Tens of Thousands Flock to Hobby Lobby on National Appreciation Day

Thousands Sign Up to Support Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day Over HHS Mandate Fight

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 were called upon to show their support for Hobby Lobby by shopping either at their local retail Hobby Lobby store or online.

Over 60,000 signed up to support Hobby Lobby on national appreciation day,


The parking lot at Hobby Lobby in west St. Louis was packed today.

Inside the west St. Louis location the workers said, “It was like Christmas” and that business was booming today.


Aquilla King holds a sign supporting Hobby Lobby during “Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day” Saturday in Mississippi. (WDAM)

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.

** If you made it out to Hobby Lobby today please comment or send in pictures.

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  • what?

    Why is mosaic law okay but sharia bad?

  • Patty

    It is a terrific store. Others stores have been profiting on the Hobby Lobby idea. They were the first store here then many like them have popped up. Since all the controversy I am making a point to shop there and only there.

    When America stands together for righteousness, great things happen.

  • BaconFat

    I went to the West Bend Wisconsin store today. VERY busy! Waited to check out for 15-20 minutes. I was easily as busy as Christmas. All the best to them!

  • MrJimm

    Made it out to Palatine, Il this afternoon – Hobby Lobby was busy dispite the heavy snow falling outside. Store manager smiled after I sought him out to express my appreciation; he told me that several others also had talked to him so far today and he promised that all good wishes like mine would be sent up the chain to national headquarters.

  • bg

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    what? #2 January 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    you mean exempt don’t you??

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  • Bev

    Shopped Hobby Lobby today. Wish them the very best in their legal battle.

  • Visited the Hobby Lobby in Douglasville, GA!

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  • Alan Clingerman

    I too went to the Hobby Lobby in West Bend, Wisconsin today. I have only been there once because I don’t usually have a need for what they sell but made a trip of 15 miles to participate. I bought items that I seldom use but I felt compelled to help them. The parking lot was more full than other times I have driven by and I waited 20 minutes to check out. I will continue to support this company from government intervention.

  • TNgardengirl

    Went to Hobby Lobby in Morristown, TN first thing this morning.

  • Visited my local Hobby Lobby this afternoon. They were fairly busy, but I don’t know how busy they generally are on a Saturday, so I sadly have no comparison. (Because usually when i shop there, I do it during the week.) I bought more beading wire – Hobby Lobby is the only place I know of where I can find very fine wire for small beads.

  • JDR-Taq

    #2

    Most apt nic, probably ever.

  • sandi

    I drove 80 miles to shop st Hobby Lobby today. It was busier than a normal Saturday from what could tell. In Rochester, MN.

  • Kate

    Hobby Lobby on Battlefield in Springfield was extremely busy. Checker said they were swamped. Parking lots filled. I went in and did my bit. BTW, Hobby Lobby has a great APP for smart phones. 40% coupon for your purchases. Support them and save money too. Too bad Obama and the Dems don’t grasp the concept of saving money.

  • I went there today and bought gifts for my kids. found some great items, including a crib sheet for US government, history and such.

  • gastorgrab

    “If we call it ObamaCare instead of ‘Health Control’, it will be easier to pass”

    – Anonymous Democrat, before the passage of the ‘AFFORDABLE Health Care Act’

  • Deanna

    Shopped at the Hobby Lobby in NW Pennsylvania. It was very busy when I got there at 3:00 PM, much busier than other Saturdays except at Christmas. I also saw a lot more men shopping. I shop here regularly so I looked for the sales. Got 80% off Christmas items for next year and 50% off some other goodies. I really love this store and recommend it to everyone.

  • Jan

    Was very busy in Spokane Valley, WA when I was there. Sought out two different people in management to tell them how much I appreciate that their company stands up to the government and their beliefs! Another great Christian Company!

  • I shopped Hobby Lobby online today. I shop there quite a bit. It is a great store. I support their right to stand by their religious beliefs whether anybody has the same beliefs or not. The government has no moral right to interfere.

