Friend or Foe 2012

Liberty Counsel is back with their annual list of where you shouldn’t be shopping this year because some stores dare use the phrase “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” in their advertising.

Have fun reading the 10th annual “Naughty & Nice list.”

This year, you better not waste your time on Garmin:

Web site: “Christmas” search revealed 533 links to dated company blog posts on prior years’ advertisements for cash and car promotions. “Christmas” neglected throughout site. Contact Garmin to express your disappointment over the company’s non-acknowledgement of “Christmas.”

They only mention Christmas on their website 533 times?! WHY DO THEY HATE THE BABY JESUS?!

And don’t even think about going to Radio Shack (not that you really were, anyway…):

Web site: “Holiday Gifts in a Snap.” “Christmas” literally purged on web site, printed and circular ads. TV Commercial: very distasteful with no allusion to “Christmas.” Contact page

It wasn’t just purged. It was literally purged. The Radio Shack website people were pouring Wite-Out all over their computer screens on this one.

You might be asking, “But where can I shop?!”

Liberty Counsel has you all taken care of. Just go to Chick-fil-A. Or Hobby Lobby. Or Cracker Barrel. They’re all “Nice.” So is Mrs. Fields Cookies:

Web site: “Christmas Gifts” link on home page followed by “Christmas Gift Collection,” “Christmas list” and “Merry Christmas Bundle.” Contact Mrs. Field’s to encourage more promotion of “Christmas” and less use of the words holiday and winter.

Yeah! Because “winter” is one of those secular liberal commie words! Just like “snow”!

Liberty Counsel really believes Christianity is under attack every time someone says, “Happy Holidays.” They don’t give a shit that there are non-Christian customers out there and they certainly don’t care that there are other holidays being celebrated this December other than Christmas. With them, you’re either Friend or Foe, Nice or Naughty, Christian or “Other.”

And this list just shows that Christians (at least these crazy fundamentalist types) are incapable of connecting outside their bubble. To them, everything is a theological argument. And not honoring their God is an affront to everything they stand for.

Just once, I’d love to see a business campaign to get on the Naughty list. I want to see them fight to be so inclusive and tolerant of everybody that Liberty Counsel blows a fuse because “tolerance” is a four-letter word to them. How sweet would that be?

***Update***: Jeremy Hooper at Good As You notes that Chick-fil-A is actually switching sides in the War on Christmas:

So when do they get put on the Naughty List?

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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