The American Family Association announced last week its annual boycott of Radio Shack: “Radio Shack is censoring the word Christmas, pure and simple. Yet the company wants all the people who celebrate Christmas to do their shopping at its stores.”
For years, the AFA has led boycotts — many of them successful — against companies for various reasons. I remember in the late ’80s when they were boycotting Pepsi (I think) because they advertised on TV shows that were overly violent or sexual. I suppose they could have just boycotted the shows themselves, but maybe they didn’t think of that.
(And I’ve mentioned previously their current boycott of The Home Depot.)
But this one just seems to be a misunderstanding. For one thing, Radio Shack isn’t “censoring” anything. It’s not censorship to choose which words you will use. It’s censorship to choose which words other people can use. There are currently hundreds of posts on the Radio Shack Facebook page that use the word “Christmas”, and Radio Shack isn’t censoring them.
I realize that — to some Christians — it’s irritating that Christmas has become largely a secular holiday. It’s about Santa, Bring My Baby Back To Me, shopping for useless electronic gadgets and gift sets that no one wants, drinking eggnog while gathered with people you intentionally don’t spend a lot of time with anymore, and watching Jimmy Stewart on DVD.
If anything, I think the AFA and its members should boycott stores that DO use the word “Christmas” but without any overtly Christian message. That would make more sense. It’s fair to say: We invented this word, and this holiday, and you shouldn’t use it in such a secular way. Kind of like Jews might be upset if we turned Hanukkah into something else, and had Hanukkah sales that had nothing to do with their festival other than the name and date.
But demanding that a secular company must use their religious word? That’s rude and idiotic. I’m glad Radio Shack is (seems to be) ignoring them.