“The Southwest Oklahoma District Church of the Nazarene and the Church of the Nazarene, International affirms our partnership with Hobby Lobby for the good of our communities and all humanity. The generous and compassionate works of Hobby Lobby to alleviate poverty, injustice and suffering are well-known to the Southwest Oklahoma District Church of the Nazarene and we do not support any form of boycott or petition advocating such. Our relationship with Hobby Lobby in regard to Biblical Christian values is a positive and mutual one.”
Cooper ended his statement by stating the Church of the Nazarene's stance in favor of the sanctity of human life.
“As to the views and beliefs regarding the sanctity of human life, the Church of the Nazarene has made it clear in the Manual (the guiding beliefs and polity of the Church) that ‘The Church of the Nazarene believes in the sanctity of human life and strives to protect against abortion ... All human life, including life developing in the womb, is created by God ... and therefore, to be nurtured, supported, and protected. We oppose induced abortion by any means, when used for either personal convenience or population control. We oppose laws that allow abortion.'”
Schmitz could not be reached for comment Monday. A spokesman for Hobby Lobby said the retailer did not have a statement on Monday.
Last week, Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said Hobby Lobby has no concerns about contraception but the business' owners feel that paying for drugs that induce abortion would violate their Christian beliefs.