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Hobby Lobby has not only become known for its lawsuit against the U.S. government concerning the company's fight against mandatory contraception, but it has also highlighted its Christian beliefs in religious products that are sold.

Religious advertisements around Easter and Christmas have also been a custom for Hobby Lobby since 1997, finding their way into more than 290 newspapers each year.

The company motto calls all employees to commit to "honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles."

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Bob A. Bohey
Marlborough, MA

I am so glad that I don't do business with or contribute to the revenues to any of the companies on this list and never will. Can't get any more free market than that.

byufootballrocks
Herndon, VA

Right Mr. Bohey.

Which is precisely why I am going to use these businesses and services.

I'm grateful that these companies are being highlighted for their beliefs and values. It's great to see real character and integrity and faith still in corporate America.

Why in the world you would come on this board to take a shot at good religious people who try to run their companies by these standards in the workplace is beyond me.

WRK
Riverton, UT

I am glad this list was put out. Now I have a list of companies that have moral standards that I can do business with. I wish more companies would reject the PC world and voice their religious morals.

UgottaloveMaxie
Salt Lake City, UT

@Bob A. Bohey - Funny, it's the freedoms of this country - a country inspired by God - that allows you to make that choice and not be killed, throw in prison or otherwise harrassed. I applaud you for exercising your liberties to shop where you choose. And though you won't be giving these companies your business, they are even happier that you are using your God given rights.

Herbert Gravy
Salinas, CA

Carl's, Jr.??? Oh my, ever noticed its advertising?

joe5
South Jordan, UT

Bob A Bohey's comment expresses exactly the kind of intolerance and hatred that is usually blamed on people of faith. Interesting, but not unusual, to see it so clearly from the other side.

IMAN
Marlborough, MA

@byufootball- It wasn't intended as a shot, I just don't want to financially support any religion or religiously rooted endeavor. I just don't believe in it and seeing as this is a great and secular democratic republic based on capitalism I was just utilizing one right to show my exercise of another

@Ugottalove - It is the freedoms of this country, a country inspired by people fleeing a religion being forced on them that they did not agree with and those freedoms are granted by the constitution. I would ask however since you appear so passionate, whose/which so called god gives these rights of which you write?

@joe5 - I directed no intolerance or hate at anyone or anything. I simply exercised a right granted to every citizen of the great and secular democratic republic. Now if that bothers you maybe you'd be happier living in a country such as Pakistan,Iran or Saudi Arabia where nothing but the "official" religion of the state is tolerated. Just a thought for you.

Downtime
Saint George, UT

We already had this article a few weeks ago. Slow news day?

Tlingit
Orem, UT

Wow. Except for Chik-fil-A I had no idea these companies were guided by people of faith, yet our family does business with all of the first 10 companies on this list, and with 15 of the 20 overall.

Obviously, we haven't been using them because their values align with ours; we use them because we have found their people and their products a cut above the alternatives.

Verrrry interesting!

Ralph
Salt Lake City, UT

My favorite is the Christian company making military equipment.

Wonder what the coded inscription on the gun sight says....

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever does not believeth in him...." shall perish by this here .50 caliber bullet sent by Jesus. Amen.

joe5
South Jordan, UT

Bob/IMAN: We're adults here, aren't we? Let's not be disingenuous. If I had made exactly the same comment you made but it was in reference to businesses owned by homosexuals, you would have been first in line to comment how hateful I was, right? I'm too old and cranky to be playing games with people who won't be honest, even with themselves.

IMAN
Marlborough, MA

@joe5 - Who's being disingenuous? I've seen many comments similar to what you refer to in other stories and not once have I commented. I chalked it up to the freedom of choice one has living in this great and secular nation. That you can't tolerate a differing view point on religious affiliation confirms your self diagnosis in the last sentence of your last post. I say this in all sincerity, please try to relax and don't take yourself so seriously.

joe5
South Jordan, UT

IMAN: That didn't respond to my accusation of how you would react if I had said the same thing about a company owned by gays, or blacks, or Muslims, or women, or whatever. Instead of trying to deflect the discussion by castigating me for intolerance (even though you know nothing about me), maybe you should just answer the question: Would you regard that attitude as hateful or intolerant if it was directed at a group other than a faith-oriented group?

