The arts-and-crafts chain Hobby Lobby is the focal point today
of a campaign intended to counter criticism of the company's
decision to stand firm on its owner's biblical beliefs.
Friday (October 12) is Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day. Austin,
Texas area resident Matt Baker
launched a national appreciation day for Hobby Lobby after that
organization filed suit against the Health and Human Services
mandate to provide free coverage of abortifacient drugs and
sterilization for employees. Owner David Green filed the suit based
on his Christian beliefs, which
prompted a call for a boycott.
Baker set up a Facebook page calling for the opposite
-- and the response has been remarkable.
"... I think it's a
popular cause," he tells OneNewsNow. "There's a lot of people out
there who support business owners having freedom to believe the way
they choose and have the freedom to run their businesses the way
they choose -- and that's a popular campaign; a lot of people are
wanting to support that."
While supporters are making purchases at Hobby Lobby, Baker says
it is important they express their appreciation to store management
and staff, because often when the term "Christian" is attached to a
movement it becomes "a punching bag."
"Absolutely. You know, what we're certainly going to do here
locally is ... let them know why we're there and that we appreciate
the stand they're taking, we appreciate them being in our
community, and [we appreciate] that they're a good neighbor."
Baker says afterwards he intends to dine at Chick fil-A --
another Christian-owned business that took considerable criticism
this past summer for its biblical stand on traditional
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