Supporters plan Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day Jan. 5 in stand against Obamacare contraceptive mandate

Gov. Mike Huckabee, who got the ball rolling on last August’s wildly successful Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, has a new cause. Tomorrow, Jan. 5, is Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day, and more than 42,000 have signed up to attend via the event’s Facebook page.

As Twitchy reported, Hobby Lobby faces fines of up to $1.3 million per day for refusing to comply with the Obamacare mandate that it provide employees with contraceptive coverage, including morning-after pills. In an open letter, Hobby Lobby CEO David Green noted that more than a thousand companies have been granted Obamacare waivers.

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.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Dec. 26 denied Hobby Lobby’s request for an emergency injunction to block the mandate pending a hearing, arguing that the company is not a religious organization but a for-profit business.

Supporters are hoping their participation tomorrow will send a message.

As with Papa John’s Pizza, Applebee’s and others, Obamacare supporters have rumbled about a boycott, accusing businesses of caring less about their employees’ health than about profit.

The very real threat of millions in fines, though, would seem to indicate that Hobby Lobby and others are prepared to go out of business rather than compromise on abortion. One “appreciation day” can’t possibly offset that sort of loss, but will it send a message?

  • Hello Jerry (D)


    David Green CEO Hobby Lobby thinks his retail business is a church

    I feel bad for his employees, he assumes they’re his wives #religion 👎


    Cheaptarts @Cheaptarts

    CEO David Green Hobby Lobby a #GOP #oldwhiteguy 71 yrs OLD He’s using religion as an excuse not provide #Obamacare benefits for women #$

    Funny, if someone dissed Islam this moocher would have a heart attack. Thank you “Cheaptarts” for convincing me where to shop tomorrow…

    • detroit19

      I don’t feel bad for ‘his’ employees at all. If you believe SO strongly in free birth control and abortifacients, go work for someone who has no moral objection to your point of view nor for providing you coverage. Simple.

    • MoxieLouise

      If he were “using his religion as an excuse” there would be no evidence of his religion in the past. For as long as I’ve known of this store, they’ve been closed on Sundays to allow employees and family to attend church and spend the day at rest. He had no clue Obamacare was coming.

  • Lia Markham

    It’s easy to be pessimistic about the outlook considering that Hobby Lobby will be one of many Christian businesses targeted for government persecution, but as a regular Tea Party Patriot, I plan on shopping there for some accessories. I even plan on posting it on YouTube.

  • detroit19

    Count me in…definitely going to Hobby Lobby tomorrow even though I don’t need anything; I’ll find something :)

    • SamuelDolan

      Me too. I don’t “need” a thing, but I plan to go and spend a lot of money tomorrow.

  • Emily B

    I’ve been to Hobby Lobby twice this week and will be making another trip tomorrow!!

  • ceemack

    Maybe someone should tell David Green that Galt’s Gulch is lovely this time of year.

    • PennyRobinsonFanClub

      That’s what I’ve heard but I can never find it!
      /Did you just say, “Follow. . . . me- e- e- e- . . . . “?

      • MoxieLouise

        I think it’s due south…look for the Texas panhandle and step over…

  • stuckinIL4now

    I find it interesting that outside of DC and Supreme Court justices like lefty Sotomayor, several judges in federal courts granted injunctions against the HHS mandate in 2012. Most recently, on Thursday the US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a preliminary injunction to the Triune Health Group, a Roman Catholic health care service company in DuPage County, IL. So hang in there Hobby Lobby, there are a lot of companies out there fighting the same as you.

  • BeyondPolls

    Stand in solidarity with Hobby Lobby!

  • Maxwell

    If I buy some some candy from Hobby Lobby, will that count? Not a huge fan of the store.

  • Lady 12

    I’ve never heard of this store before today, but I found one nearby and will be shopping there tomorrow.

    • Ken Alan Draper

      they carry everything from arts & crafts supplies to plastic models, & floral supplies, home decorating, & art supplies they also have a first rate picture frame shop, I took in a painting of me as a baby my aunt painted that had curled, they managed th o flatten it out & frame it with no damage, they also carry plastic cases for my 1/64 scale semi trucks I collect.

