.  [The vast bulk of exemptees are supporters of the president.]

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.


David Green

CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. 

(I join Michelle Malkin on in suggesting people who oppose the government’s campaign against Christians by doing some of your shopping at Hobby Lobby’s online shopping website link,