Hobby Lobby Says It Will Defy Obama’s HHS Mandate


In November a federal judge ruled Christian-owned Hobby Lobby must pay for abortifacient drugs and birth control for their employees.

This week Hobby Lobby announced it will defy the Obama HHS mandate and risk potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day.
Life News reported:

Following a decision by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denying Hobby Lobby’s request for an exemption from the Obama administration’s HHS mandate, the Christian retail company said it will defy the mandate.

As LifeNews reported, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has refused to act favorably on an emergency appeal Hobby Lobby stores filed to stop enforcement of the HHS mandate against it.

After a federal court denied a request to temporarily stop enforcement of the abortion pill mandate against the Christian-operated business Hobby Lobby, it took its HHS mandate lawsuit to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor denied its request to block the mandate and the millions of dollars in fines it will be subjected to starting January 1 for not complying…

…Now, an attorney for Hobby Lobby says it will defy the mandate and potentially risk potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day.

Kyle Duncan, an attorney for the pro-life legal group Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said in a statement that hobby Lobby doesn’t plan to offer its employees insurance that would cover the drug while its lawsuit is pending.

“The company will continue to provide health insurance to all qualified employees,” Duncan said. “To remain true to their faith, it is not their intention, as a company, to pay for abortion-inducing drugs.”

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  • The Underground Conservative

    Standing up to Der Fuhrer. I am proud of them!

  • cavt

    Good–someone willing to stand up against our leftist govt and their dictatorial mandates.

  • serfer62

    We all will have to do it…

  • Gail

    Good for you Hobby Lobby, “stand your ground”! I for one, will not forget your courage!

  • chris

    We don’t HAVE to do anything. The power lies with the people. Check your testicles.

  • Objective Analysis

    I will be shopping at Hobby Lobby soon to show support. Chick fil-a moment guys needs to go to them.

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  • Rose IV

    I was hoping they would take this type of stand! If they go belly-up then it’s totally on Obama and his puppet SCOTUS judge – all the while the general population are against Obamacare!

    GOOD CALL ‘Hobby Lobby’!

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  • stuart

    Well, I guess the Justice Sotomayor has spoken. Liberty, the rights of the people, and freedom of conscience are now at odds with the Federal Government. War has been declared. This will not end well.

  • Time

    What other religions got waivers ?

  • BlueStateRepub

    Good for them. Fire with fire. Love Hobby Lobby, I did half my Christmas shopping there this year. Great stores, great people. When we were redecorating our living room, we needed a pair of candle holders and couldn’t find exactly what we wanted anywhere. Finally we found exactly what we wanted at HL. But they only had one in stock and we wanted two. The manager told us she’d have one shipped in from another store and meanwhile hold the one in her office.

    To be honest, I figured we’d never hear from them again. But only DAYS later the mgr. called to tell us she had both candle holders in her office and we could stop by anytime for them. All that service for an 8 dollar item. HobbyLobby rules!

  • shadow

    Well, I guess the Justice Sotomayor has spoken.

    You realize that she merely upheld a lower court’s ruling against an emergency injunction, and that the original case is still going forward. This isn’t the end of it.

  • Flowergirl

    Good for them!! I plan on shopping there more this year.

  • Rose

    God bless and keep and prosper Hobby Lobby and other businesses in their shoes.

    This mess they are in is entirely due to UNCONSTITUTIONAL MEDDLING by the Fed Govt and it is time AMERICAN CITIZENS put up a howl that keeps Congress from hearing themselves or the DIM LAMESTREAM MEDIA.

    They haven’t BEGUN to hear enough from Citizens to make them think they should think twice about their UNCONSTITUTIONAL activities.

    AND WHOSE FAULT IS THAT!

  • Indiana

    Just wait until everyone decides to not pay their taxes….kind of like all of those people in the Obama administration that haven’t paid theirs. If we can’t stop Obama from spending us into oblivion….he can’t do it if he doesn’t have our tax dollars.

  • imtorqued

    God Bless them. They will lose in this world, but gain in God’s Heavenly Kingdom.

    I really like how the criminal, Godless commiecrat slobbered all over a koranimal PRISONER’s knob in her haste to make sure his religious rights were observed and turned around and totally barfed all over Christianity.

  • Tony

    SOTOMAYOR IS NOT JUSTICE, JUST POSING AS ONE.

    Since the thug who appointed her, Barry Sotero, is not really the President, just posing as one.

    Cases against him were all fixed. By who? The fixers are so powerful, you cannot even utter their name for fear of being called anti-semite.

