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Pastor's ad prompts debate over spending for holidays [Dec. 15th, 2004|10:17 am]
Chaz Meyers
A pastor's newspaper ad urging Christians to spend their money at retailers who wish them a "Merry Christmas" - and not the more generic "Happy Holidays" - has meant a little less good will this Christmas season.


"Why not simply require stores owned by Jews to put a gold star in their ads and on their storefronts?" Melnyk wrote in a letter to the editor published the next day. "Wooden and his church have put away their anti-homosexual rhetoric for the holidays so they can focus their discrimination on non-Christians. Who will be next?"


Mmmmm.. holiday cheer. Tastes like burning.

Real update soon! Or not! I promise!

[User Picture]From: approachmdnight
2004-12-15 08:46 am (UTC)
Yeah you're right, he really doesn't make sense. I wonder where the whole idea of gift giving on Christmas came from in the first place. The whole tree/family/gifts thing isn't going to have its name change anytime soon, though. Maybe the churches would do better renaming the Jesus part to "The birth of Christ" or something, since the image people get of Christmas really has nothing to do with that.

Even though 95% of the people still exchange gifts on the alleged birthday of Christ, a good portion of those people do not attend mass.

Have you BEEN to a Catholic church on Christmas? :P Christmas and Easter Christians have those places packed solid, standing room only.

I don't know how he would react to an ad like the one you mention, but I really wouldn't care. In fact I'd rather a store show the holiday of the owners than "The Holidays", even if it wasn't the holiday I celebrate. It shows that they have some culture other than the please-everyone corporate culture. I think I'm mature enough not to get offended by someone's religion.

Happy holidays Mr. Chaz. :)
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[User Picture]From: duckssaymip
2004-12-17 12:23 pm (UTC)
Ok, I'm sorry, but I have to disagree. The culture of stores IS a "please-everyone corporate culture" - that's the point. That's how you keep customers in a country that has such a high level of diversity. Storeowners don't go around saying "Merry Christmas" because they don't want to piss off the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, atheist, and other non-Christian customers who put the bread in their pockets. And honestly, I think it's a good thing. There are enough bad feelings between ethnic and religious groups in this country already. I only see the accentuation of very public images of differentiation as creating more tumult than we already have.
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