A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Thursday, November 10, 2005

It's either "Merry Christmas" or shut the hell up.

I heard John Gibson (filling in for Tony Snow) on the Tony Snow Show talking about this today and I must say I am very surprised about this story.

I usually defend Wal-Mart because they do a lot of good, donate amazing amounts of supplies and money, and provide a place where people can buy what they need without spending everything they have earned.

But this makes me very angry and very disappointed.

AP: Wal-Mart Defends 'Happy Holidays' Approach---

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Thursday said it no longer employs a worker who wrote to a shopper that Christmas is a mix of world religions, but that the company does support the generic greeting, "Happy Holidays," as being more inclusive amid year-end celebrations by numerous faiths.

The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights criticized the world's largest retailer and called for a boycott over Wal-Mart's approach to Christmas.

"We want a) an apology for insulting Christians by effectively banning Christmas and b) a withdrawal of its insane statement regarding the origins of Christmas and c) a revision on its website," Catholic League President Bill Donohue said on the group's Web site.

In an interview, Donohue dismissed Wal-Mart's statement that it was respecting multiple beliefs as "corporate arrogance."

"If Wal-Mart, which is the family-friendly institution, gets away with this, then all the other department stores will just fall into line," he told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The dispute erupted after a Wal-Mart worker responded to a woman who complained that the company was replacing "Merry Christmas" with "Happy Holidays." The response described Christmas as a combination of world traditions from Siberian shamanism to Visigoth calendars.

The e-mail, which Wal-Mart spokesman Dan Fogleman said was genuine, said Wal-Mart had to act as a global organization in a world with many different practices.

"The colors associated with Christmas red and white are actually a representation of the aminita mascera (sic) mushroom. Santa is also borrowed from the Caucuses, mistletoe from the Celts, yule log from the Goths, the time from the Visigoth and the tree from the worship of Baal. It is a wide wide world," said the e-mail, from a customer service worker identified only as Kirby.

Fogleman said Thursday that Kirby no longer worked for the company.

"We at Wal-Mart believe this e-mail between a temporary associate and one of our valued customers was entirely inappropriate. Its contents in no way represent the policies, practices or views of our company. This associate, who was hired less than three weeks ago, is no longer employed by our company," Fogleman said in an e-mail to the AP.

"Wal-Mart is proud to welcome customers of all faiths, and celebrants of all holidays. We sincerely apologize to any person or organization that was offended by the inappropriate and inflammatory comments made by this former associate."

Fogleman said the e-mail had been taken out of context and that the stores, while encouraging employees to say "Happy Holidays," did so to include celebrations from Thanksgiving to Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Eve as well as Christmas.
Kwanzaa is not a real holiday or celebration. It was made up by a disgusting felon. The only reason we have this whole season is to celebrate CHRISTMAS. If stores can't put "Merry Christmas" on their advertising, then to hell with them. Maybe I'll just make my own Christmas gifts.

I am offended by the PC decision not to use "Merry Christmas." We are a Christian Nation and we take Christmas Day off because of that fact, in order to spend the day celebrating the Birth of Christ with family.

It's either "Merry Christmas" or shut the hell up.

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League (hooray!!!) is urging a boycott of Wal-Mart (more).

And religious groups Donohue has contacted to join.

Contact Wal-Mart here and tell them this is a rotten way to treat Christians and Christmas.