Wackos Accuse Costco of Saying “No” to Christmas

So here is the e-mail that the wackos at the “American Family Association” (also known as the “We Hate Non-Christians Association”) appear to be sending out to their mailing list. I assume it’s legit, as I saw numerous blogs re-posting it or words to the same effect (including this genius who calls the Costco CEO the “Head Bigot”):

Dear Friend,
Costco has 520 stores nationwide. But you will not find “Christmas” in a single store. That’s because Costco says it will not use the term “Christmas” on its website or in its stores. Instead, Costco is telling customers it purposely chooses to use the generic “holiday” verbiage. You know, they stock holiday gifts, not Christmas gifts.
Last week, a customer wrote to Costco and asked this direct question – “Does Costco use the word ‘Christmas’ in your store advertising or on any signs anywhere in your stores during the Christmas season? That’s a pretty simple question, yes or no.” Kory Rosacrans, staff manager for Costco replied, “I guess the answer would be No.”
Rosacrans said, “Costco does not advertise on television, on radio or in print like other retailers. We only advertise by mailings and e-mail messages sent directly to our members who have paid for the privilege of shopping with us.”
Costco wants you to do your “Christmas” shopping with them, while refusing to recognize that Christmas even exists.
Let them know that we are not going to support their decision — with our mouths or our money.

What this message of course fails to address is the fact that the AFA wants Christmas to be the ONLY holiday that exists this time of year. Because they have cornered the market on truth and all of these other religions are obviously following false gods, it would not be right for retailers to give any consideration to the fact that non-Christians exist and also like to shop for gifts this time of year. Call me crazy, but I think they do some gift giving during Hanukkah and those other insane non-Christian religions. If I were Jewish, I would demand that Costco only label everything as Hanukkah and boycott any retailer that refused to bow to my demands. I am right and you are wrong and this is the time of year that Jesus wants me to drive that point home!

Here are some more of the wackos: Wacko #1, Wacko #2, Wacko #3, Wacko #4. (These are in addition to the wackos already mentioned above.

Here’s one person that has their head on straight:

I don’t know why a group of people who are supposedly devout would want to continue to focus on how to best continue the over commercialization of one of their holiest days when conventional wisdom would dictate that a devout person would actually be offended by companies diminishing the sacredness of a religious holiday as a sales ploy

I’m not usually one to make a fuss (well maybe I am!) but I think this is ridiculous. What these people are saying is “Christmas is the only holiday. You should exclude and disrespect all others.” I thought Jesus taught us to love!

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8 responses to “Wackos Accuse Costco of Saying “No” to Christmas

  1. Cut and paste this link into your browser, then ask yourself “how much more Christmasy can a store be to be selling something that commemorates JESUS.” http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11291246&whse=BC&topnav=&browse=&lang=en-US

  2. I know. They also are selling these things called “Christmas trees”: http://www.costco.com/Browse/Productgroup.aspx?Prodid=11317049&whse=BC&Ne=4000000&eCat=BC|21124|3697&N=4034822&Mo=7&No=7&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&cat=3701&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&topnav=

    Everyone knows they are holiday trees, although I like to call them Buddhist trees sometimes just for fun.

    So, yes, those are two examples, but look at this: http://www.costco.com/Common/Search.aspx?whse=BC&topnav=&search=jewish&N=0&Ntt=jewish&cm_re=1_en-_-Top_Left_Nav-_-Top_search&lang=en-US

    Jewish!

  3. FredFromLongIsland

    The AFA always responds in the same way: Boycott! As a Christian myself, I don’t generally boycott an organization, even if I disagree with their policies in a certain area. In this case, it is silly to think that replacing “Christmas” with “Holiday” is some sort of denial that Christmas is being celebrated. It is also to equally silly to think Christmas is the only holiday this time of year, especially in areas with many people of non-Christian backgrounds. For example, in my area, the Happy Hanukkah signs could (and should) be just as prominent.

    Unfortunately, an attempt to erase Christmas from public signs in the spirit of diversity can be perceived as an insult to many Christians, and a form of double-speak. After all, it wouldn’t be Black Friday if it weren’t for the commercial success of Christmas over the past 100 years, for better or worse.

    Maybe we should encourage retailers like Costco to be more creative in their signage in order to include as many holiday greetings as possible?

  4. What a lot of utter nonsense from the politically correct. Yes indeed bring in the Jews and demand they call it Hanukkah.

    Amazing that, the looney tunes fail to grasp Jesus was a Jew. Maybe you should check up the facts before making yourself look the narrow minded bigot you certainly aspire to be.

    The vast majority must not mention Christmas because a tiny minority of bigots want to dictate to us all. Hopefully Santa delivers some grey cells to you lot.

  5. Isn’t a bigot someone that discriminates? Are you making the case that Costco is discriminating against Christians by using the word holidays instead of Christmas, because if you are I could just as easily say that you are a bigot because you want to discriminate against any other holidays that may be celebrated around the same time as Christmas. Before you use the word bigot you should probably understand what it means but you just knee-jerk react like sheep. Also, I see that your case is simple: majority should always rule, minority keep your trap shut.

    Sheesh!

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  7. FredFromLongIsland

    I wish I had been able to take a picture, but I was present (haha) to see the Christmas trees arrive at our Costco today, and the sign being attached to the building said “Christmas trees arriving Dec 5″. Today is the 8th.

    BTW, not sure who John was directing his “bigot” comment to. As a Christian (singing in the church Christmas concert and everything), I certainly don’t want to see Christmas erased from public discourse. Since my Costco is in a town with a large synagogue and Jewish center, why not celebrate Hanukkah too. That’s all I’m saying. I will add that neither celebration was intended to be the consumer-driven frenzy it is today. Oh, yeah, I knew Jesus was a Jew, but I’m not sure that comment was directed at me either. It was a bit scattershot in its tone.

  8. I don’t know about you, but Christians and non-Christians alike celebrate Christmas. Being a non-Christian does not mean Christmas isn’t celebrated. After all, the holiday on December 25th is called “Christmas”.

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