Is Hobby Lobby circumcised?

Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts chain run by an uber-Christian family, says it should be exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s (Obamacare’s) contraceptive mandate because the store’s owners, and thus the store itself, is “Christian.”

As a person of faith, Hobby Lobby says it shouldn’t be compelled by the government to act against its Christian beliefs.

But I was having a hard time understanding how a store could be a person, let alone a person of faith.  And the more I thought about it, the more confusing it became.

So, if Hobby Lobby is really a person of faith, I have some questions for it:

Hobby Lobby photo via DangApricot. Pope clothes via Shutterstock (Maxisport /

Hobby Lobby photo via DangApricot. Pope clothes via Shutterstock (Maxisport /

  1. Is Hobby Lobby circumcised?
  2. Is Hobby Lobby baptized?
  3. When was the last time Hobby Lobby went to confession?
  4. If Hobby Lobby went to confession, what kind of sins would it confess?  (Dear Lord, I coveted my neighbor’s bridal shop?)
  5. Does Hobby Lobby only date other Christian stores?
  6. Are there Mormon stores too? And do they spend a lot of time telling coffee chains how to live?
  7. Has Hobby Lobby ever been married? (I’ll bet Walmart’s looking for an uptight Christian brand who knows its place.)
  8. How old should a store be before it can merge?
  9. How does Hobby Lobby feel about inter-racial mergers — you know, when, say, an arts and crafts store wants to merge with a sports store? Is that an abomination?
  10. Is American Girl a jezebel?
  11. Is Abercrombie kinda gay? And if so, do we now need a Defense of Corporate Marriage Act?
  12. Has Hobby Lobby ever been divorced?
  13. Is there a corporate hell that bad stores go to?
  14. Are Jewish stores going to hell?
  15. Are all Muslim stores terrorists?
  16. Is bankruptcy abortion?
  17. Did Entenmann’s kill Jesus?

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  • rudolf schnaubelt

    Well, if he was circumcised, he’s a boy.

  • Sameboat1

    Banned. No soup for you!

  • Sameboat1

    Ah. Executive bonuses!

  • Sameboat1

    Circumcision? How do we know hobby lobby isn’t a girl?

  • Badgerite

    Because, obviously, women are only ‘hosts’. Not people with rights. Whereas, corporations are. My head will now explode.

  • jomicur

    Wasn’t there something about selling everything you own and following Jesus, too?

  • jomicur

    In all the coverage of yesterday’s court proceedings (and I’ll admit I haven’t read a full transcript) I haven’t come across much indication that any of the justices asked pointed, pertinent questions like that, It wouldn’t surprise me if the questions were asked and our “fair and balanced” news media simply didn’t report them, choosing instead of focus on Kennedy’s canard about abortion. But for the moment, in my momentary state of lazy ignorance, I’m terribly concerned how this ruling will go.

  • chrislib

    18. What about tithes and offerings?

  • Snarki, child of Loki

    “These wages may NOT be used to purchase GUNS”

  • crazymonkeylady

    Do male employees get Viagra prescriptions and penis pumps from their insurance??

  • kurtsteinbach

    Hobby Lobby is not a Christian Corporation, they are a corporation with Christians working there. There is a big difference. The United States is also not a Christian nation, we are a nation where many Christians live. This is nothing new. It is an extension of Conservative religious persecution that has been going on for over 2000 years. Whether it’s Christians persecuting Jews, Muslims persecuting Jews and Muslims in the Middle East, or any major religious group persecuting non-members anywhere throughout history. Christians are just better at persecution than other groups because Christianity actually forced their beliefs on the Roman Empire and got Constantine to adopt it. Thereafter, the Empire fell, but Christianity continued, taking persecution to new levels, in which they were later joined by Muslims and many others. Christianity and Christians simply have more experience being in charge and persecuting others, seconded or followed by Muslims and their fervent desire to keep everybody else as dhimmis. The U.S. is a special case for the religious because we have always tolerated their delusions of invisible sky gods. Seriously, if you wrote the History of Religion in the World and tried to sell it as anything other than history, it would be tossed in the trash as dystopian garbage….

  • PeteWa

    why does Hobby Lobby wear clothes of two different fibers, brick and mortar?

  • eahopp

    I am going to say that the extreme pro-lifers will justify firebombing abortion clinics, assassinating doctors who perform abortions, and passing out wanted posters of those same doctors, all in the name of protecting the unborn. If that is the case, and Hobby Lobby wants to extend their own brand of religious freedom to corporations, then will extreme anti-corporation individuals have their own justification for bombing Hobby Lobby stores, assassinating Hobby Lobby store managers and corporate officers, and passing out wanted posters of Hobby Lobby employees? All in the name of stopping the corporate personhood?

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    John, may I answer number eleven? The answer is YES.

    I love to tell this story. About a week before Christmas, we took some out of state relatives to the Mall of America. My husband and I didn’t want to do the shopping thing, so we went to find coffee. We walked past Abercrombie’s where we saw two beautiful, well built guys standing in front of the store. They were wearing only jeans. My husband actually froze. I actually began to wonder if I would have to carry him out of the mall.