      • Lady 12

        Do they by chance carry cooking stuff like cookie sheets?

        • redheadgrl

          I don’t think so, but I’m not a frequent shopper.

        • Vanessa Pawlovich

          the one here does carry cooking supplies….they have a large selection of Wilton brand bakingware.

      • redheadgrl

        Your right – top notch frame work!

  • MoxieLouise

    My favorite place for art supplies; I usually go in to spend $20 and come out with $200 worth :-)

  • MoxieLouise

    Their frame shop does a great job too and is usually cheaper than other places…

    • redheadgrl

      Agreed. I get cross-stitch work framed there and they do a great job for a great price!

  • Nick Miller

    Abortion isn’t just a political issue; it can also be a religious
    one. In which case, forcing employers to pay for abortion-causing drugs
    violates their freedom and practice of religion, a Constitutional right.

    If you agree, make your voice heard and exempt companies like Hobby Lobby from the healthcare mandate.

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    I don’t have one nearby, but I’ll see if I can give them some online business.

  • Sue

    I shop regularly at Hobby Lobby, but am making a special trip tomorrow to show my support. Even if you’re just not into what they sell (gentlemen?), everyone can use an extra candle :-) With the fines they face, they need us!!

  • GMMI

    Mardel Christian Bookstores are, also, owned by the same family which owns Hobby Lobby, so support them too.

  • Suzanne Nowak Olsen

    Surely Hobby Lobby could begin holding church services at all it’s locations and have a “small” side business to support that church. At 1.3 million a day, surely they could convert a corner of each store with a few folding chairs and a podium. They already have the crosses!

    • Catchance

      Oh, great. Now you want them to be arrested for violating ordinances and getting even more fines.


  • peteee363

    we have a chick-fil-a a block away from hobby lobby, perhaps i can make tomorrow a two-fer?

  • Zanne

    Looked it up and I will be there tomorrow to show support. First time shopper :-)

  • sqeptiq

    Odd that Hobby Lobby objects to the health insurance contraception mandate since they already fund contraception and abortions through their employees’ paychecks. Surely they should just see both as their employees’ moral failings that they can’t control.

    • wwbdinct

      How so?

    • redheadgrl

      But I’m sure they are ok with letting their employees spend the money they EARNED as the employee wishes, vs. being FORCED to pay for certain services via healthcare by the federal gov’t. There is a very big difference and it’s called free will.

      Paying an employee a wage for work is their contractual agreement. What the employee chooses to do with that money, once it is transferred, is the employee’s choice.

      • sqeptiq

        Naw, it’s the same thing. Employees can use their free will to buy contraception, or not, either with their wages or insurance. The sooner that Hobby Lobby comes around to the notion that this matter is between their employees and God, and not Hobby Lobby’s business, the better.

        • redheadgrl

          You still are not grasping the difference between force and free will. I hope one day the tables are not turned and you are forced to pay for something that violates your moral/ethical code.

          • sqeptiq

            I have been forced to pay for things that violate my personal ethical/moral code ever since I started paying taxes; the Iraq war is a good example. That’s the way it is when you live in a society rather than as a loner in the wild, and I don’t moan about it. I just slog on and pay my taxes and obey the law while working to elect politicians who’ll make laws I like rather than ways I don’t.

          • redheadgrl

            Fair. But I’m not sure that funding war violates one of your constitutional rights. (I could be wrong).

          • sqeptiq

            Well, the Supreme Court has ruled the Civil Rights Act of 1964 constitutional, and it bars businesses (though not actual houses of worship) from discriminating on the basis of religion. Thus Catholic churches and Islamic mosques can hire only men as priests and imams if they like (and I support their right to do so, even though I think gender discrimination is nasty), but Catholic- & Muslim-owned businesses don’t get to hire men only for senior positions. That’s as it should be, I think. Houses of faith should have a high degree of autonomy, but religions shouldn’t be able to dominate the economy or government.

