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Hobby Lobby Makes Atheists Knit Bricks
National Review Online ^ | Celina Durgin

Posted on 07/21/2014 10:07:34 PM PDT by Huntress

In response to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, atheists are sitting around knitting. And in this time of national crisis, they are knitting bricks.

Worried about the supposedly crumbling wall of separation between church and state, the Secular Coalition for America (SCA) launched a “Knit a Brick” campaign to “harness outrage” at the ruling. The group will send yarn bricks to the Supreme Court, Congress, or White House staffers. Targets will be selected based on the number of bricks the Coalition’s high command receives by August 5, according to Religionnews.com. If organizers collect 400 bricks, they will send them to the Supreme Court. Eight hundred bricks will merit a bulk delivery to Congress. But the ultimate goal is 1,200, enough knitted bricks to deliver to President Barack Obama.

But first, there’s work ahead for Americans who want to keep off their bodies all the laws except the ones forcing other Americans pay for their abortion pills. All those bricks must be hand-knitted and assembled into a symbolic wall. The bricks should be six inches by three inches. If a participant doesn’t knit or crochet, he or she can sponsor a brick so someone else can knit it.

The original deadline was July 18, but it was extended to August 5 because of “overwhelming support.” In a July 18 tweet, SCA president Amanda Metskas indicated that at that time, the group was only a bit more than halfway to its 400-brick minimum goal.

Yay! #KnitABrick in @washingtonpost! We have 200+ bricks now! Sponsor or knit to take @seculardotorg over the top! http://t.co/NCmjBNwlxG — Amanda K. Metskas (@metskas) July 18, 2014

Atheists aren’t the only ones donating bricks to this campaign. Austin Cooper, the coalition’s director of operations, told the Washington Post that members of her traditional Catholic family demonstrated their commitment to secularism by making 19 bricks for the cause.

Mike Dwyer on Twitter clung to the patriarchal convention that a brick exists in three rather than two dimensions:

If a “brick” is 3×6 and completely flat, that’s not a brick; it’s a plate. 1200 plates won’t make an effective wall. #KnitABrick — Mike Dwyer (@solarguy17) July 18, 2014

Thomas Jefferson coined the term “wall of separation” between church and state in his letter to the Danbury Baptist association.

“Legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions,” wrote the author of the Declaration of Independence and our third president. Jefferson noted that keeping government from infringing on religious freedom preserves the “rights of conscience.” The wall of separation, as described by the originator of the term, prevents government from violating the consciences of people who have religious objections to government policy. Jefferson called religious freedom a natural right and declared himself “convinced [man] has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.” The Hobby Lobby ruling was not about forcing others to obey one’s religious mandates; it was about prohibiting government from forcing religious people to obey mandates that violate their consciences.

The Secular Coalition should toss the bricks and start knitting a big scarf long enough to span the distance between the Affordable Care Act and the right to free exercise of religion.

— Celina Durgin is a Franklin Center intern at National Review Online.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hobbylobby
And I thought #BringBackOurGirls was lame.
1 posted on 07/21/2014 10:07:34 PM PDT by Huntress
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To: Huntress

Nazis are such sore losers. They lose a small one in the Supreme Court and they start sh*tting bricks.


2 posted on 07/21/2014 10:11:13 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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To: Huntress

These people are insane.

If they are all for birth control, I suggest that they try having sex with the lights on. After seeing Liberals like Lena Dunham I find it hard to believe that the average person could complete an act when forced to see what they are doing.


3 posted on 07/21/2014 10:11:24 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Huntress

Good news - Hobby Lobby has a beautiful selection of yarns for this project!


4 posted on 07/21/2014 10:14:18 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Okay, that made me laugh.


5 posted on 07/21/2014 10:14:59 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Huntress

I think they should knit themselves some new knickers.


6 posted on 07/21/2014 10:19:37 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Huntress

Knit a colossal crying towel and cry me a river.


7 posted on 07/21/2014 10:20:07 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Huntress

Wonderful! “The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.” Lenin. Let them keep knitting a covering for their graves—at least that keeps them occupied.


8 posted on 07/21/2014 10:20:37 PM PDT by Fungi (No tagline is worth the effort--not even this one, at least for now.)
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To: Huntress

Writer Celina and her naughty sense of humor, she had me thinking they were excreting bricks.


9 posted on 07/21/2014 10:35:43 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Huntress

Without their empty symbolic gestures, the Left wouldn’t be able to communicate at all.


