Beckett law Firm: Hobby Lobby v. SebeliusSubmitted by emalvini on Sun, 11/24/2013 - 16:26
Beckett law Firm: Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius
The Hobby Lobby success story is a true example of the American dream. Now the Greens want to live another American dream--to be free to do business according to their beliefs
Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. began out of founder David Green’s garage and has grown from one 300-square-foot store to more than 500 stores in 41 states, becoming one of the nation’s leading arts and crafts retailers.
Devout Christians, the Green family believes that “it is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured.” Therefore, the Greens seek to honor God by “operating their company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.”
Believing their employees should have the opportunity to spend Sundays with their families, the company is closed on Sundays and only operates 66 hours per week. Indeed, the Greens strive to apply the Christian teachings on respect and fairness to their employees, increasing the pay of Hobby Lobby’s full- and part-time hourly workers for four years in a row. Full-time hourly workers now start at 80 percent above the federal minimum wage.
The Hobby Lobby success story is a true example of the American dream. Now the Greens want to live another American dream: that every American, including business owners like the Greens, should be free to live and do business according to their beliefs.
The HHS mandate requires the family-owned business to provide insurance coverage for the “morning after pill” and “week after pill” contrary to their religious convictions or pay fines to the IRS. The Greens believe that Hobby Lobby cannot fulfill its mission while paying for these drugs (the “morning after pill” and “week after pill”) that conflict with their beliefs. That is why on Wednesday, Sept. 12, Hobby Lobby filed suit in an effort to defend its constitutional freedom to carry out its mission in a way consistent with its owners’ religious principles.
The Green family has no moral objection to the use of preventive contraceptives and will continue its longstanding practice of covering these preventive contraceptives for its employees. However, the Green family cannot provide or pay for two specific abortion-inducing drugs. These drugs are Plan B and Ella, the so-called morning-after pill and the week-after pill. Covering these drugs, as the government is forcing them to do under the threat of fines, would violate their most deeply held religious belief that life begins at conception, when an egg is fertilized. The FDA-approved government birth control guide clearly states that these two drugs, the morning-after pill and the week-after pill, may prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in the womb, thus aborting the fertilized egg.
The Green family respects the religious convictions of all Americans, including those who do not agree with them. All they are asking is for the government to give them the same respect by not forcing them to violate their religious beliefs.
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Top Press Releases (see all in ”Press Releases’):
Hobby Lobby Asks Supreme Court to Take Its Appeal (October 21, 2013)
Victory: 10th Circuit Overturns Denial of Hobby Lobby Injunction (June 27, 2013)
Press Release - Hobby Lobby Sues over HHS Mandate (September 12, 2012)
David Green’s Press Statement (September 12, 2012)
Recording of Press Call (September 12, 2012, 11:30am EST with David Green and Kyle Duncan)
Top Legal Docs (see all in ‘Legal Docs‘):
10th Circuit Opinion (June 27, 2013)
Government’s Reply Brief to Cert Petition (November 2013)
Brief for Respondents on Cert Petition to US Supreme Court (October 21, 2013)
US Government’s Cert Petition to US Supreme Court (September 19, 2013)
Hobby Lobby Media Information and Fact Sheet
FAQ on HHS Mandate
HHS Information Central (all HHS mandate cases, legal documents, resources, and interactive map)
Mark Rienzi, God and the Profits: Is There Religious Liberty for Money-Makers?