          • Catchance

            No, you still don’t get it. We all have to pay taxes, and much of it goes to things we don’t want. I don’t personally want my taxes going to support Planned Parenthood, but I don’t have a say in it. That’s an indirect violation. The federal government has way overstepped its bounds in a) forcing a company to pay for its employees’ insurance, and b) that said insurance has to include abortafacients and the abortion pill. Why do you think so many companies are cutting their employees’ hours? And yet here’s a company that wants to keep their employees at full time, wants to pay for their health insurance, but doesn’t want to pay for an abortion pill or an abortafacient. If it weren’t for the fact that Sotomayor is a racist ideologue, she’d have allowed the injunction until the case has a way to work its way up to the courts. And calling for a fine of $1.3 Million per DAY is outrageous. The truth is, she wants Hobby Lobby to fail because they don’t echo her beliefs.

          • sqeptiq

            It isn’t just Sotomayor; it’s the Supreme Court as a whole. If 5 justices had wanted to rule the other way, they’d have granted certiorari and done so. In fact, even a bloc of 4 that disagrees can insist on granting review by the whole Court.

          • Catchance

            No… Sotomayor wasn’t ruling for the whole Supreme Court… this wasn’t a Supreme court decision. She was ruling in her capacity as “circuit justice” for the 10th U.S. Judicial District. One of the primary duties of the Supreme Court’s assigned Circuit Justices is to rule on requests for emergency injunctions submitted when there is not enough time to assemble a full panel of the district judges. Hobby Lobby will still continue their challenge in the lower courts.

          • sqeptiq

            Well, when and if such a case makes it to the Supreme Court, I’ll enjoy another good laugh at conservatives’ expense when you lose, just as I did with the Obamacare ruling (thank you, Chief Justice Roberts!).

          • Catchance

            Yes, that was a sad day for us conservatives. However, you should probably remember that the only reason the mandate was allowed was if it was considered a tax. It was considered unconstitutional under the Interstate Commerce Clause, as they kept insisting. So it’s possible that Hobby Lobby will win, regardless. Also, I’m kind of surprised that you seem to view O-Care as something to be desired. You must not have gotten your new insurance rates yet. And the real problems with it won’t show up for about another 5 years, when it’s going to be really difficult to find a good doctor.

          • BeeKaaay

            I see, so denying people their human rights is OK, just “slog on and work to elect politicians who will make laws you like rather than the ways you don’t.”

          • sqeptiq

            I’m content to let this play out through representative government and the courts. Sorry you aren’t.

    • BeeKaaay

      So if there was a mandate that insurance cover homosexual reparative therapy, I’m sure you won’t complain. Especially if you have to pay for it.

      Leftwingwackos don’t believe in human rights. Especially for Christians.

      • sqeptiq

        Religious loonies have the right to be as loony as they please. They ought not have the right to Christianize/Islamicize/etc the economy and government.

        • BeeKaaay

          So the only religion that should be allowed to “ize” the economy and government is the atheist religion.

          We’ve seen what happens when they take control, they kill off people who disagree with them. 200 million dead in the 20th century alone.

          • sqeptiq

            I oppose state atheism and wish to maintain our secular republic, in which atheists and religious believers all have equal citizenship. State atheism and theocracy alike negate equal citizenship and both are odious.

          • BeeKaaay

            However, you are saying that Christians have no right to speak in our economy or government. So they sit at the back of the bus like 144th class citizens.

            So by definition, you want state atheism.

            And the only religion on earth that wants a Theocracy is Islam. All the other theistic religions, especially Christianity, want to live in peace.

  • sqeptiq

    Also be sure to eat Chick-fil-A before and pick up some Domino’s pizza after!

  • sqeptiq

    Christians have every right to speak their views in public and in government as do people of other religious faiths and atheists. They just don’t get to make laws based merely on their religious or atheistic precepts and that make no secular sense. In our republic, secularism means that the state neither promotes nor suppresses religious belief or atheism.