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Hobby Lobby Not Stocking Hanukkah Decorations....

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....and it's angering the people in Marlboro, NJ.

http://eastbrunswick.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/hobby-lobby-considering-jewish-holiday-decorations-on-shelves-eastbrunswick?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001&evar4=picks-3-post&newsRef=true

After internet backlash from a local blogger about its Marlboro Township store, Hobby Lobby is evaluating its merchandise.

Over the weekend, Marlboro residents began to discover and circulate a blog post detailing Hobby Lobby's lack of Jewish holiday decorations.

The post, written by Ken Berwitz, author of the political book Hopelessly Partisan, recounts a conversation Bewitz said he had with the craft and home store's corporate office in which the office allegedly answered, "Because Mr. [David] Green is the owner of the company, he's a Christian, and those are his values."

In a brief email to Patch, Hobby Lobby representative Vincent Parker said, "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."

Hobby Lobby opened in Marlboro in June, filling the empty Pathmark location on Route 9 North in Marlboro Plaza.

The store is an arts and crafts chain controlled by Green and family in Oklahoma City with 13,000 employees and 525 big-box stores in the United States as of March, 2013. It is the third location to open in New Jersey. The other two stores are in South Plainfield and Millville. 

In his blog post, Berwitz said he believes the lack of Jewish holiday decorations is "anti-Semitic" in an area with a large Jewish population. 

"So let's be clear: these are not Christian values. They are David Green values," Berwitz wrote.

The blog post was also picked up by NJ 101.5 host Ray Rossi. A small majority of listeners voted they would not patronize stores such as Hobby Lobby, Barilla Pasta, or Chick-fil-A when their chairman’s values are made public, if the views do not reflect their own.

In his own blog post, Rabbi Don Weber of Temple Rodeph Torah said, The same freedom that allows Hobby Lobby to ignore Jewish interests also allows us to ignore Hobby Lobby. OUR freedom includes the right to vote with our feet, and with our money."

Green's company also runs Mardel, a large chain of Christian bookstores. The company is challenging a requirement in President Barack Obama's revised healthcare legislation that some companies must give insurance coverage for contraception drugs and devices.  In December, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor refused to block the mandate. The company was told it could continue its challenge in lower courts. 

On its website, the Hobby Lobby mission includes, "Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with biblical principles." 

A Lawrenceville Hobby Lobby location is set to open Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 3360 Brunswick Pike. Hobby Lobby also has New Jersey stores in South Plainfield and Millville.

by on Oct. 1, 2013 at 6:23 AM
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Elkamelka
by Silver Member on Oct. 1, 2013 at 7:00 AM
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It wouldn't be an issue at a Christian bookstore; however, they wouldn't do well in a heavily Jewish area. Why open in that area if you don't understand the market to which you are selling.

Quoting AutymsMommy:

I don't understand. Hobby Lobby is unabashadly Christian and there has never been any question about that. Would this be an issue at a Christian book store? A Jewish bakery that doesn't sell non-kosher foods?


“Life they say, can turn on a dime. And in a world that constantly shifts beneath our feet, the only thing we can know for certain is how we feel, the love we have, the fear we hide from, the pain we push away. Give it a voice, and the rewards are piece of mind and a peaceful heart.”
romalove
by Roma on Oct. 1, 2013 at 7:02 AM
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Quoting Elkamelka:

It wouldn't be an issue at a Christian bookstore; however, they wouldn't do well in a heavily Jewish area. Why open in that area if you don't understand the market to which you are selling.

Quoting AutymsMommy:

I don't understand. Hobby Lobby is unabashadly Christian and there has never been any question about that. Would this be an issue at a Christian book store? A Jewish bakery that doesn't sell non-kosher foods?


I have to say, I was a little surprised at the response about the owner's "Christian values".

I'm really curious; what is anti-Christian values about stocking non-Christmas merchandise?

AutymsMommy
by Silver Member on Oct. 1, 2013 at 7:04 AM


I'm not sure.

We live in a heavily protestant area, and the Catholic shoppes seem to barely stay above water, but choose to be here to serve the Catholics who ARE here.

Quoting Elkamelka:

It wouldn't be an issue at a Christian bookstore; however, they wouldn't do well in a heavily Jewish area. Why open in that area if you don't understand the market to which you are selling.

Quoting AutymsMommy:

I don't understand. Hobby Lobby is unabashadly Christian and there has never been any question about that. Would this be an issue at a Christian book store? A Jewish bakery that doesn't sell non-kosher foods?




I am a Home Schooling, Vaccinating, Non spanking, Nightmare Cuddling, Dessert Giving, Bedtime Kissing, Book Reading, Stay at Home Mom. I believe in the benefit of organized after school activities and nosy, involved parents. I believe in spoiling my children. I believe that I have seen the village and I do not want it anywhere near my children. Now for the controversial stuff:  we're Catholic, we're conservative, and we own guns (now there's no need to ask, lol).             Aimee















romalove
by Roma on Oct. 1, 2013 at 7:06 AM


Quoting AutymsMommy:


I'm not sure.

We live in a heavily protestant area, and the Catholic shoppes seem to barely stay above water, but choose to be here to serve the Catholics who ARE here.

Quoting Elkamelka:

It wouldn't be an issue at a Christian bookstore; however, they wouldn't do well in a heavily Jewish area. Why open in that area if you don't understand the market to which you are selling.

Quoting AutymsMommy:

I don't understand. Hobby Lobby is unabashadly Christian and there has never been any question about that. Would this be an issue at a Christian book store? A Jewish bakery that doesn't sell non-kosher foods?




