Accusations of anti-antisemitism against an employee of a Hobby Lobby store has prompted its Christian owners to consider selling decorations for Jewish holidays. Read the story below and share your thoughts: Do you agree with the retail store’s direction?
SOUTH PLAINFIELD — The Hobby Lobby craft store chain, which has a borough location, has responded to accusations of anti-Semitism in the face of a 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 a part of the community.”
Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg of Congregation Beth-El in Edison said several congregants requested that he investigate the situation.
He said he discovered that the blog’s accusations were not substantiated.
“I’m glad that the store is considering bringing in Jewish items,” Rosenberg said.
- Hobby Lobby: No room for Hanukkah (arktimes.com)
- Hobby Lobby Doesn’t Want Jewish Customers (addictinginfo.org)