AGAINST CHRISTMAS 2004 COMPETITION
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A couple of days ago, I ranted about Target's new policy that forbids the Salvation Army from placing volunteers outside its doors to collect donations for charity.
Supposedly, this is the result of a new policy that prohibits solicitation.
Hey, if you are going to take a stand against solicitation, why not gut Christian charity? By the way, I notice none of these stores have sought to squelch UNICEF. Hmmm, very suspicious!
Well, Target isn't the only corporation guilty of fat cat malevolence toward the Salvation Army. Here are a few more, courtesy of a recent ABC news story:
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Ok, so here's the thing: I haven't spent much time at Home Depot, Lowe's or Circuit City and by "spent much time" I mean I never go there. Saws, lumber, electronics etc… yeah, every clock in my house blinks, ok?
Barnes and Noble, however—I am a frequent flyer.
Again, I am the last person who should encourage a boycott. But I am willing to give up B&N because, frankly, it's the only way to let them know that they have gone too far.
First Bloomingdales, now Barnes and Noble. Who am I? Job?
The Rev Kendall Harmon, whose titusonenine blog is probably the most substantial internet bastion of traditional Episcopalianism, has fortifications thrown out against the anti-Christmas campaign too. Here he reports an Englishman protesting in the (London) Times about the eradication of any references to Christmas in his company's Christmas cards:
"As a Christian, I would be pleased to receive a greetings card which celebrated a festival of another religion. I would have thought that adherents to other religions would think likewise."
The U.S. throws a long cultural shadow and we have a lot to answer for.
Another recent titusonenine item reports that a retiring member of the U.K. Anglican Church's Archbishop's Council has presented a paper "forecasting that Christianity in Britain will be driven underground" and predicting a "time of great persecution coming, which will drive Christianity all but underground in the West."
It started here!