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Boycotting Hobby Lobby–because “reproductive rights” types are so into arts and crafts

July 6, 2014

My favorite boycotter is George Takei (um, he’s gay–so how does he have a dog in this reproductive fight?):

“Hobby Lobby is not a church. It’s a business — and a big one at that. Businesses must and should be required to comply with neutrally crafted laws of general applicability,” Takei wrote. “Your boss should not have a say over your healthcare. Once the law starts permitting exceptions based on ‘sincerely held religious beliefs’ there’s no end to the mischief and discrimination that will ensue.”

Takei seems to have forgotten that there’s this federal law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that actually allows people, including people running businesses, to make claims based on “sincerely held religious beliefs.”

And as Megan McArdle points out, don’t expect the boycott will lead to Hobby Lobby’s going out of business any time soon:

At least in my circles, everyone in the crafting demographic meets at least one of the following criteria, and often all of them: conservative, Christian, married, older, stay-at-home mom. I’m not saying this is universal; I’m sure there are young, single, progressive crafters out there! But the overlap between the people in my Facebook feed proclaiming a boycott and the people in my Facebook feed whom I know to be frequenters of crafting stores is basically zero. The people with the passion are not the people who will be crafting, in other words.

In short, if you want to boycott Hobby Lobby, you should have taken up knitting and sewing your kids’ Halloween costumes a few months ago.

Posted by Charlotte Allen









From → Abortion

  1. Days of Broken Arrows permalink

    Expect “The Chick-Fil-A” effect. The company’s supporters will probably turn out in full force to counteract any protests. When this happened with my local Chick-Fil-A, the parking lot was so crowded the road leading to it was jammed up. They just had to reopen the place — after renovating it to make it much bigger to accommodate the bigger crowds that came…and stayed. So much for the “boycott.”

  2. Lastango permalink

    ” I’m sure there are young, single, progressive crafters out there!”

    Oh, there are… they inhabit April Foolsland. For anyone who hasn’t seen Honda’s excellent joke at the expense of hipster craftsposeurs, here ya go!

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