By Rita Abro :: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 :: 46156 Views :: :: Community & Culture, Business & Finance, Chaldean Justice League
Michigan, USA - The Chaldean Justice League has released their “Chaldean Christmas Scrooge List” informing Chaldeans to steer away from businesses that refuse to recognize Christmas. Rather they suggest Chaldeans invest in the “Santa” group that recognizes the gift giving season has a reason. The community justice group continues to build on their impressive momentum after leading the Chaldean Miller Boycott that helped bring the beer company to its senses.
“Retailers which seek to profit from Christmas while pretending it does not exist should realize they have offended the vast majority of Americans who enjoy Christmas,” says Hadeer Allos, the Chaldean Justice League’s Christmas watchdog. “This Christmas season, whether a store greets you with ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘Merry Christmas’ makes all the difference where you should do your shopping.”
The Chaldean Justice League is urging Christians to fight back to save Christmas from being erased from the public sphere by shopping at stores that honor instead of disregard Christmas.
Home Depot was among the stores that made the “Scrooge” list. Phrases such as “Holiday Gift Center” and “Holiday Decorations” adorn the store’s website without any mention of Christmas. Even Christmas trees are simply described as “Artificial Trees.” Other business on the “Scrooge” list included K-Mart, Nordstorm, Best Buy, Gap, Sprint, and Office Max, among others.
“Chaldean customers have a choice,” said Allos, “we will not patronize corporate Scrooges.”
Some feel a boycott does little to change corporate behavior while others feel the economic embargo is quite effective. Allos says, “Boycotts are a risky tool of the justice trade. If it fails you dull your weapon and are not taken seriously the next time you call for a boycott. Thankfully, our community has proven how passionate we are about injustice. You have to respect a community that sticks together for the cause of justice. Much of the credit goes to our churches who have long kept our community strong, safe, and supporting justice.”
Boycotts are effective, especially among Christians that have shown an indomitable force in matters of faith. Allos says, “you don’t want to mess with faithful Christians. American culture has gone far in hacking at Christians and now the once silent majority is getting loud. Look what they did to that faithless movie.”
Allos is referring to the recent boycott against “The Golden Compass” fantasy which delivered a painful blow to the entertainment industry. The investment in nearly $200 million dollars in the movie fell flat and costly sending a message that Christians are no longer accepting the title of “culture whipping boy”.
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, pointed out that the $180 million budget movie took in much less than the $65.5 million grossed by “The Chronicles of Narnia” in its opening weekend and also failed to beat the $33.3 million box office debut of “Enchanted,” a recently released Disney movie. He insisted Monday that “the inescapable conclusion is that our boycott worked.”
Some in the entertainment business are trying to save face by alleging that reviews on the movie may have hurt the film’s performance. Rolf Mittweg of New Line Cinema, which released "Compass," concedes that the religion controversy had an effect,” reported USA Today.
Meanwhile, the Catholic community has taken the boycott seriously with some Catholic schools sending out fliers or e-mails, urging parents not to let their children see the film, according to USA Today. University of Tennessee student Tom Holcomb, a Catholic, said he joined more than 11,000 people in a Facebook group boycotting the movie.
Mother of God Chaldean Catholic Church released a community wide e-mail outlining issues of contention in the movie and offering parents and parishioners alternative entertainment options.
Jimmy Shaya joined the boycott, “because as a Christian, I take a stand on things against the goodness that God inspires. As a Chaldean, I am a living witness to the good my Catholic faith has done in my life and the lives of others. Attacking something that is good is the same as approving something bad.”
That seems to be the guiding philosophy among the Chaldean Justice League members. Their “Chaldean Christmas Scrooge List” hopes that every Chaldean consumer stops patronizing retailers which refuse to respect the Christmas holiday.
SCROOGE BUSINESSES TO AVOID
Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic - All three are owned by the same company. And all three boycott Christmas. Old Navy doesn't want to offend non-Christians for welcoming Christians. They will take your money, but they will not recognize Christmas.
Old Navy doesn't sell Christmas gifts. They sell "holiday" gifts. They don't close their stores on Christmas. They close on "holiday." They don't observe "Christmas morning," they observe "holiday morning." They don't wish customers a "Merry Christmas." They wish them a "happy holiday." Old Navy boycotts Christmas. To the point of blocking incoming e-mails requesting they reconsider.
