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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Naughty Agape

Posted by: Hammer / 1:03 PM

Agape, via Liberty Counsel, provides us with a 'naughty retailers' list:

The Florida-based Christian law firm Liberty Counsel has developed a checklist cataloguing retailers who either censor or acknowledge Christmas. The "Naughty and Nice" lists are part of the legal group's "Friend or Foe" Christmas Campaign, a yearly effort to combat those who attempt to curb expressions honoring the true meaning of Christmas.

So far, stores on the "Naughty" list include Lowe's, where employees are not allowed to say "merry Christmas" to customers; Banana Republic, whose website refers to a "Holiday Gift Guide" with no mention of Christmas; and Best Buy, whose spokesperson says the use of "merry Christmas" is disrespectful. Meanwhile, among the stores on the "Nice" list are Dillard's, Hobby Lobby, JC Penney, Jo-Ann Fabrics, L.L. Bean, and Wal-Mart.

Because the true meaning of Christmas is based on retail marketing strategies.

Then the lies begin:

Liberty Counsel president Anita Staver says Christian consumers can play a part in fighting against retailer censorship of Christmas. "They need to be on the lookout when they go to stores," she advises, "and if they wish the people there a merry Christmas, they should expect to hear a merry Christmas in return."

Christian consumers should not have to expect to walk into a store and see "all the trees labeled 'holiday trees' and 'holiday wreaths,'" Staver contends. "They should see 'Christmas trees' and 'Christmas wreaths.'" Still, she points out, stores such as the Gap, Home Depot, K-Mart, and Bed, Bath, & Beyond have all censored the word "Christmas" this season.

Naturally, of course, you couldn't but a Christmas wreath or Christmas Tree at Home Depot. Unless, of course, you went to Home Depot or looked at one of their ads:

Or you could buy decorations for your Christmas kitchen. I'm not going to click on them all, but Home reports 1,328 "Christmas" items.

Worst. Censoring. Ever.


What about using "X-mas"? Is that more or less objectionable to the Christian fringe do you think?

By Blogger Jambo, at 1:29 PM  

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