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David Green of Hobby Lobby: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts chain store, won its Supreme Court case to restrict birth-control coverage for a company’s employees if the owner objects on religious grounds. David Green, founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, and his wife, Barbara, seen above, are devout Christians and took “issue with four of the 20 FDA approved methods of birth control” under the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate, including the morning-after pill and intrauterine devices (IUDs), according to Forbes.

Learn more about the Hobby Lobby leader and the Supreme Court decision’s effect on other medical procedures that go against strong religious beliefs.


1. Green Runs His Business on Christian Principles

Green incorporates his evangelical Christian faith into the business of his company. The 555 Hobby Lobby stores across America close on Sundays and stay open until 8 p.m. rather than 9 p.m. so employees can return home to their families at a reasonable time.

Green explained the company’s philosophy to The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty:

We do everything we possibly can to be a help to our employees… that they can structure their lives based on biblical principles. It’s not something that’s forced on anybody, but it’s there for them if they would like.

Given the court’s ruling of 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby, the decision could reach beyond contraceptive coverage to “other medical procedures at odds with firm religious beliefs,” according to Politico. In Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissent, she also fears that although the decision specifies “privately held companies,” it could extend to public companies as well:

Although the court attempts to cabin its language to closely held corporations, its logic extends to corporations of any size, public or private.


2. The Contraceptive Mandate Is Ruled Unlawful Under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion states that “under the standard that [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act] prescribes, the HHS contraceptive mandate is unlawful.” The Religious Freedom Restoration Act prevents laws that “substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion” unless burden is necessary for the “furtherance of a compelling government interest.”

In this case, the Supreme Court found the burden of contraceptive coverage wasn’t enough to compel religiously devout employers to provide the item. But those employers can’t refuse coverage on medical procedures to provide vaccines or blood transfusions on religious grounds.

Watch Hobby Lobby’s attorney Lori Windham speak about her client’s victory in the video above.

The Hobby Lobby decision comes as a big blow for Obamacare and its supporters, according to Politico.

The justices have given Obamacare opponents their most significant political victory against the health care law, reinforcing their argument that the law and President Barack Obama are encroaching on Americans’ freedoms.


3. Half of Hobby Lobby’s Profits Go to Evangelical Ministries

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Green commits millions of Hobby Lobby’s profit dollars to Christian causes and education, according to CBN News. In 2004, he gave a $10.5 million gift to Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University and bailed out Oral Roberts University with a $70 million donation in 2007. He also purchased Christian artifacts and ancient Bibles for a national Bible museum.


4. Hobby Lobby Is a Family Business

Green started Hobby Lobby in 1970 with the help of a small $600 loan and his family. His wife, Barbara, and three kids glued together picture frames in their garage, and the family sold them to local craft stores, according to Hobby Lobby Case.

Today, his son Steve Green is the president of Hobby Lobby and his daughter is the creative director for the stores. His other son Mart Green is the founder and CEO of Mardel Christian and Education Supply and of Every Tribe Entertainment.


5. Hobby Lobby Pays Every Full-Time Employee at Least $14 Per Hour

Because Hobby Lobby earns better profits than other arts and crafts stores, Green believes the company should pay its employees “above average salaries,” according to ChristiaNet. As of 2013, Hobby Lobby paid its full-time employees a minimum of $14 an hour and its part-time employees a minimum of $9.50 per hour.

Green released a report on the wage increase in 2013 that acknowledged “the hard work and dedication of his employees,” according to the Christian Post:

We are very fortunate to be able to increase hourly wages for our employees, because we know our company would not be successful without the great work they do each day in our stores across the nation. We know that if we reward our employees for their hard work, we will be rewarded in turn with their loyalty and dedication to their job and to our customers.

