Hobby Lobby will face government imposed fines of $1.3 million per day if it does not provide abortifacients under the Obamacare contraceptive mandate to its employees. The craft store's president, Steve Green, is speaking in his first interview discussing the role his faith plays in being noncompliance with the mandate.
The Washington Free Beacon provided a transcript of Green's Wednesday interview. Here are some highlights on how Green views his company, how he and his family run the business, and how they see the contraception mandate:
This is God’s company, and our responsibility is to operate it according to the guidelines he’s given us in his Word.
We close on Sundays because we want our employees to spend time with their families. We know that what’s more important than the business is the family. It’s the foundation of any society.
The starting minimum wage is $14 an hour.
We have a free clinic on our campus there in Oklahoma City where our warehouses are, where probably 3,000 employees or so work. We provide that for our employees. We know that our employees are our utmost reason for our success. We want good people, we’ve got a lot of great people.
We find ourselves in kind of a precarious situation, where the government’s forcing us in essence to become a free abortion provider, which we don’t want to be.
What I hear quite often is that we’re trying to impose our religion on our employees, and it’s nothing of the sort. If I could keep every pharmacy from issuing every one of our employees these abortive products, then I might be imposing my religion, but I’m not doing that, I’m not even asking to do that.
I just want to stay out of it. I want to stay out of it just like we are not required on procedural abortions to be involved, but the government’s telling me I have to be involved in chemical abortions. I want to stay out of it. Don’t bring me into it. Let that be between a woman and her doctor. But the government tells me I can’t. I have to freely provide these abortive products to our employees.
Sounds like a man who wants to run his business free from government intrusion -- and for over 40 years has been able to do so. The far-reaching impacts of Obamacare's tentacles have yet to be fully realized -- but it begins now.