Why I Won’t Shop at Hobby Lobby
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013 13:10
There is more than one reason that I am going to drive to 13th Avenue, take my plastic shopping bag printed with a blue logo out of my backseat and return my craft supplies. And it’s not because I have decided I am not a crafty person (although that’s a whole other story).
Hobby Lobby, a national craft chain with over 550 stores, has chosen to not carry products—such as paper dreidels, menorah kits or cards—related to the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah. The store is, however, overflowing with Halloween, and more importantly, Christmas merchandise.
“We don’t cater to you people,” one of the employees responded to a customer looking for bar mitzvah cards.
A blogger from New Jersey originally discovered the craft store did not carry items related to Hanukkah (or Passover) when shopping at the local Hobby Lobby in Marlboro, N.J. The specific store responded to his inquires by saying, “Mr. Green is the owner of the company, he’s a Christian, and those are his values.”
Seem like pretty solid values to me. To directly discriminate against providing a product for a small and specific customer base.
Although Hobby Lobby has made almost lame attempts at responding to the incident by saying they are working with buyers to evaluate holiday items, I highly doubt anything is going to be done about this in the near future, if at all.
This isn’t the first time Hobby Lobby has directly discriminated against not only its customers, but employees. The chain is also known for challenging the Affordable Care Act. Owner Steve Green says the company is being forced to provide health care that is against its religious beliefs—primarily birth control and the morning-after pill (the owners believe it is parallel to abortion). And they might actually have a chance at winning even if it has to be taken to the Supreme Court.
On one side, judges from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals compare Hobby Lobby’s case to for-profit companies’ right to political expression. The U.S. Department of Justice, however, said this would be allowing the company to impose its religious views on its employees.
Comparing political expression to Hobby Lobby’s case of “religious freedom” is not logical. They are abusing anybody that does not hold the same views as them. Women’s individual choices about what they do with their body do not even directly affect business, so why do they even care?
The people in the company are basically forcing their religion down their employees’ throats, which makes me seriously wonder about Hobby Lobby’s hiring practices. Do they directly discriminate against its applicants or is it just well known that you must be a “devout Christian”—at least in the eyes of Hobby Lobby’s owners—to work there?
The owners of Hobby Lobby apparently seem to think they are more Christian, and in turn better, than anyone that has different beliefs as them, including Jews that celebrate Hanukkah and women who are trying to protect their bodies. The fact that they have even gotten as far as they have is appalling, and I won’t go back. Except to return my last purchases.
Emma is a senior majoring in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @emmajheaton2.