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39 comments

  1. I hope all the woman who work for you get pregnant and you have to pay for their pregnancies all at once !

    • Lefties consistently wish harm and/or violence upon their ideological opponents. They live in a fantastical world of “what ifs” and then cast spells of vengeance when their whimsical desires aren’t honored (usually at the benefit of the lefty themselves and at the expense of others). This snarky, infantile, hypocritical mentality must be checked… but the beneficiaries of this dysfunctional thinking are enabled by a massive campaign of wealthy authoritarians who wish to destabilize this country so that they can consolidate power and build their utopia… We aren’t invited, but the lefty doesn’t consider this. The lefty is satisfied with the emotion of feeling “victimized” and resorts to the primal pleasure of being hateful as a natural response to their self-inflicted discontentment. Establishment Republicans are assisting the lefties, because they serve themselves as well. The true Conservative, driven by discipline and honor, knows that the path of least resistance is seldom the prudent path… but the cognitively impotent or naïve floater is attracted to the left because discipline is something that must be learned. Without the will to adhere to moral and ethical codes, they get sucked into the world of modern-day politics without a clue as to what they stand for.

      • I think that it must be hard to buy most all you products from China a place that has a 1 child limit makes women have abortions, work in sweat shops and use child labor
        Then call it a belief that your employees must let you decide based on Your religion
        their medical choices. Women should stick together and never spend a dime at Hobby Lobby

  2. You go MR. GREEN, Congratulations for standing your ground. I will be supporting you on Saturday. GOD BLESS you, YOUR FAITH and YOUR STRENGTH.

  3. Anonymous, if you really understood the truth you would know your comment doesn’t even address the real issue. You want to play, but want others to pay, where are your principles?

    • You are welcome to enter the 21st century any time now. I am not talking about myself. I am talking about poor people who cannot pay! I am 56 years old for crying out loud. And speaking of that $14 hour wage this man announced for his employees it does not seem to match the other websites that make wages open to the public. Here is one. http://www.glassdoor.com/Salary/Hobby-Lobby-Salaries-E7537.htm

      They cut their full time employees and now have mostly part time.

      • Do you even understand what’s happened? Read what they do and what they don’t want to pay for. They probably have part-time employees because of all the rules Oblama has put in to place. This is a GREAT American company doing great things for American employees!!!

      • Hobby Lobby’s health care plan. It includes access, copay-free, to the following categories of FDA-approved birth-control:

        Male condoms
        Female condoms
        Diaphragms with spermicide
        Sponges with spermicide
        Cervical caps with spermicide
        Spermicide alone
        Birth-control pills with estrogen and progestin (“Combined Pill)
        Birth-control pills with progestin alone (“The Mini Pill)
        Birth control pills (extended/continuous use)
        Contraceptive patches
        Contraceptive rings
        Progestin injections
        Implantable rods
        Vasectomies
        Female sterilization surgeries
        Female sterilization implants

  4. Less contraception = More abortions And this has been common knowledge for years and makes obvious sense. So they obviously do not care about abortion. They are liars and just want power and misogyny to reign. And all you people saying, “Congratulations”, just think about how many babies will be aborted partly because of your unwitted support.

    • False. They are still providing contraceptives, they are simply not providing what they view as abortion causing contraceptives i. e. “The morning after pill.” Your argument is invalid.

  5. “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” So no. David Green being a billionaire, does not understand Christian principles.

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  7. I personally stand by them, and this Supreme Court decision. People are quick to mouth off without knowledge of any facts. This decision only affects small, family-owned businesses, and only 4 out of 20 forms of ‘birth control’. The 4 they objected to violate their religious beliefs based on Christian principles, that life begins at conception, as they are ‘after the fact’ forms of birth control, i.e. conception already happened (morning after pill, etc.) This does not have anything to do with prevention forms of birth control. Why the SCOTUS handed this decision down was totally based on infringement of religious beliefs in regard to a family run business. In other words, why should others who hold this belief be forced to pay for others’ lack of morality? We ALL need to be responsible for our actions, and live by the consequences, no matter who you are, or what you believe.

    • What about when condoms break? It happens often with flimsy models we already have. Would Green rather personally pay for the maternity care, food, clothes, and education of every single unwanted accidental child rather than protect American’s rights to decide when it is right for them to have children? Rather than waste his money buying bibles, he may as well pay for all those kids college funds. Now THAT would be admirable.

    • “…they objected to violate their religious beliefs based on Christian principles.” That not what this ruling says. The ruling says nothing about Christian principles, I does say if you BELIEVE out of any religious principle (mind you it does not have to be a valid, logical, nor rational BELIEF) they only need to BELIEVE.

      If you BELIEVE that a Corporation can object to a legal and mandated procedure for not valid, reasonable, nor logical reason then there is no valid reasonable nor logical argument you will accept. As someone once said “You can’t use reason to talk someone out of a position they didn’t use reason to arrive at.” That is the crux of this ruling.

