Reacting to the attack on Americans in Libya, President Obama said just yesterday, "the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others..."
And yet Obama's signature healthcare mandate denigrates the religious beliefs of millions of Americans who oppose abortions, contraception, and sterilizations.
Case in point: Hobby Lobby, a family owned business run on Christian principles with over 500 stores in 41 states.
Hobby Lobby CEO and founder David Green explained in USA Today:
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 also 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 health care 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 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.With the help of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Hobby Lobby filed a lawsuit asking the government to stop the mandate. Because this case is integral to religous liberty, the Becket Fund is taking on the job for no compensation. However, they are up against the coffers of the government. If you want to help defend religious liberty with a $10 donation, click here.