The Battlelines in the War on Christmas

Here at Mindposts, we are big fans of Christmas. And, we are also big atheists.

Christmas and Atheism are non-contradictory.  See my previous posts on the Atheist Christmas Coloring Book, and Fox News coverage of  Rick talking about Christmas for Atheists.

A group benignly called the American Family Association put together a handy Naughty or Nice list of major retailers and their stances on Christmas.  I am American, I have a family, and I love Xmas!  Digging deeper I found that the AFA used to be called the National Federation for Decency, and is a fundamentalist evangelical Christian activist organization.  In their words, the AFA seeks to restrain evil, promote Christ’s grace, and “believes that a culture based on biblical truth best serves the well-being of our nation and our families.”

Not really sure what all that stuff has to do with Xmas, but there you go.

By the terms of the Naughty or Nice list, MindPosts would make the Nice list.  Virgins and barn babies are not required by the AFA; their picks are based on a company’s use/avoidance/ ban of the word “CHRISTMAS” in advertising.  Using holiday imagery but failing to use the word is seen as censoring Christmas by the AFA.

Here is the list!

Companies FOR “Christmas”

AFA Online Store
ACE Hardware
Amazon.com
Bass Pro Shops
Bed Bath & Beyond
Belk
Best Buy
Big Lots
Books-A-Million
Cabella’s
Collective Brands
Costco
CVS Pharmacy
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Dilliards
Dollar General
Family Dollar
H.E.B. Stores
HSN.com
Hallmark
Hancock Fabrics
Harris Teeter Stores
Hobby Lobby
Home Shopping Network
JC Penney
JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts Stores
Kmart
Kohl’s
Kroger
Lowe’s
Macy’s
Marshals
Meijer
Menard’s
Michael’s Stores
Neiman Marcus
Nordstrom
Office Max
Petsmart
Pier One Imports
ProFlowers.com
Publix
QVC.com
Rite Aid
Sears
Scheels Sporting Goods
Super D Drug Stores
Target
TJ Maxx
Toys R Us
True Value
Walgreens
Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club
Zappos.com
Companies marginal on ”Christmas”

1-800-Flowers.com
Bath & Body Works
Cooking.com
Dollar Tree
Hy-Vee Stores
Limited Brands
Safeway
Starbucks
UncommonGoods.com
Whole Foods

Companies AGAINST “Christmas”

Banana Republic
Barnes & Noble
Foot Locker
Gap Stores
L.L. Bean
Limited Brands
Office Depot
Old Navy
Radio Shack
Staples
Supervalu
Victoria’s Secret

Frankly, I think it is cowardly political correctness, or mamby pamby over-inclusiveness to shy away from the word “Christmas”.  This list calls out the wimps.  On the other side of the coin, some of the NICE companies might be crazy Fundies that secretly want to convert you.  Now you have the battle lines and can attack your shopping fully informed.

Merry Christmas!!!

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