    The thugs he appointed to the Supreme Court in turn cooked the rulings to keep their thug in power.

    It is alike a thug telling his thug friend to vouch for each other!

  • tek

    Hobby Lobby was denied an injunction against enforcement of the mandate, and not an “exception,” as the article maintains. A decision will still be reached on the matter, but enforcement will not be suspended pending the decision.

  • Nelle

    Apparently our God-given right to freedom of religion isn’t self evident to some people any more. It seems they want to give priority to a dreamed-up right to health care that includes abortifacients to the right our ancestors proclaimed was fundamental.
    If they win this round, it will be on to taxpayer funded abortion, and they’ll say we’re already paying for abortions in the form of morning after pills and such, so there’s nothing to discuss.

  • rosie

    Whoever said that each individual’s right to religious freedom was limited to some concrete building with a steeple on top and ONLY within services contained within???

  • http://www.opaobie.com/ Opaobie

    Sotomayor should not have had anything to do with the case since she was Obama’s solicitor general when Obamacare was passed and helped write and advise on it. Her conflict of interest should have disqualified her, and another Justice should have heard the appeal.

  • Mad Hatter

    This is what this country needs, more people ignoring the Dictator in Chief, and his power grab.

  • http://dialr4infinty.blogspot.com The All Real Numbers Symbol

    Looks like Hobby Lobby is going Galt, a la Hank Rearden. No sanction from this victim of Obamacare. I look forward to shopping there again in the near future.

  • Campfollower

    In ATL, we have a choice between Joann’s, Michaels and Hobby Lobby for projects and crafts. From now on I will go to Hobby Lobby FIRST.

    I did much of my Christmas shopping there anyway. Something for everyone.

    Men, they have metal detectors…my seven year old son got one and spent much of Christmas day outside with it, in his Davy Crockett coonskin cap :)

  • The Underground Conservative

    The sheep molesters from Islam have been exempted from everything.

  • lizzy84

    I’ll be doing some shopping @ Hobby Lobby…they deserve our esteem, support & encouragement for standing up to oBama and doing what’s right. Has any sort of legal defense fund or something been set up where contributions can be made to help this company?

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  • oldlineconservative.com

    God bless Hobby Lobby. I hope, no I pray, they will prevail.

  • shadow

    This is what this country needs, more people ignoring the Dictator in Chief, and his power grab.

    Yeah, remember that sentiment the next time the “Dictator in Chief” is a Republican.

  • theBuckWheat

    Wesley Mouch will not pleased when he finds out.

  • YourMaster

    Republicans should just keep bringing up the obamacare issue….
    …..this is a killer for democrats and they can’t avoid it since it was them that passed it with a supermajority and no republican votes.

    but if conservatives in congress are really smart
    they’ll pass the fiscal bill with – permanent bush tax cuts, and a repeal on obamacare
    and give the Democrats absolutely no choice but to either pass it…
    or to take us over the fiscal cliff…

    still don’t know how they’ll blame congress… this is under obama…
    if he is leader of the country – he ends up with the blame of it.
    (that includes if we head into a great depression… or something worse with a collapse of the economy – his leadership)

  • jony101

    no company can afford fines of 1 million a day. This will bankrupt hobby Lobby, which seems to be the governments priority. Instead of trying to help business that are doing good in this economy it is trying to put more people out of work.
    Time to cut the printing press. As long as the government can print money, it dont need taxes. It can destroy companies on a whim, it dont need there taxes to continue to function.
    The saudi’s are already warning the world that the US is beginning to resemble Spain bankrupt economy.

  • dad of 10

    HOBBY LOBBY is doing what we all should stand up against our idiots in office and Denny Burk could learn a few things from this author as well like how to write . Denny Burk removes any item he don’t like or that’s not siding with his views

  • American Woman

    Just to know, Obamacare makes exceptions for people that sre Muslims and for people that are Amish

  • Judith

    How does Obama get money to spend if the House is in charge of all monies?? Just a simple question.

  • shadow

    Just to know, Obamacare makes exceptions for people that sre Muslims and for people that are Amish

    Errr … not quite.
    http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/exemptions.asp

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  • steve

    We the people out number the nit wits in power, we must all stand up to these thugs. Our very freedoms and our childrens future are at stake.

  • bonhomme1

    “We ought to obey God, rather than men! (Acts 5:29)

  • http://delendam.wordpress.com Rick

    Will have to put Hobby Lobby on the list of stores to frequent today.

  • http://frankbeckendorf.com Frank Beckendorf

    You have my continued business, that’s for sure.

