On Saturday, January 5th – THOUSANDS of Americans to Support Hobby Lobby & Religious Freedom

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.

Get news like this in your Facebook News Feed,
Gateway Pundit

Facebook Comments

Disqus Comments

  • Pingback: On Saturday, January 5th – THOUSANDS of Americans to Support Hobby Lobby & Religious FreedomPolitifreak()

  • Mildred Smith

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

  • Pingback: On Saturday, January 5th – THOUSANDS of Americans to Support Hobby Lobby & Religious Freedom « infowarsusa()

  • BlueStateRepub

    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.

  • Finncrisp

    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.

  • Kate

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

  • Deanna

    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?

  • jack ryan

    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.

  • cavt

    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.

  • Indiana

    I (and my family) will be there.

  • macc

    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!

  • ploome

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

  • FMB42

    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.

  • BlueStateRepub

    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.)

  • averagemelon

    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.

  • Cactus

    @#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!

  • garrettc

    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.

  • garrettc

    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.

  • gayle neuhaus

    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.

  • http://www.grouchyconservativepundits.org/index.php RickZ

    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.

  • http://mychal-massie.com/premium/ bg

    ++

    Thank You Hobby Lobby..

    ==

  • Pingback: A QUESTION haunts America (USA) | BLOGGING IOWADAWG STYLE()

  • http://mychal-massie.com/premium/ bg

    ++

    In fact, Hitler did strengthen the German establishment,
    but not exactly in the way the bankers and businessmen
    had wanted; and now, fifty years later, it is clear who
    was using whom.

    Barry Dunham Soetoro Barack Hussein Obama
    is hell bent on correcting Hitler’s mistakes, and
    he has a powerful lobby backing him up all the
    way..

    more at link, in connecting links, and threads..

    ==

  • FMb42

    Hey BlueStateRepub, etc;

    What are you going to do when anti-Christian/pro- Obama thugs vandalize your and/or other people’s cars when you’re in the HL store shopping on the 5th of Jan?

    Nothing is what you’re going to do. Absolutely nothing.

    Our political adversaries are not up to “fighting like a man.” They’re up to cheat voting, rioting, and showing up at the HL parking lot, or your house in numbers during the middle of the night (via “flash mob” tactics). Stop and think about it… These thugs never fight fair.

    Besides, I’m not saying “don’t shop at HL.” I am saying that you can do more by not shopping at businesses that are pro-Obama. Again, what we should be organizing is where not to shop. Nobody can slash your tires or vandalize your car in the parking lot of a business that you don’t shop at. Surely you can understand this?

    Again, an endless boycott can be infinitely more effective than a single organized patronage effort that has a predetermined date.

    We need to use our heads in this fight, rather than typing a bunch a worthless tough talk, or giving out an exact date that anti-Christian/pro- Obama thugs can use to harm you and others a lot more than you can harm them.

    Girlie man… Been awhile since I’ve heard an adult use that term.

    The sad thing is you got that from a lame hearted Hollywood phony who also happens to be one of the biggest RINOs on the planet.

  • Jaynie59

    I hope Hobby Lobby doesn’t cave like Chick-fil-A did after so many people went out of their way to show their support for them over gay marriage. And the Komen foundation caved, too, after conservatives supported them over the Planned Parenthood PR fiasco.
    We’ll see. I don’t trust conservatives anymore. They’re just not fighters. I hope HL proves me wrong.

  • Dink

    I wish HL well and hope that they counter sue BIG! This is communism at it’s worst.

  • Phyllis Martin

    I go to Hobby Lobby often I really stand up for their rights as well as all Christians we have taken the brunt of all things bad & look where it has gotten no voice no feelings one or two unbelievers how dare they dictate my faith & who I will give my life for” GOD ” & him alone I will be at HL tomorrow all Christians should be

  • gad-fly

    Hobby Lobby has the same option available to every company opposed to abortion and contraception treatments prescribed in Obamacare. Because there is no fighting the law of the land, the company simply needs to bail out of the group health plan offerings to employees. After all, Hobby Lobby is a “for profit” company with nothing to gain from oppressive court costs that will surely follow pursuing First Amendment rights.

    Company provided heath coverage was a union contract idea back in the forties and competition forced companies to offer the benefit to all employees. Socialism always bites you in the ass and it gets you coming and going. In this case, the final march toward single-payer healthcare is assured.

  • shadow

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

    Do you really think they give a rat’s a$$ about religious Jews?

  • shadow

    Hey, here’s an idea. Perhaps local Planned Parenthood offices can set up tents at the rallies, and put elderly people in wheelchairs inside.

  • Mike Hunt

    I’ll try to make it there… any chance to give a finger to Barackaclaus I’m in!

  • Haley Burton

    Because allowing HL to force its religious mandate on its employees lives is better than having the government force its mandates on the company? Pull your heads out of your asses, people. The bible clearly states that Christian law is intended for Christians alone–forcing it upon those who do not count themselves among that particular set of faithful is itself an injustice. Separation of church and state–when you enter into the benefits of retail, which are granted to you through the existence of the state, you relinquish your right to “Freedom of Religion” as your freedom now encroaches upon the freedoms of others. Believing that we should somehow limit personal freedoms by uniting church and state in favor of the church entirely undercuts the intended purpose of being granted “free will” in the first place.

  • oldlineconservative.com

    I will shop there tomorrow on 1/5/12 and in the future.

    HL is heroic.

