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Happy Holidays [Dec. 6th, 2005|03:47 pm]
Rick Bradford
I got an e-mail forward the other day from a friend of mine directing me to visit the American Family Association website where I learned that they campaign against and boycott – each year, I presume – businesses and other entities who refer to this season's holidays as anything but "Christmas". Their argument, apparently, is that if you say "Season's Greetings" or "Happy Holidays" you're taking the Christ out of Christmas. It's as if the Christian holiday is the only holiday that occurs at this time of the year.

Here's info on their Target boycott: http://www.afa.net/targetboycott.asp

It's sheer lunacy. Think about it: Their goal is to get Target to refer to the holiday as "Christmas" in their – and I quote – "in-store promotions [and] their retail advertising". Their lofty, most holy goal is to associate the birth of their saviour with fucking consumerism. C'mon, kids, let's go out and celebrate "Christ, the Reason for the season" (their words) and spend, spend spend! It's God's will!

Lowe's, you may be interested to know, caved in to their pressure and has removed banners on the fronts of their stores that say "holiday trees" (and, I assume, replaced them with ones saying "Christmas trees").
http://www.afa.net/activism/

Apparently, they also believe Christmas trees should represent their saviour as well. But, really, it's a matter of "branding" and that should creep anyone out, Christian or not.

Here's the big list of "anti-Christmas" retailers:
http://www.afa.net/christmasban.asp

Maybe it's just me, but I think a better campaign for Christians to focus on might be, oh, I'm just pulling this out of thin air, but how about this:

Peace on Earth, good will toward all.
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[User Picture]From: mr_sadhead
2005-12-06 11:24 pm (UTC)
Which is great, considering the most rabid of the fundies don't want trees, recognizing that the tree tradition was nicked wholesale from the Pagans. In fact, most of what we celebrate as Christmas was once all Solstice celebration.
I get Hannukah off this year, so I'm celebrating that instead.
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[User Picture]From: mister_f
2005-12-06 11:37 pm (UTC)
yeah, God forbid they focus on "Peace on Earth, good will toward all."
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From: luhtiqig
2011-11-01 10:09 pm (UTC)
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