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December 01, 2005

The Scrooge retailers

“Just because we want to censor your religion doesn't mean you can't buy stuff from us, right?”

From WorldNetDaily...

After declaring victory in a battle over "Merry Christmas" with Macy's, an activist group has turned its attention to Sears, urging Americans to boycott the retail giant during this peak shopping season. 

Sears has rejected several requests that "Merry Christmas" signs be returned and posted in stores and that its advertising acknowledge and respect the time-honored phrase, says the Committee to Save Merry Christmas. ...

"Sears is in need of an extreme makeover in regards to their discrimination and bias against Christmas," said Zamorano. "Over the past several years, Sears has systematically removed references to Merry Christmas. Inviting us to shop for Christmas gifts, yet eliminating Merry Christmas, is offensive to the sensibilities of millions of average Americans."

From WRAL-TV in North Carolina...

"The way I see it is retailers want to make Christmas money without acknowledging Christmas," [Pastor Patrick Wooden] said.

So, his church, the Upper Room Church, is doing its own acknowledging.

To grab the public's attention, the church is putting on a media blitz that includes advertisements in the newspaper, on the radio and on television -- costing the church approximately $11,000.

The advertisements even encourage shoppers to patronize businesses that use the phrase "merry Christmas."

Critics argue the Upper Room Church should have spent the campaign's $11,000 on helping the poor, but Wooden said the money is well spent. He adds the church helps the poor locally every week and has also donated money to hurricane victims.

Some storeowners also call Wooden anti-Jewish, anti-Islamic and anti-Buddhist, but he says he is simply being pro-Christmas.

"If there was a store that had merry Christmas, happy Hanukah, happy Kwanzaa, season's greetings and the like, I would have no problem spending my money in that store," Wooden said.

I hear Wal-Mart has repented in sackcloth and ashes for their stupidity. I'm glad because in all honesty I was scrambling to try to figure out where to find stuff for Christmas as well as general house stuff. I stopped shopping at Target when I saw those gimongous posters of women in their underwear hanging so you could see them from anywhere in the store. It was a bit embarrassing.

Posted by Danny Carlton at December 1, 2005 06:59 AM

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You forgot to mention the stores where employees are not allowed to say merry Christmas but have Christmas music blaring over the PA.

I just quit one :)

Posted by: abbie at December 1, 2005 07:56 PM

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