  • Mike in Afghanistan

    “Socialism ia a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is equal sharing of misery. /// You have enemies GOOD. That means you stood up for something sometime in your life.” Winston Churchill…..
    obama and regime will only lie when they talk, they will cover up all their murders but that will be their undoing. The dead have a habit of coming back around when you least expect them.
    “The truth is incontrovertablke malice may attack it, ignorance my deride it, but in the end There it is.” Churchill faced all this before and he beat them soundly until their guts spewed from their mouth and ass.
    Mike in Afghanistan

  • Angrypatriot

    Tis the shot heard round the world… This could be the spark that lights the powder keg. God willing, we will ALL follow the Hobby Lobby’s example and put these power-crazed politicians in their place.

  • nunnyahbiz

    ALL of the people administering the 3 branches of our GOD GIVEN “Constitutionally based Republic” both Federal & State, Right wing & Wrong wing, HAVE failed miserably to protect We, The People from, or ARE actively engaged in, the willful & deliberate subversion & overthrow of our GOD GIVEN “Constitutionally based Republic”

    These facts are no longer debatable! They have been proven to be true!

    WE, THE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN BETRAYED!!! WE, THE PEOPLE STAND ALONE!!!

    The time for talk is OVER My Fellow Americans! The time for action is NOW!

    I certainly hope that all of you people are actually getting ready for what “IS GOING TO HAPPEN” ………………………I know I am!

    Water, Food, Shelter, Clothing, Defense/Offense, Survive…………..in that order!
    And I wouldn’t worry about a retirement plan at this stage of the game Ladies & Gentlemen!!! Better spend it on the above essentials if you want old age security!

    Just a friendly FYI !!!

  • nunnyahbiz

    Time for Hobby Lobby to arm all of its employees to combat the inevitable assault by federal, nazi storm troopers!

    DEATH TO THE TRAITORS!!!

  • Kate Alexander

    I hope the fines drive this narrow-minded store into the oblivion it’s shareholders deserve.

  • Mia

    Good job! Hobby Lobby~ what’s next, force them to be open on Sunday?

  • Diane Oliver

    I would like to know if Hobby Lobby pay for Viagra for their male employees?

  • seanoairborne

    I don’t even know wat HL sells but I’m gonna start shopping there!As for Sotomeyer,she’s just another woefully unqualified minority appointed because of her race not her educational abilities.Just like the”Bigot In Chief”!

  • seanoairborne

    Diane Oliver….viagra doesn’t stop a beating heart.Apples and oranges!!

  • Tim Farrell

    BRAVO HOBBY LOBBY. I’LL BE SHOPPING THERE FOR SURE!

  • Tresa Crawford

    Good for you Hobby Lobby. Its ashame that as Christians, we have to go to such trials, but its because we are that we do. God will reward u for standing up in His name, and supporting what u believe in. If someone had a drinking problem, I would not go out, and buy them booze. Of course not. We as Christians do not believe in murder for any reason. Abortion is not accepted, and we should not have to pay for it, or inflick it on anyone else, esp when we do not believe in it. Proud to shop at your store! God is with you, and I pray He will protect your business. How ever u can get around it, this is what u should do.

  • oldschoolnana

    As a Christian I do not believe in abortion. I know that this is a touchy subject especially when you get into to pregnancies as a result of rape. However, even in that case, I do not believe a employer should be forced to provide you with abortion inducing drugs.

  • http://www.spiritcomputers.net Bishop Harry Greene

    As a business owner I won’t bow to Obama either and will not allow this mandate to tell me what I must supply. As a Christian I won’t provide what I know is wrong to employees and won’t allow the Government to tell me how to run my business. Before this happens I will stop paying taxes all together in protest. It is a shame Obamacare is trying to take control of businesses and corporations and tell them what they must supply to it’s employees when it goes against our Christian beliefs.

  • http://www.spiritcomputers.net Bishop Harry Greene

    The Christian community need to come together and fight to get rid of OBAMA and put a Christian in office who will work for the greater good of America. Stop wasteful spending overseas and start putting that money going overseas to help our own people who are doing without so Obama can look good to other nations who wish us harm.

  • Al Landry

    I am glad to see that there are people in this country who are willing to stand up for what is right. For those who are disturbed by the action of the government,read the book “They Fired the First Shot” and prepare to ” run towards the ambush”.

