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NJ: Protesters picket new Hobby Lobby store in Totowa
Bergen Record ^ | 07.12.14 | JAMES M. O’NEILL

Posted on 07/13/2014 7:46:17 PM PDT by Coleus

Demonstrators at Hobby Lobby in Totowa on Saturday. The chain is owned by a family that tries to run the business on Christian beliefs.

Roughly 50 people lined up in front of Hobby Lobby’s new Totowa store Saturday to protest the company’s role in a recent Supreme Court decision that says the company can choose not to cover contraception for its employees through the Affordable Care Act.

The Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain is owned by a Christian family that says it tries to run the business applying its religious beliefs. One of the parties in the decision by the high court, the family had argued that the Obamacare requirement that all contraception be covered violated a 1993 federal law that protects religious freedom. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision written by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., agreed. Alito wrote that the court ruling only held for “closely held” for-profit corporations such as Hobby Lobby.

The Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision has been attacked by many women’s rights groups, and Democrats in the U.S. Senate are moving to introduce legislation that would sidestep the ruling. A companion bill would have a much harder time passing in the Republican-controlled House.

For two hours Saturday afternoon, the protesters in front of the Totowa Hobby Lobby — newly opened as of July 7 — held hand-lettered signs with such slogans as “Family planning is a family value,” “Women’s values trump corporate dictates,” and “My religious freedom has been given to corporations.”

They also chanted “Hobby Lobby, hear the news — religious views are for the pews.”

“I’m here to support women’s choice,” said Jean Star of Wyckoff. “I think the court made a very, very bad decision. A corporation is not a person.”

The protest was organized by the Rev. Kathleen Green, a minister with the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood. Green is on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey, the church’s lobbying arm. She was joined by members of the National Organization for Women’s New Jersey chapter, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey and Planned Parenthood.

Green said the argument against the court ruling could be summed up as “My body, my faith, my choice.”

“Religious liberty is for people,” Green said. “Hobby Lobby doesn’t go to church on Sunday. Corporations can’t speak for all women. This decision puts all American women’s lives at risk based on one corporation’s owners.”

The company has said it did not oppose all contraception, just morning-after pills and intrauterine devices, or IUDs, since they believed these were similar to abortion.

“Medical studies will tell you the IUD is the most effective form of contraception used by women and especially low-income women,” Green said.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, in a dissenting opinion in the case, wrote that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month’s full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage.

A Hobby Lobby store manager said she could not comment on the protest, and the company’s spokesman could not be reached.

Posted on Hobby Lobby’s corporate website is a quote from Barbara Green, a company co-founder, saying the family was “overjoyed” by the Supreme Court ruling.

“The nation’s highest court has re-affirmed the vital importance of religious liberty as one of our country’s founding principles,” she said. “The Court’s decision is a victory … for all who seek to live out their faith.”

Jane Gordon, a protester from Manhattan, said she believed the Hobby Lobby owners had a genuine religious objection to covering contraception, but the court decision was wrong.

“People are entitled to practice their faith,” she said, “but not to impose their faith on other people.”

Protesters handed out leaflets to those entering and leaving the store, listing “7 reasons NOT to shop at Hobby Lobby.”

The leaflet argued that the company’s grievance is not with birth control, but is a political attack on the Affordable Care Act, since before the act was passed, the company’s insurance coverage included the forms of contraception they took exception to through the legal case.

The leaflet also said Hobby Lobby’s 401(k) plan has invested in companies that produce the same types of contraception that Hobby Lobby didn’t want to pay for through insurance. The leaflet cited the company’s 2012 employee benefit plan’s annual return filing.

The leaflet also listed the addresses of several other hobby stores in the area for those who want to boycott Hobby Lobby.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: abortion; democrats; feminazis; hobbylobby; leagueofwomenvoters; manhattan; nj; now; nownags; nyc; plannedparenthood; ridgewood; selfie; totowa; unitarianchurch; unitariansociety; waronwomenmeme
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1 posted on 07/13/2014 7:46:17 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: Coleus

It all boils down to give me more free sh*t...


2 posted on 07/13/2014 7:48:43 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Coleus

Looks like they’re on private property. Why weren’t they arrested for trespassing?


3 posted on 07/13/2014 7:50:13 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Coleus

No worries, they’ll just take all of those jobs somewhere else.


4 posted on 07/13/2014 7:50:23 PM PDT by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: Coleus

Reminder: Hobby Lobby Provides Coverage for 16 Types of Contraception
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3174342/posts


5 posted on 07/13/2014 7:50:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: Coleus

I went into H.L. a couple days ago and couldn’t find a single thing that I wanted to buy...........and I really looked.

Maybe nearer Christmas time.


6 posted on 07/13/2014 7:51:00 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12;32)
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To: Coleus

I have no doubt that this is the closest any of these protesters have ever been to a Hobby Lobby store.

Meanwhile actual customers are going to go out of their way to give Hobby Lobby additional business.


