Today is Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day, and as Twitchy reported yesterday, tens of thousands used Facebook to express support for the event and for religious freedom.
Hobby Lobby faces fines of up to $1.3 million per day for refusing to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s emergency contraception mandate. While many companies have obtained Obamacare waivers, the administration refuses to exempt Hobby Lobby based on religious objections to the mandate.
Founder David Green says the requirement “goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one.” But courts have argued that Hobby Lobby isn’t entitled to a religious exemption because it’s not a religious organization. Translation: Religious liberty? Religious schmiberty! It’s not like Hobby Lobby has any evidence of its religious underpinnings and deeply-held values.
— Fr. Stephen Vrazel ن (@KeytarCatholic) January 5, 2013
So, is Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day a success? While shoppers aren’t seeing the traffic jams and out-the-door lines we saw on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day last August, Twitter users are reporting crowded parking lots and busy stores.
— Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) January 5, 2013
— Mark Kelly (@kainos) January 5, 2013
— Gun-Totin' Momma! (@TheresaPagano) January 5, 2013
— Andie (@ALF122408) January 5, 2013
— Charity Yost Reed (@charityyostreed) January 5, 2013
Hobby lobby on beaches in jax was packed!
— Jaime Reif (@rushbaby12) January 5, 2013
— RWBEagle (@RWBEagle) January 5, 2013
Hobby Lobby is packed. Go Christians ???
— Chloe McGath ♡ (@ChloeMcGath) January 5, 2013
Just made a visit to Hobby Lobby…oh my…it was crowded but I scored on some great decorative items for the house
— Mandy Allen (@mandyl_allen) January 5, 2013
— Brian Bokenyi (@Brian_Bokenyi) January 5, 2013
Just left Hobby Lobby. Crowded. Didn't buy a lot but spent money we wouldn't have.
— Gregg Bialk (@Popsat610) January 5, 2013
Man, everyone is at Hobby Lobby!! #packed
— SARAH (@DixieSarah17) January 5, 2013
And remember, consumers can show their support for Hobby Lobby without showing up in person. Many are shopping from the comfort of their own homes.
Since this is Support Hobby Lobby Day, DIY Guy & I are now shopping online at http://t.co/jbPcsi52!
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) January 5, 2013
Just made my online purchases at Hobby Lobby. #HobbyLobby
— Sue Brown (@Sue_Brown) January 5, 2013
— Amy Payne (@amympayne) January 5, 2013
I bought something online today to support Hobby Lobby. Did you? http://t.co/0bL2U3mS
— Nolo Contendere (@FreshPiffle) January 5, 2013
— Verletzt (@Verletzt) January 5, 2013
— American Pitbull (@MelissaRNMBA) January 5, 2013
— Karen A Majkowski (@Krm1285A) January 5, 2013
And just because this photo is too precious not to share, we’ll leave you with what may be the cutest little Hobby Lobby supporter.