Despite Boycott, Fort Worth-Based RadioShack Won't Advertise "Christmas"

Categories: Biz, Religion

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Every year, it seems, the War on Christmas creeps earlier and earlier into the season. A week or two back, some rogue PTA moms in Frisco were defeated in a minor skirmish. This week, with Thanksgiving still two days away, Fort Worth-based RadioShack, has launched a full-frontal assault on baby Jesus himself.

How so? We'll let the American Family Association explain:

For years, Radio Shack has refused to use the word Christmas on its website, in television commercials, newspaper ads and in-store promotions, despite tens of thousands of consumer requests to recognize Christmas and in spite of repeated requests from AFA to do the same.

Want proof? Go to www.radioshack.com and type "Christmas" in the search bar. As of today, the website brings up zero results.

At Radio Shack, you'll find "holiday" deals, "holiday" kickoff, "holiday" cash and a "holiday" gift guide, but you won't find "Christmas" anywhere.

Radio Shack is censoring the word Christmas, pure and simple.

See also: Texas' New "Merry Christmas Law" Saves Frisco Kids from a Godless Holiday

In response, the AFA is calling for a two-month boycott of RadioShack stores. Its troops dutifully took the battle to the company's Facebook page to express their dismay.

"The holiday is called 'Christmas'. It's not called "holiday" (which by the way comes from the old English word meaning HOLY-day)," one man writes in response to a post advertising mobile device repair. "Christmas has Christian roots whether we believe it or not and the majority of Americans celebrate the holiday either in a secular or religious way. Refusing to use the proper name of the holiday for political correctness should offend Christians and non-Christians alike...Personally, I'll take my money to a store that has the guts to call it what it is, 'Christmas.'"

Here's a woman taking personal offense to a selection of multicolored Beats headphones offered with the respectably clever #TechTheHalls hashtag:

I don't care how you color anything Radio Shack .... There is only one reason we celebrate this time of year and it's NOT holiday cheer. The reason for the season is to celebrate the Birth of Christ and your store has decided to go the easy route and please the minority I hope you laugh all the way to the bank but cause you wont be taking it with you when you pass on.

And here's another expressing her displeasure with a collection of RC toys.

Well, this is nice; however, I will not be shopping at Radio Shack this year you see because it is not called a holiday gift but a CHRISTMAS gift and I will be telling everyone I can to boycott Radio Shack. Just like when you go out and buy a tree you call it a Christmas tree, not a "holiday tree". You see, JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON. So I will take my business elsewhere. Merry Christmas!

The battle intensified as a company -- or maybe a regiment -- of atheists and their pseudo-Christian allies entered the fray arguing that Jesus would have supported greater inclusion of religious minorities, that the modern Christmas celebration was coopted from traditional pagan rituals celebrations, even that the War on Christmas doesn't exist.

"If your faith is so weak that you need to have it reaffirmed by a retail company, you should probably spent more time working on THAT than pretending that there's a 'war' on your faith," one woman said.

RadioShack hasn't publicly responded to the AFA or their opponents, but they have not yet relented on their preference for "holiday" sales and products. Then again, the season is just getting under way. The AFA has plenty of time to bring RadioShack to its knees.

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chicmagnetbailey
chicmagnetbailey

Radio Shack is closing 1,000 stores, seems you lost the argument.

chicmagnetbailey
chicmagnetbailey

Radio Shack is closing 1,000 stores, seems you lost the argument.

chicmagnetbailey
chicmagnetbailey

Radio Shack just announced its closing 1,000 stores, seems you helped to close them. The Customer is right, and this time they were Christians.

ginger4v
ginger4v

No matter what vernacular is used, it really doesn't matter. One day we all have to answer to God for our actions. I say keep fighting against the truth. It will only turn around and bite you in the ass!

khott
khott

Radio Shack wants to cut out an American tradition of celebrating Christmas. They would be  better off doing their business in another country where they can be un-American. There must be someone at Radio Shack that does not like the word Christ in Christmas. Radio Shack is only hurting themselves.

bfe2412
bfe2412

Oh, PLEASE!

The AFA needs to get the bug out of their arse and understand that THEY are NOT the only religion around in this country that celebrates this time of the year.

