"Donald Trump is our only hope for a Supreme Court that will protect freedom of religion."
Hobby Lobby CEO David Ware writes in his USA Today op-ed piece, where he slammed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as a leader who will let religious liberty crumble and endorsed Trump as the next president who will make sure religious liberty stands firm in America.
Ware says religious liberty is important to his family, because it's what laid the foundation for their business. "First and foremost, as Christians, we are called to love people. As individuals and business owners, we try our best to be true to that calling," he says. "We provide excellent benefits to our 30,000 employees and a starting wage for full-time hourly employees that is more than double the federal minimum wage."
Hobby Lobby has donated half a billion dollars to philanthropic efforts while keeping its coffers closed for anything that would support the termination of life through abortion. Ware fears that Christians would be forced to "violate their conscience" under Clinton's presidency since she is a staunch supporter of abortion service provider Planned Parenthood.
In his term, President Barack Obama implemented the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare), which requires employers to pay for abortion-related products and services.
Hobby Lobby sued the government because of this. "Fortunately, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby in 2014, but it's frightening to think that we — and all Americans — were just one judge away from losing our religious freedom," says Ware.
So far, Ware is satisfied with Trump's commitment to uphold the Constitution, and he likes Trump's list of possible Supreme Court nominees because it "inspires confidence that there is hope in my future — and in my grandchildren's future — for a country that will value those most fundamental rights."