How Christian of them.

Courtesy of the Business Insider

After quietly reopening stores across the country in defiance of coronavirus-related state lockdown orders, Hobby Lobby is closing all of its stores nationwide and furloughing employees.

In a statement posted on the company website on Friday afternoon, Hobby Lobby announced it would furlough “nearly all store employees” and is “ending emergency leave pay and suspending use of company provided paid time off benefits and vacation.” A furlough is when a company temporarily lays off an employee.

“As the country continues efforts to manage and mitigate the devastating health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus, Hobby Lobby will, after careful consideration, close the remainder of its stores, and furlough nearly all store employees and a large portion of corporate and distribution employees, effective Friday, April 3rd, at 8:00 p.m.,” Hobby Lobby posted on its website. “The stores will remain closed until further notice.”

According to two employees, each speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution but whose employment status and identities were confirmed by Business Insider, managers at their stores called teams into a meeting to deliver the news on Friday afternoon. During the meetings, they were told the furloughs would affect all workers below management level and was expected to run through at least May 1.

An employee in a Midwestern state told Business Insider his manager said she would continue to work, though she “has no idea why she will still be there” if stores are closed.

“The line our manager gave us [from corporate] was, ‘The employees got what the employees wanted; the stores were closed,'” the employee said in an interview shortly after he learned of the furloughs. “My question was, ‘Did God tell them they needed to close the stores and not pay us?'”

Yeah, I’m sure that the employees wanted to be abandoned by their employers and left to fend for themselves in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. 

Remember back when Hobby Lobby sued the Obama Administration because they did not want to follow the Obamacare directives that told them they needed to provide health insurance that also covered a woman’s contraception? 

They took that case all the way to the Supreme Court, and won, because they felt they were too Christian to support a woman’s right to prevent her own pregnancy. 

So they were too Christian to allow a woman to have control over her own reproductive organs but not Christian enough to lend a helping hand to their employees who are now left with no money, no health insurance, and no hope for the future. 

Got it.