The American Family Association ("2,973,466 strong and growing!") is urging its members to boycott Target department stores for not using the words “Merry Christmas” in its advertising. Here are a couple of FAQ from the AFA website:
Are you boycotting Target and for how long?
AFA is officially boycotting Target until they agree to use “Christmas” in their in-store promotions and advertising. Currently, almost 600,000 individuals, who represent many families, have pledged to boycott Target.
Has AFA surveyed any circulars and if so, what did you find?
AFA surveyed 11 holiday sale circulars (newspaper advertising inserts). Out of 280 pages total, the word “Christmas” was used only twice, and “holiday” was used 59 times. (click here for detailed listing)
The AFA is not alone. The Catholic League is boycotting Wal-Mart because of the response it got to a query about why Wal-Mart staff say “happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” to customers. Bill O’Reilly, a Fox anchor, who started a “Christmas under siege” campaign last year lists stores’ positions on this critically important issue for world civilization.
Adam Cohen has a good piece on this.