December 12, 2005, - 11:54 am
By Debbie Schlussel
We’ve been detailing Target’s attempts to de-Christmas-ize the holiday season (here and here)–a season, which wouldn’t exist if there was not Christmas.
Now we see why. Target apparently has a preferred religion, which–you guessed it–is NOT Christianity. In Sunday newspapers across the country, Target featured a four-page color spread touting the $2 million per week the chain is “giving back” (we call it what it is: a pay-off) to “the community.”
The picture below illustrates what Target sees as “the community” and how to “give back” to it. We noted not a single Christian or Jewish group in the four full-page ad spread. Why? We don’t object to Target treating all religions equally, but this ad–and Target’s outrageous “holiday” season behavior–suggests otherwise, that Target prefers one religion over the others. Why is it Target’s official policy to de-Christmas-ize ads, but no problem making Islam front and central? Keep in mind that part of your Target purchase funds this, whatever it is:
To recap, Target:
* Forbids employees from saying, “Merry Christmas”;
* Bans mention of Christmas in “holiday” ads and promotions;
* Bans Salvation Army bell-ringers; and
* Sells clothing made in terrorist-host state Syria and anti-American United Arab Emirates (and refuses to respond to inquiries regarding that)
Happy RamaKwanzukkah from your friends at Target!
Tags: Christmas, Debbie Schlussel, Holiday, Salvation Army, Syria, United Arab Emirates, USD