Christian Right Groups Can’t Decide Who’s Naughty or Nice

The American Family Association and Liberty Counsel both put out lists of which companies are “naughty or nice” (AFA) or “friend or foe” (Liberty Counsel) about the entirely mythical “war on Christmas.” But as Hemant reports, they can’t seem to agree on which companies should be praised and which should be boycotted. Like Best Buy. The AFA thinks they’re naughty:

Company refers to Christmas infrequently, or in a single advertising medium, but not in others.

So they’re on the naughty list. But for Liberty Counsel, they think Best Buy is so pro-Christmas that their members should call them up and thank them:

Biblical products include various versions of electronic children’s to adult Bibles, DVDs and accessories. Advent supplies include the Advent musical group’s “Advent to Ephesus” and other Advent items such as “Jubilee Edition Musical Advent Calendar.” Seasonal merchandise also includes the Nativity and birth of Jesus DVDs and music. “Christmas” search populated 4,371 “Christmas” products in all categories including “Christmas” music, “Christmas” sheet music, “Christmas” movies and TV shows, “Christmas” video games and “Christmas” board games. In-store manager confirmed employees greet and respond with “Merry Christmas.” Consumers may contact Best Buy to express appreciation for their “Christmas” themes.

They have the same conflict over Staples and TJ Maxx. Reminds me a lot of how they read the Bible and interpret it in completely opposite ways.

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  • teawithbertrand

    So the AFA judges Best Buy to be “naughty” solely on how frequently they use the word “Christmas” while Liberty Counsel praises them for carrying a lot of Christian-themed crapola in their stores. The thing is, both of these things were marketing decisions, financial decisions, not based on anyone’s faith or enthusiasm about being Christian. They avoid the word “Christmas” in favor of “Holidays” or something else so that their advertisements are seen as more inclusive. And if any of that Christian merchandise stopped selling and became less than profitable, it would be gone in a heartbeat. These lists are even more meaningless than I thought.

  • eric

    This appears to be not much more than a ‘pay us for a good review’ marketing scam.

    For example, one of those coservative organizations (I can’t remember which) complained that TJ Max doesn’t sell goods under a ‘christmas’ label. If you plug that word into the TJ max store search – takes about 20 seconds to find and do – you get 900 items. So, either the organization did not do even somethnig as simple as that (less likely) before rendering their judgment, or (more likely), they’re using different criteria for a positive review than what they claim.

  • matty1

    Electronic bibles? Is that just an e-reader with only one book on or something else?

  • dingojack

    Wait just a cotton-picken minute there you liberal yahoo. the drug ecstasy isn’t mentioned anywhere in the real bible, let alone E-soaked books!

    Dingo

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    So, the War on Christmas is essentially a complaint that Christmas isn’t commercialized enough.

  • busterggi

    “Biblical products include various versions of electronic children’s to adult Bibles, DVDs and accessories. ”

    Now, just which gospel discusses electronic anything? Biblical really is a meaningless adjective.

  • alanuk

    I am not fooled. Two organisations, one with Family in its name and the other with Liberty. “Biblical products…” Come on, good try, but it has got to be a Poe.

  • pixiedust

    Are the children’s bibles and the adult’s bibles different? Cause that would be cool, having different bibles for different people.

  • skinnercitycyclist

    Are the children’s bibles and the adult’s bibles different? Cause that would be cool, having different bibles for different people.

    Yes, the children’s bibles are edited to the reading level of a third-grader, the adult bibles are dumbed down from that quite a bit.