Monday, January 07, 2013

Christians Oppose ObamaCare, Support Hobby Lobby

Absent even one national mainstream media report, local news outlets are streaming in with accounts of multitudes of Christians flooding Hobby Lobby stores to support its court battle against Obama's War on Christianity.  The Christian family-owned retail chain has refused to comply with ObamaCare requirements to provide free abortifacients to its employees, therefore as of January 1, 2013 is being fined $1.3 million PER DAY by President Obama's IRS.

The Oklahoma-based arts and craft chain filed suit against ObamaCare in an Oklahoma district court in September, and the President's Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denied an injunction to avoid fines while awaiting the outcome in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“To remain true to their faith, it is not their intention, as a company, to pay for abortion-inducing drugs.”
-- Kyle Duncan, Hobby Lobby attorney
Network news never fails to cover a dozen angry abortion supporters shouting, but entirely ignores polite Christian shoppers.

UPDATE 7/1/14: Liberals vs. Supreme Court Rulings Favoring Religious Liberty

For background, read
Supreme Court Allows Christians to Sue ObamaCare and also read Judges Rule Against ObamaCare, Favor Christians as well as Bishops Say Catholic Church Will Defy ObamaCare

And read Federal Judge Rules Against ObamaCare, For Catholics

UPDATE 5/13/13: Christians Defeating ObamaCare, DOJ Surrenders

-- From "Hobby Lobby shoppers make statement" by Jack Molitor, The Herald Bulletin (Anderson, IN) 1/5/13

The [ObamaCare free abortifacient] mandate drew the ire of David Green, Hobby Lobby chief executive officer and founder, who said he couldn’t abandon his religious beliefs and would not comply, according to a press release.

The Scatterfield Road Hobby Lobby location bustled with activity Saturday . . . “Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day.”

[Local resident Bob] Stevens, who was shopping with his wife Shari, said business owners shouldn’t be penalized for standing up for their beliefs.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Supreme Court denies emergency injunction in contraception case" by Jennifer Haberkorn and Kathryn Smith, Politico 12/26/12

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday [the day after Christmas] denied Hobby Lobby’s request for an emergency injunction to block the health reform law’s contraceptive coverage requirements and said it will not decide the case before lower courts have ruled.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the store owner doesn't meet the extremely high standards required for a preliminary injunction. It's not "absolutely" clear that they need the injunction and lower courts have been divided on whether to grant similar requests, she wrote, though she adds that the court doesn't have much experience with similar religious-based claims for emergency injunctions.

"Even without an injunction pending appeal, the applicants may continue their challenge to the regulations in the lower courts. Following a final judgment, they may,if necessary, file a petition" for the Supreme Court to hear the case, she wrote.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Thousands to Shop Hobby Lobby to Support Company’s Obedience to God, Rejection of Obamacare" posted at Christian News Network 1/5/13

Former Arkansas governor, pastor and presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee, now FOX talk show host, also expressed his support of Hobby Lobby Day.

“This is not just about Hobby Lobby — this is about you!” Huckabee wrote on his official website. “If Hobby Lobby is forced to eat the ‘king’s meat’ and ‘bow on their knees’ to a human government in direct conflict with their fundamentals of faith, then how long will it be before they come for you and your family?”

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 Obamacare’s 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.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Wichitans Participate In 'Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day'" posted at KAKE-TV (Wichita, KS) 1/5/13

Wichita Hobby Lobby stores benefited from "Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day."

The day was called for by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. The effort is similar to Huckabee's call for support for Chick-Fil-A after it received sharp criticism over the owner's opposition to gay marriage.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Shoppers Supporting Hobby Lobby Over Health Care Controversy" by Michael Pickett, WTVW-TV7 (Henderson, KY) 1/6/13

Some shoppers didn't just go to Hobby Lobby stores just to use gift cards they got for Christmas, they were also showing the company and its employees their support as part of Support Hobby Lobby Day.

Several groups were encouraging people to shop at the store today. . . . But for some shoppers, this day of support is more than just about supporting a company, it's about religious freedom.

"We can get our voice heard that religious freedom shouldn't be fringed upon," says Nina Fuller, who participated in Support Hobby Lobby Day.  "If the CEO of a business in America has a strong belief, I think that needs to be respected and the government needs to stay out of that.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Shoppers Show Support For Hobby Lobby Saturday" posted at KMID-TV2 (Midland, TX) 1/6/13

Shoppers hit an arts-and-crafts store by storm this weekend, to show their support of "religious freedom."

Shoppers across the county, including in Midland, shopped at Hobby Lobby Saturday to show support of the chain.

This grassroots movement comes as the store is required to provide contraceptive coverage as part of its healthcare benefits package under "Obamacare." But Hobby Lobby is openly opposing the healthcare mandate on religious grounds.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Pine Belt residents join 'Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day'" by Charles Herrington, Reporter WDAM-TV7 (Hattiesburg, MS) 1/5/13

Many Pine Belt residents are showing their support for a national retailer which is facing hefty fines for failing to comply with portions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Dozens of people gathered at the Hobby Lobby on Highway 98 to take part in national, "Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day."

"Hobby Lobby has every right to stand up for their employees, for their rights to either have the insurance or not have the insurance," said Lewis Garvin, whose group, Freedom Fighters of Mississippi, organized the gathering. "They should not be forced to do it by the government," he said.

"This is the first step toward our religious freedom being taken away from us in our country," said Aquilla King, who supports Hobby Lobby. "And I want to do what I can to help preserve that right for all Americans," she said.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Shoppers 'Stand By' Hobby Lobby" by Ashley Arnold, WJHG-TV7 (Panama City Beach, FL) 1/6/13

Around the country, thousands rallied behind Hobby Lobby after learning the government was fining the craft chain store $1.3 million per day for refusing to obey parts of the healthcare reform act.

"I think it's wrong that the government, any government, ask a business, a person, an individual to compromise their beliefs," said [local resident Penny] Lovett. "Hobby Lobby does not do that - they don't open on Sunday, there's a reason for that."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Media Almost Silent on Hobby Lobby Battle Against HHS Mandate" by Matthew Philbin, 1/3/13

Usually when President Obama’s opponents are handed a defeat, ABC, CBS and NBC are quick to crow about it. That’s why their silence on the Supreme Court’s Christmas ruling against retail chain Hobby Lobby is so curious.

NBC’s “Today” got a point for mentioning the ruling in a news brief. But it provided so little information as to be misleading. “Emergency contraceptives will remain part of the federal health care law,” NBC’s Natalie Morales said. “Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denied a request to block the morning-after pill and similar contraceptive pills from required employee health plans.” But Sotomayor’s ruling pertained only to Hobby Lobby’s request for a temporary injunction and did nothing to settle the larger legal and religious freedom questions.

At least NBC bothered to mention the ruling at all. ABC and CBS didn’t. Perhaps that shouldn’t be surprising, since they’ve never reported on Hobby Lobby’s suit in the first place.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read ObamaCare Stakes Ground in War on Christianity and yet President Obama Denies Leading War Against Christianity and also read Religious Liberty & Anti-Christian Totalitarianism