by Bethany Monk, CitizenLink, September 13, 2012 --
The arts-and-crafts supply retailing giant Hobby Lobby on Wednesday joined dozens of other employers suing the Obama administration over a mandate forcing them to offer contraceptives and potential abortion-inducing drugs in employee insurance plans.
The government gave secular businesses until Aug. 1 of this year to begin offering that insurance when their next enrollment period begins. Faith-based groups, such as Catholic hospitals, universities and nonprofit ministries, must comply by August 2013.
Hobby Lobby CEO and Founder David Green, who is a Christian, said he cannot abandon his religious beliefs to comply with the mandate.
"By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow," Green said. "We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate." ...