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Christian Groups Petition Hobby Lobby Over HHS Lawsuit
Charisma News ^ | Sept. 28, 2012 | Gina Meeks

Posted on 09/29/2012 12:43:20 PM PDT by jr48154

Christian activists are demanding Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. drop its lawsuit opposing the Health and Human Services “preventive services” mandate.

The Rev. Lance Schmitz, pastor of the Capitol Hill Church of the Nazarene in Oklahoma City, Okla., was turned away from Hobby Lobby's headquarters Thursday when he attempted to deliver a petition.

“I thought they'd let me drop off the package,” Schmitz said. “I thought a Christian business would be interested in hearing from a pastor with a petition signed by thousands of people of faith. I guess Hobby Lobby is more interested in using their faith to score political points than in finding a way to ensure that its female employees get the health care they need.”

The pastor said more than 80,000 people had signed copies of a petition circulated nationwide by the online Christian group Faithful America, and women's rights group UltraViolet.

Hobby Lobby's lawsuit, filed earlier this month in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, seeks protection from Obamacare's “preventive services” mandate, which forces businesses to provide the “morning-after” and “week-after” pills—without co-pay—in their health insurance plans. If Hobby Lobby failed to comply with this mandate, it would face fines up to $1.3 million per day.

“By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow,” explained David Green, founder and CEO of the arts and craft store company. “We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.”

(Excerpt) Read more at charismanews.com ...


TOPICS: Activism; Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: boycott; freedom; hhsmandate; hobbylobby
AP & NPR had this story, too: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=161892134
1 posted on 09/29/2012 12:43:26 PM PDT by jr48154
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To: jr48154

They are activists but they are not Christian activists.No matter what they like to call themselves and who they claim to be, Chgristians do not work for Socialists and communists, nor do they vote for Democrats


2 posted on 09/29/2012 12:47:44 PM PDT by sport
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To: jr48154

““We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.”

God bless him and may his business prosper even more.

Hobby Lobby rules.

We’re getting one locally and it’s opening 10/11 or 10/12 and *I cannot wait*.

I was driving 50 miles each way to shop HL and was happy to do so simply because of their business policy and incredible selection.


3 posted on 09/29/2012 12:49:36 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: sport

Agreed - I found it interesting the preacher trying to deliver the petition was from a Nazarene church, generally a fundamentalist group.


4 posted on 09/29/2012 12:49:49 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: sport

Amen!

[maybe Westboro Baptist “Church” will protest Hobby Lobby next]

/s


5 posted on 09/29/2012 12:50:45 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: sport

Send your letters of support:

http://www.hobbylobby.com/customer_service/contact_us.cfm


6 posted on 09/29/2012 12:53:53 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: Salamander

I do think the biggest travesty is that Christianity is being hijacked here by the so-called “Christian group” of those protesting HL’s lawsuit.

Their disingenuous brand of religion subscribes not only to abortion, but also to imposing such a belief on other Christians.


7 posted on 09/29/2012 12:59:33 PM PDT by jr48154
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To: jr48154

ESAD Rev Lance.


8 posted on 09/29/2012 1:01:17 PM PDT by mimaw
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To: Salamander

Thank you. I will.


9 posted on 09/29/2012 1:04:00 PM PDT by sport
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To: T-Bird45
I found it interesting the preacher trying to deliver the petition was from a Nazarene church, generally a fundamentalist group.

As it turns out, Nazarenes are all over the map in the same way as the old line Protestant churches. From far left to far right.

From what I know of Lance Schmitz he is of the far-left, social justice, pro-choice variety. The organization FaithfulAmerica is cut from the same cloth.

As for Ultraviolet, here is an issue they consider agonizingly important enough for them to list as one of the reasons for their founding: "In the winter of 2011, iPhone’s Siri was able to instruct users in where to find Viagra, adult escorts, and even where to score drugs, but couldn’t locate a single abortion provider in New York City."

So this remains a battle not about women's health, but about the right to kill babies. I would have more respect for them if they would simply say it.

10 posted on 09/29/2012 1:05:42 PM PDT by newheart (At what point does policy become treason?)
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To: T-Bird45

An one more point. Ultraviolet and FaithfulAmerica are national organizations. As an Okie myself, I cannot imagine it would be possible to get 80,000 Oklahomans to sign that petition.


11 posted on 09/29/2012 1:07:23 PM PDT by newheart (At what point does policy become treason?)
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To: Salamander

Done, thank you for the link :)


12 posted on 09/29/2012 1:20:20 PM PDT by CherieDawn
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To: newheart

I guess my experience around Nazarenes must have been limited to those on the fundamentalist end of the scale. There is a Nazarene university in Bethany OK, a suburb of Oklahoma City, where Hobby Lobby is based. That suburb has a history of being run by the college/university, including no liquor stores being allowed for many years.


13 posted on 09/29/2012 1:24:21 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: sport

bump


14 posted on 09/29/2012 1:27:18 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: T-Bird45
I guess my experience around Nazarenes must have been limited to those on the fundamentalist end of the scale.

Mine was too, ironically, until I moved to Oklahoma. Growing up in Arkansas the joke was always, "Why don't Nazarenes have sex standing up? Because someone might think they were dancing." (Told to be by a Nazarene by the way.) These days I can say that some of my best friends are Nazarenes, and while they are not from the far-left like Schmitz, they are certainly not legalists either.

15 posted on 09/29/2012 1:35:02 PM PDT by newheart (At what point does policy become treason?)
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To: jr48154

I love Hobby Lobby!


16 posted on 09/29/2012 1:36:20 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: jr48154

Wheat and tares.


17 posted on 09/29/2012 1:41:38 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: CherieDawn; sport

Quite welcome.

:)


18 posted on 09/29/2012 1:42:45 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: jr48154

FU Schmity.

You are for murder and completely out of bounds in the Book of Exodus


19 posted on 09/29/2012 1:47:45 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: jr48154

“Christian activist”....an oxymoron in modern lid speak meaning weak kneed yeah sayers...smite them all


20 posted on 09/29/2012 2:22:25 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: jr48154

So called Christians who deny Christ’s teachings are NOT Christ like and are not Christians, only religious!


21 posted on 09/29/2012 2:32:59 PM PDT by BillT (If you can not stand behind our military, you might as well stand in front of them!)
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To: jr48154
The word "Christian" should be in quotes.

These are the same people who think that Jesus was a Communist.

22 posted on 09/29/2012 2:36:03 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: T-Bird45

When the Nazarenes gave up their dress code they shed all that other stuff as well. Today they aren’t any different than the Untied Methodists.


23 posted on 09/29/2012 3:14:51 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: jr48154
"… ensure that its female employees get the health care they need want.”

No one "needs" contraceptives. And if the want them they can pay for them themselves. They are not that expensive.

This has nothing to do with health care needs but is rather an attempt to force all Christians to bow before the altar of libertine sex.

24 posted on 09/29/2012 3:28:19 PM PDT by Petrosius
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To: newheart

Also about UltraViolet....

...”Since the Komen debacle, UltraViolet has found numerous reasons to rile up its members. It was the first group to call for advertisers to ditch Rush Limbaugh’s show after he called Georgetown student Sandra Fluke a “slut,” and that petition collected more than 160,000 signatures. More than 40 advertisers have peeled off the show so far, including ProFlowers, which Ultraviolet singled out as an organization that primarily serves women.”


25 posted on 09/29/2012 5:25:19 PM PDT by Engedi
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