Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Season - #2468 - The Assault on Christmas and Other American Norms - American Thinker (2) Naughty or Nice: American Family Association's 2010 Listing of Top Retailers and How They Recognize Christmas

Mr. Morales removing tree
Over the last several decades, government's sanctioning of secular fundamentalism has emboldened its proponents, aiding a slow but sure erosion of our societal norms. Nothing escapes its wake. Ultimately, Christmas, right along with everything else, is swept up in it. Sadly, our most basic time-honored expressions of Christian faith and celebration have become contentious issues. Today, it wouldn't be Christmas season without someone being offended by it. Previously unthinkable assaults on the cherished holiday that an estimated 91% of Americans celebrate now occur all too routinely. Last week, one such incident took place right here in Texas. A Chase Bank branch in Southlake ordered a Christmas tree be removed from their lobby after several complaints by customers who found the tree offensive. The tree had been donated and assembled by local businessman Antonio Morales. ............Going viral, the Star-Telegram's online version of the story stirred a fiery backlash, garnering a staggering 1,500 comments within 24 hours. The vast majority of those who weighed in took offense at Chase's stance, vowing to close their bank and credit card accounts with the institution. Apparently, such efforts had a profound impact. By Friday, JP Morgan Chase reversed course, trotting out the same spokesman to proclaim, "We have a policy of not accepting gifts from customers, but we are applying common sense here and putting the tree back up at our own expense. We are thankful for Mr. Morales' nice gesture."   Read more..........

Naughty or Nice? - American Family Association ............. 2010 Listing of Top Retailers and How They Recognize Christmas.
Color Code: 
GREEN: Company uses the term "Christmas" on a regular basis, we consider that company Christmas-friendly.
YELLOW: Company refers to Christmas infrequently, or in a single advertising medium, but not in others.
RED: Company may use "Christmas" sparingly in a single or unique product description, but as a company, does not recognize it. 
Companies FOR "Christmas" 
Amazon.com
Bass Pro Shops
Bed Bath & Beyond
Belk
Best Buy
Big Lots
Books-A-Million
Cabella's
Collective Brands
Costco
Dick's Sporting Goods
Dilliards
Family Dollar
Dollar General
H.E.B. Stores
Hallmark
Harris Teeter Stores
Hobby Lobby
JC Penney
JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts Stores
Kmart
Kohl's
Kroger
Lowe's
Macy's
Meijer
Menard's
Michael's Stores
Neiman Marcus
Nordstrom
Office Max
Petsmart
Pier One Imports
Publix
QVC
Rite Aid
Sears
Scheels Sporting Goods
Super D Drug Stores
Target
Toys R Us
Wal-Mart/Sam's Club
Companies marginalizing "Christmas" 
Bath & Body Works
Dollar Tree
Hy-Vee Stores
Old Navy
Limited Brands
Safeway
Starbucks
Walgreens
Whole Foods 
Companies against "Christmas" 
Banana Republic (NEW!)
Barnes & Noble
CVS Pharmacy
Foot Locker
Gap Stores (NEW!)
Hancock Fabrics
NASCAR
L.L. Bean (NEW!)
Office Depot
Radio Shack
Staples
SUPERVALU
Victoria's Secret

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