Of all the self-righteous, sanctimonious hypocritical things out there.

mcrobertmeek
mcrobertmeek

Why is Radio Shack being singled out here?  I'd bet that the overwhelming majority of retailers nowadays are doing the same thing when it comes to 'Holiday' vs 'Christmas'.  

In fact Walmart's website has several mentions of 'Holiday' on the home page; not one mention of 'Christmas'.  So why is the AFA picking on RS, exactly?


TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

I like how that last lady gets sooooo worked up about what to call the holiday tree.

I wonder what Jesus would call it?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The American Family Association is a hate group.  Example:

“Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews.”
— BRYAN FISCHER,  AFA director of issue analysis, AFA blog post, May 27, 2010

jenny.baccus71
jenny.baccus71

They are playing Christmas music in the stores, what more do these people want?!?!?!?! They have been playing music in the stores for over two weeks now. I love this article and what RS is saying here. Our nation needs to remember a lot of techies out there are Hindu, Buddist or many other religions. To single out Christians for "their" holiday is racist. We can all, regardless of affiliation, should enjoy the spirit of the "holiday" w/ love and warmth. Please have your faith re-examined. 

DeLaNate
DeLaNate

If she felt Jesus truly is the reason for the season then why purchase gifts? You don't get to claim that the only reason for the holiday season is the birth of Jesus and then turn around and say, "but hey, let's not forget about the gifts."

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

I am glad that RadioShack does not use Christmas in its advertising.  Christmas is about a religious event for a majority (IMHO) of Americans.  Christmas is not about an economic free for all orgy.


To wit:

"I like your Christ very much, it is your Christians that I do not like.  They are so unlike their Christ." -- M. Ghandi

"I like Jesus very much, but he no help with curve ball." -- P. Serrano

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

If there is a 'war' on the message of Christ, it is a civil war, coming from within the ranks of the church itself.  If the message of Christ were to be heeded, there would only be one denomination, prosperity doctrine wouldn't exist, One wouldn't be blinded by the flashing LED message boards of the mega churches while driving down a highway (illegal, by the way, if any other business used boards that bright or that big), WBC would be running a food service catering to the LGBT community (after all, Jesus dined with prostitutes and was hanged on the cross in the company of thieves).  Instead the Church has taken to patting itself on the back, preaching to the choir (or molesting same), amassing vast fortunes on the backs of the faithful and generally ignoring or forgetting every pertinent lesson or writing attributed to Jesus or the Apostles.

Why isn't AFA focusing its energy and resources on feeding the hungry, clothing the poor and spreading the Word?

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

The solstice is the reason for the season, Jesus wasn't even born in winter

JackJett
JackJett

It was the Three Wise men that used Walkie Talkies purchased from Radio Shack so they could coordinate their gifts of Frankincense and Myrrh so they wouldn't double up on the gifts.  And if I remember correctly from Corinthians Chapter 5, Verse 7, Jesus got his first headsets at Radio Shack using a Xmas Gift Card he got on his 425th Birthday. 

xdarkridex
xdarkridex

I don't have a horse in the race (my faith doesn't depend on stores using words in their marketing) but I do admit I'm baffled at RadioShack's stubborn refusal.  Who are they hoping to please?  

lecterman
lecterman

It's odd how 'conservatives' push hard for free enterprise and letting businesses run the way they want to run....until a business doesn't do something the way THEY want it.  Then they boycott.

Keith
Keith

I am shocked, shocked I tell you, to hear the RadioShack is still in business. 

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

"We oppose the efforts of the hm to force its agenda on our sentiments in schools, government, business and workplaces through law, public policy and media. Our strong opposition is a reaction to the hm's aggressive strategies." AFA

Do onto others what you wouldn't want done to yourself. Good christian family values AFA.

dmtrousd
dmtrousd

I just got on RadioShack.com and searched "Christmas." I saw four entries, one of which was a product called the "Quilted Christmas Cartridge," so take THAT, AFA !

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

Even as a Christian, I have never really had a problem with retail not embracing the term Christmas.  First of all, it is not really material to the celebration.  Also, since it starts before Thanksgiving and last till after New Years, I always thought it was a efficient way to wrap them all up. 

