Lobby is Suing the U.S. Government Over Obamacare-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: This is a forwarded email that
contains a letter allegedly written by David Green, the owner of Hobby
Lobby. The letter says that his company is run on Christian
and that he feels that it is wrong to be federally ordered to enroll
his employees in a government mandated healthcare program that provides
Update 7/2/14 -
The Supreme Court made a ruling on June 30,
2014 that "certain 'closely held' for-profit businesses can cite
religious objections in order to opt out of a requirement in ObamaCare
to provide free contraceptive coverage for their employees." This
according to a
June 30, 2014 article
by Fox News, which said that the Supreme Court justices ruled 5-4 in
favor of Hobby Lobby and one other company, after legal teams argued
that a 1993 federal law on religious freedom, the
Religious Freedom Restoration Act, applied also to business.
Original findings of eRumor:
We have not been able to confirm that this
letter was written by David Green but according a
September 12, 2012 article by Reuters, the Hobby Lobby Company is suing the U.S.
Government over the healthcare mandate.
TruthOrFiction.Com has made inquiries as to this letter's origin and will
update this page when we get further findings.
The Reuters article said that a lawsuit was filed in District Court in
the Western District of Oklahoma "seeks a permanent injunction against
the government on behalf of Hobby Lobby and other companies that have
religious convictions against abortion."
Green, the CEO and founder of the Oklahoma City based Hobby Lobby Stores
Inc., told reporters, "These abortion-causing drugs go against our
faith. We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with
The article also said that there is a January 1, 2013 deadline for the
company to comply with the mandate. A lawyer representing the
company told reporters that failure to comply could result in stiff fines.
On December 20, 2012 the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the
Hobby Lobby citing the lack of proof "the rule would 'substantially
burden' its religious freedom."
One week later, on December 26, 2012 the Supreme Court denied the
"request by Hobby Lobby to shield the company from the so-called
contraceptive mandate while its legal battle plays out, after a federal
court last week similarly ruled against the Christian-owned company."
This according to a
article on the same day by Fox News.
On July 19, 2013 "Hobby
Lobby Inc. was given a temporary exemption Friday from a requirement in
the new federal health care law to offer insurance coverage for the
morning-after pill and similar emergency birth control methods or face
steep fines." This according to a
Fox News article
dated that day. The article said the the judge gave the
federal government until October 1 to "consider
filing an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court."
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Column: Christian companies can't bow
to sinful mandate By David Green
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 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. It goes against the Biblical principles on which
we have run this company since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could
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. 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.
David Green is the CEO and founder of
Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.