The president of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores urged Christians to stand up against the U.S. government at a conservative event on Sunday.
In a video show during Star Spangled Sunday, Hobby Lobby president Steve Green and Conestoga Wood CEO Anthony Hahn said they filed a lawsuit against the federal government so they wouldn’t have to provide their female employees with contraception that they believed induced abortions.
The Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood in June, ruling the government could not require companies to provide their employees with contraceptives that offended their religious beliefs.
“The bottom line is we believe that life begins at conception, and for us to be a part of taking that life violates what are deeply held beliefs are, and so we just said we didn’t want to freely provide those [or to] pay for them for employees,” Green said. “That doesn’t prevent them from having access to them, but for the government to tell us that we had to provide those to our employees for free was a problem for us and why we decided we had to file suit.”
Green suggested the government had become more hostile towards Christians, and urged the faithful to fight for their religious freedom.
“There are struggles for religious freedom in America. Just a few years ago we never would have imagined we would have filed suit against our own government, the government that we love,” he remarked. “But there are challenges. There are struggles that people of faith are facing today that have never been faced before.”
“So there is a great need for men and women of faith to stand up and let their voice be heard through the ballot box, and if need be, to file suit, because if we don’t stand up and fight for the freedoms our founders fought for then we very well may lose some of those,” he added.
Green also said Hobby Lobby was “guided and directed” by the Bible.
Star Spangled Sunday was held at the First Baptist Church of Charlotte, North Carolina. Other speakers at the conservative event included Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, Concerned Women for America president Penny Nancy, Vision America founder Rick Scarborough, and pastor Rafael Cruz.
“Few citizens have ever heard the story of how God used ordinary Christians to do extraordinary things during the desperate days of 1814. But on September 14th, during Star Spangled Sunday, this live nationwide webcast, will tell the providential story behind the song and challenge us to once again rediscover and recommit to what has made America an exceptional nation,” Perkins explained in a statement.
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