It seems like the War on Christmas starts earlier every year.
So as the title of this post implies, this is going to be a series, I guess. It does not seem very likely that there will be any shortage of material to cover on this subject over the next 5 or so weeks.
This time, the first major blow has been struck against The Gap by the American Family Association, a right-wing Christian fundamentalist organization founded by Donald Wildmon, a preacher who spent most of his life trying to censor film and television that weren’t to his liking. Now the AFA has a problem with the Gap:
“Gap has refused to use the word Christmas in its television commercials, newspaper ads and in-store promotions despite tens of thousands of consumer requests to recognize Christmas as well as repeated requests from AFA to do the same.”
-AFA “action alert“
The problem is that it turns out that the Gap actually does refer to Christmas in its advertising. But that’s not good enough, because it actually mentions other holidays based around the winter solstice too – and that is DISRESPECTFUL and WRONG. If these fundamentalists want so much control over a corporation’s advertisements, why don’t they just go into advertising and get a job? Then again, that might involve going back to school, which means education, which is evil.