Concerned Women for America (CWA) applauds Federated Department Stores Inc., owners of Macy’s, for acknowledging the “reason for the season” and allowing the celebration of Christmas back into their stores and advertisements.
Beginning last year, CWA joined with a California-based group, the Committee to Save Merry Christmas, to publicize Macy’s refusal to acknowledge Christmas.
“Somebody at Macy’s woke up, smelled the eggnog, and realized that embracing Christmas is good for business during the Christmas season,” said Robert Knight, director of CWA’s Culture & Family Institute. “Given the obvious advantage of recognizing the reason for the season, one can only wonder why Target Corporation continues to approach Christmas with indifference or even hostility in the name of ‘diversity.’
“Target has shown a blatant disregard for Christmas by banning the mention of Christmas by employees and in its ads, and by barring Salvation Army bell ringers and red kettles from their storefronts.
“If Target finds the mention of Jesus’ name so offensive, perhaps we would not want to burden them with Christmas-gift-buying Christians in their stores,” Knight continued. “Their very presence might offend one or two non-Christmas ‘holiday’ shoppers.
“Wal-Mart, on the other hand, has regained the respect of many Americans by continuing to allow the Salvation Army outside their stores, expanding the hours for the bell ringers and by increasing its company donation.
“Macy’s has restored its traditional association with Christmas. And Wal-Mart has stepped up to the kettle, so to speak, in its support of the Salvation Army. Now it’s time for Wal-Mart to permit and even encourage their employees to wish customers a Merry Christmas and to use the word Christmas in their ads and displays.”
Concerned Women for America (CWA) is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization.
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