Skip to comments.Christians ‘Stand With Hobby Lobby’ As Company Faces Fine of 1.3 Million Daily for Defying Obamacare
Posted on 01/03/2013 4:53:48 PM PST by rhema
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Christians across the country state that they will be standing with Hobby Lobby this weekend as the popular craft chain continues to defy the abortion pill mandate in Obamacare.
Joe Grabowski of StandWithHobbyLobby.com has named Saturday, January 5th as the official appreciation day for the company, when supporters will shop at their local Hobby Lobby outlet to show their support.
On Saturday, January 5th, all Americans who value freedom of religion and oppose the HHS mandates 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, he writes. [T]he justices of the Supreme Court will be watching on January 5th, be assured, and theyll know the minds and hearts of the American people as to this matter but only if we get the word out and stand up in large enough numbers to make an impact!
As of press time, over 4,000 people stated that they would be participating in the event.
I will be there spending my $$ to back this company, writes supporter Eric Coval. They are one of the few who are taking a stand against a federal government that seems hell bent to trample on our liberties, and when we cry foul they tell us to be good little subjects and that we are too extreme. Hobby Lobby, fight the righteous fight!
We love Hobby Lobby! commented Beth Collins. I wont be able to make it in person, but I will shop online that day to show my support!
Others stated that they have never shopped at their local Hobby Lobby outlet before, but will do so this Saturday in order to make their voice heard and support the cause.
Emily Hartman, Communications Director for The Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty, told Christian News Network today that the company is standing by its previous statement issued after the Supreme Courts rejection of Hobby Lobbys request for an injunction.
To remain true to their faith, it is not their intention, as a company, to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, stated attorney Kyle Duncan on behalf of the company. Hobby Lobby will continue their appeal before the Tenth Circuit. The Supreme Court merely decided not to get involved in the case at this time. It left open the possibility of review after their appeal is completed in the Tenth Circuit.
The company will continue to provide health insurance to all qualified employees, he added.
While Hobby Lobby states that it has been covering, and will continue to cover, birth control for its over 13,000 employees nationwide, it refuses to pay for two pills that are included in Obamacares contraceptive mandate: the morning-after pill and the week-after pill.
These abortion-causing drugs go against our faith, and our family is now being forced to choose between following the laws of the land that we love or maintaining the religious beliefs that have made our business successful and have supported our family and thousands of our employees and their families, CEO David Green wrote in a statement earlier this year. We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate. By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow.
Hobby Lobby has opted to rather risk paying $1.3 million per day in fines over $40 million in January alone rather than to violate its convictions regarding drugs that it believes cause abortions.
As previously reported, Hobby Lobby, owned by evangelical Christian David Green, has been seeking an emergency injunction from all available venues since its request was first turned down by a federal district court in Oklahoma City. U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton, appointed by George W. Bush, ruled against the company last month, opining that Hobby Lobby and its bookstore chain Mardel are not entitled to an exemption from the national healthcare law because Hobby Lobby and Mardel are not religious organizations. He stated that while churches and non-profit entities may qualify for an exemption under Obamacare, a secular business is not a religious institution.
The company then appealed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, asking the court that it overturn the lower courts decision and grant the injunction. However, the three-judge panel refused to issue the restraining order, stating similar reasoning as Heaton.
Hobby Lobby then took its request to the nations highest court, but earlier this week, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor stated that it was not indisputably clear that Hobby Lobbys request met the very high bar needed for an injunction. She pointed to the fact that the lower circuit courts have been divided on the matter, insinuating that the craft chain still has a chance at eventually winning.
Even without an injunction pending appeal, the applicants may continue their challenge to the regulations in the lower courts, Sotomayor wrote. Following a final judgment, they may, if necessary, file a petition [in the Supreme Court].
They should change their name to “Holy Church of the Immaculate Hobby Lobby” and appeal. </sarcasm>
Funny thing is I was planning on going to Hobby Lobby on the 5th anyway because I need more glass paint for my wineglass painting hobby. I guess I won’t be surprised if I see a huge crowd. Our chik-fil-A had lines wrapped around it during the last “expression”. I am lucky to live in the area I do. Guess now I have incentive to buy a little bit more.
Hmmmm .... planned on taking up crocheting again this year, something I used to do in my younger days. I think I’ll buy my supplies at Hobby Lobby .... store just down the road.
Hopefully they can follow up on it by a trip to Chik-fil-A!
There’s a simple solution for Hobby Lobby to get around this......
... just tell the Government they’re worship Islam.... then they won’t ever be bothered again.
This whole ordeal has little sissy-boy barry licking his chops. He can send the BIG boys in, to show what POWER he has, while he cowers behind the cow.
