Hobby Lobby is now on its way to the Supreme Court in order to see if it can claim constitutional protection from Obamacare based on religious grounds. The Supreme Court will hear both the case of the evangelical-owned craft chain and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a Mennonite-owned woodworking company.
As reported by Emily Hardman of The Becket Fund:
“My family and I are encouraged that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide our case,” said Mr. Green, Hobby Lobby’s founder and CEO. “This legal challenge has always remained about one thing and one thing only: the right of our family businesses to live out our sincere and deeply held religious convictions as guaranteed by the law and the Constitution. Business owners should not have to choose between violating their faith and violating the law.”
The Obama administration in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, Inc. is requesting that the Supreme Court reverse the 10th Circuit Court’s decision that sided with the craft-store chain in June of this year.
Right now there are 84 lawsuits challenging the Obamacare mandate.
Is A Viral E-mail Threatening The Closure of Hobby Lobby From The CEO?
Many people around the nation are passing around a viral e-mail titled “Hobby Lobby Founder – May Close ALL Stores” that looks to be from the CEO of Hobby Lobby. The e-mail has many people wondering whether or not David Green, the CEO of Hobby Lobby, is on the cusp of closing down all of the Hobby Lobby stores due to Obamacare.
After receiving the viral e-mail, we wondered the same thing so we contacted Hobby Lobby to get their take on it.
In the e-mail we received from Vincent Parker of Hobby Lobby he states that, “David Green has not sent a letter out nor did he state that he would close his stores. He did an interview with USA Today on September 12, 2012. Someone has been passing the article around as a letter from David with some additions that cannot be attributed to him.”
Parker goes on to state in the e-mail that Hobby Lobby will open 36 stores before the end of the year and he then requested that we help dispel the rumors that have been caused by the viral e-mail.
Could The Government Force Hobby Lobby To Close Its Doors?
The likelihood of Hobby Lobby closing its doors at the moment seems to be very slim. As shown in an article we posted a few days ago, the federal government has no problem destroying businesses that participate in activities that it deems as being illegal but Hobby Lobby is an industry giant that may be able to pay the fines of up to $474 million each year while still running business as usual.