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‘Appreciation Day’ for Hobby Lobby

Charlie Butts   (OneNewsNow.com) Friday, October 12, 2012

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.

Hobby Lobby"... 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 marriage.

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