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Hobby Lobby Won’t Stock Hanukkah Merchandise

The Christian-owned craft retailer has caught a lot of praise and a lot of flack this year for sticking to its guns on the Affordable Healthcare Act—a stance that may end up in the Supreme Court. But they’re catching fire for another decision now—the one to not include any Hanukkah-themed merchandise in their stores. According to the Religious News Service, the story broke when Ken Berwitz, a blogger in New Jersey, learned that some of his friends had gone Hobby Lobby-ing and, upon telling a sales associate that they couldn’t find any Hanukkah decorations, were told: “We don’t cater to you people.” After Berwitz called the Hobby Lobby in question, asking why exactly “his people” weren’t being “catered to,” he says he received the following response: “Because Mr. Green is the owner of the company, he’s a Christian, and those are his values.”

When the Religious News Service reached out to Hobby Lobby for a statement, they received this decidedly more pacifying explanation: “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” …

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