What is it that RadioShack specifically has done to annoy the fundamentalists? The company is advertising holiday deals, rather than calling them Christmas sales.
OMGs. TEOTWAWKI. The sky is falling.
RadioShack–and every other company on the AFA list–is a business trying to make money. It seeks to separate people from their cash, regardless of whether those people are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, atheist, or miscellaneous. (Blessed be the miscellaneous.) If the company’s advertising division decides that selling holiday merchandise will bring in more sales than selling only Christmas schlock, who cares? That’s not a War on Christmas. It’s a marketing decision.
In fact, this whole “War on Christmas” business indicates the weakness of the fundamentalist position. If your religious beliefs are dependent on everyone around you conforming to the same cultural attitudes and behaviors that you practice, you have weak beliefs. If you need your neighbor to agree with your Merry Christmas, you aren’t too certain about your own acceptance of the saying.
I am glad for you to possess whatever beliefs give meaning to your life. I have plenty of my own. But pluralism is the essence of freedom. A strong religion doesn’t need the endorsement of government to thrive. If we all do things and think things in exactly the same way, we live in a dull world. The fact that each one of us is free to our own decisions about matters of faith and meaning fits into the overall freedom of a democratic society. It also gives opportunities for new solutions to emerge, ones that a conformist society wouldn’t come up with.
But there’s another problem with the AFA’s boycott. Do they really want us to believe that this guy
is the true meaning of Christmas? (That’s Adam Smith, in case you’ve only heard about him on the radio.) I thought that the real point of Christmas was a birth that most certainly did not happen on the 25th of December in the year 1 A.D. The marketing decisions of corporations have nothing to do with the practice of a particular religion.
Besides, we ought to be aware by now that Christmas is a combination of Saturnalia and Yule, both pagan holidays. And what could be better than buying the work of a genuine heathen to give as gifts this season?