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”):
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!
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!