  • Coasta

    We will be there….teen son received WWII ships and tank models for Christmas and he’s out of glue! Sure, we could go to Wally’s place but I cant stand it there so off we will go to Hobby Lobby….hope they have more of those Christmas boxes there were 50% off and oh that picture I absolutely……………

  • Coasta

    Geez. I write like I sniffed the glue!

  • Pingback: On Saturday, January 5th – THOUSANDS of Americans to Support Hobby Lobby & Religious Freedom « U.S. Constitutional Free Press()

  • sadsushi

    Will be there tomorrow right after work! =)

  • Vicky Hernandez

    So Supreme “wise lahteena” refused Hobby Lobby’s request for an emergency injunction? Well, I’m sure she know best. /sarc off

  • Mr. Rick Wamsley

    PLATINUM MONEY
    Are you in search of a reliable loan company were you can get a fast and guaranteed loan? Why border spend a long time hassle with the banks high rates over acquiring a loan’ when you can totally have a full guaranteed access to the funding of your future investment plans at a 2% interest rate.
    Get your loan approved, insured and transfered within thirty six hours in a reputable and legitimate lending service provider, where you can easily be granted a legitimate approval for that viable plan.
    A great opportunity has come for you to catch your target in a sure shortwhile. Platinum loans has the best and lasting way out of your financial constraint.
    We have a special way of reaching out to our clients in order to meet their financial needs, thus sorting out every financial stress which prospective clients may be experiencing.
    We are the front leading loan company in the United Kingdom, with a high reputable profile of loans disbursed to clients within and outside the country and other continents including Asia and Africa.
    Interested and law abiding citizens are strictly beneficiaries of this fair offer and note that all terms and conditions do apply.
    Platinum loan, a private loan firm and cooperate financer is making an offer of a fast loan for individuals, business undertakers, firm and cooperate bodies at a low interest rate. Offer available at 2% interest rate on long and short term loan. We render fast, reliable and dynamic services to our customers. We offer loans for developing business a competitive edge / business expansion.
    Our loans are well insured, for maximum security as a priority.

    We offer the following kinds of loans and many more;
    * Personal Loans (Unsecured Loan)
    * Business Loans (Unsecured Loan)
    * Car Loan
    * Consolidation Loan
    * Combination Loan
    * Home Improvement

    Qualifications:
    1) The Borrower must be at least 18yrs old above
    2) Even with Bad credit, we still guarantee the Borrower the Loan
    3) The Loan can be granted even with low credit.

    LOAN REQUEST
    Name of applicant:
    Country:
    Occupation:
    Gender:
    Purpose of loan:
    Age:
    Phone Number:
    Amount Needed:
    Loan Duration:
    Monthly Income:

    Hurry up now and apply for your loan. Once approved, you will have your loan sent to your bank account or preferred means of payment.
    For more information on our services and application contact us via email: [email protected]

  • Stancheff

    The comments here seem to suggest the Government is trying to control people’s lives, but it seems to me that Hobby Lobby is also trying to control their employee’s lives as well. Nobody, including President Obama or anyone else in Government is making Hobby Lobby employees take morning after pills. If they want to take one they are doing so on their own freewill and the Government is merely enforcing it’s own laws on the Health Care Mandate to include reproductive/contraceptive drugs. Hobby Lobby is a fine store, but it should not try to control the behavior of it’s employees outside of work and then complain that the Government is trying to control them. That is called a double standard.

  • Pingback: FOX NEWS by TODD STARNES STAND WITH HOBBY LOBBY « How Did We Get Here()

  • Pingback: Why Hobby Lobby’s defiance matters: the Nazis, Sirius/XM and Obama – The Brenner Brief()

  • TTom

    I’m happy for this man and his family who have gained success through hard work. I do not, however, support his boorish behavior in telling his employees they cannot do as THEY wish. What gives this man the right to judge others? Christians are the WORST at being empathetic. You can agree or disagree with the act of abortion, but when youcome down to it, it is a religious stance (applying a mythical “soul” to humans) that is trying to guard against the killing of a soul. It is NOT a soul…it is a zygote until it is hatched or birthed. Why do religious people put US above animals? we ARE animals, like ALL animals, made of the same star dust. Give this crap a break. And the WORST part about Christians is….they want everyone to keep having billions of babies, even unwanted ones, yet won’t life a freaking FINGER to help them when the children are obviously unwanted or the parent is incapable of nurturing that child.

  • http://HTML Annie J

    I may not completely agree with their regligious beliefs but I absolutely 100% stand up for them to have them. I supported Hobby Lobby today. I shopped online and spent $97.11 and got some really cool stuff at great prices. A 40% off coupon is available online to go towards your highest priced purchase. Support Hobby Lobby today!

  • bigL

    Yeah, and the Roman Catholics too. That Card Dolan said this and that about ab drugs and the rubbers but never said anything to the congregtions about “just this time vote fr romney, or just this time vote republican or vote GOP.
    But no roman Catholics vote Democrat. theyare democrats. Matters of Faith and doctrine—ehh!
    So since those millions went for obama that was the difference and ew-scray them.
    so I hope Hobby does not cave.
    Where I live it is all AVON now for Breast Cancer. Susan Komen has the the Brown shoes left bv the vanished Malenkov.

  • Susan

    Just left Hobby Lobby, $150 poorer, but quite happy. All of their Christmas related stuff is 80% off!

  • Debbie

    We went and supported them today!!!!

  • Catblaster

    I had to work all day so unfortunately I didn’t get to go but I love HL and hope they prevail