Barnes & Noble Not Christmas-y Enough, Says Religious Right
via Huffington Post:
Barnes & Noble is propagating an anti-Christmas agenda, says the religious right. Scoundrels!
The American Family Association, the Conservative Christian group, took a little break from hating gay people so they could release their annual "Naughty and Nice" list, which rates retailers' holiday marketing.
Their rating is based on whether the retailer uses "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" in their ads. "Happy Holidays," of course, being a dirty, ugly, offensive term that takes the focus of the season away from Baby Jesus, where it belongs.
Barnes & Noble made the "naughty" list along with 14 other retailers, like heathen clothing-retailers Banana Republic and Old Navy. Among those on the "nice" list: Wal-Mart, Target and Amazon. Starbucks, Bath & Body Works and Whole Foods made the "marginal" list, which means they like Christmas, but they don't love Christmas.
Mary Ellen Keating, a spokeswoman for B & N took some exception to AFA's ranking:
"We do in fact have references to Christmas in our stores... The holiday season includes more than Christmas. Therefore, our overall theme has always been Happy Holidays."
So there you have it. Barnes & Noble, the big-box book retailer, hates Jesus. And probably America and freedom and apple pie.
Oh, and before I forget, to everyone at the AFA: Have a happy and healthy Kwanzaa!
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