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.
Stand with Hobby Lobby in their fight for freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Find out more at StandwithHobbyLobby.com
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) January 3, 2013
Obama admin. insists that companies like Hobby Lobby bow their knees to the God of govt healthcare mandates buff.ly/UqIAch
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) January 4, 2013
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.
Happy New Years! As of Jan 1st, Hobby Lobby incurs $1.3 million in fines each day from the Obama administration for not killing babies.
— Tom Helander (@Lampstand49) January 4, 2013
I urge you to stand against the assult on freedom of conscience & religion. #tommorow. Here’s how: herit.ag/UORH8L
— Rick Warren (@RickWarren) January 4, 2013
Hobby Lobby tomorrow: bit.ly/WiRbfp
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) January 4, 2013
Hobby Lobby pays their employees $13/hr, which is WAY above minimum wage. And yet they’re freaking evil bc they oppose providing BC. #stfu
— Texas Red (@jswifty250) December 30, 2012
Praying for #DavidGreen. Thank you Lord for Daniels in our midst. May we be faithful to stand with them as they stand for You. #hobbylobby
— Patty Fortner (@PattyFortner) January 4, 2013
Support Hobby lobby tomorrow..stand up against BHO”s Oppression
— paul rothschild (@mrrothschild) January 4, 2013
Jan 5 is Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day!! Support this great store for standing up for right!! Pass it on!
— Yvonne Tunks Wilson (@YvonneWilson6) January 1, 2013
Help #HobbyLobby fight the #HHSmandate – visit standwithhobbylobby.com!
— Joe Grabowski (@ArthurInglewood) December 31, 2012
Huck:If Hobby Lobby’s forced to eat the king’s meat&bow on their knees to human govt,how long’ll it be before they come for YOU&YOUR FAMILY?
— K. C. Boyd (@KCBoyd3) January 4, 2013
Christians should be thankful for David Green’s leadership and the example he is setting.Don’t give up Mr. Green!wp.me/p1UvV7-TM
— Jonathan Francis (@J_Francis_) January 4, 2013
As with Papa John’s Pizza, Applebee’s and others, Obamacare supporters have rumbled about a boycott, accusing businesses of caring less about their employees’ health than about profit.
David Green CEO Hobby Lobby thinks his retail business is a churchI feel bad for his employees, he assumes they’re his wives #religion 👎
— Cheaptarts (@Cheaptarts) January 4, 2013
CEO David Green Hobby Lobby a #GOP #oldwhiteguy 71 yrs OLDHe’s using religion as an excuse not provide #Obamacare benefits for women #$
— Cheaptarts (@Cheaptarts) January 4, 2013
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?
@buckyball360 I don’t think Hobby Lobby is going to win this one. Our government doesn’t care abt religious freedom anymore. Prayers for USA
— Jason (@Kaundart) January 4, 2013
Mom just told me that all the Hobby Lobby’s are probably going to close. All because of STUPID OBAMACARE
— Kate Brooks (@KateBrooks_5) January 4, 2013
Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/01/04/supporters-plan-hobby-lobby-appreciation-day-jan-5-in-stand-against-obamacare-contraceptive-mandate/