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(RNS) The national craft store owned by conservative billionaire Steve Green seemingly refuses to carry merchandise related to Hanukkah because of Green’s “Christian values,” and some Jews are taking offense.

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  1. I’m glad Hobby Lobby is considering this matter. Our Jesus was Jewish and was in the temple on the feast of dedication. Please go to our Ministry website above and it will help to explain some things about our Jewish Jesus.
    Blessings to Hobby Lobby in the name of Jesus!

    • Lone Voice in the Wilderness

      Jesus Christ is the author of a new covenant between God and man that has no race or is tied to the old covenant. The old covenant rejected Him, and He has now become the cornerstone that the builders rejected.

      • You need to make the time to hear a wonderful explanation of your new covenant vs the old. It can be seen and heard FREE of charge at www.119ministries.com and is called, “The Lost Sheep.”

        Shalom

      • can’t have the Father without the son, You can’t have the Son without the Father. The Term Son of God in the hebrew(which is why they declared the death sentence) is to say He is God.

        Who are we to seperate God in his parts? They are One. You are a human and He is God. Yahshua/Jesus is God in the Flesh and If it wasn’t for the Old Testaent, Paul never would have had any scriptures to use to prove the Messiah is in fact the Messiah. He didn’t have the new testament, The new Testament is simply TRUE, because they ALL quoted the scriptures(Torah/ old testament)

    • Sorry Jennie but it seems that you are messing up to separate religions here. Our Jesus and I am not sure who’s Jesus you refer to, the Christians Jesus or the Jews Jesus. The Jews don’t even believe in Jesus, so why should a man of Christian believes cater to the religion that does not even recognize Jesus.
      I would also like to see from now on that they put a Christmas tree next to every Menohra in Israel.

      • Ariel Ben Nissi

        Jay…The only reason the Jews don’t believe Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah is because Christians have stated that this “Jesus Christ” changed or cancelled the Law of Moses (i.e. God’s Law that was given to Moses “TORAH”). The Jews know that the TRUE Messiah would never change the Laws of God (i.e. Torah) otherwise He (Jesus) could not be the Messiah. The statement that Jesus somehow changed God’s Laws are the only reason 90% of the Orthodox Jews will not even entertain the idea of Him being Messiah. Deuteronomy 13 tells them not to follow any “FALSE PROPHET” (i.e. Christian doctrine) that leads them away from the Commandments of YHVH.
        And why would the Jews want to put a pagan “phallic” symbol next to the Lamp of the Temple? Or follow a pagan holiday celebrating the birth of a sun god? Jesus (Yeshua) was born during the Feast of Sukkot not at the winter soltice. You cannot “Christianize” pagan worship.

    • I am glad to hear Hobby Lobby is considering this matter too. Messiah Yeshua is a Jew, a Hebrew, a Nazarene. He kept the Feast Days and told us to keep them throughout every generation. They were never replaced by Hobby Lobby’s “Christian” holidays which are Pagan. As is their “Christian Sabbath” which Yahweh told us to REMEMBER and keep holy. It too was never changed. Not by Yahweh anyhow but by man; i.e. the Catholic church and those who claim to be Protestants who we call “Protest-ant” Christians.

      Organized religion or mainstream Christianity have twisted scriptures and misunderstood what Apostle Paul taught and lived. How are they different than the Catholic church? We are called to worship Yahweh in Spirit and in Truth.

      Mark 7:6-10

      A sign of the times; the great falling away from the faith.

      Shalom

  2. The header to Lauren Marcoe’s article, above, demonstrates what is fundamentally wrong with “journalism” today: it does not respect the written or spoken word. Nothing in the above piece offers the conclusion that “Hobby Lobby Won’t Stock Hanukkah Merchandise.” (By the way, what stylebook is the editor using to justify the mixture of upper-and lower-case letters?)

    Unauthorized comments made by an unnamed employee in one store owned by a company–and another unnamed employee at headquarters– do not justify the headline we are given, especially in view of comments made by an official of Hobby Lobby who is named and identifies his role in the corporate structure.