If you answer yes, then how is your special brand of intolerance more acceptable than anybody else's?

IMAN
Marlborough, MA

@joe - Sir you are the one who claimed to know (psychic are you?) how I would act given a specific scenario. I responded with how I have acted given similar scenarios. That is a response to your accusation like it or not. Now to your "direct" question, I stand by what I said before. I chalk it up to freedom of choice, your motivation matters not to me in the least because as you so adeptly pointed out, I do not know you. Now it seems your nerves are quite raw with regards to the topic of intolerance, as I have no desire to continue on this tangent with you I will end my participation with a suggestion that some self reflection on your part may be helpful for you. Good day.

oragami
St. George, UT

Hobby Lobby and many of the other businesses on this list are typical religious hypocrites. Many of them do loads of business with China, which goes against Christian principles due to China's botched human rights record and sex-selective abortion practices. And, that doesn't even touch the fact that China's cheap labor conditions are such that no American would be willing to work them (some are even equated with slavery)...or the fact that China greatly restricts religious liberty,...or the fact that their numbers on infanticide, orphans, and child-abandonment are abysmal. When it comes to carrying high the banner of 'Biblical principles', Hobby Lobby, like every other company on this list, operates it's business according to some biblical principles, at the neglect of many others. "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." Profiteering is no path for true Christians to trumpet or follow.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

A lot of junk food on the list. Not sure what that means. And a bible verse on the plane? Something they're not telling us, do you suppose? Or maybe they're going to tack a 10% tithe fee on top of all the other usurious surcharges and levies they charge on top of a so called cheap fare.
How about that Mary Kay Ash? She really makes it work where Tammy Faye couldn't, eh?

The Scientist
Provo, UT

What does that even mean? That god told these people to start these companies? That god endorses these companies (BYU is "the Lord's University"; Chik-fil-A is "The Lord's Fast Food Joint"?).

The only reason for a story such as this is to fan the flames of bigotry and social warfare - to feed the zealotry of those who try to boycott anyone who does not share their religious beliefs or to throw their support behind those who share their beliefs. It is divisive. Doesn't that violate DN editorial policies?

But Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said, 'Love [and do business with] your neighbor and hate [and boycott] your enemy.' But I tell you, love [and do business with] your enemies and pray for those who persecute you..."

Ironic that in showing favoritism toward companies run by believers, many violate the direct teachings of Jesus: "that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."

samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

"Curves: Gary Heavin, a born-again Christian and founder of Curves, has often been outspoken regarding his religious beliefs.

The exercise company has also contributed several donations to anti-abortion causes."

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I'll bet Gary would prefer the term "pro-life" rather than "anti-abortion", the term preferred by abortion advocates....including most of the press.

Cowboy Dude
SAINT GEORGE, UT

I would add to the list; Disney Parks. Every year they have to defend their Christmas celebrations. They finally ended their songs of Christ in the Disneyland parade, but continue to pipe them out in their hotels and stores. Besides the heat they take, Christmas is big business too.

jeanie
orem, UT

Good job DN for including so many different religions in the list. There are many good people around.

Canyontreker
TAYLORSVILLE, UT

@Cowboy Dude "They finally ended their songs of Christ in the Disneyland parade,"

The Candlelight Processional with the most traditional Christmas songs is back. It actually never went away but was invitational-only. In 2012 it opened for 20 nights to the public open for everyone. Disneyland is a place you can openly say Merry Christmas. You can watch the processional along Main Street U.S.A., but to see the performance of Christian songs it is standing room only in the Town Square.

Disneyland still has Mormon night too.

Mrs TAP
Bountiful, UT

>> Now if that bothers you maybe you'd be happier living in a country such as Pakistan,Iran or Saudi Arabia where nothing but the "official" religion of the state is tolerated. Just a thought for you.

angela_flute52689
Provo, UT

#21 is the publishing company I work for: Cedar Fort. Nearly all the employees are LDS. We sell both LDS and other books and have products in a variety of bookstores ranging from Barnes & Noble and Costco to Deseret Book.

Int'l Businessman
SLO, CA

This is a semi-interesting list of large businesses owned by people of faith. What I would now love to see is a list of large businesses owned by religious institutions. This is a harder list to compile I imagine because big religions are secretive about their profit-making endeavors.

