Thursday, November 9, 2006

As if I needed another reason to boycott Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart has announced that this year they are encouraging their employees to say "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays," after being boycotted last year by religious groups who were offended by the open-minded greeting.

On CNN.com, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Linda Blakley was quoted as saying (to USA Today), "We, quite frankly, have learned a lesson from last year. We're not afraid to use the term 'Merry Christmas.' We'll use it early, and we'll use it often." (click to read more).

This just pisses me off. I don't have a problem with the phrase "Merry Christmas." Like many Americans, I view it as a secular holiday having little to do with Christianity. But for a billionaire company like Wal-Mart to bend to the pressure of the fanatical is dangerous and short-sighted. When is this country going to learn that Christianity is not the national religion?

That being said, I support freedom of speech and the freedom of this company to choose to sell whatever it wants to sell and greet people however they want to greet them. But I also choose to exercise my right to BOYCOTT the hell out of this company and spread the word.

If you want more reasons why you should boycott the big W, visit http://walmartwatch.com/.

End of soapbox. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

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