    Perhaps now some will know why there is such a mistrust of the mainstream media in this country. It practices the same sort of “journalism” we see here.

    It makes good business sense for a company to cater to a segment of society that is represented in its marketing area, but failure to do so is no violation of anyone’s “rights.” I wouldn’t expect to find Christmas cards for sale in a store run by Hasidim, even in an area that has a significant Christian population.

    “Enough already,” to use an old but familiar expression.

    • Debra-Stephens@comcast.net

      “Berwitz then called Hobby Lobby’s corporate headquarters in Oklahoma City, and wrote that he was told Green’s “Christian values” precluded him from selling anything related to a Jewish holiday.” This indicates he spoke to someone in the corporate headquarters. You can question the veracity of this statement, but not competence of the reporter. This is what is wrong with commentors today, they don’t bother to read carefully before posting.

      • I agree with the commentor based on the idea that the writer copied and pasted a lot of other people’s statements, but apparently didn’t verify the sources or even get a second source with the same statement. It is indeed poor journalism.

      • Wow you misread that. The statement you attribute to headquarters is what was said by the local clerk; headquarters confirmed the merchandise selection only, according to the article you read so carefully. Unless the body of the story was also rewritten.

    • Lauren Markoe

      Lauren Markoe

      Article author

      I agree the headline needed to better reflect the story, even though there is plenty of evidence that Hobby Lobby has a policy – official or unofficial — not to stock Hanukkah items. As another commenter points out, Berwitz’s reporting shows this. Others have attested that they got the same answer from Hobby Lobby corporate. When I personally put the question to Hobby Lobby corporate on Oct. 1- do you have this policy of not? – they dodged the question and indicated that shoppers have brought “this” to their attention, which is presumably the reality that there are no Hanukkah items in their stores.
      So that’s why I wrote, in the body of the story, that they “seemingly” have this policy, and I feel that accurately reflects the body of evidence out there. I changed the headline because I thought it seemed too definitive. So I thank you for drawing my attention to that. But your subsequent screed against this story and journalism in general, as if media is a monolithic monster, is overwrought and far less substantiated by the facts than my original headline.

      • Brian Jorgensen

        Hello Lauren,
        For example what Hanukkah goods in particular should a Hobby Lobby anticipate to stock so as to please you?
        Oh yes, and how would they know?

        • @ Brian… the scope of what is stocked in Hobby Lobby indicates a keen business mind, and as a person who does business there they often have surplus items on sale, indicting that even they pick out items that don’t/won’t sell. A buyer for this gigantic chain can easily determine what items to order to have plenty of offerings for this purchasing category.
          OTOH I’m dumbfounded that Mr. Green has such a complete disconnect between his faith (and mine) with our roots in Judaism and our beliefs formed by a Rabbi Jew, Jesus, who possibly never intended to create a division in those who believed in ‘the only God’.

          • Brian Jorgensen

            How is the scope of stocked merchandise at Hobby Lobby different than any other retail store?
            How can any retailer anticipate a charge of prejudice under the circumstances created by the writer of this article?
            There is no story! There is no problem!
            Do you want an issue? find a muslim retailer and ask them why they don’t display Hanukkah goods.

            By the way, how many of your other local retail chains offer menorahs, dreidels, magen davids and such? Why is this a special issue against Hobby Lobby?

            Will you this year on the day after Thanksgiving be standing outside a Hobby Lobby store asking “Papa, why is this day unlike all others?”

            This entire exercise is an absurdity, an unreasonable projection of offense where no offense was ever intended.

            You have been had by a reporter makes takes joy and makes her living at provoking the gullible.

        • Not to please “Lauren”, sir, but to include merchandising for the holiday of Hanukkah recognize the symbolisim for Jewish families.
          To answer your other rather anti-Semitic question: Michael’s crafts, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Walmart, Joann Fabrics, Macy’s, (should I go on?) all carry Judaic items for Hanukkah as well as many other significant holidays. If you need to ask what items should be carried to please the consumer, perhaps you should take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with this beautiful holiday steeped in family tradition.

        • The items that honor Yahweh’s Holy and Feast Days because we are told to keep them throughout every generation.

