Tuesday, December 14, 2004

(Based on misinformation!)

Emboldened by their Election Day successes, some Christian conservatives around the country are trying to put more Christ into Christmas this season....

In California, a group called the Committee to Save Merry Christmas is boycotting Macy's and its corporate parent, Federated Department Stores, accusing them of replacing "Merry Christmas" signs with ones wishing shoppers "Season's Greetings" or "Happy Holidays." The organization cites "the recent presidential election showing political correctness is offending millions of Americans."

(Federated, for its part, says that is has no ban on such greetings and that its store divisions can advertise as they see fit and store clerks are free to wish any customer "Merry Christmas." Macy's says its ads commonly use the phrase.)...


So I guess the 206 items that come up when you search for "christmas" at Macys.com don't impress these people.

Nor does the message at the bottom of the results page: MACY'S WISHES YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

And I guess the big double-page ad in today's New York Times advertising "THE LAST ONE DAY SALE BEFORE CHRISTMAS!" doesn't count either.

And the fact that residents of New York City, home of Macy's flagship store, come from at least 186 different countries, many of them non-Christian, probably doesn't mean much to these people, nor does the fact that one out of every eight city residents is Jewish.

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