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  • Hobby Lobby Files Suit over HHS Mandate, Could Face $1.3 Million in Fines

    Another family-owned business joined the fray over the Health and Human Services (HHS) anti-conscience mandate this morning.

    Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., an arts and crafts supply retailer, filed a lawsuit against the Obamacare anti-conscience mandate, demanding that the government respect the business’s desire to operate in accordance with Christian principles. Represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Hobby Lobby joins over 80 other organizations and businesses in the now 27 lawsuits pending against the HHS mandate.

    David Green, CEO of Hobby Lobby who founded the company in 1972, explained in a press conference this morning:

    [W]e seek to honor God by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles. The conflict for me is that our family is being forced to choose between following the laws of the country 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.

    Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Hobby Lobby has grown from one 300-square-foot garage to over 500 stores in 41 states employing more than 22,500 individuals. The Green family is not only committed to serving their customers and employees but also to investing in communities through partnerships with numerous Christian ministries.

    The Green family’s company, which closes all its locations on Sundays, seeks to operate in accordance with Christian principles—including offering an employee health care plan that aligns with those values. Under the HHS mandate, however, Hobby Lobby will be forced to provide and pay for abortion-inducing drugs such as the “morning after” and “week after” pills, regardless of their religious or moral objections to doing so.

    The mandate’s offensively narrow religious exemption doesn’t apply to a large number of religious organizations, let alone for-profit businesses. Like all for-profit employers, Hobby Lobby is also ineligible for the Obama Administration’s “temporary safe harbor” and will be subject to the HHS mandate at the beginning of its next health plan year on January 1, 2013.

    Moreover, unless the Green family violates its deeply held beliefs and gets in line with the coercive government mandate, Hobby Lobby could face fines of up to $1.3 million per day.

    “This nationwide litigation against this HHS mandate is a fight for religious freedom for all Americans,” explained Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund. “Today, [Hobby Lobby is] asking a federal court to defend their right to run their business as they always have in harmony with their Christian faith.… The government cannot fine any American, including business owners like the Greens, for refusing to violate their faith.”

    Today’s lawsuit continues the widespread outcry by many organizations and businesses over the Obama Administration’s assault on religious liberty. Given the Administration’s continual refusal to adequately protect Americans’ religious freedom from the coercive HHS mandate, Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit today is unlikely to be the last.

    Heritage’s Jennifer Marshall recently spoke about the threat to religious liberty posed by the HHS mandate on the Colson Center’s Two-Minute Warning. Listen to the segment here.

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    20 Responses to Hobby Lobby Files Suit over HHS Mandate, Could Face $1.3 Million in Fines

    1. Bobbie says:

      To have a leader and his leads so defiant of the people he serves. Sounds 3rd world foreign?!

      This is America now run by fakes, phonies and godless people who resent the good will of peoples' own and free thought, who are in position to do much harm in anyway to anyone they want…

      God Bless the Hobby Lobby and all who stand on God's rule to defend mankind's inalienable right and personal dignity to freedoms once respected by American leadership, not to interfere.

      • Bette says:

        I agree completely. I was thinking if each one of us who feels the same way donated a dollar to each organization fighting this unconstitutional mandate we may be able to stop this marxist goverment at east until the election.

        Your thoughts.

        • Bobbie says:

          … all tax payers should go on strike as long as possible, asap!! We'll donate anywhere we can that restores the principles of this country and replace the misfit people leading her without principles!!!

    2. Colleen Barry says:

      Thank You Hobby Lobby. Stay Strong and we are Praying for you and supporting you in many ways.

    3. Diana says:

      Yay! Hobby lobby. You go David Green! Thank you for standing up for our faith. I'll be praying for you and all others that are joining you in this suit.

    4. Shirley says:

      God bless Hobby Lobby for standing up for our Constitutional rights. Hope this will help their employees decide how to vote in November.

    5. God Bless! Hobby Lobby! And All There Employee's in This "ONE NATION UNDER GOD" I'm Stephan aka'chucknors'Stenzel Midwest US Cowboy*Of Mn & Sometimes Texas*Too! lol Adios~

    6. Born Again American says:

      (continued)
      "United"
      That means that we have all come together.

      "States"
      Individual communities that have united into 48 great states,
      48 individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose.
      All divided with imaginary boundaries
      yet united to a common purpose and that's love for country.

      "And to the Republic"
      Republic
      A state in which soverign power is invested in representatives
      chosen by the people to govern, and government is the people,
      and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.

    7. Born Agin American says:

      (contined)
      "For which it stands"
      One Nation, One Nation
      Meaning, so blessed by God.

