Scores of Evangelical Christians are set to descend on Hobby Lobby stores across the nation, in a move to support the company's stand on a healthcare measure they said conflicts with the company's Christian beliefs.
It goes beyond the belief that forcing someone to buy healthcare coverage is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court disagreed and upheld that portion of the healthcare law last year.
Now Christian companies like Hobby Lobby are opting out of a measure that forces employers to pay for contraception for their employees.
Last month, Hobby Lobby filed an injunction with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals asking the mandate requiring businesses to pay for birth control be blocked while they wait for a ruling in federal court.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor refused to do so and now the arts and crafts retailer is risking fines of up to $1.3 million a day.
"It's a moral issue. Because, when you get past the idea of this day-after pill being made available, you're still getting back to the issue of abortion and abortion is murder," Elliot Eley said.
Eley is one of many Evangelical Christians opposed to any such measure and is now standing in support of Hobby Lobby.
Within days of the ruling, a Facebook page titled I Stand with Hobby Lobby announced plans to shop at the stores nationwide Jan. 5, seemingly infusing the stores with cash to help offset any fines incurred by the company's refusal to comply with the law.
"We believe that abortion is not healthcare, and that pregnancy is not an illness, so Hobby Lobby is doing what any business has the opportunity to do," said Tim Truesdale with Raytown Vineyard Church.
The latest move by Evangelicals is similar to Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day last August. Thousands of religious activists flooded the fast food chain in support after the CEO spoke out against same-sex marriage.
Truesdale said Saturday's expected Hobby Lobby shopping spree goes beyond just freedom of speech.
"This measure does not support what we believe is people's constitutional right for religious freedom and freedom of speech," he said.
The American Civil Liberties Union said that, despite the lawsuits by Hobby Lobby, the rule is clearly constitutional.
At last check, the Facebook page for I Stand with Hobby Lobby had 360 likes. Some participants said, if they couldn't make it to a store, they will shop online.
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