          What we are not to keep are Pagan traditions and holidays such as Easter and Christmas.

          Do you know the stories behind the Christian Pagan Holiday symbols such as the Christmas tree; garland, mistletoe, the wrath and more?

          I direct your time and attention to www.119Ministries.com and their FREE video teaching called, the “SUNBURNED” series.

          Shalom

    • Does the Hobby Lobby owner Mr. Green disregard the Old Testament since the first five books are largely based the Pentateuch which are Jewish beliefs in the Torah?

    • First, the author’s piece makes clear that Hobby Lobby has the right to carry or not carry whatever merchandise they want. You must have missed that.

      You likely also missed the fact that at no level of Hobby Lobby’s structure did anyone make any attempt to make clear that Jewish items are available. They clearly are not available.

      I am skeptical of journalism too. But the article is clearly written and spells out clearly the answers to your criticism.

  3. No one, absolutely no self-respecting person or person with respect toward others should ever darken the doors of the bigoted Hobby Lobby shops again. It’s years since there were any near me, and I regret every cent I ever spent in them.

    It is so typical of religion, and it’s by no means recent. The ugly prejudice of most religious persuasions toward those of others, especially toward those of no religious persuasion, or those who are oriented toward different varieties of sex than the owners of Hobby Lobby, make religion one of the most illiterate and meanest persuasions in humanity. And it’s always been like that.

  4. Brian Jorgensen

    One cannot form any reasonable conclusions regarding intent or substance of policy based on reports in this article.
    It would very much surprise me if Hobby Lobby has any negative agenda regarding Hanukkah.
    In order to make a case, this writer needs to weed out more salient specifics.

  5. I think Hobby Lobby should reconsider their stance. After all, what is Hanukkah but a national ‘praise report’ about the God whom we recognize stretching the oil supply miraculously? Sounds like Elijah’s witness, sounds like Jesus’ loaves and fishes, sounds like our God, in general…

    • Supporting Hanukkan would be to say we are overlooking the Gift God sent to us. If you want to praise God…our God….Celebrate Christmas and follow Jesus.

      Praise the God who came to earth, died for our sins, walked the earth and ascended to heaven….but not before leaving us with the Holy Spirit.

      Much bigger than spreading an oil supply.

      • Holier Than Thou

        Typical narrow-minded “Christian” view of the world and of Christianity — let’s ignore 99.99% of the Bible and only focus on one thing.

        Laura is the epitome of everything that is wrong with Christianity. Unintelligent, closed-minded and exclusivity are not “Christian” traits. Perhaps Laura needs to go back to kindergarten and learn some life lessons.

        • Lone Voice in the Wilderness

          What are you babbling about? You clearly sound narrow minded as well, with your very hateful, bigoted comments about all Christians. Stop the hate. You don’t see Christians protesting Jewish stores for not carrying crosses and nativity scenes, right? Are we protesting kosher stores? Hobby Lobby has been in business how many years, and now, all of a sudden, one alleged employee that is still unnamed (from all the press I’ve seen) represents nearly 20,000 Hobby Lobby employees? And all this on the heals of Obama attacking Hobby Lobby in courts over it’s healthcare insurance coverage (codeword for ‘homophobia’ accusations)? Sounds suspect to me. But we can all agree to disagree and co-exist peacefully without trying to force thousands of Hobby Lobby employees from losing their jobs over an alleged act of anti-Semitism by one person. This is un American and way overblown.

      • Oh my you are mistaken. Yahweh gave us His Holy/Feast Days and they have such beautiful meanings. Learning about them has blessed my husband and I so very much. We were once “Christians” who just went along with our family and church traditions until Yeshua finally got our attention back in 2005.

        I don’t mean any disrespect toward your comment. I merely would like to share a few things we have learned since leaving mainstream Christianity. I hope you don’t mind and that you will seek diligently the truth because it is the truth that can set you free.

        God gave us a gift of life and our gift to Him should be obedience and living that life for Him.

        God gave us His instructions which is the Torah. Many people overlook that the Torah; the Old Testament was what Jesus; in Hebrew Yeshua; actually taught from in the synagogue on the 7th Day when He opened the Scrolls and read from them. There was “no New Testament” then. The NT didn’t come about until 400 years after Messiah ascended back into heaven.

