Saturday, January 5, 2013

Stand with Hobby Lobby Today: Shop in-store or online

Today is the day that many are standing with Hobby Lobby in it's fight for religious freedom.  Buying a product from them, in-store or online, is one way to show support.

Here is what it is all about:

The CEO of Hobby Lobby has penned a tragic letter about the loss of religious freedom and liberty in America. The Christian crafts company has been forced by the Obama administration to pay for drugs for its employees in their health care plan that may cause abortions. 
Doing so violates the religious freedom of the founders and owners of Hobby Lobby, but the firm has, so far, been unsuccessful in getting courts to give it an exemption while its lawsuit against the HHS mandate continues. 
Tens of thousands of Americans have committed to support the Christian crafts store Hobby Lobby on Saturday, January 5 after courts have refused to issued an ruling stopping the Obama HHS mandate. 
The letter from Hobby Lobby CEO David Green that LifeNews received follows:
When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God‘s word. From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.
We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God’s laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that’s what we’ve tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage. 

So, even if you cannot make it to a store, please buy something from them online today, which is what I did since I could not make it to the Sterling Heights store (near Lakeside Mall).  I decided to get some books on the old craft of tatting - something that has intrigued me.  Tatting was once used extensively in liturgical vestments and altar cloths.  I think modern machine technology has taken over, but there is something about hand crafted tatting that looks cool.  I think it might be a way to get me off of electronics and into doing something with my hands again.  I used to do lots of crafts before the internet age. Balance is something we could use in this regard.



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