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Leftists lose it when Hobby Lobby celebrates America’s founding, Christian-run government

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The Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby arts and crafts chain has stirred up controversy with a full-page advertisement containing a purported theocratical innuendo published on July 4 in several newspapers across the country that it also shared on social media

The ad, which was titled “One Nation Under God,” depicted a youngster holding an American flag, along with a quote from Psalm 33:12 that reads “Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord.”

In the published version, the ad also contains quotes from presidents such as George Washington, John Adams, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson, along with more founding fathers, supreme court justices, and other content that relates to the faith-based messaging.

Parenthetically, one nation under God is also part of the pledge of allegiance.

Based on the archive on its website, Hobby Lobby has been taking out similar ads to commemorate Christmas and Easter, as well as Independence Day, since at least 1997.

Fan or not, religious or not, consumers or potential consumers obviously can and make their own decisions about patronizing a Hobby Lobby store based on a variety of reasons.

Most social media users seemed triggered by the ad from the retailer and jumped to the conclusion that it was proposing a Christian-run government, although the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution specifically rules out any form of government-created religion. Article VI  of the Constitution prohibits any form of religious test for public office.

Many on the left, however, perhaps still haven’t gotten over the company’s 2014 U.S. Supreme Court victory that successfully challenged the Obamacare contraception mandate on grounds of religious freedom.

In September 2020, liberals vowed to boycott Hobby Lobby because of a temporary display in one shop that read “USA Vote Trump,” even though it was undetermined as to whether an employee or a customer was responsible for the pro-Trump aisle art.

The July 4th Hobby Lobby newspaper ad metaphorically prompted a biblical reaction on social media from those who approve and disapprove. Here is a sampling:

Robert Jonathan

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