Field of Science

Poll crash: celebrate what you want

Here's a poll to crash:

"Since Gap has now included the word "Christmas" in a television ad (in a dismissive manner), should AFA call off the boycott of their stores?"
  • Yes. Any reference to Christmas is good enough to me. [194 votes]
  • No. Gap has taken a disrespectful attitude towards Christians with its ad. [2,884 votes]
The American Family Association is horrified by Gap's blatant disregard for the singular truth that Christmas is purely a celebration of the birth of little Jesus Christ.

From the email I got this morning:
Gap has responded to AFA's call for a Christmas boycott of their Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic stores with a commercial that takes a cavalier approach towards Christmas.

The video entitled Ready for Holiday Cheer features a group of people dancing and chanting:
Two, Four, Six, Eight, now's the time to liberate
Go Christmas, Go Hanukkah, Go Kwanza, Go Solstice.
Go classic tree, go plastic tree, go plant a tree, go add a tree,
You 86 the rules, you do what feels just right.
Happy do whatever you wanukkah, and to all a cheery night.

Go Christmas, Go Hanukkah, go whatever holiday you wanukkah.
Did you notice it? Gap compares Christmas to the pagan holiday called "Solstice." Solstice is celebrated by Wiccans who practice witchcraft!

Gap also encourages you to "86" or "dismiss" traditions and "do what feels just right."
Did you notice it? Aaargh! THEY COMPARED CHRISTMAS TO PAGANISM!!!! The righteous horror!

No, dammit! In God's own country we must all celebrate Christmas the right wayTM only. Diversity is the enemy of dogma, and we certainly can't have Hanukkah or Kwanzaa acknowledged by privately owned companies. It's a war on Christmas, is what it is.

Of course, the winter solstice was celebrated long before little baby Jesus was (supposedly) born. It is possible to celebrate it without being a Wiccan, and without believing in silly witchcraft. I have celebrated Christmas since I was a child, and I haven't practiced the crazy witchcraft of Christianity (i.e. eating the body of the deity, asking your deity to favor you over others, etc.).

Incidentally, have you noticed how similar Wiccan and (the atheistically biased) Wiki are? I smell a conspiracy in multiple colors and all-caps.


  1. Poe's law at work... if AFA didn't already have a long history of facepalmery, and I read that some group getting mad because somebody was associating Christmas with pagan Solstice traditions, I would assume it was satire. I mean... really? REALLY???

    So explain to me again in what way the Yule log celebrates the birth of Jesus? Oh, I know, it symbolizes all the other babies that King Herod threw into the fire, right...?

  2. Or the tree. Or the fact that Jesus was not born at that time of year at all (if he even was born). Or Santa.

  3. Or, looking at Easter, where do the bunnies come into the Resurrection story? And the eggs?

    A matter-of-factly Christian woman I used to work with was shocked when I told her that Christmas historically hadn't always been celebrated in December, implying that Christ wasn't necessarily born on the particular day on which we now celebrate it. I had enough credit with her that she was willing to believe me when I told her about it instead of dismissing it out of hand, but it just wasn't anything she'd ever been exposed to.


  4. I want to try something. This is a TEST.


    TEST failed. TypePad doesn't like me, here.

  5. Re: matter-of-factly Christian woman - sorry.
    Re: failed test - sorry.


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