  • Gina

    I went to the Hobby Lobby in Huntington Beach, CA. It was later in the day, but still crowded; the parking lot was full. The cashier said that was nothing! Earlier in the day, it was so busy they had every single checkout lane open with long lines in each. They were so appreciative of the support from around the country. I asked the cashier what kind of company Hobby Lobby was to work for. She said it was a wonderful company, very accepting of everyone, no age discrimination (she was 61), all the employees got along amazingly well, and management on all levels – from store to district office – were to notch. I will definitely continue to shop there!

  • My wife just called to say she just bought a beautiful Ten Commandments wall hanging at Hobby Lobby on one side of town and is headed to the one on the other side of town with her Tahoe loaded with friends to buy more stuff. I hope the message gets through to the politicians and judges that we don’t like tyranny.

  • I went to the Hobby Lobby in the Forum shopping center in north San Antonio Texas – to get a matt cut for a poster that I wanted to frame, and a piece of foam-core board. They were moderatly busy when I went, although the assistant in the frame department and the cashier where I checked out said that it had been busy all the day. Don’t know if it was any busier over any other Saturday – but it is a good place to get matts cut for doing framed pictures. They beat the competition all hollow. I always go to Hobby Lobby for them, rather than Michaels’ or any other place.

  • AlwaysRight

    Shopped at my Hobby Lobby in Maryville TN today. I actually needed some things but also stocked up on some items on sale, for next Christmas. The store was busy, but This Hobby Lobby is always busy. Great store with great background music as a bonus. Hope they sock it to Obamacare.

  • Beth

    I went to the Morgan Hill CA Hobby Lobby store today and the parking lot was full and the store was very busy. I will continue to support them and will pray for them in their fight for their God Given right to religious freedom.

  • I don’t have a Hobby Lobby near me, unfortunately. However I purchased some nice things on their website today! May God be with them every step of the way and may he pour out his blessings upon the Green family for their faithfulness towards Him. 🙂

  • Elizabeth

    I went to the one in Joliet, IL today. I’ve been there on a Saturday before…..there was definitely a lot more cars in the lot today than usual. Bought some books and a magazine to give me more ideas for my many hobbies. I fully support HL’s stand that they are taking and am incensed that the government is trying to take away our 1st Amendment rights. Americans need to take a stand and seeing so many people support HL today shows that they’re not afraid to do so.

  • DavidD

    I made some purchases at Hobby Lobby this morning. I had no idea they had so much great stuff.

  • Sandra Castillo

    It will serve Obama right if they moved their business out of the country !! Hobby lobby we hold your back !!

  • A_Nonny_Mouse

    ” 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. ”
    = = = = = =

    Ummm, I thought that Citizens United proved to us that corporations have freedom of speech…?

    And, if such an organization has First Amendment speech protections, shouldn’t it also have First Amendment religious protections????

    I don’t see how courts could affirm ONE of the First Amendment guarantees for a corporation, and then deny them protections guaranteed under another clause of the same amendment.

  • Kathy

    Shopped at the Stockton, CA store this morning to show my support. The store was fairly quiet. Went back in the afternoon so my nephew Stephen could show his support. The store was very busy. Great store! I support the Green’s 100%.

  • Debbie Knight

    I shopped at the Carbondale, IL Hobby Lobby today and it seemed busier than it has usually been when I have been there. I wasn’t in need of much from there, but stocked up on some items to show my support today. God Bless Hobby Lobby and the Green family. Hopefully, more American businesses and individuals will follow the example of this wonderful business and follow the leading of God.

  • Janet

    I had to shop online, as we don’t live near a Hobby Lobby. Quite a few of the things I wanted were sold out. I’m proud to support a company that stands by its values.

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  • Tricia

    My daughter and I stopped in at Hobby Lobby in Lee’s Summit, MO. I wish more people had been there when we were. As we were perusing the aisles, I heard someone say, “I LOVE Hobby Lobby!” We love it, too!

  • Jim Thiem

    Drove 70 miles from Canada to nearest Hobby Lobby today.
    The place was jumping and so were we at making a statement against Obamunism.
    Bravo to the Green family and their team.

  • Sarah

    Went to Hobby Lobby in Columbus, Ohio about an hour before closing. For the time of night business seemed brisk. This is the first time I’d shopped there and really loved it. What a great store!