I'm not a big fan of these support days. Today I ate at Chick-fil-A again, as I've done at least weekly since the totalitarians started to attack them. Those who support HL, should do it aggressively and consistently, not just once or twice for symbolic value. We are in a war between good and evil, and at the moment good is losing. If HL has to pay any fine at all over this, I will never (for life) vote for or in any way do business with anyone directly responsible for the passage or implementation of ObamaCare. All the Congressmen and Senators who voted for it, will be (politically) dead to me. As for democrat voters, I will for any significant purchase or pattern of purchases try as hard as I can afford (which is pretty hard now) to avoid spending any money at any democrat-owned business ever again.
Look, I’m not a Christian but I am against the government harassing Christians in this manner. So -
My thoughts are this: Even if people shop at Hobby Lobby the government still gets the fine money. Surely there are enough wealthy Christians that could band together and perhaps break the corporation off into some kind of independently owned franchise deal that would make the stores still part of Hobby Lobby but keep each store separate financially for the purposes of maintaining an employee count low enough to avoid Obamacare and these fines.
It is not the ideal solution but it would deprive the government of the fine money - if lawyers could figure out a way to do it. That way the stores would remain in Christian hands and at the same time free themselves of this (IMO) violation of their religious freedom.
What do you think? Can it be done?
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Rhema's comment has a link for shopping at Hobby Lobby online.
Thanks!!!!! Closest HL is 150 miles, will buy online Jan 5.
Hobby Lobby has automatic standing to challenge Sonya Sotomayor’s appointment to the Supreme Court on the basis of Obama not being Constitutionally able to “act as President” according to the 20th Amendment, because Hawaii has confirmed that he has no legally-determined birth facts and therefore could never have “qualified” by Jan 20, 2009 as required by the 20th Amendment.
They can show that they have suffered particularized harm from Sotomayor being illegally nominated by a man who is forbidden by the 20th Amendment from “acting as President”. Obama has no legally-established birth facts (since the HI state registrar could not verify to AZ SOS Ken Bennett the following birth facts for Obama: male, Aug 4, 1961, Honolulu, Oahu, Stanley Ann Dunham, Barack Hussein Obama). Without a legally-established birth date, birth place, and parents, there is no way that he could “qualify”.
IOW, HI registrar Alvin Onaka indirectly told us that Obama has never qualified for office, and the only person who could Constitutionally act as President all this time is Joe Biden. Only the person acting as President can nominate SCOTUS justices. Sotomayor and Kagan were not nominated by Joe Biden and thus cannot Constitutionally be on SCOTUS.
Hobby Lobby has suffered particularized harm by Obama’s illegal “acting as President” because Sotomayor denied them a stay of the enforcement of the HHS mandate.
If Hobby Lobby attorneys have the courage, we now have the legal certification which could open this wide for them and for the country. Because Sotomayor and Kagan would be the particular subjects of the court case that Hobby Lobby could file, they would have to recuse themselves, and some semblance of lawfulness might be restored to the SCOTUS for this particular issue.
Does somebody know who the legal eagles are around here, to see if there’s anything that could be done to encourage Hobby Lobby attorneys to do this, for the sake of themselves, the freedom of religion, and the survival of this country?
Thanks!!! I’ll ping this out to more folks tomorrow!
Hmmm, I might take up model rocketry like I did when I was 9/10 in 1976.
Maybe if Hobby Lobby sold “Snap-on “tools for ladies. Soda Jerk might have ruled for them.
lol. I doubt it.
But if the owners of Hobby Lobby think about the the babies’ lives they could save by challenging Sotomayor and Kagan’s place on the court, and Obama’s very place in the White House..... I really, really hope and pray they will give this serious consideration. SO MUCH is at stake. Simple “embarrassment” is piddles next to what’s at stake here.
I hope all Christians and ProLifers on FR will participate and will help spread the word elsewhere.
I notice that their brand of cotton yarn, “I love this cotton,” is on sale this week. I will go stock up on it to make chemo caps for MD Anderson. It is, by far, the softest cotton yarn I have ever used and is perfect for this type of project.
Would anyone dare apply the same standard to any of the other rights enumerated? Do our leaders really want to take the position that the self evident rights of man are subjective? If so, it should be noted that this is a two-way street. The same Bill of Rights grants them a right to life. Should we look at this as a subjective right of theirs?
The SC will be watching? Like they watched when they voted for obamacare?
Great idea! Shop at Hobby Lobby and lunch at CFA!
How wonderfully sweet! Brings tears to my eyes. Thanks.
Ya know what?
I was just about to post (from the safety of my keyboard) that HL should MAKE the government actually use force to enforce this.
Defy all orders to comply. Refuse to pay the fines. When they padlock the doors, cut the locks off and open anyway.
Make the gov’t show its true face, the face of physical FORCE.
Rip the mask off the Beast.
Onward Christian Soldiers..I will be there.