7 posted on 07/13/2014 7:51:27 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continue)
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To: Coleus

The Stupid got to be Stupid


8 posted on 07/13/2014 7:51:40 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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Reproductive Justice, Rev. Kathleen Green, 3-23-14
http://youtu.be/VDemhGrHWqk


9 posted on 07/13/2014 7:51:56 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: Coleus

Look at those poor little girls in the picture. Dragged to the protests by some hyphinated named single mom and scared to death of the shouting. How sick.


10 posted on 07/13/2014 7:53:12 PM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: Graybeard58

sounds like an arts-and-crafts store like ac moore...I don’t shop at either of them.


11 posted on 07/13/2014 7:53:24 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: Coleus

Fools on parade.


12 posted on 07/13/2014 7:55:50 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Slings and Arrows

sue them for slander..

Hobby Lobby is not denying them anything.

They are simply saying they won’t pay for 4 drugs/items that cause abortions.


13 posted on 07/13/2014 7:55:52 PM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: Coleus

“People have the God-given right to practice their faith and act according to their conscience,” she said, “but government cannot impose its anti-faith and anti-conscience on the people or corporations.”

there fixed it.


14 posted on 07/13/2014 7:59:15 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits n firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: Coleus

Stupid people being stupid.

Hardly news.


15 posted on 07/13/2014 7:59:39 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Coleus
“People are entitled to practice their faith,” she said, “but not to impose their faith on other people.”

Right.

How about if they just fire you?

16 posted on 07/13/2014 8:00:26 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Coleus

Oh, its “reverend” Kathy and her made up in the 1960 “church” with less members than a tpical MSNBC show’s viewers!


17 posted on 07/13/2014 8:02:45 PM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: Coleus

Feminists used to say:
“I am strong. I am invincible. I am independent. I am yada yada yada.”

Feminists now cry out:
“We cannot pay for the poor immoral CHOICES that we make. We demand that you pay for them.”


18 posted on 07/13/2014 8:03:27 PM PDT by boycott
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To: Coleus

These are Soros or other liberal whale funded goons.

Go away.


19 posted on 07/13/2014 8:04:02 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Coleus

I’m pretty sure NOW stands for “Nasty Old Whores”...


20 posted on 07/13/2014 8:04:16 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Coleus
Wow. 50 people! On a Saturday! In a county with a population of 500,000!

You know it's a powerful grass roots movement when one hundredth of one percent of the population comes out to protest.

21 posted on 07/13/2014 8:06:29 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: jtal
No worries, they’ll just take all of those jobs somewhere else.

How do we know if these people are locals?

22 posted on 07/13/2014 8:12:02 PM PDT by Digger
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To: 2banana
It all boils down to give me more free sh*t...

Actually, that's not what it's about at all. It's about their (the Godless radical Left) ultimate goal to outlaw Christianity. Period.

23 posted on 07/13/2014 8:17:23 PM PDT by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Coleus

If the NAGS want us to pay for their contraception, give each one of them a penny and tell them to hold it between their knees. It’s cheap and works every time.


24 posted on 07/13/2014 8:18:15 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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To: Coleus
***...and Democrats in the U.S. Senate are moving to introduce legislation that would sidestep the ruling***

As Mark Levin pointed out, it's the legislature that has the final word, not the courts. Why won't our side do the same on rulings motivated by judicial activism, iow, rulings that go against the Constitution?

25 posted on 07/13/2014 8:19:30 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: icwhatudo

The United Church of Christ was once the New England Congregationalists dating back to colonial times. The same church known for the sermons of Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758). Ichabod.


26 posted on 07/13/2014 8:19:33 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: Coleus

10-1 most of them don’t even know what Hobby Lobby covers for birth control.


27 posted on 07/13/2014 8:22:29 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: Coleus

“Green is on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey, the church’s lobbying arm.”

Time to look at their tax exempt status.


28 posted on 07/13/2014 8:23:59 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: MichaelCorleone

Because the Republican Party is in cahoots with the Democrat Party in the destruction of the U.S. It is the job of the Republican Party to appease the sheep and keep them calm and serene until slaughterday. And as evidenced by obamacare, they are doing their job well.


29 posted on 07/13/2014 8:24:23 PM PDT by sport
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To: Coleus

The very first sentence in the article is a lie.

If I was Hobby Lobby I’d announce to all the employees that they’re closing down immediately and they can thank the protestors out front.


30 posted on 07/13/2014 8:24:57 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps. And they're all stupid.)
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To: Coleus

“Religious liberty is for people,” Green said. “Hobby Lobby doesn’t go to church on Sunday. Corporations can’t speak for all women.”

They aren’t, idiot.


31 posted on 07/13/2014 8:25:21 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: Coleus
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, in a dissenting opinion in the case, wrote that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month’s full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage

Makes holding a dime between your knees seem like a bargain.

32 posted on 07/13/2014 8:27:40 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

“People are entitled to practice their faith,” she said, “but not to impose their faith on other people.”

I love how the liberal mind works. Not agreeing to pay for something is forcing your faith on other people.


