I read on Snopes today about how the American Family Association posted on their Action Alert pages on how Home Depot aren't representing Christmas enough to their satisfaction. In fact here's what they said:
Home Depot: Hanukkah, yes! Holidays, yes! Christmas, no!
Home Depot bans Christmas from its Website.
October 27, 2008
Home Depot has it's new holiday Website up and running. You can find many gifts for the holidays. You can even find gifts for Hanukkah. But Christmas? Home Depot's Website hasn't a single reference to Christmas. Not one. At Home Depot, Christmas doesn't exist!
Home Depot has elected to go with the politically correct crowd and censor Christmas, replacing it with holidays.
Please Note: Home Depot may block your message. If so, you can e-mail, write, or call Chairman Frank Blake with the information below.
* Write 2455 Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, GA, 30339.
* Call 1-800-466-3337, option 3 or 1-800-430-3376.
Talk about hysteria. What a knob end. Are they trying to say "Home Depot are a bunch of Jew Lovers and hate Christians!" because that's how it sounds to me - "Look, they like the Jews better, don't give them your business. Christians rule!"
It's such bullshit. Such utter bullshit and it drives me mental. The banners on the AFA website saying "Speechless! Silencing the Christians!" Since when are they silent? They never shut up. What a bunch of pissing, moaning, bitchy, argumentative, whinging, pout-faced, righteous blowhards. Pious cunts*. I'm sick of them all. Sick of religion, full stop. But going so far as to raise a campaign against a retail company for not mentioning Christmas enough on their website is just petty and lame. You'd think they would have better things to do, like...oh I dunno - FACT CHECK maybe?! Because as it turned out, Home Depot had plenty of Christmas promotion going on, but the dickhead who raised the alert (Donnie Wildmon, founder/chairman/hate monger) apparently didn't know how to search the website. See what shunning science and modern electronics does to you? I bet even Jesus could fill in a search window with "Christmas".
What's even worse is Home Depot felt they had to respond to this insanity and apologize to this group of sandbox bullies. I'd have a lot more respect for them if they'd said something along the lines of "Our marketing campaign for Christmas will begin closer to the end of the month in order to allow families to get through Thanksgiving before launching into the Christmas season. Your opinions have been noted, TYVM." You stupid norks. And the smug, bold-faced way they start their retraction with thanking everyone for helping and highlight how Home Depot are going to have more marketing for Christmas - like they won some battle, when really they were dead wrong. Of course Home Depot will have more Christmas marketing Closer To Christmas. How would they know Home Depot didn't launch Christmas marketing at a later date than Oct. 27th? Many shops do a slow introduction to Christmas in October and increase in the weeks as the time gets closer. As Hanukkah comes before Christmas, doesn't it make sense that marketing for that holiday would come earlier? Hmmm? Shit-for-brains? Dontcha think maybe? Possibly?
This just shows me that the Christian Right are getting way too big for their britches and yet doing so by playing the martyr card. As fucking if. Seriously. What really annoys me is that every time I read about something like this, I'm reminded of a conversation I had with my brother that made me sad, because he's there asking me to move back to America and I have to say to him: I can't. The religious mania just freaks me the fuck out. He tells me, it's not that bad, that I'm only getting what my media wants me to see and hear. I must get all the negative reports because Europe doesn't like America. And then this kind of thing comes to a head (because it really is as attractive, painful and welcome as a festering boil) and I'm reminded of that conversation and it breaks my heart to say; See. I'm not being manipulated by the press. This shit is real. I know you love me, but I love my kids and I can't raise them in a place that is so intolerant, prejudiced and ugly. I won't be a part of that.
*Sorry Mom if you're reading this. You did raise me better.