That wonderful christo-fascist organization, Focus on the Family, recently published a Christmas-Friendly Shopping Guide, which is based on the responses of 33 retailers to a letter the FoF sent to them in April 2007. Yes, you read that correctly. FoF wrote to 33 major retailers 7 months ago and advised them on the wording they should use in their Christmas advertisements. As of November 19, 2008, FoF’s ratings of retailers is as follows:
Focus on the Family Action’s 2008 Christmas-Friendly Shopping Guide
How leading retailers’ messages rate
Last updated: 11/19/08
We welcome your use of these ratings in your shopping decisions. As an additional way to help you communicate with the retailers we evaluated, we are providing the convenience of a petition which you can sign by visiting focuspetitions.com.
Retailers will be presented with petitions — thanking those that embrace “Christmas,” and alerting those that have purged or marginalized “Christmas” that you object to the secularization of Christmas. We hope you will “stand for Christmas” with us and encourage the continued acknowledgement of this historic Christian observance in our culture.
“Christmas-friendly” retailers — prominent acknowledgment of “Christmas”
Linens ‘n Things
Pier 1 Imports
The Home Depot
Toys “R” Us
“Christmas-negligent” retailers — marginalized use of “Christmas”
Barnes & Noble
Bed, Bath & Beyond
Dick’s Sporting Goods
“Christmas-offensive” retailers — apparent abandonment of “Christmas”
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You can probably guess how I’ll be using this guide. First, I will patronize, as much as possible, those retailers who are rated as either Christmas-negligent or Christmas-offensive. Second, I will refuse to patronize, as much as practicable, those businesses that caved in to the christo-fascists and received a Christmas-friendly rating. Third, over the next 3-4 weeks, I will contact these companies and inform them why I decided to do business with them, or not, as the case may be. It’s obvious that the companies that acquiesced to the FoF’s demands decided that there’s more money to be made by catering to them than by offending them. I, for one, want to let them know that there are financial costs to bending to the will of narrow-minded right-wing Christian blackmailers. This is not just an atheist issue: the FoF’s pressure tactics should offend moderate and liberal Christians and believers of other faiths just as much as they offend nonbelievers. I’m going to stand up for myself, verbally and with my wallet. What are you going to do?
– the chaplain