        Therefore; when we read 2 Timothy 3:16 ( and surrounding scriptures) the Old Testament was all they had. So this scripture is referring to the OT not the NT. Unfortunately today many disregard the OT. We can’t understand the NT without first understanding the OT.

        “All Scripture is God-Breathed”
        “…15and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

        Also we are told to ‘worship Yahweh (God) in Spirit and in Truth.
        John 4:24
        “Jesus and the Samaritan Woman”
        …23″But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24″God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.”…

        Yahweh asks us not to do as the heathens and worship as Pagans. Easter and Christmas are Pagan holidays. Rooted in the worship of other gods such as Ishtar; the bare breasted fertility god and Mithra. Just as Sunday is not the true Sabbath which Yah blessed and made holy by sanctifying it. The Catholic church changed it and use “The Lords Day” as an excuse.

        Please make the time to check out www.119Minstries.com for many FREE video teachings such as the “SUNBURNED” series which will enlighten you about these Pagan Holidays. “The Sabbath Day” and the “Pauline Paradox” series.

        May I also address His name. Jesus is not a Hebrew name. The Greeks didn’t know what it was so they called Him Iesous. It was later changed to Jesus by the Translators. Do you know it was not even around until about 400 years ago? If Messiah Yeshua ascended back into heaven over 2,000 years ago; how can His name only be around for that long? What did they call Him when He walked the earth?

        Ask yourself; does it make sense to call a Hebrew man; a Jew; a Nazarene; Jesus? There are no J’s in Hebrew. If there is only One name by which we may be saved….shouldn’t we know what that name is?

        Yeshua means YHVH’s (God’s) Salvation. YHVH is Yeshua in the flesh. YHVH/Yeshua is our Salvation. Names have meaning. Didn’t Yahweh change Abraham and Sarah’s?
        Nehemiah 9:7
        “You are Yahweh, the God who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans, and changed his name to Abraham.”

        Didn’t He change Jacob to Israel?
        2 Kings 17:34
        “And this is still going on today. They continue to follow their former practices instead of truly worshiping the LORD and obeying the decrees, regulations, instructions, and commands he gave the descendants of Jacob, whose name he changed to Israel.”

        There is a wonderful man named Brad Scott from Wild Branch Ministries who teachings the Hebrew words and their meanings. He can be found on Yah-Tube, Gods Learning Channel, and You Tube.

        119 Ministries can also be found on Face Book and You Tube.

        Shalom

    • Brian Jorgensen

      David,
      What stance is taken by Hobby Lobby?
      The only stance proven so far is one generated by the reporter.

      Be careful of how so called news articles are tailored to generate a reaction.

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  7. Since this is a privately owned company. They can sell whatever they want. Just like stores that sell pornography. Yes, that offends me but I certainly do not make a stink about it. And just like some stores sell alcohol. I just don’t go there. Mr. Green has the right to sell what he wants. He does not have to conform to anyones wishes. School took prayer, the commandments and the bible out of their schools…go call them or call the government. Come on now, just dont shop there and be done with the ranting.

  8. It’s not their product choice that gets to me, it’s the incredible rudeness displayed if these quotes are factual: “We don’t cater to you people.”

    “Because Mr. Green is the owner of the company, he’s a Christian, and those are his values.”

    I’m another sort of “you people”, and I can live without Hobby Lobby as a shopping resource.

  9. Alexander Griswold

    I was shocked, shocked to discover upon calling my local Jewish deli that they do not stock Christmas hams. But somehow, I refrained from making it into a national news story.

    • False equivalency. If a large regional supermarket were a Jewish-owned business — and many are — and refused to sell hams for Christmas, you’d have a point. HL holds itself out to be an arts-and-crafts superstore infused with Christian values, not an arts-and-crafts superstore catering to Christians.

    • Cathy Lynn Grossman

      Alexander, If Hobby Lobby were named Christian Hobby Lobby, the way a Jewish deli makes clear it caters to the taste for Jewish food, no one would expect them to carry the simple Hanukkah items carried by almost every drugstore and grocery — basic menorahs and candles.

