After Time Magazine named "the Ebola fighters" the Person of the Year last week, Beck said naming Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black man fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, would have been a better reflection of where America is and what has happened over the past year.
But who does Beck think actually deserves the title, for his courage and integrity? Beck said on his television program Wednesday that he believes Hobby Lobby President Steve Green should actually be America's Person of the Year.
Beck said he considered politicians like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), average citizens like Rich Weinstein, and newsmakers like Justina Pelletier. But he said he believes Steve Green and his family should "be talked about and discussed at every home, and in every church, and in every business in America."
Beck shared the history of Hobby Lobby, explaining how it started with the family gluing picture frames together and became a company worth billions of dollars.
Over the summer, Hobby Lobby won a legal battle against the Obama administration over Obamacare's federal birth control coverage mandate. The company was willing to pay for 16 out of 20 forms of contraception, but argued that four others, like “Plan B,” violate their religious beliefs because of the risk of an abortion.
"We really had no option but to take the administration to court because of the position we were put into," Green told Beck on Thursday. "We feel like the religious freedoms our founders gave us needed to be protected, and we were very excited about having a win."
Beck said many in Green's position would have folded, and asked how he and his family remained firm in their decision.
"We have stated as part of our statement of purpose that we want to operate our company according to biblical principles," Green said. "And for us to be able to do that, to live out our faith, that is where we didn't have a choice. We either had to compromise our faith and walk away from what we believe, or be willing to violate our conscience and in essence, be willing to take life."
Green said one of the most important things they do as a company is treat their employees well.
"Our most precious commodity, most precious asset as a company is our people," he said. "We are only as good as the organization as we build. ... We know the value of having good people, and part of that is treating them well, with respect, doing the best that we can for them, and then we know that in return they work hard for us. That is always been what we strive to do."
When asked if he has any advice for business owners or entrepreneurs, Green said: "It's focusing on the business. It's going into the office every day, working hard. ... It was years, it was 20 years that there was not a lot of profits. It was just going into work and eking out an existence."
More from the interview, below.
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