While most Americans are hunkering down during the “Shelter in Place” rule most cities are instructing, the Christian store Hobby Lobby has remained open. David Green, the CEO of Hobby Lobby, sent out a tweet in which he says his wife Barbara is a “prayer warrior” and that she has spoken to God.
Hobby Lobby is based in Oklahoma, and it is the largest privately owned arts and crafts store in USA. There are over 900 locations and it employs 43,000+ people. They claim to be taking precautionary measures against COVID-19, such as “enhanced cleaning” and not allowing “any international travel.” Whatever that means. But, they have no shut their doors, and employees are still expected to show up.
“If an employee is suspected of having COVID-19 based on symptoms and/or known direct or indirect exposure, we will send that employee for medical care and to self-isolate at home, and will promptly coordinate with public health officials,” the company’s statement said.
David Green has an estimated net worth of $6 BILLION as reported by Forbes in 2019. Green wrote a letter to all employees as seen below in a tweet. ” To help ensure our Company remains strong and prepared to prosper once again when this passes, we may all to ‘tighten our belts’ over the near future’… I ask that you all pray for our health and a return to normalcy very soon.”
What’s largely causing a riotous response on Twitter is Green’s indication that if employees pray, they will be fine amid Coronavirus. In the letter, Green shared what he must’ve assumed would be a reassuring story about his wife Barbara:
“In her quiet prayer time this past week, the Lord put on Barbara’s heart three profound words to remind us that He’s in control. Guide, Guard, and Groom. We serve a God who will guide us through this storm, who will Guard us as we travel to places never seen before, and who, as a result of this experience, will Groom us to be better than we could have ever thought possible before now.”
This is not the first time Hobby Lobby has been in the news amid a highly controversial matter. In 2014, they went to the Supreme Court to fight against having to be required to supply employees with birth control in their healthcare coverage in 2014.
Hobby Lobby believes that birth control amounts to abortion, and didn’t want to pay for such contraception because of their Christian values. In Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, The Supreme Court ultimately voted 5-4 in Hobby Lobby’s favor.
In 2017, Green and his family donated $500 million to the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. In 2018, Hobby Lobby was forced to pay a $3 million fine after illegally smuggling ancient stone and clay artifacts into America from Iraq.