  8. To each their own. I don’t fully support this. I am not an abortion fanatic – just someone who fully realizes that abstaining from sex will never be 100%, birth control will help reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies (but never eliminate it), overturning Roe vs. Wade will be about as effective as Prohibition (i.e. a failure) and to micro-analyze what others do behind closed doors is troubling. I am a Christian but I recognize “free will” and will never impose myself on other. I believe a better stance for the CEO would be one of encouragement to do the right thing without being “preachy”. Again, to each their o

  9. Justice Samuel Alito writes in the majority opinion. “If the owners comply with the HHS mandate, they BELIEVE they will be facilitating abortions…” [Emphasis mine]. It does not have to be true or valid, they only need to BELIEVE it be so! This means anything they BELIEVE contributes to abortion, they can deny coverage thereof. This seems right to most of you.

    The argument that it’s only 4 out of 20 just does not wash. Who do you suppose should decide which of the 20 a woman should use? It seems to me that would be between her and her doctor. And if they decide that one of the four is the most appropriate then who’s to say she shouldn’t have access to it. Apparently some think that the decision rests on some a third party’s “mythology of choice” which does not even need to be validated.

    Allowing a Corporation to object to providing a legal and mandated service using fictional and unsubstantiated reasons is appalling and is not a victory for anyone. This decision will probably replace Dred Scott v. Sandford as the worst decision ever made by the Supreme Court.

    • Who said she no longer would have access to it? The SCOTUS decision did not make anything illegal. The decision simply told the government that Hobby Lobby (and other closely held corporations) does not have to pay for it, and that the employee will have to pay for her “morning after” pill out of her own pocket. The pills are available over the counter, so access has not changed.

      • It appears that you BELIEVE women’s health insurance is totally free and they contribute nothing, and if they did that part they do contribute is allocated to whatever the employer deems necessary. If that is so then I have no valid response since as this decision so clearly points out, and as you are may be prepared to defend, you only need to BELIEVE. You don’t need reason or logic, only BELIEF.

        Access has changed. Women had access thru their normal health insurance, now they don’t and they need to find another way to acquire something they need and have already paid for. Again if you BELIEVE this is not a change, I have no valid response since as this decision so clearly points out, you only need to BELIEVE.

        You see Anonymous as long as you accept a ruling that is not dependent on facts, reason, or logic, then you will not accept any factual, reasonable, nor logical argument I submit.

  10. I have no love for righeous busybody conservative Christians who try to tell women what they can and can’t do with their own lives…but I have to say i guess I don’t think they should be forced to pay for something they don’t belive in. but how much of social security, which i have to pay, do I disagree with? plenty! maybe it’s time to open this whole thing up to discussion.

  11. Most of what HL sells is made in Communist China in dank, dark, unsafe factories by workers (mostly women) who are treated like slaves and are forced to have abortions if they get pregnant. Wouldn’t want to slow down the assembly line y’all.

  12. A couple of questions that I need answered. Does David Green believe in religious freedom for Jews and Muslims, or for that matter liberal Christians? Does David Green believe that humans walked the earth with dinosaurs? Does David Green believe in all of the Bible, like in Leviticus where it says (paraphrasing? that if a child gives you grief you can stone him or her? Or if he takes the Bible literally, does he believe that if your right hand offends you, you are to cut it off? Just wondering?

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  16. Oh, geez. So many things wrong in this comment list. It’s better to arm yourself with the truth than to drink the media juice. Hobby Lobby provides PLENTY of contraceptive care, which should really be the responsibility of the people involved than the company that employees them. There is no accountability these days! It was never about supplying contraceptives. It was always about supplying that nasty “morning after pill”. If you want to be treated like an adult, act like an adult. Take care of your business on your own!
    As for the Glass Door website, that is grossly untrue. Being on the inside and seeing wages, this website is not supplying accurate accounts. Imagine that. Yet another ploy to discredit a business. When will we stop being “sheeple”? If you don’t agree with a business that supplies their employees with great coverage for health and dental, great wages above MANY other businesses, Sundays off, closing at a decent hour, closing completely or early on several holidays, and a nice Christmas bonus based on loyalty years, then shop elsewhere. They’ll still do alright without your support.

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