  • THoward

    I applaude them for standing up to their principles and believes for themselves and their employees. I always shop there! I know they are a stable well founded company.
    My concern is that as those fines add up, will they be able to continue in business thus the employees loosing their jobs…

  • Scott

    Hobby Lobby better not be the only company to stand up for their values and give in to Obama(dont)care crap!!!

  • June Gillespie

    May God hold you in His righteous right hand and protect you from those who
    have evil intentions. May His blessings rain upon you abundantly, as you honor
    Him. Remember God said He will be with you always.

  • LTC John (USA Ret)

    Finally…a company with the guts to adhere to its beliefs and rights! Now…it’s time for others, e.g., coal miners, oil drillers, electric companys with coal fired plants, and all American taxpayers to say not only NO but HELL NO, I’M MAD AS HELL AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANY MORE!

  • Brian

    I will be doing all my business with hobby lobby

  • betty salmon

    i will stand by u . ty ===============================

  • Tennessee Volunteer

    God will win in the end, Dems and Leftist will be judged=like all of us. I know those are in the book of life will gain eternal citizenship in heaven and those that are not eternal suffering and torment in hell.

    Who do you trust in?

    His name is Jesus
    Its a free choice,

    I pray you make the wise choice and live

  • Jan

    Good for Hobby Lobby. I shopped there before Christmas, and I will shop there after New Year’s to Show my support. So glad someone has the courage to stand up for what they believe and not let the federal government bully them into doing this.

  • solo234

    Hobby Lobby keep standing strong. Dont back down. Stand for God. Im with ya

  • pitterpitter

    GIVE ME A BREAK people….get a life!!!!

  • Barb

    I shop there all the time. It is my #1 store. Now I find that they are going to be in my book under: HEROS!!! More people need to take a stand against this stupidity of Obamamcare and the rest of the overpaid fat cat elitists running our government. What a joy to finally read some good news about true Patriotic Americans taking a stand. I love you Hobby Lobby! Keep up the good work. I will be shopping with you even more now. And I will be praying for you every night!! Barb from Michigan

  • sandrajean

    Three cheers for Hobby Lobby!!!!!!

  • Miracle

    I appreciate the stand that Hobby Lobby is taking and the risk that they are taking. We as Christians need to remember that God is on the throne even through the dark times we live in. Even if Hobby Lobby chooses to take the fines God still remains true to his people regardless of what the future holds for this store. I love shopping at this store and I love to listen to the music as I shop. Thanks again to the owners and management for taking a stand for what they believe in regardless of the price and sacrifices made. So many Christians stand on the side and allow the government to dictate to them what they are
    doing, instead of standing up for what is right. I will pray for God’s will in the outcome of this situation God Bless. Jer.29:11.

  • guest

    I support what Hobby Lobby is believing in as far as the healthcare policy. The irony is that they buy almost all of their merchandise from places like China…..go figure.

  • HAZEL

    OH GREAT NOW WE HAVE THE GOVERNMENT IN OUR SEX LIFE….IT IS BAD ENOUGH WITH THE “BS” THEY ARE DOING….IF A WOMEN WANTS A DAY AFTER PILL OR AND ABORTION IT BETTER BE A GOOD REASON… IF OU DON’T WANT KIDS TAKE BIRTH CONTROL PILLS OR USE A RUBBER……DON’T BE SO STUPID…MOST PEOPLE NOW DAYS ARE NOT SMART ENOUGHT TO GRAB THEIR ASS WITH BOTH HANDS…..A MAN SAYS ” I LOVE YOU” AND SHE IS READY TO JUMP IN BED WITH HIM AFTER KNOWING HIM FOR 3 HOURS……….YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID…….BUT WE ALSO HAVE TO FIX THE GOVERNMENT ..ALL THE KISS-A** POLITICIANS…..PEOPLE GOT TO FIGHT…….

  • God’s little angel

    Three cheers for Hobby Lobby! I am so inspired by their brave stance that I decided to do the same. Jesus came to me in a dream last night and said that I didn’t have to provide health insurance for Negroes and Jews. Monday morning, I will be canceling their policies based on my religious freedom! Thanks Hobby Lobby!

  • Zack

    Good job Hobby Lobby! Way to impose Christianity on your employees! The founding fathers only intended the 1st amendment to allow for freedom of Christianity, anyways.

  • Voice of Reason

    Birth Control is totally wrong. When will people realize that a child is not a choice, it is a punishment handed down by god to women who can’t keep their legs closed. If you have sex you deserved to be burdened with a child for the rest of your life. It is way better to have a child you don’t want and can’t afford, that you will not be able to properly care for, than to try to prevent that.