      • Lone Voice in the Wilderness

        That’s a stretch. Surely, you would agree that somehow, someway, the same forces who wield the anti-Semitism sword would find a way to attack the ‘Christian’ label, too. Catch-22.

  10. Here’s a possibility. Somebody is lying. Does anyone honestly think that a clerk in any store who had received any sort of customer relationship training would refer to a customer as a “you people”? Let alone in reference to a person’s religious faith in an area where many of those faith lived? Furthermore what kind of company spokesperson would give such a chum answer as the person who allegedly stated the Chanakuh items were not carried because of Green’s Christian values. The answer makes no sense at all. First because it just hands ammunition to someone who is determined to show that HL is anti Jewish, and second because we are not exactly discussing “Satan Rocks!” t shirts.

    I don’t trust those with an agenda and the person who reported this sure has an agenda. Hobby Lobby is a big target right now because of their stance on the birth control mandate. Think of what Eden Foods is going through. HL is also a target because the owner makes it clear that he will operate his store according to his Christian values. As far as I know there have never been accusations of anti Semitism levied against Green or Hobby Lobby before. Don’t you think this would have come up before with company being under such scrutiny.

    So pardon me but my “it doesn’t fit” alarm is going off big time. I have to conclude that somebody is lying. I don’t think it is HL.

    • Dear Laura,

      Please delete the above on rereading it I realize it was an intemperate and uncharitable accusation against a certain person of whom I have no personal knowledge and therefore no reason to cast aspersions upon. I think more information is needed before saying who in this “he said” debate is telling the full story of what happened.

  11. Brian Jorgensen

    If speculation is allowed (and this article does speculate), there seems to be an appetite to defame Hobby Lobby. I shop for Jewish holiday goods (Rosh Hashanah, Purim, Passover, and Hanukkah) and find very little to nothing in most retail stores.
    The best I can do in general is greeting cards from Hallmark or American Greeting. For passover, grocery stores usually have nice specialty kosher items but that’s about it.
    Hobby Lobby sells novelty crafts that are pretty much perennial, because of the season they may put up a Christmas display and offer lights and decorations; the same could be said for Ace Hardware, Sears, Kroger’s, Target, you name it, Christmas but no Hanukkah displays. This doesn’t mean they have anti Jewish policies.
    So what compelling reason is there for singling out Hobby Lobby?

    • Brian Jorgensen

      Hello Betty,
      There are a few USA and Canada so called Christian denominations that call for a boycott of Israel for political reasons. These denominations usually have a low regard towards Holy Scripture. Nearly all of the remainder of Christendom has no such anti Israel political agenda.

  12. The freedom to make independent choices like this is what makes America great. Do we want every store to be the same and carry EVERYTHING like Walmart? What about Home Depot, Lowe’s and other non-secular stores that carry primarily Christmas items? It’s more upsetting that they start displaying Christmas trees in the Summer, IMO.

  13. •I spent an hour at the Marlboro store trying to help them and spoke to corporate. I do not believe they are anti-Semitic and believe certain people are trying to destroy their reputation. I have suggested sources to obtain channukah items and how to fight the bad press. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  14. I HAVE INVESTIGATED THE SITUATION AND BELIEVE THE COMMENTS ON THE BLOG TO BE HERESAY. THE COMPANY TOLD ME THEY ARE CONSIDERING BRINGING IN JEWISH ITEMS. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    The Hobby Lobby craft store chain, which has a borough location, has responded to accusations of anti-Semitism in the face of policy not to sell Hanukkah and other Jewish holiday items because of owner Peter Green’s “Christian values.” The situation drew national attention when a Jewish shopper from Monmouth County blogged about his experience after his wife was told by an employee in the Marlboro location, “We don’t cater to you people.” Blogger Ken Berwitz then was told that the items aren’t stocked “Because Mr. Green is the owner of the company, he’s a Christian, and those are his values.”The blog was published on Sunday, and the next day Hobby Lobby issued the following statement, “Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. is currently working with our buyers over our merchandise selection. Due to multiple customer requests, we are currently evaluating our Holiday items and what we will carry in the future. Alleged comments made by employees are currently being investigated and will be addressed accordingly. These comments are in no way indicative of Hobby Lobby culture, the owners and the operators. Marlboro is a great city and has wonderful people and we are blessed to be apart the community

    Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/228656#ixzz2gb6aLSm6

  15. This is ridiculous! Are we now going to insist that McDonald’s offer Kosher foods in Jewish communities?! Hobby Lobby buys products for all their stores nationwide. They should not be forced to buy religiously specific items for different regions! This would be a great opportunity for an entrepreneur to fill the needs of Jews by opening a hobby store that caters to their specific communities, not to punish a national chain for making business decisions!

    • Several McDonald’s in Israel are kosher, and halal in Muslim countries. There was at least one halal McDonald’s in the US in heavily-Muslim Dearborn MI, but it stopped being so after a incident in which it was found to be serving non-halal meat.
      If you hold yourself out to be an arts-and-crafts superstore, you should be prepared to serve the general public, and if you’re in Marlboro NJ, you should expect that people might be looking to make Hanukkah craft projects. That doesn’t mean they have to by law, but they do have to answer the question with something other than “We don’t serve you people.”

  16. No one is saying that Hobby Lobby should be forced to stock anything but since the owners put themselves out there as good Christians, I find it a bit disturbing, and more than a bit hypocritical, that Mr. Berwitz would be told that the store doesn’t cater ” to your kind of people”. That’s not good Christian behavior. it’s antisemitism at its best.

    • Brian Jorgensen

      Hi Theo,

      Your comment might have validity if the reporter made an effort to get the clerk’s point of view and if that resulted in an established Hobby Lobby policy of addressing customers as “your kind of people”.

      As it stands it is unreasonable to report and unreasonable for you to understand that this is Hobby Lobby policy and that in fact events happened the way they are reported.

  17. Hanukah is not really an important liturgical Jewish holiday. Christians have two main holidays, Christmas and Easter. We barely get acknowledged for Christmas, except by the bombardment of ads using the holy day as an economic incentive, because now it is politically incorrect to wish anyone a Merry Christmas.
    But, of course, everyone else is entitled.
    However, this is no time for Christians, Jews, Hindus or Muslims to be arguing with each other.

  18. I remember seeing stores that had acres of unsold Kwanzaa stuff. Should we use the coercive power of government to make people buy and sell Kwanzaa items? Rabbi Weber is right. Hobby Lobby is a privately-owned retailer with some high-profile enemies.
    I don’t have a mezuzah on the door. Am I an anti-Semite?

  19. As a Catholic, I’d never expect an Orthodox Jewish business owner to stock crucifixes of manger scenes. Is the gentleman who is making a fiasco out of this unable to buy his Hanukkah cards, displays, etc at another store? Freedom of religion means not forcing someone to carry items for a religion they don’t belong to. As a Christian, maybe the owner of Hobby Lobby knows that Hanukkah pretty much celebrates the preservation of the temple. Not long after this, God allowed that same temple to be destroyed exactly one generation after Jesus’ death and resurrection. Even the rabbis who wrote the Talmud attest that signs were given to the people that something ominous was coming during the temple’s last 40 years, which dates to the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. The Jewish historian also cites signs of doom that were seen and heard over those 40 years. The people of Israel were given one generation to listen to Christ’s disciples and to believe in Him. Jesus foretold the temple’s destruction. Eusebius, who wrote one of the earliest histories of the Church, tells us that Christians left Jerusalem for Pella (in today’s Jordan). They heeded the words of Jesus as the Romans began surrounding the city. When Julian the emperor attempted to rebuild the temple in the early 4th century, balls of fire erupted from the bowels of the earth to thwart his effort. Even non-Christian historian Ammanius Marcellinus (Julian’s biographer) wrote about this event, non-chalantly as if it were common knowledge. Maybe Hobby Lobby’s owner is aware of this history and feels that there’s no use commemorating the preservation of the temple for a short period until God allowed its destruction when His Son was rejected.

