Hobby Lobby catching backlash for holiday products or lack thereof

Posted on: 11:24 am, October 3, 2013, by , updated on: 11:54am, October 3, 2013

Hobby Lobby

OKLAHOMA CITY – A New Jersey blogger brought to light Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby’s lack of Jewish holiday products and started a new storm for the company.

According to the Huffington Post, Ken Berwitz, writer for the “Hopelessly Partisan” blog, was outraged after his wife went to a Hobby Lobby store in search of Hanukkah items and was told, “We don’t cater to you people.”

“If they want to sell all over the nation then they must include all people within that nation,” Jewish visual artist Abbey wrote on a blog post entitled “Is Hobby Lobby Anti-Semitic?”

A Hobby Lobby official responded in a statement, “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.”

The company is also working with buyers to increase their merchandise selection and said they will evaluate what holiday items they will provide in the future according to an emailed statement to Religion News Service. 

9 comments

  • Brian Bacher says:

    I went to KFC and asked to buy a corn dog. They said they don’t cater to people that only want hot dogs. I’m filing suit. If they want to have a business all over the country, they need to cater to ALL interests.

  • AceSlowman says:

    How is this some how a liberal problem? Somebody wanted to buy religious holiday items at hobby lobby, because, you know, hobby lobby usually does that kind of thing. WHY IS THIS A RIGHT WING/ LEFT WING ISSUE, that is totally irrelevant. It’s religious discrimination.

    • Rachel says:

      It isn’t discrimination. They are allowed the sell whatever they want there, just as any private business can sell, or not sell, whatever they want. That is like me being angry because I can’t buy bibles at Michael’s.

  • Ronald W. says:

    I only shop at http://www.WorldOfJudaica.com for Hanukkah – they have a great prices, an endless selection, and they ship to the US from Israel. Nothing beats a real Israeli menorah for Hanukkah

  • Karen Yates says:

    The complaint was made by a Jewish artist. A Jewish artist that wants to sell her art to Hobby Lobby. So she thinks that she can make a stink and strong arm Hobby Lobby into buying her art. Wow. Manipulation deluxe.

  • Viki says:

    I totally agree with the previous comment. However, this is probably a made up story because Hobby Lobby had the guts to defend themselves against Obamacare and won! Now they will try to tear them down peice by peice. An IRS audit will probably be in their future as well. It’s time WE THE PEOPLE stand up against all this!!!

    • Sandra CHase says:

      You are so right Vicki…….Hobby Lobby was anti Obamacare so now the liberals will make up anything to get them down!!!!! Stay Strong!!!

  • Bet he wasn’t told that. Hobby Lobby has very friendly employees.

  • Leanne says:

    Okay, I must comment on this. As much as I hope an employee did not use that phrase when answering the question about Hannukah items…..does this company not have the right to sell what they choose to sell?? I have much respect for the Jewish religion, but if a store chooses not to supply the decorations, then they can’t be made to. What happens when pagans or witches decide they want some of their holiday items?? This attitude is very scary and I do not like where it’s going.

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