Call Old Navy and tell them in a kind and polite way that as long as they boycott Christmas, you will boycott Old Navy. The toll free number is 1-800-427-7895. The company number is 650-952-4400. When requested, push the order number when prompted so you will be able to speak with a live person.
Best Buy – Web site says “Unique gifts for the season,” “Holiday gift ideas.” Spokesperson said they consider the use of “Merry Christmas” to be disrespectful.
Dollar Tree - Customer reports they are avoiding the “C” word. Everything is “holiday”, though “it’s pretty obvious which ‘holiday’ they will not discuss.”
Eddie Bauer – Customer service would not recognize Christmas, they “don’t want to offend Jews, those who celebrate Kwanzaa and those who have no religious preference.”
J. Crew Outfitters – A warehouse associate reported the retailer refuses to recognize Christmas. Has a “holiday edition” catalog, will hold a “holiday meal”, and a sign says there are X days until the “holiday.”
Lane Bryant – “Holiday Sale 2007” Customer service informed a customer that “It is politically incorrect to mention Christmas, because we don’t want to offend our customers who are not Christians.” Their Web site is designed in red and green.
Lowe’s – Customer care told us that employees cannot say Merry Christmas to shoppers except in response to the same greeting. After a public outcry in 2006, Lowe’s stated they would modify their ads and no longer say things such as “Holiday trees”. Christmas trees are sometimes mentioned on their Web site, but are categorized as “artificial trees.” Web site has “Holiday” gift cards and a “Holiday Living” section (that only contains Christmas-related items.) They continue to run ads of Holiday greetings.
Petsmart – Has a Holiday Shop, and Luv-a-pet ornaments, photos with Santa, but no Christmas. Entering “Christmas” in their Web site search tool yields over 100 items relating to Christmas, but they are all named “Holiday” except one.
Rite Aid – Advertises “holiday savings” with all Christmas products, employees told to say “Happy Holidays.” One employee says, “These retailers are profiting from the traditions of giving that have developed out of Christianity but refuse to acknowledge the faith that feeds them.”
Staples – Web site advertises “Department of Unexpected Gifts.” Sell “Hanukkah” cards and “religious” cards. Never says Christmas.
U.S. Cellular – Corporate office sent a person to get local stores to remove all Christmas decorations. Web site says “holiday” only.
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Ace Hardware ~ Sells Christmas trees and wreaths, Salvation Army bell ringers outside.
Cabela’s ~ A customer reported he was greeting with “Merry Christmas” by an associate. The store has a “Christmas Shoppe.”
Dillard’s ~ Advertises a Christmas Catalog.
Harry & David ~ Sells baskets of Christmas goodies.
Hobby Lobby ~ Plays Christmas music and has Christmas throughout the store.
JC Penney ~ Web site has a Christmas shipping countdown.
Joann Fabrics ~ Offers Christmas and Holiday fabrics. “Christmas Celebration!” signs in stores.
K-Mart ~ Was selling “holiday trees”, now sells “Christmas trees”. Web site: “Where Christmas comes together.”
Land’s End ~ Christmas Gift Guide.
L.L. Bean ~ Christmas Catalog.
Linens ‘N Things ~ Christmas Shop and Christmas Checklist.
Macy’s ~ “Merry Christmas!” on Web site and in stores.
Marshalls ~ Has Christmas “all over the stores and TV ads.” Web site offers gifts arriving through Christmas Eve.
Menards ~ Employees have Merry Christmas on their aprons, stores have Christmas displays.
Michaels ~ Web site has a Christmas section.
M&M-Mars Candies ~ Will have red and green candies with pictures of Christmas trees and angels among other images.
www.Nation-Gifts.com ~ Retailer devoted to keeping Christ in Christmas. Catalogs available.
Sears ~ Stores have signs that say “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays” although Web site just says “holidays”.
Toys ‘R’ Us ~ The store moved from our “naughty” list after the company said it celebrates Christmas and disagreed with the actions of a Pennsylvania store guest relations coordinator who had written customer that the store aims to be neutral about Christmas out of respect for all their customers.
Walgreens ~ “Holiday shop” Has Christmas and holiday gift ideas,” and “Christmas collectibles.”
Wal-Mart ~ Has a Christmas Shop, plays Christmas carols, and, unlike last year, employees can say “Merry Christmas.”