  • Texas Mom

    I shopped in the Longview, Texas store today. The store was very crowded but everyone seemed unusually happy just being there. I was going to purchase a clock that I had been looking at for quite some time but hadn’t due to the $199 price tag. I was willing to pay full price today, knowing that I was supporting a great company! However, thanks to the great clerk who offered me her 40% coupon, I didn’t have to!

    I then went back in the store and bought another item with the money I had saved!

    Thank you Hobby Lobby for taking a stand!

  • this will get zero coverage in the democratic party complex.

  • connie Daniels

    OK Patty I hope that was a joke about Mosaic and Siara law, I don’t think you see too many Jews or Christians throwing acid on their female family members for various reasons or public whipping and stoning of women, and to make clear the Jews are under Mosaic law, Christians are in Christ. Our commandments do not involve the murder or mutilation of our enemies, etc.

  • Corsair

    I couldn’t get to HL today personally, but just shopped online. I didn’t really need anything, but the items I bought will go to the grand-kids. I will then explain to them why I bought the items and why it’s important.
    A teaching moment if I ever saw one.

  • Cactus

    My boyfriend and I went this evening… it was more crowded than the other times I’d been at that time of day, and the cashier said they’d been busy all day. I’ve always bought a lot of my craft supplies there – it’s a great store!

  • Mike

    I can’t help but wonder how many of these individuals voted for Obama. Episodes like this and Chick-Fil-A appreciation day lead us to believe we are winning the culture wars — then election day rolls around and the liberals gain more power. I don’t get this dichotomy.

  • Cactus

    @45 Mike, I commented on the very same thing as we left Hobby Lobby today… I don’t get it either.

  • Sarah

    Unfortunately there isn’t a Hobby Lobby near my home but I did shop with them online today. Wanted to show my support as they fight against this government overreach.

  • jc

    But… guys… not treating corporate entities as religious individuals is a GOOD thing, is it not? Sure, we think this is alright, but if another group used the exact same logic to justify refusing to employ homosexuals or black people, then we would rightly be up in arms. This isn’t ‘freedom of religion’ anymore than that would be. The whole point of government (including freedom of religion) is to protect the rights of the individuals from things bigger than themselves (such as self-interested, or personally-motivated corporations). If we want to help people make righteous choices, we have to try to support change amongst them–the individuals. If you’re supporting the corporation in conflict with the government, you’re not supporting the individual’s choices. And after all, since God gave us freewill, shouldn’t we support His decision there, and thus say that the individual has the right to make their own choice within the bounds of law, and not that the corporation should have the right to make their choices for them?
    Hobby Lobby isn’t a ‘religious individual,’ and it’s certainly not fighting for the individual. They aren’t standing up for ‘freedom of religion,’ they’re standing up for ‘power of the religion that we all like.’
    And, as a quick rebuttal to the argument first argument that one might initially have with this idea: no, the law in question is not violating the rights of any individual, nor imposing any kind of immoral regime upon them. It just grants the individual more power to choose, without having to take what should rightly be the irrelevant factor of cost into consideration. No one with abortion coverage is going to say ‘gee, well I guess I’ve gotta get pregnant now and abort the kid.’ No one with contraceptive coverage is going to say ‘oh darn, now I’ve gotta have protected sex!” There’s no imposition there!

  • bg

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    Hobby Lobby 🙂

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  • RJ

    First, I shopped today at Hobby Lobby and heard several shoppers talking about the assault on our freedoms. I’ve spoken to store management recently and they couldn’t say enough about what a great company it is to work for. I am known on sight, and always treated well.
    JC, you are so misguided. First, by law, taxpayers are not supposed to be paying for abortions. Drugs given not as preventative contraception, which Hobby Lobby does pay for, but post are “pregnancy terminating” or why do you need them? The Greens disapprove of that, as do many taxpayers disapprove of paying for others. The Greens operate their entire business model using religion as their guide. You can shop there or work there at your own free will. Govt doesn’t need to step in when we have the free will to not work somewhere we don’t believe in. Govt forcing us to pay for abortions and these drugs actually violates current laws on file.
    God Bless America song playing while I was shopping, seemed fitting and appropriate. May God bless the Green family, and those of who believe in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.