What you are saying is a different issue.  I "get" that, where someone is trying to serve a community that may not be tremendously large but they are doing a service to that community.

Does Hobby Lobby think that central NJ doesn't have enough Christmas ornaments?  lol

Elkamelka
by Silver Member on Oct. 1, 2013 at 7:07 AM
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Quoting romalove:


Quoting Elkamelka:

It wouldn't be an issue at a Christian bookstore; however, they wouldn't do well in a heavily Jewish area. Why open in that area if you don't understand the market to which you are selling.

Quoting AutymsMommy:

I don't understand. Hobby Lobby is unabashadly Christian and there has never been any question about that. Would this be an issue at a Christian book store? A Jewish bakery that doesn't sell non-kosher foods?


I have to say, I was a little surprised at the response about the owner's "Christian values".

I'm really curious; what is anti-Christian values about stocking non-Christmas merchandise?

I am confused by that as well. Unless the owner feels anything not Christian is anti-Christian. And if that is the case, he won't be in business in that location for too long.

“Life they say, can turn on a dime. And in a world that constantly shifts beneath our feet, the only thing we can know for certain is how we feel, the love we have, the fear we hide from, the pain we push away. Give it a voice, and the rewards are piece of mind and a peaceful heart.”
SuperChicken
by on Oct. 1, 2013 at 7:10 AM
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Quoting AutymsMommy:

 

 

Quoting romalove:


Quoting deadlights86:

Hobby Lobby is a very Christian store though. So much so that they aren't even open on Sundays. They don't hide that they are a Christian store.

Quoting romalove:


Quoting Kazoo22:

If they don't want to stock items for Hanukkah it's not that they are being anit-semetic it's that they are choosing not to stock things. If they stock Hannukah items they other religions will complain that they don't stock their items as well. I personally wouldn't have a problem stocking those items, but it just comes down to their opinions. They have made it very clear where they stand on other religions and things that go against their "Christian Values", why is anybody surprised or shocked by this?

Marlboro is a heavily Jewish area; do you think it's smart to put a store that doesn't cater at all to the demographic in that area?

I understand that.  But they chose to operate in an area that is heavily Jewish, and when the customers in that area inquired about being served with items they could actually use, were told they stock according to the owner's "values".  It is idiotic.

I hope they end up failing at that location on sheer business stupidity.  You're supposed to be serving your customers, not yourself.

SMH

But while still upholding your own values. I would never expect a Jewish bakery or restaurant to stock or serve non-kosher food, just because they have non-Jewish customers.

 

It doesn't go against Christian values to sell Jewish products.    I've read the bible cover to cover and not once did I come across anything about Hanukkah decor being against Christian values.   

 

romalove
by Roma on Oct. 1, 2013 at 7:10 AM
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Quoting SuperChicken:



Quoting AutymsMommy:



Quoting romalove:


Quoting deadlights86:

Hobby Lobby is a very Christian store though. So much so that they aren't even open on Sundays. They don't hide that they are a Christian store.

Quoting romalove:


Quoting Kazoo22:

If they don't want to stock items for Hanukkah it's not that they are being anit-semetic it's that they are choosing not to stock things. If they stock Hannukah items they other religions will complain that they don't stock their items as well. I personally wouldn't have a problem stocking those items, but it just comes down to their opinions. They have made it very clear where they stand on other religions and things that go against their "Christian Values", why is anybody surprised or shocked by this?

Marlboro is a heavily Jewish area; do you think it's smart to put a store that doesn't cater at all to the demographic in that area?

I understand that.  But they chose to operate in an area that is heavily Jewish, and when the customers in that area inquired about being served with items they could actually use, were told they stock according to the owner's "values".  It is idiotic.

I hope they end up failing at that location on sheer business stupidity.  You're supposed to be serving your customers, not yourself.

SMH

But while still upholding your own values. I would never expect a Jewish bakery or restaurant to stock or serve non-kosher food, just because they have non-Jewish customers.


It doesn't go against Christian values to sell Jewish products.    I've read the bible cover to cover and not once did I come across anything about Hanukkah decor being against Christian values.   


This made me lol for real, thanks, I needed that.

Elkamelka
by Silver Member on Oct. 1, 2013 at 7:11 AM
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And if you went in and asked for something non-catholic, I wonder what the response would be. My guess is something more along the lines of we are serving this particular community. Not we are selling per the store owner's value system. Just seems like bad business practices it me.

Quoting AutymsMommy:


I'm not sure.

We live in a heavily protestant area, and the Catholic shoppes seem to barely stay above water, but choose to be here to serve the Catholics who ARE here.

Quoting Elkamelka:

It wouldn't be an issue at a Christian bookstore; however, they wouldn't do well in a heavily Jewish area. Why open in that area if you don't understand the market to which you are selling.

Quoting AutymsMommy:

I don't understand. Hobby Lobby is unabashadly Christian and there has never been any question about that. Would this be an issue at a Christian book store? A Jewish bakery that doesn't sell non-kosher foods?





“Life they say, can turn on a dime. And in a world that constantly shifts beneath our feet, the only thing we can know for certain is how we feel, the love we have, the fear we hide from, the pain we push away. Give it a voice, and the rewards are piece of mind and a peaceful heart.”
storkneedsgps
by Member on Oct. 1, 2013 at 7:12 AM
Well that's lame.
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Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Oct. 1, 2013 at 7:16 AM
I HATE Hobby Lobby. My DD LOVES Hobby Lobby. She also has a strong Jewish identity. Ican't wait to tell her this story so that i never again have to step foot into that store! Michaels here we come, lol!
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