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Season of Hating II: Only Good Little Stores and Services Get Good Christian Money

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The inanity, the wasted efforts, and, of course, the hatred that goes into the War on Christmas.

"Say Merry Christmas or Say Goodbye to Profits"

It's now become a Christmas tradition: going after retailers who aren't saying "Merry Christmas" or who are deemed too secular for the season. It's a righteous indignation fueled by righteous arrogance. And it gone to ridiculous extremes, embarrassing Americans and Christianity.

The annual American Family Association's list of "naughty or nice" retailers, and the extent to which they celebrate Christmas is a prime example of just how far this ridiculous meme has gone.

The AFAs list is extremely specific and actually tells you which businesses have moved from one ranking to another in the last year.

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Sorry that the above gif is fuzzy, but it demonstrates the exactitude with which the AFA treats the subject. Their vigilance on the subject is incredible, letting readers of the site that the list is updated frequently.

The time and manpower it took to compile the list is unimaginable. Of course, what better way to spread bad will. After all, "don't patronize" is merely BOYCOTT.

Criteria is key: is it strict enough? Probably not according to Christofascist Bryan Fischer. His version would settle on the customer as well, discriminating (if possible) against atheists, Hindus, Muslims and gays. His send off would be "Merry Christmas to you , but only if you've accepted Our Lord Jesus Christ as your savior."

As to retailers, the companies making the 5-star rating are glaringly obvious:

Lowe's, AFA Online Store, Cracker Barrel, Hobby Lobby, Michael's Stores and Walmart. These are companies that force encourage their employees to ooze the Christian Christmas out of every pore.

Those that are "Marginal" (and therefore very, very suspicious): Whole Foods, Starbucks, Safeway, CVS Pharmacy,Best Buy. The Starbucks coffee cup, however, gets a ranking all its own (see below)

Those naughty (read: evil) Pet Smart, Office Depot, Office Max, Victoria's Secret, Staples and Barnes and Noble. Why office products eschew Christmas is a mystery, but you won't get a "Merry Christmas" at Staples for buying a laser pen (for demonstration or cat toy)..

Pandering To The Silliness, Presidential Candidate Style

...the latest Ted Cruz campaign email comes with the subject line "We Say Merry Christmas" and a p.s
'Set an example for the "tolerant left," and while wearing your festive Cruz for President gear, or any gear for that matter, make sure to say Merry Christmas every chance you get!
In between, Cruz offers a chance to win the world's ugliest-ever ugly Christmas sweater featuring his face in a Santa hat floating over the White House and flanked by Tea Party "Don't Tread on Me" snakes.

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