FFRF debunks Hobby Lobby’s annual ad

Hobby Lobby engaged in its yearly Independence Day charade, but FFRF was there to expose it once again.

Every Fourth of July, the pious folks at Hobby Lobby, the corporation that gutted Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate, run a full-page ad in newspapers across the country with one message: In God they trust. The ad shamelessly tries to sell the myth that the United States is founded on the Christian god by using quotes that are almost all deliberately altered or pulled out of context to change their meaning.

Thanks to generous, activist members in Peoria, Ill., and Eugene, Ore., FFRF ran a rebuttal advertisement the week of July 4. Ken and Cheryl Hofbauer arranged to make sure the facts play in Peoria, in its monthly Community Word. Charles Jones and FFRF’s Portland, Ore., chapter underwrote much of a larger ad in the Eugene Register-Guard, which ran on July 4. The ads draw on an advertising campaign by FFRF in 2013 running full-page ads in a number of dailies to counter the Hobby Lobby ad.

“We thank these individuals and our chapter for their initiative and generosity. With member support, we hope to run a larger campaign in 2019 to counter the Hobby Lobby July Fourth ads, whose insidious purpose is to portray the United States as a theocracy,” says FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor.

Also in 2013, FFRF launched an interactive website showing all of the errors in Hobby Lobby’s ad that year.

An FFRF blog (bit.ly/2KKMJrc) in 2016 walked readers through Hobby Lobby’s deception step by step, yet Hobby Lobby continues to misconstrue these quotes, sometimes adding new misleading quotes. This year was no different. Every single one of the 16 misleading sources FFRF previously exposed remains in Hobby Lobby’s ad, without any correction or apology.

FFRF used the words of the Founding Fathers to rebut a Hobby Lobby newspaper ad campaign.