Hobby Lobby has come under fire for failing to represent a key demographic in one of its New Jersey locations.
USA Today reports that the Marlboro store does not sell anything related to Judaism despite the fact that about one quarter of the town’s population is Jewish. Hobby Lobby was founded by a devout Christian — David Green — and some believe that this omission is due to a religious bias. Nevertheless, the retailer is operating under the law as businesses are allowed to choose what to sell and what not to sell.
Some people see this move as more of a blatant example of social segregation than as a business strategy since the area has such a large Jewish population. 67-year-old Ken Berwitz said that he called Hobby Lobby and an employee told him that they don’t carry Jewish-themed items for Jewish holidays. He interpreted that statement as “we don’t sell Jewish stuff to Jews.”
Hobby Lobby’s president issued a statement on Thursday saying that the company has sold items related to Jewish holidays in its stores and it sells items in its stores based on demand.