The National Council of Churches (NCC) has joined with MoveOn.org’s UltraViolet, headed by Nita Chaudhary (funded by George Soros), to harass and boycott Oklahoma-headquartered Hobby Lobby stores, owned by the David Green family. Green filed a federal lawsuit challenging the ObamaCare mandate on birth control, which includes the abortion morning-after pill. A group of liberal “pastors” say they have gained 80,000 signatures on a petition protesting Hobby Lobby and the lawsuit.Â See a letter written by David Green at the bottom of this article.
Friends, do you attend a United Methodist Church, a Disciples of Christ (Christian) Church, a United Church of Christ, the Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church, the American Baptist Church, a National Baptist Convention Church or any on this list?Â Â If you do, these churches monetarily support the National Council of Churches and allow them to play progressive politics with your hard-earned money. At the least, if these churches do not support what Hobby Lobby is doing, they can go on about their own unBiblical and unConstitutional business and leave the rest of us to do what we believe is right.
This is about pandering, victimhood and liberalism and votes for Barack Obama. Women are not denied access to birth control. Birth control is free at any Planned Parenthood at any location. This is about liberal politics, supporting and paying for abortion and tearing down the fibers that have held this country firm and strong since it’s founding. Our Founders would be appalled.
A Pastor from Capitol Hill Church of the Nazarene (and maybe co-horts) with locations in Oklahoma City and Shawnee, Oklahoma, tried to deliver the petitions to Hobby Lobby, who turned them away at the door. They plan to mail them instead. Nice use of the congregants money – postage for 80,000 signatures, but then they likely pay little as a church.
Hobby Lobby is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Their beautiful stores in Tulsa get my business often. Hobby Lobby owns 514 stores in 41 states. These Liberal Pastors are asking for a boycott against Hobby Lobby.
Earlier this month, Hobby Lobby filed a federal lawsuit challenging a mandate in the nationâ€™s health care overhaul law that requires employers to provide coverage for the morning-after pill and similar drugs.Â Faithful Americaâ€™s petition urges Hobby Lobby officials not to use their Christian beliefs to deny women access to birth control. Petition signers vow not to shop at Hobby Lobby until the lawsuit is dropped. Source: OkPolicyBlog
So, to summarize: Hobby Lobby is run by Christians who donâ€™t believe in paying for abortifacient-type contraception. Faithful America and UltraViolet believe that Christians have no right to dissent from the reigning sexual and contraceptive orthodoxy which they represent, think that delivering petitions from their fellow orthodox will persuade Hobby Lobby to give up its rights.
Nita Chaudhary’s MoveOn.org sponsored group, UltraViolet introduces itself this way:
UltraVioletÂ is a community of women and men, fighting to expand women’s rights and combat sexism everywhere – from politics and government to media and pop culture.
I’ve been searching the blogosphere for awhile now looking for any condemnation from Chaudhary of the vile rhetoric of rappers in “pop culture.” I see nothing from her about Muslim women around the world, but especially here in the U.S., who live in captivity under male domination and religious law, and the daughters and wives who die under the sword for the honor of the Muslim male. I DO SEE that Chaudhary or her husband were likely behind the despicable ad denigrating General David Petraeus as General Betray Us. Read that storyÂ hereÂ andÂ here.
When my family and I started our companyÂ 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,Â Hobby LobbyÂ has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more thanÂ 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. WeÂ close earlyÂ so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’sÂ 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 onlyÂ added jobsÂ in a weak economy, we’ve alsoÂ raised wagesÂ for thepast four yearsÂ in a row. Our full-time employees start at80%Â 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 areabortion-causing drugsÂ 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 millionÂ per dayÂ 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 hasÂ exempted thousands of companiesÂ from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won’t exempt them for reasons of religious belief. So, Hobby Lobby â€” and my family â€” are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by theÂ 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 â€” and no American business â€” should have to make.
Because women are such children that they are incapable of buying inexpensive contraception for themselves despite its universal accessibility. For Hobby Lobby to â€œdeny women access to birth controlâ€ would essentially mean they would have to arrange for the closure of every pharmacy in America. This kind of talk, which seeks to make every employer in America serve the culture of contraception and death, is utterly contrary to any notion of freedom. That an allegedly Christian organization such as Faithful America would seek to have fellow believers violate their consciences in the service of that culture says much about how in thrall to the world so much of the religious left has become.
My advice, boycott the National Council of Churches. I ask USA Today’s tolerance of my publishing the entire article. These are unusual circumstances. The column is unattributed all over the blogosphere, but I prefer to link a source. Many thanks to Judy W. for in-depth information on this story.