The Liberty Counsel, the right-wing hate group responsible for many of the anti-LGBT court cases around the country, has put out its annual wingnutty naughty-or-nice list:
Liberty Counsel has launched its fourteenth annual Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign, pledging to be a “Friend” to those who recognize Christmas and a “Foe” to those who censor it. The campaign educates, and if necessary litigates, to make sure that Christmas and Christian themes are not censored.
Liberty Counsel is actively monitoring cases across the country where there is intimidation by officials and groups to remove the celebration of Christmas in public and private sectors. These threats include atheist groups seeking to ban nativity scenes from public property, senior living centers that prohibit residents from singing Christmas carols, public schools that ban students from wearing the Christmas colors of red and green, school officials who censor religious words from Christmas carols and retailers which profit from Christmas while pretending it does not exist. In all of these situations, Liberty Counsel has successfully educated and reversed these anti-Christmas actions.
Except, of course, many of the issues cited by the group are either overblown or don’t exist at all. Take the case of schools banning red and green colors: if you Google this issue it turns out that the “news” stories about it are either opinion pieces from right-wing sources, or stories which actually debunk the idea in the first place.
Since well before Halloween, stores have had entire sections devoted to Christmas, with a large assortment of angels and other religious icons.
The idea that everyone around the planet is not already aware that Christmas is linked with Christianity is so laughable it’s hard to take anyone seriously if they argue otherwise.
The entire controversy surrounding whether people say “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays”has long ago been proven to be a campaign devised by Fox News to inflame its right-wing viewership and increase ratings.
Stores which made the Liberty Counsel’s naughty list (PDF here) include:
Dick’s Sporting Goods
With no reference to “Christmas” and less than a handful of “holiday” references within product associations and advertisements, this sporting goods store remains on our Naughty List. For the second year, Dick’s Sporting Goods is on the Naughty List. Usage of generic Christmas colors in design yet lacks any reference to the reason for the season. This sports store ignores the most important gift of Christmas. Contact Dick’s to encourage the organization to include Christ in their “Christmas” Seasonal marketing plan.
There are no references to “Christmas” or any biblical elements within products associations and advertisements. Only “holiday” is used to refer to the upcoming season. Gap has oscillated over the years, but this year it is back on the Naughty List. In 2013, after nine years of “naughty”, Bill Chandler, executive vice president for global corporate affairs at GAP Incorporated, issued a letter in which he referenced “Christmas” nine times and wrote that “every Gap outlet window will have signs that say ‘Merry Christmas,’ along with Christmas trees and wreathes throughout their stores.” Chandler concluded “. . . we hope you’ll agree that our Gap Inc. family of brands, including Gap and Old Navy, are Christmas friendly this holiday season.” In the years since the announcement, GAP has shown a decline in Christmas friendliness with reduced references on their website and in stores.
J. Crew Outfitters
There are no references to “Christmas” or any biblical elements within products associations and advertisements. The term “holiday,” however, is used more frequently. J. Crew’s home page remains void of any mention of “Christmas.” The Gift Giving page doesn’t even use traditional Christmas colors. Contact J Crew to let them know that consumers buy their products during the “Christmas” Season specifically for “Christmas” gifts.
Stores which made the nice list include such right-wing favorites as Menards, Home Depot and Hobby Lobby.
If Christians wanted to put the Christ back in Christmas they might start by trying to make the holiday less about “things” and more about goodwill toward humanity, as it is claimed to be about.
After all, Jesus Christ (a man who appears to have had not much more than a robe and some sandals to his name) was about feeding the poor and not Black Friday.
I wonder if Christians will ever get around to boycotting Black Friday because it is so un-Jesus-like? Don’t hold your breath on that one.