"By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow,...We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.”
The Green family has been fighting for their right to operate their family company, Hobby Lobby, according to their religious beliefs. After the healthcare takeover became law, the Health and Human Services Department used their new-found power to order all companies to purchase insurance plans that would cover abortion inducing drugs. The Green family, as Christians, objected, citing the fact that abortion ends the life of a developing child and is therefore murder. They sued the Health and Human Services Department for their right to operate their business in accordance with their religious beliefs. If Hobby Lobby loses this case, they will be forced to either violate their religious beliefs or pay 1.2 million dollars in fines per day.
On November 1st the 10th Circuit Court ruled that Hobby Lobby has a right to run their business in accordance with their religious beliefs. The Obama Administration appealed, and the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case.
“It is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured, Therefore we seek to honor God by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles. The conflict for me is that our family is being forced to choose between following the laws of the country that we love or maintaining the religious beliefs that have made our business successful and have supported our family and thousands of our employees and their families.”