- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Green family, Hobby Lobby, connected for 40 years

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Monday’s Supreme Court ruling that the Hobby Lobby crafts store chain does not have to provide all forms of birth control is a victory for one of the nation’s most prominent Pentecostal Christian families.

Hobby Lobby’s owners, the Green family of Oklahoma, plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to create a Bible museum on land near the National Mall in Washington. It’s scheduled to open in 2017 and will display the family’s massive collection of biblical artifacts, including ancient texts.

Hobby Lobby President Steve Green is also spearheading the Green Scholars Initiative, which intends to place a Bible-based academic curriculum in the nation’s public schools.

His brother, Mart Green, spent about $70 million of the family fortune to rescue Oral Roberts University, the Pentecostal school in Oklahoma that was engulfed in a spending scandal and burdened with tens of millions of dollars in debt.