Hobby Lobby is a chain of over 400 craft stores built on the Wal-Mart model. Like Wal-Mart, they compete with Chinese imports and use their volume to put smaller stores out of business. Unlike Wal-Mart, they claim to be founded on Christian principles.
Hobby Lobby’s Christian Appearance
Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays, to encourage Sabbath-keeping. They pipe Christian music into the stores. I am a Christian and I assert that they have every right to do this. They have every right to buy cheap and make profits, even if it hurts America in the long run. I know that many will react negatively to Hobby Lobby’s Christian emphasis in a knee-jerk manner, because they dislike Christians. I am not one of them. Yet I maintain that Hobby Lobby is going to hell if they don’t repent.
Hobby Lobby’s Charitable Giving
Hobby Lobby supports Christian ministries, some of which appear to be humanitarian. They bailed out Oral Roberts University when ORU’s financial shenanigans got them in trouble. They financially support the Alliance Defense Fund, which states, “The homosexual legal agenda is one of the greatest threats to religious freedom in America today.” That’s Hobby Lobby’s position on homosexuality.
What Did Jesus Say about Homosexuality
What Does the Bible Say about Homosexuality?
Please note that the above paragraph is empty. That’s because Jesus said NOTHING about homosexuality. Surprised? Go check for your self-Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Get a red letter edition, with Jesus’ words highlighted, if you want to save time. Other parts of the Bible do say things about homosexuality, however, and this written by the Apostle Paul, is one such passage:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
Cherry-Picking Bible Passages
I will address homosexuality in another post, this one is about why Hobby Lobby is going to hell. Christians sometimes cherry-pick Bible passages to support their own agendas and this passage is an excellent example. Please note that “the covetous (greedy)” and “swindlers” are on the list of the hell-bound. The greedy and the swindlers are going to hell, yet I have heard few sermons in over thirty years of church attendance that mentioned this. This is America and somehow we have been deceived into thinking greed is good.
Hobby Lobby Employment
I went to work for Hobby Lobby in 2009 as a floral designer, having been downsized in the crash of 2008 from a more responsible position and unable to get other employment. I was concerned that the job application says you must agree not to form a union and not to sue the company, but I needed a job. I’m a very good floral designer and was well able to do what the job description stated.
Hobby Lobby Promises
I was told I would be part-time at $9 an hour for two weeks, then full-time at $10 after that (with benefits-yay-health insurance!) I was told I would help unpack the shipments. No problem, all designers pitch in to unpack the flowers when they arrive at all the shops I’d worked for. The full-time never materialized. When I asked about this, I was told I would be full-time around Christmas, when things got busy. I was hired in April. My hours were cut and I rarely had time to do any floral design.
No Compassion-No Execptions
“Unpacking the flowers” turned out to consist of unloading a semi with a hand truck weekly. Not just the flowers, mind you, but the pottery, jewelry, everything; basically two to fours of furniture moving. I would never apply for a job moving furniture, I am not physically qualified. I’m petite, 60 years-old and had knee surgery. No sitting for any tasks, either, at Hobby Lobby-just eight hours or more standing on those concrete floors. I limped home and went right to bed after work. A manager stated at a staff meeting that we should move faster when unloading the semi, “We have no prima donnas here,” she said.
Tote that Barge
I went to the doctor and got a note that said I should be excused from the semi unloading, but was OK to do the other work. They took me off the schedule completely pending “investigation.” I asked to return to work with the doctor’s accommodation during the investigation. Back and forth with the company while they covered their arse in what I knew was a ploy to starve me out so I would just go away.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
I filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, seeking reasonable accommodation. Almost a year later, EEOC notified me that Hobby Lobby had supplied documents that satisfied them that there was no discrimination. The EEOC never asked me for my documents, nor ask for my side of the story. No wonder Hobby Lobby is afraid of unions.
Hobby Lobby Greed
Hobby Lobby won, but they swindled me, because I’m just one little worker with no voice. They swindled me because they are greedy and if they start allowing one limping lady to stop unloading the semi, they might have to allow others to do the same. They might have to hire a crew of strong young people to come in and unload the semi, and this would cut into their profits.
According to the same Bible they claim to follow, Hobby Lobby is going to hell. Of course, though corporations claim to be “persons” with the rights of a person, they have no soul to condemn nor body to incarcerate. Corporations have no soul at all, but forgetting all that, here on earth we have laws. The laws are seldom enforced against white collars. If they were, there would be some white collars in orange jumpsuits.