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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.

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"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?"

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Mmmmm.. holiday cheer. Tastes like burning.

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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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