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Hobby Lobby advocates a Christian-led government in Independence Day ads placed in many national newspapers

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  • Hobby Lobby placed a full-page advertisement in several US newspapers on Independence Day.

  • The advertisement called for a Christian-led government.

  • It contained quotes from historical figures about Christianity.

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On Independence Day, Hobby Lobby placed an ad in many newspapers across the country calling for a Christian-led government.

The ad, titled “One Nation Under God,” contained the biblical verse: “Blessed is the nation whose God is Lord.”

Images of the ad have been posted on the company’s website and social media.

The full-page ad had three columns quoting former US presidents and other historical figures, as well as Supreme Court rulings on Christianity.

“It is the duty of all nations to recognize the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and to humbly implore his protection and favor,” the ad says in part, quoting George Washington.

In a holiday message posted on their website, Hobby Lobby said they had been running Christmas advertisements since founder David Greene felt “commissioned” by God to do them after seeing advertisements during the 1995 Christmas season.

“Long ago, Hobby Lobby placed beautiful full-page ads celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, Easter and Independence Day in newspapers across the country. The impact and relevance of these messages is unbroken, ”the message says.

Some who saw the ad were upset at the request to link church and state.

“A full-page ad from @HobbyLobby in today’s newspapers ignoring the separation of church and state. I’ll never set foot in an @HobbyLobby that believes America should be a theocracy,” commenter Terry Blount wrote on Twitter.

An Oregon resident who saw the ad on Register-Guard called it “utterly scary” and encouraged people not to shop at the Hobby Lobby.

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Hobby Lobby has been embroiled in a number of controversies lately. In April 2020, the company closed all of its stores nationwide and took employees on leave after resisting the state’s coronavirus-related lockdown and quietly reopening stores across the country.

In September, buyers called for a boycott of the company after a picture showed an ad in a store with decorative letters saying “USA Vote Trump” that went viral in one store.

It’s not clear how many newspapers the ad was shown in or how much the ad cost. Hobby Lobby did not respond to Insider’s request for comment at the time of publication.

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