  • Bardi

    Well said!

  • Badgerite

    Thank you.

  • Feel free to replace it with “inevitable.”

  • Badgerite

    That is so friggin’ hypocritical.

  • Badgerite

    I wouldn’t use the phrase Citizens United and ‘logical’ in the same sentence. My head might explode.

  • MoonDragon

    Per another movie, one can infer he employs an old guy with a beard who likes to carve his name in glaciers. And the avocado was a mistake.

  • Vegas Dave

    Made in China! That’s what 99 percent of the merchandise sold in Hobby Lobby says. It comes from pro-abortion, anti-religion China. The Green family needs to justify those purchases before claiming they have a right to deny women reproductive rights in this country.

  • …and if a certain very bad movie is to be believed, a starship.


  • He claims that it’s all God’s money, not his. Because, you know how much an all powerful, all knowing, all seeing being needs money.

  • I don’t know how Christian you can be if your family is worth over $5 billion. What did Jesus say about a rich man entering Heaven again, will someone please remind me.

  • These pseudo-religious objections to the ACA’s contraception mandate are like a magician’s hand-wave or a shiny object.

    The real goal is to create the legal framework for “Because We Feel Like It” exemption for any business concern for absolutely anything. Don’t feel like providing health insurance at all? Just claim to be a Christian Scientist organization. Want to discriminate on the basis of race? Just announce that your business adheres to old-style fundamentalist Mormon beliefs, and that you won’t hire anybody who isn’t or can’t become through conversion a ‘Bishop’ in your offshoot sect. Discrimination against non-Christians is easy to justify, so go ahead and have a no-Muslim policy! And hey, there’s lots and lots of religious precedent for discriminating against women, so it’ll be perfectly legal to pay women less, refuse to hire them for supervisory positions, fire women who have sex outside of marriage — go ahead and go nuts, it’s all legal.

    This case really is just the logical progression from Citizens United, wherein corporations were accorded free speech rights above and beyond those of ordinary citizens, particularly in politics and buying influence in government. You and I are still subject to donation limits; corporations no longer are.

    Now they want religious expression rights above and beyond those of ordinary citizens — employees — such that the corporation’s asserted ‘beliefs’ don’t even need to be part of any organized or mainstream religion’s basic tenets.

    The owners / board members / CEO (whoever) could be Protestants, but still assert it’s their corporation that feels it’s immoral to pay women equal to men or to provide health insurance or to adhere to environmental or workplace safety laws. (“The Bible says nothing about finger or face guards on those mill-stones! We don’t see why our assembly line should have ’em either!”)

    Seriously, this isn’t about religion. It’s about the corporatocracy — the oligarchs and plutocrats — looking to exempt themselves from civil law. Not just some of it, but all of it.

  • guest

    I think Hobby Lobby sells Chinese tat, you know that China, the one that has mandated abortions and limits on number of children. So Hobby Lobby is making profit from abortions.

  • That’s yet another sign of the gross hypocrisy of Hobby Lobby and its owners.

    They pay their employees in wages that are equivalent to cash. That cash can be used to buy all kinds of “immoral” things — including the very same contraception and alcohol they claim to oppose. By employing people, HL is quite literally ‘facilitating’ these purchases.

  • TomTO

    I was commenting on their facebook page, nothing controversial, just asking some important questions, Hobby Lobby even answered one. When I asked if Hobby Lobby thinks it should be legal for a muslim tax driver to deny a woman a ride if her head is not covered, they deleted and banned me.

  • I was just fired. Owner did a post-employment background check and came up with stuff that put the fear in him. If I can ever prove it, of course, I’ll own his business. Meantime I bought a house in a part of the state I would NEVER live.

  • Might want to make a trip to the fabric department too, and pick up something absorbent.

  • That’s really the fundamental problem. If your employer can mandate how you spend your compensation for being employed, what’s to stop them from extending that to anything at all? We’re sliding back to the days of mining towns where you get paid in company approved stamps, and those stamps are only good in the company store, for the goods and services that the company wants you to have.

  • kingstonbears

    Circumcision? Exacto knives are in the picture framing department, next to the mats.

  • Indigo

    I did a walk-through once, I’ll buy my balsa wood somewhere else, thanks. It’s the perfect store for tacky crosses and scary artificial floral arrangements. Think low brow WalMart and you’ve got HL. [Going out of town, back next week. Have a good round of discussions, everyone!]

  • HereinDC

    Is Hobby Lobby open on Sunday?

  • They could fire her.

  • bkmn

    Is Hobby Lobby in favor of covering Viagra, Cialis and other erection dysfunction drugs?
    How does Hobby Lobby justify denying a woman access to a contraceptive drug that she may be using for other medical purposes (such as fibrous cysts that respond to some drugs)?
    Why does Hobby Lobby seek to put itself between a woman and her doctor?

  • MoonDragon

    If a woman uses her wages from Hobby Lobby to purchase contraception, can Hobby Lobby justify not paying her because of her immoral use of the money they pay her?

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