||[Dec. 6th, 2005|03:47 pm]
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
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:
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
Peace on Earth, good will toward all.
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.
yeah, God forbid they focus on "Peace on Earth, good will toward all."
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