  • john graham

    #48….you are correct…the individual does have more choice…. THEY CAN CHOOSE NOT TO WORK THERE!!!!! THIS HAS GOT TO END…..THE GREENS CAN RUN THEIR COMPANY ANYWAY THEY SEE FIT……Like I said if you dont like the benefits a company offer you, or the pay, then dont work there….It is not the govenments job, to decide what a private citizen, or private business, offers their employees…..PERIOD….

  • JEB

    I support them but have to wonder: do they pay their employees living wages??

  • john graham

    ask the employees, theones I’ve talked to seem extremely happy…

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  • Deanna

    RJ is correct.

    JC, you missed the point entirely. And your convoluted reasoning needs a ton of clarification and…well something. You said…no, the law in question is not violating the rights of any individual, nor imposing any kind of immoral regime upon them. It just grants the individual more power to choose, without having to take what should rightly be the irrelevant factor of cost into consideration.
    That makes no sense at all. Of course it violates the right of the individual, in this case the Greens. You have no problem in giving the employee free choice but would deny the employer the same benefit. And if cost is irrelevant than why does the government set cost guidelines and requirements in the law?

    It’s simple really. Individuals, employees and customers, do have free choice. They can choose not to work or shop there. The employer should have the same free choice. You are conflating the idea that somehow corporations or employers are not the same as the individual and can be denied rights. They are not denying anyones “choice” but they are being denied their own.

    Also, we have come to believe that employers have obligations to their employees beyond a decent wage and safe working conditions. They don’t and shouldn’t.

  • Jackson

    I didn’t make it out to Hobby Lobby because I am neither 80 nor gay. Maybe in a few years.

  • GP Fan

    THIS!!!:
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    #32 January 5, 2013 at 8:45 pm
    A_Nonny_Mouse commented:

    ” 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. ”
    = = = = = =

    Ummm, I thought that Citizens United proved to us that corporations have freedom of speech…?

    And, if such an organization has First Amendment speech protections, shouldn’t it also have First Amendment religious protections????

    I don’t see how courts could affirm ONE of the First Amendment guarantees for a corporation, and then deny them protections guaranteed under another clause of the same amendment.
    —————–

  • Johnny B. Goode

    There are no Hobby Lobby stores here in Oregon, so I purchased something from them online.

    I’m a Catholic Christian, but people of all religious faiths, or even no religious faith, should be opposed to the Obama Administrations’ HHS jackbooted regulation.

    It forces everyone to deny future American citizens the most basic of human rights — the right to life.

  • Kathy Sprinkle

    Visited a large Hobby Lobby in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was very busy and the cashier said it had been all day. She also said the staff was touched at the community support. Many people were saying they were their “to do my part!” Glad I went.

  • Paulette

    My daughter and I visited the Hobby Lobby in Bowling Green, KY yesterday. The parking lot was full. We covered ourselves in patriotic stickers about patriotism, religious freedom, and support of Hobby Lobby. I couldn’t think of anything I needed from there yesterday, so I just bought up a bunch of snacks. I can always use comfort food. The longer Obama stays in office, the more comfort food I need, too. We went from Hobby Lobby to Chik-Fil-A for lunch, and noticed that a lot of other folks did, too. God bless America, and God bless the folks at Hobby Lobby!

  • Anita

    Went to the Hobby Lobby in Easton, PA, and it was my first time ever in one of their stores!

  • Elizabeth

    I happily shopped online with Hobby Lobby on Saturday’s Appreciation Day, for the very first time, in fact.

    Godspeed to Mr. Green and Hobby Lobby, and ALL people of faith in this country of ours!

  • jc

    (apologies in advance for the lengthy comment, I wanted to be sure to address each individual point made in response to my earlier comment.)