      • ANYONE is allowed to shop there. I’m shocked at all the ASSUMPTIONS that have taken place here. Everyone has assumed that the blogger has told the truth, yet he wasn’t in the store when the supposed incident happened.

        I have shopped in hobby lobby before and I am not a Christian. I even dress and speak differently. And I have never been discriminated against, nor has anyone told me I am not allowed to shop there. When I need items specific to my ethnicity and religion – be it food, clothing or religious items, I shop at specialty stores because not every major retail store carries what I look for and if they do, there is not a lot of variety.

        As someone who has been discriminated against in the past, I am astounded that the supposed insulted party chose not to complaint to Hobby Lobby about the employees alleged comment but instead preferred to inquire (during a call, not on premises) whether it was true that they did not carry merchandise for Jewish holidays.

        There is another store in the area called Aramis Boutique. They sell jewelry, giftware, accessories etc plus they have a LARGE Judaica selection. The owner is Jewish and they sell to the general public. They do not sell any items for Christian, Muslim, etc holidays…Their store is not called the Jewish Aramis Boutique therefore they SHOULD cater to all the other religions. Should we then all ASSUME that because they choose to sell products for the holidays they celebrate that they discriminate against all non-Jewish consumers???? (if it sounds ridiculous, its because it is! And this is exactly what’s happening at Hobby Lobby).

        What I find interesting is that in this high-populated Jewish community where this well-known store that sells Judaica merchandise all-year round, a Jewish person would prefer to buy items for Jewish holidays at a hobby store that is publicly known to be owned by a Christian man.

  20. If the store doesn’t carry Hanuka items, it won’t get the Hanuka business that it might otherwise get.

    Instead, Jews will shop at those stores where the merchandise is more appealing.

    There is no moral, ethical, or other compulsive need to accommodate different groups by merchants. The ones who don’t appeal to all customers, forfeit the business they otherwise would get.

    The public accommodation laws do not require that every group’s tastes be accommodated – just that they not be excluded. But most supermarkets in areas with a concentration of Jews follow a policy of carrying some kosher products because they want to encourage the Jewish trade. If they didn’t, it would go somewhere else. And if it goes somewhere else in this case, those who were unfriendly to Jewish customers won’t get their business

  21. Wow you misread that. The statement you attribute to headquarters is what was said by the local clerk; headquarters confirmed the merchandise selection only, according to the article you read so carefully.

  22. My bible gives Saturday as the Sabbath. That is the day That Jesus observed & his disciples & also Paul much later. I guess southern Baptists have a different bible than me.

  23. I am not going to comment on the appropriateness of Hobby Lobby not stocking or stocking Jewish holiday and celebration products BECAUSE a store can and should be able to stock the products they wish to sell. Consumers then choose to give their business to whomever they wish. This is much ado about nothing since it is a simple buy and sell relationship. Of you don’t care for a business’s offerings or policies, take your business elsewhere, but stop taking affront to their offerings. Do you raise the same ruckus because your local plumbing store doesn’t carry the brand of toilet you prefer?

  24. What’s the big deal. I don’t buy Christian items from a Jewish store.
    You have a choice not to shop there, so why don’t you just do that. If Mr. Green does want revenue from Jews, what is the problem with that?!!

  25. Good Evening Brothers and Sisters,
    Christians and Jews! Fellow Americans,

    Before this Holy Holiday rosh ends,
    Let us all remember one thing….
    We are All Americans!!!
    We have enough enemies outside and inside our Country! We need to Love one another!

    It’s time to Bless and Appreciate each another and stop finding fault with your fellow Americans!

    Sending Many Blessings of Love, Peace and Joy to each and every one of you!

  26. As Rosh Hashanah begins it’s a Blessed time to come together as Americans!

    We are Christians who have Jewish Friends!
    We are Jews who have Christian Friends!

    Think of the example we are setting for our children! Our Words will be long remembered. Make them Count for Peace! There has been enough suffering.
    Let’s not hurt one another any more!

    Let us Bless one another as we have been taught…….
    Let us teach our children to Love one another…..

    Goodnight May God Bless Us All!

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