An award presentation for the Green family of Oklahoma will be one of the highlights of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting set for Tuesday and Wednesday in Baltimore.
Russell Moore, president of the convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, is set to present the 2014 John Leland Religious Liberty Award to the Green family, owners of the Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby craft retail chain, during the commission’s report Wednesday at the annual gathering.
In a statement published on the commission’s website, Moore said the Green family was chosen to receive the award for demonstrating a commitment to religious freedom “against a federal government demanding that they, along with countless other for-profit businesses, provide insurance for services that violate their core religious convictions.”
“The Greens are, in such a time as this, standing for the religious freedom of all of us,” Moore said. “They rightly recognize that the government is not lord of the conscience. Their allegiance, they’ve rightly understood, belongs first and foremost to God, not government.”
Steve Green, Hobby Lobby’s president, and his wife, Jackie, plan to accept the award. Steve Green is the son of David and Barbara Green, who founded the Oklahoma City-based company of 565 stores. Mart Green, another of Steve and Barbara Green’s sons, is founder of Mardel, a Christian office and educational supply store chain.
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