It's not a generic "holiday," it's Christmas!Even though this editorial from the New York Times is rather disingenuous, it conveniently makes reference to several organizations taking up the battle cry to remind commercial enterprises that December 25 (and the 4-week Advent season leading up to it) is not a generic holiday, but Christmas---the Christ Mass that celebrates the nativity of our Lord, Jesus:
This Season's War Cry: Commercialize Christmas, or Else
By ADAM COHEN
Published: December 4, 2005
Religious conservatives have a cause this holiday season: the commercialization of Christmas.
They're for it.
The American Family Association is leading a boycott of Target for not using the words "Merry Christmas" in its advertising. (Target denies it has an anti-Merry-Christmas policy.) The Catholic League boycotted Wal-Mart in part over the way its Web site treated searches for "Christmas." Bill O'Reilly, the Fox anchor who last year started a "Christmas Under Siege" campaign, has a chart on his Web site of stores that use the phrase "Happy Holidays," along with a poll that asks, "Will you shop at stores that do not say 'Merry Christmas'?"
This campaign - which is being hyped on Fox and conservative talk radio - is an odd one. Christmas remains ubiquitous, and with its celebrators in control of the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court and every state supreme court and legislature, it hardly lacks for powerful supporters. There is also something perverse, when Christians are being jailed for discussing the Bible in Saudi Arabia and slaughtered in Sudan, about spending so much energy on stores that sell "holiday trees."
And, by the way, for all those who want to take action, here is contact information for those organizations listed above:
American Family Association and their list of retailers that have "banned 'Christmas' from their retail ads and in-store promotions banning Christmas."
Bill O'Reilly and his "View our list of Christmas department store information" link.
Catholic League and their press release "Land's End Neuters Christmas."