Each year, the American Family Association updates its annual “naughty or nice” list based on companies that “censor” Christmas.
How does a retailer censor Christmas? By not referencing it in advertising or using the phrase “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” Each year as the list gets updated, people become enraged. They boycott, protest, tweet and blog about the terrible companies that are “against” Christmas.
On the top of that list are retail giants such as Banana Republic and Gap. Oddly enough, their sister company Old Navy is not “against” Christmas but is simply “marginalizing” the holiday according to AFA. Also included on the naughty list are Victoria’s Secret, CVS and Barnes and Noble. Pro-Christmas or “Nice” companies include Amazon, Hallmark, Macy’s, Target and Toys R Us. Lowes, Walmart and Target were all targets of AFA boycotts and have since changed their advertising to appease AFA and its supporters.
Considering all of the current injustices in the world, it’s interesting that a percentage of the Christian community chooses to focus its outrage upon retailers. In a time that is meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus, wouldn’t it make sense to focus our time, energy and outrage on the true injustices of the world?
Here are some things to become irate over:
Be mad that unsafe water kills 42,000 people per week. Get even more angry when you realize that 90% of those deaths are children under the age of five.
Get angry when you learn that over 1,000,000 children are forced into international sex slavery each year.
What about the fact that there are 143 million orphans in the world? Don’t you want to change that?
Feel irate over the fact that 1,029,997,021 people in the world are currently malnourished or undernourished. Keep in mind that 23,459 have died from hunger today alone.
Get furious over the fact that child abuse is more prevalent now than it was 15 years ago and that in 2007, 5.8 million children were suspected of being abused.
Get mad when you learn that 77% of children report being bullied at school.
When I look at those above numbers, I don’t quite care if I get wished Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas.