There is a lot of blogging and writing, and tearing of shirts, and pointing of fingers in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell case (see info here), but I just had an observation. If Conestoga Wood, whose headquarters are located in my area, are really “Conservative Mennonites” to the point that they will challenge the Affordable Care Act all the way to the Supreme Court, would they be open on July 4, U.S. Independence Day, since most Anabaptists do not celebrate national holidays?
When I lived in Ephrata, PA, for a brief time, not too far from Conestoga Wood’s East Earl, PA, home, I learned that federal holidays were good times to stop by local Amish and Mennonite farms, who would never open on Sundays but were surely open on patriotic holidays. I know that not all Mennonites or Anabaptists are the same, and that there are numerous movements and orders with different doctrines, teachings, and polities all in the Lancaster area, but I do know that it is part of the tradition not to observe national or patriotic holidays.
There is nothing on their main website about being closed today, but according to their customer portal page (which is not linked, as far as I could tell, on their main page), Conestoga Wood Specialties are in fact closed all weekend “in observance of Independence Day.”
I’ve not seen this reported or discussed anywhere in all of the writing on the subject, which I am trying to follow, so I thought it germane to contribute this to the conversation here.