33 posted on 07/13/2014 8:28:39 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: lightman

Darth Vader Ginsberg kept trying to change the subject. Hobby Lobby starts people off at about $14 an hour from what I have heard


34 posted on 07/13/2014 8:30:57 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Coleus

Reproductive Justice, Rev. Kathleen Green, 3-23-14
http://youtu.be/VDemhGrHWqk


I just listened to that. Unitarian Universalist progressive and liberal faith ..... LOL. So these folks just sort of create their own religion? So truth to them is whatever they want it to be? Sounds like a spiritual journey to nowhere.


35 posted on 07/13/2014 8:33:42 PM PDT by boycott
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To: Graybeard58
“I went into H.L. a couple days ago and couldn’t find a single thing that I wanted to buy..”

I strongly second that! I REALLY want to support them. Wish they sold tools, or lumber, or groceries. I bought a picture frame, but there really just isn't much else there that I use or need.

36 posted on 07/13/2014 8:38:40 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name (\w)
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To: Coleus

Sometimes you just have to shake your head at the abject stupidity of the low-information voters.


37 posted on 07/13/2014 8:46:36 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: Coleus

“Roughly 50 people lined up”

Very rough. Looks like maybe 20 going by the picture.


38 posted on 07/13/2014 8:54:44 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Coleus

The Vagina Monotones.


39 posted on 07/13/2014 8:57:30 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: Coleus

Wow - fifty people - devastating.....


40 posted on 07/13/2014 9:04:39 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Fred Hayek
Sorry, what does the United Church of Christ have to do with this woman's "church"?

From wiki:

Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), in full the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations in North America, is a liberal religious association of Unitarian Universalist congregations formed by the consolidation in 1961 of the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America.[2] Both of these predecessor organizations began as Christian Unitarian and Christian Universalist denominations. However, modern Unitarian Universalists see themselves as a separate religion with its own beliefs and affinities. They define themselves as non-creedal, and draw wisdom from various religions and philosophies, including Humanism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Earth-centered spirituality.[3][4] Thus, the UUA is a syncretistic religious group with liberal leanings.

41 posted on 07/13/2014 9:24:32 PM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: Coleus

Similar idiots were protesting today in Bangor, Maine on the street in front of the Hobby Lobby store.

About 20 lefties. I saw it on the news tonight. Mostly fat, fugly women along with moonbat “men.”

When TEA Party people or gun rights people protest something, they are rarely shown on the news.


42 posted on 07/13/2014 9:26:13 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: Coleus

Hobby Lobby is not preventing anyone from using whatever form of birth control they want to use. Just that they object to paying for certain forms of birth control.

Unlike most business, Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays, so they certainly don’t put the almighty dollar ahead of their beliefs. You don’t give up all your rights just because you form a corporation.


43 posted on 07/13/2014 9:42:28 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Graybeard58

I suggested my wife go into Hobby Lobby while I went to the Post Office. It was a new store and we had never been in one. She ended up being in there for over an hour. I thought the store was very impressive in terms of layout and display, but full of phony but authentic looking “antique” and “distressed” “country” items from China. Doing a bang-up business with middle-aged women. Not my cup of tea, but more power to them.


44 posted on 07/13/2014 9:44:51 PM PDT by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: Coleus

If you don’t want a Hobby Lobby, don’t get one.


45 posted on 07/13/2014 9:48:32 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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46 posted on 07/13/2014 9:49:35 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Coleus

https://mobile.twitter.com/uurevkathleen/tweets


47 posted on 07/13/2014 9:49:55 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: baddog 219

Nation of Outraged Wimenfolk

They defended Bill Clinton on charges of Rape, Workplace Sexual Harassment, and intimidating women who’d dare speak out about it because he supported their agenda on abortion.

They have no “gravitas”.


48 posted on 07/13/2014 9:51:20 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Coleus

Minister and Clinic Escort: An Interview with Rev. Kathleen Green

Sally Steenland: I would like to focus on your work as a clinic escort in New Jersey. Can you paint a picture of what you do and say a few words about why a woman going to a reproductive health clinic would need an escort in the first place?

Kathleen Green: The picture is one in which volunteers arrive outside a clinic very early in the morning before the first patients arrive. The escorts are mostly women, some men, of varying ages and backgrounds and faith communities. When we arrive and gather together, we put on vests that identify us very clearly, to those who are working at the clinic and those who come to the clinic, as clinic volunteer escorts. We position ourselves on the sidewalk, which is right outside the front of the clinic. Women come from both sides of the sidewalk and from across the street, and so we are all along as a very obvious presence as escorts.

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/religion/news/2014/05/01/88781/minister-and-clinic-escort-an-interview-with-rev-kathleen-green/


49 posted on 07/13/2014 9:52:13 PM PDT by kcvl
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Our main purpose is to make sure that any woman who wants to go into the clinic can do so safely and with support. The women that come to the clinic are not all but are mostly, I would say, women of color. Many are from low-income households, and they come with their companions, who are boyfriends or husbands. We’ve seen women come with their mothers and grandmothers, with sisters and friends. So we are seeing quite a diversity of people who are choosing to come there for health care services.


50 posted on 07/13/2014 9:53:31 PM PDT by kcvl
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