Saturday, December 10, 2005
Jesus Doesn't Need Advertising
At a large family holiday Party Saturday night, a relative told me that on his way to the party from out of town, he had stopped at a shopping center that housed a Wal-Mart store. Outside the front entrance he said were a handful of protesters carrying signs chastising Wal-Mart for not using the word "Christmas" in their "Holiday Ads". Fortunately, this family member was able to see the absurdity of the situation.
There are many reasons to picket Wal-Mart - their discriminatory hiring practices, their predatory expansion policy, their exploitation of cheap foreign labor -to name just a few. The shear stupidity and single-mindedness that leads these religious nuts to picket a Wal-Mart because they don't use the word Christmas is astounding and incredibly sad. A true Christian would be using their spare time in a more positive way - like feeding the hungry or caring for the infirmed or maybe protesting an illegal war for oil. In the end, Jesus doesn't care about Wal-Mart’s ad campaign. He can handle his own PR.