Founder and CEO of the Hobby Lobby chaines published this letter yesterday, stating his reasons for filing suit regarding the government mandate that he feels is threatening his religious liberty
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.
Nice “Holiday” Messages talking about Jesus and the Bible from their website:
Holiday Messages : Hobby Lobby - Hobby Lobby
Beginning Easter Sunday, 1997, Hobby Lobby placed a full page message ad in all of the newspapers in which we advertise. Since then, we have placed a full page message ad each Christmas day and each Easter Sunday in our newspapers in which we advertise. For Easter 2007, this was 290 newspapers in 30 states with a readership in excess of 47 million. For July 4, 2007, Hobby Lobby placed its Independence Day message in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times with a combined readership of over 4 million.
For Thanksgiving 1998, one of our affiliate companies, Mardel Christian and Educational Supply, through its media agency, EthnoGraphic Media, also placed a message ad in the worldwide edition of USA Today.
The impact and relevancy of these messages is ongoing, and so we continue to make them available for your enjoyment.
We invite you to send us your comments on our message ads. We appreciate your input and thank you in advance for taking time to send us your thoughts about these messages.
Their affiliated companies --listed from their website.
While, Mr Green has the right to believe has he wishes, my dollars will not go to further his cause or his message.
Luckily, the courts have been consistent:
The court’s opinion in Hobby Lobby is a significant blow to the craven attempt by corporations and their individual owners to twist the constitutional principles set forth in the First Amendment and RFRA beyond all recognition in an effort to control women’s reproductive choices. For the first time, a court has held that the religious rights of corporations and persons are not coextensive. Individuals may avail themselves of constitutional protections of religious freedoms, but secular corporations may not.
As a bonus in a footnote that should make every pro-choice activist and attorney cheer, the court (again, led by a Bush appointee) affirmed that the right to an abortion is a constitutional and clearly established right:
The matter of a constitutional right to abortion has been highly controversial since the right was discovered among the penumbras of the Due Process Clause some forty years ago. Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, 93 S.Ct. 705 (1973). Nonetheless, the right is now clearly established and necessarily shapes the nature of the rights and interests of plaintiffs’ employees. See Gonzales v. Carhart, 550 U.S. 124(2007);
This case represents a firm rejection of the religious right’s ongoing attempt to deny health-care services to female employees based upon some concocted notion that the birth control benefit forces corporations and the actual living breathing persons who own them to choose between following their convictions and following the law.