UPDATE: Please send photos here if you make it out to a Hobby Lobby tomorrow.

Thousands to Join Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day Over Mandate Fight

Stand With Hobby Lobby–

** Find a Hobby Lobby near you.
The Saturday hours are 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
The plan:
On Saturday, January 5th, all Americans who value freedom of religion and oppose the HHS Mandate’s unfair impositions upon religious individuals and corporate entities are called upon to show their support for Hobby Lobby by shopping either at their local retail Hobby Lobby store or online.

PLEASE SHARE THIS EVENT WIDELY!

The story until now:
• September 12, 2012: Hobby Lobby files suit against Kathleen Sabelius and the US Department of Health and Human Services in US District Court for Western District of Oklahoma. They are represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
• November 19, 2012: District Judge Joe Heaton rules that privately owned companies such as Hobby Lobby are not exempt from the HHS Mandate on religious grounds because these enterprises do not possess the same religious rights as individuals and religious organizations do.
• December 20, 2012: The US Court of Appeals in Denver rules against Hobby Lobby on the same grounds as the lower court; the Green family vows to appeal to the US Supreme Court.
• December 26, 2012: Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejects an emergency request for injunction that would allow Hobby Lobby temporary exemption from the HHS Mandate pending the hearing of their full case before the high court.
• December 27, 2012: Hobby Lobby’s attorneys announce that the chain plans to defy the Mandate which will take effect January 1st, potentially costing the chain (which employs 13,000) hundreds of millions of dollars in fines by the time their case is finally decided.

The letter from Hobby Lobby CEO David Green that LifeNews received follows:

When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God‘s word. From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.

We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God’s laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that’s what we’ve tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.

But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government health care mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.

Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It’s not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it’s the same for everybody. But that’s not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won’t exempt them for reasons of religious belief.

So, Hobby Lobby – and my family – are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don’t like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.

Please support this great company and this great cause.
Maybe I’ll see you tomorrow!

UPDATE: Please send photos here if you make it out to a Hobby Lobby tomorrow.

 

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  1. This is going nowhere because they decided it was a “tax.”

  2. I am so totally in. I don’t even need anything from Hobby Lobby but I’ll come up with something to buy. There’s a HL within walking distance of my pad.

  3. The writer is absolutely right that exemptions were granted by Obama simply because they were asked for. Now that God is involved, no deal. Union thugs, OK! On with the collective.

    Barry is such a Chicago stooge, even if he was born in Kenya.

  4. I”ll be there. We need to stand together to fight oppression.

  5. Oh I’ll be there, I love the store…great merchandise and great sales every week. It has decor for everyone, furniture, mirrors, lamps, clocks, glassware, crafts, fabric and sewing knitting supplies, art supplies, posters, frames, storage, stuff for kids, etc. It beats Michaels and other similar stores by a mile.

    And why does Dominos Pizza get the all clear but not Hobby Lobby?

  6. The “Wise Latina” isn’t wise. She’s an ideologue. She’ll do whatever she thinks Obama wants her to do. The opposite of judicial independence.

  7. Glad to see people standing up to the dictator. Just like they said, if you’re a friend of the dems or bundler, you can get exemptions. If you’re conservative or religious, you’re in trouble. Founding fathers must be rolling over in their graves.

  8. I (and my family) will be there.

  9. excluding moron #2, the type we should never listen to, I’ll be at the Hobby Lobby in my area tomorrow!

    We support those who have decided to take a stand against the fraud in the white house and against tyranny!

  10. Saturday is not a god day for religious Jews to turn out.

  11. 1. This will do little, or nothing, to help Hobby Lobby, or the anti- Obama Mandate cause in general (also keep in mind that bad people will most likely show up at Hobby Lobby parking lots in order to cause you grief).

    2. This will, in fact, aid the Obama ruled government by giving it even more tax dollars.

    3. These HL supporters would do better to organize a “do not shop at pro-Obama companies” effort.

    4. Again, this type of action will almost always do more to energize your political foes than it will to hurt them.

    5. You can rest assured that Obama, and his cohorts, will do everything in their considerable powers to punish HL back for this.

    6. Your power lies in your feet, your hands, and lastly in your wallet.

    You can best exorcise this power by:

    Waking away from business entities that support politics you don’t agree with.

    Using your remote to avoid watching TV or “Hollywood” style entertainment created by those who support politics that are not in your best interests.

    Not spending money at businesses that support political ideals you dislike.

    At this point, what you don’t do will often have more effect against your political adversaries than anything else you can do.

  12. 1. This will do little, or nothing, to help Hobby Lobby, or the anti- Obama Mandate cause in general (also keep in mind that bad people will most likely show up at Hobby Lobby parking lots in order to cause you grief).

    FOAD Moby. Ooh, bad people, I see bad people. Me must stay in home and cower before me Commie overlords. F that. F that hard.

    Fight or die, people. Like some pantywaist Liberal girlie man is gonna take me on, their flabby vegan bodies can’t take physical exertion.

    ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Patriots! (and if you know what that means, you are a Patriot.)

  13. This is where the rubber hits the road. Although Hobby Lobby will do all it can to protect its employees, the owners may eventually choose to close its doors in the name of God….and they WILL be right to do so. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY stand behind them! It’s time to stand for what we ARE and let Obama’s army know our master is NOT MONEY.

  14. @#13… “3. These HL supporters would do better to organize a “do not shop at pro-Obama companies” effort.”

    Okay, then where do we shop instead, if you say it will hurt us to shop at places like Hobby Lobby too?

    And really, I think I can deal with any “bad people” who show up in the parking lot…

    HL is one of my favorite stores as it is; I’ll be pleased to shop there again tomorrow!

  15. But the real facts are 1.3 Mil fine per day will put the hurt on Hobby Lobby. Probably forcing it into Chap 11 before this ever gets to court. This is the power of your national government. Comply, or else.

    The real solution to this is to immediately move everyone to 30 hrs or less, hourly and strip their medical benefits. Send them a form later with instructions on how to thank the administration.

  16. But the real facts are that 1.3 Mil fine per day will put the hurt on Hobby Lobby. Probably forcing it into Chap 11 before this ever gets to court. This is the power of your national government. Comply, or else.

    The real solution to this is to immediately move everyone to 30 hrs or less, hourly and strip their medical benefits. Send them a form letter with instructions on how to thank the administration.

  17. Won’t be able to go Saturday, but my daughter and I purposely shopped Hobby Lobby New Year’s Day. We were very pleased with the merchandise we found.

  18. I wish Hobby Lobby well with their lawsuit. May this litigation start a ‘fight back against Government Tyranny’ trend. That may be a forlorn hope, but hope nonetheless.



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