      "Indivisible"
      Incapable of being divided.

      "With Liberty"
      Which is freedom.
      The right of power to live one's own life without
      threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.

      "And Justice"
      The principle or qualities of dealing fairly with others.

      "For All"
      Which means the citizens' of this great Union,
      It also means we all share in the responsibly

      Since 1959 two states have been added to our country,
      and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance,
      Under God

      Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that is prayer
      And that would be eliminated from schools too?

      Adopted from Red Skelton's rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance.

    8. I would be in on the dollar a person idea to get this mess overturned and help with legal fees…great Idea. Something needs to be done because we can't fight these people alone, we have to band together.

    9. Mike, Wichita Falls says:

      This regime will eagerly denounce a movie, or any speech, that offends Muslims, or any religion, but here they are offending those of the Christian faith.

      Perhaps a Muslim business owner needs to bring a lawsuit against HHS. Would that get their attention?

      Even if Chief Justice Roberts has a change of heart on this law, I suspect it will be so woven into the fabric of society by the time he hears it that it will be too late to undo the damage. Congress and Romney must fully repeal it. If he is elected, that must be his domestic policy focus. That will be the first test of his character.

    10. Yes! ThankYou (Born Again American) God Bless~ Midwest US Cowboy*of Mn & Sometimes Texas Too~ If Ya know What I mean! And ~ YES! Congressman/House Budget Chairman Now Candidate 4 Vice President Mr*Paul Ryan!, I Am So Proud To Have Been Your Former Martial Arts Instructor To Your Coveted BlackBelt 20+yrs Ago! So Proud For You! God Bless! I'm Prayin' For Ya Daily. From A Shy humble Country Cowboy*Of Southern Minnesota~2nd Child of (12) That's Right Twelve, Inspired By And livin' My Daddy's Dreams~Daniel B.Stenzel 1929-1968~God Bless! America! ~ Stephan aka'chucknors'Stenzel USA* As I Was Inspired by Daddy!Singin' in the Family Farm Welding Shop! At 11yrs+ Today I Also Sing~ http://www.ReverbNation.com/StephanChuckNorsStenz… Thank you. PS.Contributions Of Donations to Wounded Warriors Project.Org

    11. John Erickson says:

      This HHS decision is an insult to all Americans. First Chick-O-Fil, now Hobby Lobby. Who next? Will our Muslim President next fine Christian churches for being open on Sundays, and parishioners for going to church on Sundays, or cut their hand off as in other Muslim countries. The U Nited States of AMerica is a CHRISTIAN country and all-inclusive. The HHS s trying to overrun Amendment #1 of the Constitution. If there is a march to stand up for Right, I will be there.

    12. Peggy Allen says:

      I pray that Mr. David Green will stand strong in his faith and continue to do what is right. This administration needs to understand that God is in charge and not Obama and Government. By the way, I love Hobby Lobby and frequent it often and now plan to be there more.

    13. Chris says:

      Romans 13:1-7

    14. I know Mr. Green has been torn by intentionally filing suit in court. God has His hand in all governments (Rom. 12-13). Even though we are chastised for bringing our brother to court, God has provided the courts of this nation to be his tool to protect us and others from the horrors of humanity. I believe that Daniel Green, by using the tool God gave him, is being a tool of salvation to the many voiceless children in our nation today.

    15. Debra Micksch says:

      Thank you David Green! You ought to run for president. We need a God-loving person in the White House who will put God first! When God is first, all other things fall into place the way they should. God, our Father, I pray we receive a true leader for our country before it's too late. That would be NOW! Amen!

    16. Voic56 says:

      If Hobby Lobby is so "God-loving and principled," why are the majority of its employees on the "part-time payroll" (and work without the option for any kind of healthcare) rather than "full time" which would mean the company would have to offer benefits. why are its employees forced to "physically do inventory and receive shipments weekly without any type of automation — rather "lead pencil and list". (imagine counting every art tube etc). why do employees only get 30 minutes for lunch, including clock out and in times. if a cashier makes a mistake, she/he is written up and the "mistake" is posted at the employees' timeclock for all to see (humiliating, huh). why are slightly damaged item thrown in trash, HL won't consider donating or allowing employees to take. there is usually one plantation-style store manager with a few brown-nosing "department leads" and employees are constantly abused, especially verbally. nothing irks me more than a "hypocrite" and that's just what I know about Hobby Lobby. so much about nothing.

    17. Marshall says:

      Why be so conflicted? The bible says to obey the law of the land. So whats the problem?

    18. Kathy says:

      I am 100% in agreement with David Gree, CEO of Hobby Lobby, & pray his lawsuit is successful.

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