Ms. Moody doesn’t do Hobby Lobby

I stepped inside a Hobby Lobby once. It was a hilarious and somewhat involuntary experience.

My university LGBTQA organization was hosting an art auction for World AIDS Day and we were looking for donations and bulk discounts on frames and framing materials anywhere we could find them. I wasn’t crafting much back then (this would have been November 2005) and I don’t know who’s idea it was to try Hobby Lobby, but, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, at that time, the big box, waxed cross behemoth was pretty much the only game in town.

To say our little group of hippie and punk rock queers showing up and asking for free stuff caused a stir would be an understatement. My friend, Mikey, did the bulk of the talking with the sales clerk in the frame section, the assistant manager, then, finally, the manager. The rest of us glittered in the background, looking gorgeous and androgynous, like any good law-abiding threat to American freedom (Bush’s Federal Marriage Amendment had recently been approved for consideration and was seven months away from crashing and burning) while scads of H.L. shoppers skirted around us, curious eyes and anemic faces.

Needless to say, we walked away frame-less (donations from small local shops eventually stepped in to fill the gap) with a slightly condescending speech from the manager about how the store already gave to “numerous Christian organizations and causes.”

There’s a complicated corporate structure to be considered here (even though corporations are people — policies regarding bulk discounts, donations, and even how to discard damaged items are often decided by people much higher than even a regional manager) and I’ve never blamed the store’s staff for saying no.

I am, however, forever baffled by people who think 1) Christians don’t (or can’t) get AIDS and 2) queer college kids can’t be Christians. As for the “people” who don’t want think their female employees to have access to birth control or Plan B medication but think making moronic bigots the face of their moronic, bigoted organization is pip and dandy, I don’t even waste my time being baffled. There’s only so many minutes in the day and I have yarn to buy.

Who’s up for a Sifu and/or Michael’s run?

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~ by blackmoodcraft on March 29, 2014.

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