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    Hobby Lobby May Close - Updated

    Hobby Lobby May Close

    Posted on March 1, 2013 by sfaw1
    David Sloan

    ďThe wisdom that comes from above is, first, pure, then
    peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits,
    without uncertainty or insincerity.Ē Ė James 3:17

    By David Green, the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

    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 wasnít much bigger than most peopleís
    living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and
    worked according to Godís word. From there, Hobby Lobby has become one
    of the nationís 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.

    Weíre Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. Iíve
    always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our
    business in harmony with Godís laws, and (2) to focus on people more
    than money. And thatís what weíve 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 weekís biggest shopping days, so that our workers
    and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by
    Godís grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our
    employees. Weíve not only added jobs in a weak economy, weíve 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 donít pay for drugs that might cause
    abortions, which means that we donít 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 thatís raised wages four years
    running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its
    business according to its beliefs. Itís not right. I know people will
    say we ought to follow the rules; that itís the same for everybody.
    But thatís not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies
    from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it wonít
    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 donít 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 thatís a choice no American and no American
    business should have to make.

    The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your
    fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies
    but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic

    Since you will not see this in the liberal media, please pass this on
    to all your contacts.

    David Green
    CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
    Hobby Lobby May Close | SFAW NEWS
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    10th US Circuit Court of Appeals grants Hobby Lobby full hearing on morning-after pill appeal

    • March 29, 2013 - 4:01 pm EDT

    OKLAHOMA CITY ó A federal appeals court has granted Hobby Lobby's request for the entire court to hear its challenge of a requirement that it provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraceptive pills.

    The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court handed down the ruling on Friday. Ordinarily, appeals filed with the court are decided by a three-judge panel, but a total of nine judges will hear Hobby Lobby's appeal.

    The court also ruled it will hear Hobby Lobby's appeal on an expedited basis, with oral arguments expected this spring.

    Hobby Lobby is challenging a requirement of the new federal health care law to provide and pay for emergency contraceptives. The Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts company says that requirement violates its Christian owners' beliefs.

    10th US Circuit Court of Appeals grants Hobby Lobby full hearing on morning-after pill appeal

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    As explained by the very Left, in my opinion, Socialist site Salon.

    MONDAY, APR 1, 2013 03:42 PM CDT

    Tenth Circuit will hear Hobby Lobby birth control benefit appeal

    The nine-judge hearing may not bode well for employee rights or access to birth control, some analysts say


    The United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit has granted Hobby Lobbyís request for a full court hearing of its challenge to the birth control benefit requirement in the Affordable Care Act. And as Jodi Jacobson at RH Reality Check and Ian Millhiser at the Center for American Progress note, the nine-judge hearing may be an ominous sign.

    So-called en banc hearings normally signal that a majority of the justices disagree with the original ruling, which in this case was the December 2012 court decision to reject Hobby Lobbyís claim that constitutionally defined religious liberty empowers private employers to restrict their employeeís access to birth control. On top of that, most of the appointees to the federal 10th Circuit are conservatives, which doesnít bode well for employee rights or access to birth control, Millhiser contends.

    As Millhiser writes:

    Last December, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit denied a request from crafting retail chain Hobby Lobby, which sought to temporarily block Obama Administration rules requiring most employer-provided health plans to cover birth control. Hobby Lobby claimed that the religious liberties protected by the Constitution and federal law extend not only to a religious personís own conduct, but they also effectively enable an employer to restrict someone elseís access to birth control by denying them benefits guaranteed by the law. The panelís decision rejected this argument.

    Yesterday, however, the full Tenth Circuit agreed to hear the case in an unusual nine-judge hearingó a procedure known as ďen banc.Ē Typically, federal appeals are heard by three-judge panels, and this is especially true when no such panel has fully considered the case on the merits. The courtís previous order concerned a preliminary motion seeking a temporary injunction, not a final consideration of the case.

    The courtís decision to hear the case en banc is an ominous sign for women in the workforce. More often than not, courts of appeals agree to hold an en banc hearing only when a majority of the courtís judges disagree with a panelís previous disposition of a case. Even if that was not the motivation behind this particular decision to en banc this particular case, the fact remains that 6 of the Tenth Circuitís 10 active judges are Republican-appointees (although one of the Republicans, Judge Jerome Holmes, is recused)Ö

    The full Tenth Circuitís decision to hear the birth control case does not bode well for womenís access to birth control.

    Tenth Circuit will hear Hobby Lobby birth control benefit appeal -

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