Hobby Lobby accused of anti-Semitism over lack of menorahs, Chanukah decorations

	Christmas Decorations in the Hobby Lobby store, Marlboro Township. New York Daily News – by DAVID KNOWLES

Happy holidays?

Hobby Lobby, the Oklahoma-based arts and crafts company founded by Christian evangelical David Green, stands accused of anti-Semitism because its stores do not carry Jewish holiday decorations.

The controversy erupted Friday after blogger Ken Berwitz posted an article on political website Hopelessly Partisan after receiving word that Hobby Lobby stores in Marlboro Township, N.J., refused to sell menorahs and other Jewish holiday items.  

“One of our friends entered the store, asked where the Chanukah goods were, was told there wouldn’t be any, and asked why,” Berwitz wrote. “According to her, the answer was: ‘We don’t cater to you people.’”

Hobby Lobby has sued the federal government over its mandate in the Affordable Care Act requiring employers to provide access to birth control to their employees. 

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Hobby Lobby has sued the federal government over its mandate in the Affordable Care Act requiring employers to provide access to birth control to their employees.

Berwitz then called the Hobby Lobby in Marlboro and inquired whether they would be stocking Chanukah merchandise and was told by the employee the store would not “because Mr. Green is the owner of the company, he’s a Christian, and those are his values.”

Marlboro is a heavily Jewish area, and Berwitz said that is reason enough for Hobby Lobby to stock Jewish items.

“I have no problem at all with Christianity,” Berwitz wrote in the post that has since gone viral. “But I have a major problem with anti-Semitic idiots.”

Hobby Lobby now says it is reviewing its decision not to carry Jewish holiday items.

Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, son of founder and CEO David Green, addressed the Faith & Freedom Coalition Road to Majority Conference in Washington in June. 

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Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, son of founder and CEO David Green, addressed the Faith & Freedom Coalition Road to Majority Conference in Washington in June.

“We currently do not carry any Hanukah items in our store. Our customers have brought this to our attention and we are currently evaluating our Holiday items and what we will carry in the future,” Vincent Parker, a spokesperson, told Marlboro-Colts Neck Patch.

The issue has attracted the attention of many of Marlboro’s residents, including Rabbi Don Weber, who noted that the store was within its legal rights to ignore the wishes of its Jewish clientele.

“If you want to buy items for Hanukkah, there are lots of choices,” Weber said in a blog post at the Temple Rodeph Torah’s website, adding, “and if you want to buy items that are sold in Hobby Lobby, it’s your choice whether to go there or somewhere else. Personally, I’ll go somewhere else.”

Green is no stranger to controversy, and Hobby Lobby has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the Affordable Health Care Act’s mandate that private employers provide birth control to their employees.

“We’re Christians and we run our company on Christian principles,” Green wrote in a 2012 Op-Ed in USA Today.

DKnowles@nydailynews.com

@writerknowles

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9 thoughts on “Hobby Lobby accused of anti-Semitism over lack of menorahs, Chanukah decorations

  1. Christians under attack!
    Sure The man states his religious principles openly. He should be able to run his business accordingly, he has the right. Zioturds attack now, next will be muslims crying about the lack of ramadan decorations.
    Mr. Green, I realize the tragedy of closing your business and leaving many people unemployed but I stand with you,
    SHUT IT DOWN!!
    To those that cry and moan about the Green family’s decision, Who are you to dictate their values?

  2. And every Kosher Business should be on the list of haters for not selling enough pork products and buckets of lard. Oh, the chosen would scream over that like a “stuck pig” wouldn’t they. The store owner can choose to sell what he wishes to and NOT to. The shiesters can piss off.

  3. Boo hoo hoo. I’m a poor Zew.
    To Greater Israel, I am true.
    I’ll bulldoze your home for free.
    All Zews, always, stand with me,
    except for a self-hating few.

    Boo hoo hoo. I’m a poor Zew.
    Criticize me and I’ll calumnize you!
    From G-d I have a deed divine
    That tells me what is mine
    Is mine, and yours is mine too.

    Boo hoo hoo. I’m a poor Zew.
    Please pay me a billion or two.
    Support the Holy Master Race.
    Keep the non-Zews in their place.
    Twist the knife and turn the screw.

    Boo hoo hoo. I’m a poor Zew.
    Everything I say is true.
    Those Pallie kids are really bent.
    We’ll kill them ALL, by accident.
    It’s called “defense” — What else is new?

    Boo hoo hoo. I’m a poor Zew.
    About me, you haven’t a clue.
    If you get in my way, you don’t exist,
    so don’t even dare to try to resist!
    Whatever we do, the blame’s on YOU!

    Boo hoo hoo. I’m a poor Zew.
    G-d loves me and G-d hates you.
    My genes give me a sacred right
    to make you suffer day and night.
    You are not really human, in God’s view.

    Boo hoo hoo. I’m a poor Zew.
    My secret police are watching you.
    We love the commie Zewish State,
    and need to kill all those who Hate.
    To speak the truth should be taboo!

    Boo hoo hoo. I’m a poor Zew.
    I’m also a gangster, through and through.
    Two world wars we’ve helped to start.
    But that’s because we are so smart.
    As we nailed Christ, so we’ll nail you.

    Boo hoo hoo, I’m a poor Zew,
    According to our holy book, it’s true:
    You deserve to be destroyed and die.
    You’re not included in God’s Plan, that’s why.
    We’re God’s Chosen Race: Your time is through.

    Boo hoo hoo, I’m a poor Zew.
    Pat Robertson will tell you what to do.
    I have ten million Zionutzi slaves:
    Their Jesus is a war-god: Herzl saves.
    These stupid Xians recite on cue!

  4. I would be willing to bet that if they wanted to open Hobby Lobby’s over in Israel that they would be banned from selling Christian supplies in their stores.

  5. The zionists just can’t help themselves. They see Hobby Lobby as the enemy…the enemy is retreating, so they go for the throat. Mr. Green as the business owner has the right to sell or not sell whatever he feels like. Since he is already shutting all the Hobby Lobbies down it’s a moot point. But the greedy fukks just won’t let it go gently into that goodnight.

  6. Funny, I won’t buy from a store that sells menorahs or chanukah items.
    I find these items repugnant to my senses.

  7. ““I have no problem at all with Christianity,” Berwitz wrote in the post that has since gone viral. “But I have a major problem with anti-Semitic idiots.”

    That’s O.K. @sswipe.

    The rest of us have a major problem with lying Khazarian descended AshkeNAZI idiot scum trying to pass themselves off as descendants of the Israelites.

    Go suck an egg, b#tch.

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