Hobby Lobby is a Christian-owned company (run by a family) that has been in business since the 1960s. It's a hobbyist megastore that caters to arts-and-craft enthusiasts of all walks of life, and it's certainly better than some of the other so-called craft shops. That's why it comes as a major relief to see the company release a statement that contrasts against the owner of Chick-fil-A. While Christian "values" are kind of a farce compared to what's expected of followers in the very scripture they follow, not all Christians are bigoted like Dan Cathy and his supporters. Not all followers of the biblical deity hide behind their religion as a tool of hatred and ignorance.
Hobby Lobby president Debra Love released a statement yesterday after being bombarded with calls requesting information on their stance in this controversial uproar. It's a breath of fresh air to read the following:
"After numerous calls asking for comment, we believe that we need to clarify our position, especially since we are known as a Christian-based company. Our core values call for respect for each other, our customers and our suppliers and for us to treat others as we would best like to be treated ourselves. We believe that we must demonstrate love for our fellow man as we are called upon to do as Christians. We respect our employees by offering a workplace that is free of judgment and bias, and one that gives everyone an opportunity to succeed and grow."
In short: This company does not discriminate based on sexual preference or for any other reason. This company has no desire to reach out to certain groups for their business, and that's an excellent thing. Certainly this is a reason to celebrate and buy some crafting supplies to show your support for companies that respect the nine million Americans (estimate) who identify as being part of the LGBT community.
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