I know the Catholic church owns hospitals and schools and LDS church owns a newspaper, insurance company and a large percentage of US farmland, but what businesses does the Church of Scientology and other religions own and operate?

riverofsun
St.George, Utah

Someone is going to say, " If you do not like it, move somewhere else". Happens frequently.
Not everyone wants a dose of religion with their purchase. And...are shoppers researching the business owner's religious back round and beliefs before going out to shop? Really?
Good people all over the world own businesses. They may or may not be religiously inclined.
So much of the time, while in a store line, a business, and really, all over this state, conversations become uncomfortable. There is a great deal of "Church talk" that goes on everywhere in this state. Never heard it to such as extent as in Utah.
Neighbors, friends, friends of friends, etc. often ask... Are you LDS, What ward are you in? Did you go on a mission?
These folks carefully check out what one is wearing....then sometimes the above questions are not asked.
Gosh, it is kind of nice to go into a restaurant or a business where this does not happen. People just seem happy to be out and about. Do we need this heavy dose of religion everywhere?
It is sometimes difficult for those of us who may not want to "join the club".

Really???
Kearns, UT

Carl's Junior needs to look at their marketing plan and see if it fits the Christian values of it's owner/founder. I have refused to eat there based on the content of their advertisements.

bandersen
Saint George, UT

Most of the negative comments regarding these comments are grounded in anti-capitalism. I'm fine with them being anti-capitalists, but I've yet to hear one propose an alternative that is any better. Moreover, there is an obvious bias against religion in general and Christianity specifically. Since by a broad acclamation, unquestioned by economists the world over, socialism and communism offer all the vices of capitalism, plus an addendum far worst. The only way to achieve a kinder, gentler society is by invoking the principles that they have rejected, those belonging to Jesus Christ. Liberty belongs to the followers of Christ or at the very minimum, those who believe in free enterprise, not some hokey nirvana based on the evils inherent in man made systems, such as socialism and communism. Instead of attacking business' who have thrived in a free market system, stand up for principles that allow every one to succeed, rather than protecting the very corporations that they deride and then voting in politicians who not only protect them, but guarantee their future success. If you don't understand how this is done, educate yourself.

LDSareChristians
Anchorage, AK

Wow, Alaska Airlines.

They were also involved with the fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy, when they transported Jews to Israel, wherein the latch/ties of their shoes were not broken.

Gr8Dane
Tremonton, UT

I am so glad that I and my family do business with and contribute to the revenues of these companies and always will. Can't get any more free market than that! (Bob, are you listening way back there in Blue Massachussetts?).

ute alumni
paradise, UT

Lots of you are beating up on bob. Don't you know that northeast people, particularly, MA folks are born intellectually superior to the rest of the US? If you don't believe me, just ask bob. I am curious bobby, why would you lower your high secular brilliance to read a paper that obviously has a religious owner when you stated that the 12 companies listed in this article will never get your business. Please educate me as to how that makes sense.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@IMAN

I am not sure why you mention government at all.

Businesses are private. the government does not own them, the government does not fund them, the constitution does not limit them, it limits congress!

Citizens can do what they want, that is freedom. Including religious business owners.

People can and will live there religion in all aspects of their lives. as it should be.

Living your religion does not end at the leave and pass the church door or your home door.

That is why your comment about a "secular government" are just plain nonsense.

It is government of the people by the people, and for the people. IT is what those people make it. With, again, limits only put on the government, not the people.

Perhaps you look how the founders practiced the fist amendment, from publishing religious text, to sending missionaries to the Indians, from prayer, to building with religious art work and inscriptions.

There was nothing secular about it.

You seem to want limit some people and make them lesser citizens simple because of their religiosity.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

Recycling more "news?"

Look at the dates of the comments. The first one is Aug 6th.
There are no comments in Sept.
The last 2 comments (3 counting mine) are in Oct.

snowman
Provo, UT

samhill: Is there something wrong with being pro-life

Utah Native
Farmington, UT

In looking to order a new dishwasher online, we found yet another Christian company, Goedeker's, and were impressed with their company philosophy, as stated on their website: "We believe everything we do should be for the greater glory of God. Our priority is to serve our fellow man to the best of our ability. We want our customers to see Christ in us and in everything we do." This suggests fairness, good customer service, and integrity. I like it!

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