10 posted on 07/21/2014 10:44:07 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("World History is not full of good governments, or of good voters either "--P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Glad I could help


11 posted on 07/21/2014 10:48:06 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: Huntress; tumblindice; Fungi; Jack Hammer; smokingfrog; Jim from C-Town; FlingWingFlyer; ...
I have a very close relative who is an atheist and is a department manager at hobby lobby. She has no problems with hobby lobby. She also has no problems with religious celebrations.

Most atheist are very normal people who could not give a $hit about what the radical atheist think.

12 posted on 07/21/2014 10:51:32 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: Huntress

they’re all up in arms because they can’t force someone else to pay for them to kill their kids

yea... they’re mental stable...


13 posted on 07/21/2014 10:54:15 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: BBell

Fine by me. And your point is....?


14 posted on 07/21/2014 10:54:53 PM PDT by Fungi (Do not read this tagline.)
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To: BBell

It is never MOST people who are the problem. It is always the idiot cranks who bring about problems. Most people regardless of religious affiliation or none at all , like Christmas. It is the spoiled bed wetters that complain that everyone used to tell to stfu. Today they are a ‘protected class’


15 posted on 07/21/2014 11:19:06 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Huntress

How does a private business refusing to pay for abortions violate separation of Church and State?


16 posted on 07/21/2014 11:20:40 PM PDT by LukeL
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To: Fungi

My point is most atheist are very normal people who could not give a $hit about what the radical atheist think.


17 posted on 07/21/2014 11:25:08 PM PDT by BBell (I'm cynical and sarcastic and therefore I love Ann Coulter)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; All

Is it OK to crochet??


18 posted on 07/21/2014 11:41:06 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin

Only the liberal men can crochet - it is too delicate for the women.


19 posted on 07/22/2014 12:03:50 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: Huntress

We don’t need indoctrination
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Leftists, leave us kids alone...
...HEY! LEFTISTS! LEAVE US KIDS ALONE!
All in all, you’re just another brick in the wall...
All in all, you’re just another brick in the wall.

—”sorry, not sorry” to Roger Waters


20 posted on 07/22/2014 12:12:36 AM PDT by RichInOC (After Mosul, we're all Nuns now.)
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To: Huntress

“If a “brick” is 3×6 and completely flat, that’s not a brick; it’s a plate.”

This would work if they are going to Flatland. Perhaps they can find a Line Segment to represent them...or a circle.


21 posted on 07/22/2014 2:03:10 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: Huntress
I bet, in real life, very very very few people are doing this. Talk about pathetic.
22 posted on 07/22/2014 2:15:14 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Portcall24

Who uses a rectangular plate? I suppose it could be a trivet.


23 posted on 07/22/2014 2:49:09 AM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: Huntress

They have time to knit bricks? Don’t they have to go to work, do the laundry, take out the garbage, bathe the kidz, cook dinner? I could go on and on.


24 posted on 07/22/2014 3:04:08 AM PDT by Wage Slave
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To: Huntress

Let’s say I am a male who works for Hobby Lobby (or any large business). I like to have lots of sex. I need lots of condoms for my sexual escapades. I ask my company to provide me with a condom allowance to finance my sexual fun. The company tells me to pay for the condoms out of the wages it pays me. I cry and moan that my company is interfering with my sex life by not providing extra money to pay for the condoms. This is in essence the case of the females who want Hobby Lobby to pay for their abortions.


25 posted on 07/22/2014 4:18:28 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Huntress

... call it “separation of STATE and church”!

You know, when one uses the phrase “separation between church and state”, while it is supposed to mean that both do not impose on each other, when you put the word “church” first, then it leaves the impression that the greater (or to some, the only) worry is with regard to the church imposing its will on the state, and not the other way around.

So I propose that our side should henceforth refer to this concept as the separation between state and church!

It seems like a minor difference, but it is also one that people will notice, and then may either try to correct or to question, at which time it can be pointed out that since the state has, by far, much more of an ability to breach that wall and impose its will on the church, it makes more sense then to put the word “state” first, since keeping the government’s power in check - as is the case in other areas - must be the primary concern.


26 posted on 07/22/2014 4:23:12 AM PDT by zencycler
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To: Huntress

If they are petitioning with their knitted bricks, a respectable petition would have 100,000 bricks. This is so lame.


27 posted on 07/22/2014 7:40:03 AM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (Just what is the real reason to disarm a law abiding citizen like me?)
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To: Jim from C-Town

To me it looks like she beat herself with the ugly stick. Between the tats, the horrendous taste in clothes, and her really ugly mind, I think your suggestion has a lot of merit.


28 posted on 07/22/2014 10:28:03 AM PDT by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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