Self Made Man Gets to Defend His Beliefs in Jesus in Supreme Court
As a child. Steve Green saw he saw no point in college. At age 7, he began assembling picture frames for “bubble gum money.” and progressed through hard work and determination through cleaning toilets. When he and his high school girlfriend, Jackie, totaled their cars playing chicken. “No one turned off,” he said, recalling how he aimed right at her and she just kept coming. A year later, she married him. Now he is president of his family’s $3.3 billion Hobby Lobby craft store business.
[Steve’s father David, Green built his business squarely on biblical principles and attributes his success to his faith in God. Now, that same American determination has brought Steve’s Christian faith and belief in religious liberty to the Supreme Court! The Court will hear Hobby Lobby argue that the Green’s religion prohibits them from obeying the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act because it pays for the morning-after pill.
The company has other expressions of its determination. Rather than paying taxes, Hobby Lobby commits half of its pretax earnings directly to a portfolio of evangelical ministries, an estimated $500 million in 2012.[ This includes a $10.5 million gift to Jerry Falwell‘s Liberty University in 2004, and $70 million to bail out Oral Roberts University in 2007. Recently Steve Green unveiled what he called “the oldest Jewish prayer book ever found” that he will add it to the collection of religious artifacts that will form the core of the Bible museum he is building in Washington, D.C.