    RJ–“First, by law, taxpayers are not supposed to be paying for abortions.”
    I assume when you talk about this mandate being illegal, you are referring to the Hyde Amendment of 1979 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyde_Amendment), the text of which Obama confirmed in 2010 was added to the Affordable Health Care for America Act? Obviously you are raising an important point, but the reason this mandate has been found as legal is that “Plan-B” contraceptives are not considered by medical professionals to be considered ‘abortive,’ and the government rightly sides with the experts in the proper field on this, not religious groups. (for more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beginning_of_pregnancy_controversy, specifically : “At its 2004 Annual Meeting, The American Medical Association passed a resolution in favor of making “Plan B” emergency contraception available over-the-counter, and one of the claims in the resolution was that hormonal contraception that may affect implantation “cannot terminate an established pregnancy.””) For this reason, and because Hobby Lobby has made their argument strictly on grounds of ‘religious freedom’ and not on the legality of the mandate in conjunction with the Hyde Amendment, I think we can agree that the legality of the mandate is irrelevant to the rest of this discussion.
    (also, a brief point: taxpayers are not supposed to be paying FEDERAL taxes for abortions—law dictates those costs be relegated to the state. Thus, by law, taxpayers pay STATE taxes for abortions.)

    RJ–“The Greens operate their entire business model using religion as their guide.”
    That doesn’t matter, their corporation still has to follow the law. Otherwise, we could use the same logic to justify any sort of crazy thing a company wanted to do on “religious” grounds.

    RJ–“The Greens disapprove of [plan-B contraception], as do many taxpayers disapprove of paying for others.”
    People can disapprove of all sorts of stuff. That doesn’t mean that they can or should defy the law. And every taxpaying individual has different ideas of how to spend the taxes, but it’s not their decision. They’ve already done their part—participating in election of people who get to make these decisions.

    RJ–“You can shop there or work there at your own free will. Govt doesn’t need to step in when we have the free will to not work somewhere we don’t believe in.”
    Again, this is logic that applies to all sorts of horrible situations. If we say that corporations should be able to break the law because people can just choose not to work there, they can justify all sorts of wretched actions using this logic.

    Deanna–“if cost is irrelevant than why does the government set cost guidelines and requirements in the law?”
    I’m sorry if I didn’t make it clear in my original comment (although I’m fairly certain I did), but I was referring to cost on the part of the employee to make an important choice. The corporation isn’t making such a choice.

    Deanna–“It’s simple really. Individuals, employees and customers, do have free choice. They can choose not to work or shop there. The employer should have the same free choice.”
    The employers—the Greens—do have the same free choice. They are just as capable of not working or shopping at their corporation. However, “Hobby Lobby” in itself isn’t an individual. It is a corporation. Yes, corporations are made of people, in the same way that the Bible is made of words. But you don’t treat the individual words the same way you would treat the Bible as a whole. When something forms a cohesive unit, it becomes something besides its fundamental building blocks. That is why corporations like Hobby Lobby aren’t ‘individuals’ in and of themselves. And they shouldn’t be TREATED as such, because corporations are capable of things that individuals are not. Here is a bit of handy reading on the subject: http://www.commondreams.org/views01/0124-06.htm. A list of ways corporations differ from individuals. Even if you don’t accept every item on it, there is no denying that corporations do not equate to individuals.

    Deanna–“They are not denying anyones “choice” but they are being denied their own.”
    Yes, by denying people mandated health coverage, they are attempting to restrict people’s choices. That is exactly what they are doing. They are saying here that their beliefs dictate that they cannot facilitate the use of ‘abortion-causing’ drugs—ie, that they cannot support people’s choice to do that. Yes, they are being denied their choice to disobey the law and violate the rights of their employees.

    Deanna–“Also, we have come to believe that employers have obligations to their employees beyond a decent wage and safe working conditions. They don’t and shouldn’t.”
    Um, why not? Aren’t human and state rights also important? Isn’t fairness important? Aren’t all the laws that extend beyond ‘decent wage’ and ‘safe working conditions’ important? I’m curious where you work, that the only obligations you think an employer should have to his employees are to provide decent wages and safe working conditions–to the extent that you don’t even feel the need to write anything beyond that, justifying your belief!

    Because the mandate is legal, and Hobby Lobby does not have the same rights as an individual, they should not be restricting the rights of their employees, even on ‘religious grounds.’

  • Dee

    Mike, it`s because all the couch potatoes who like welfare voted for Obama. There was also a lot of voter fraud going on and illegals who voted. Many in our armed forces (the majority of which would have voted for Romney) did not receive ballots. That is why Obama won the election.