I say "Merry Christmas" however do not get bent out of shape when people say "Happy Holidays".  People like the AFA really need to think whether their actions bring people to God or push them away.

uppercasematt
uppercasematt

I don't care about the "war on Christmas," but I do wonder if a boycott of RS makes any measurable difference in their sales.  How do they know they've been boycotted?

lebowski300
lebowski300

Sounds more like a war on Radio Shack than Christmas. However it is difficult to argue against the roots of Christmas with all the Christians kneeling before their evergreen trees and dressing in red velvet suits.

AmbelleinaWarwillow
AmbelleinaWarwillow

Dear 8 pound, 6 ounce newborn infant Jesus, don’t even know a word yet, just a little infant and so cuddly, but still omnipotent. We just thank you for all the races I've won and the 21.2 million dollars--WOO! LOVE THAT MONEY!--that I have accrued over this past season...

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Some retailers avoid the word Christmas for the very reason some people gripe about it.

jmckee3
jmckee3

What do overpriced batteries and crass consumerism have to do with the baby Jebus? It always strikes me as odd that they get upset that their religion is not being exploited for a tradition that it is hard to imagine Jesus approving of. I mean we are talking about overpriced memory cards here, not discounted coats for the poor.

XMASmuthaFuckka
XMASmuthaFuckka

Jesus would have wanted poor people to miss the Holidays by working shitty retail jobs.  Jesus was a cashier at Big Lots during his Junior year of HS - little known fact.

Lorlee
Lorlee

I am always amazed at this argument.  What group of true Christians needs to be buying crap of any kind to celebrate the "true" meaning of Christmas.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@mcrobertmeek 

When they have no one else to attack, Evangelicals attack each other.

Radio Shack USED to be very pro-evangelical.  But they almost went bankrupt and had to restructure.  One of the strategies was to expand the "Christmas" catalog to include all of the major holidays.

As is their habit, the Republicans took this as a chance to hold themselves out as some kind of VICTIM - and issued press releases saying so.

Since then, it's become something of a Christmas tradition among Republicans to complain that there's a war against Xmas, and to cite Radio Shack as one of the warriors.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Or, this little gem:

“Many of the tribal reservations today remain mired in poverty and alcoholism because many native Americans continue to cling to the darkness of indigenous superstition instead of coming into the light of Christianity and assimilating into Christian culture.”
— BRYAN FISCHER, blog post, Feb. 8, 2011

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@scottindallas 

The winter solstice is overrated.

Too short.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@xdarkridex

They're hoping to please their customers -and it's working.

They tried it the other way- where it was just a Christmas store - but they almost went bankrupt.   Now, by not limiting their customers to just Xians, they have been able to remain in business.

And considering how forcefully Evangelical Republicans have fought for their right to be deadbeats, it's understandable that folks wouldn't want to cater to them as customers.


Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@xdarkridex Just guessing, but I would think that it may have to do with not liking being told what to do or seeing this is great free marking.  I often forget that Radio Shack still exists - and it didn't cost them a dime for me to hear their name again.  Many people might actually go because the AFA told them not to.

ruddski
ruddski

The conservative views you're trying to cite have to do with *government* restraints, not market forces. A boycott is a market force.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@Rumpunch1 Out of genuine curiosity, what church do you attend? Do you identify with a particular denomination? Your attitude is what should be, I think.

ruddski
ruddski

The most economic activity happening at a Radio Shack is the shoplifting.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@holmantx With luck, we'll have news this season of opposing protesters in front of a Radio Shack, with children and signs and great fluster on both sides. Gratuitous references to Obama! B-list celebrities such as Alex Jones and Kirk Cameron! Maybe a protester gets car-bumped by an irate shopper! That's family entertainment!

dingo
dingo

@XMASmuthaFuckka  

Lets all make those shitty retail jobs less shitty so people buy their crap off Amazon instead for the better deals.

bfe2412
bfe2412

@bvckvs @mcrobertmeek 


1.  RSH never went bankrupt.  CLOSE, but not there. 

2.  No war against Christmas.  The AFA tends to forget that there are other religions that celebrate their holidays around the same time.  AFA needs to get their head out of their arse and stop being self-righteous and sanctimonious, as well as hypocritical.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@wcvemail @Rumpunch1 I currently attend Wilshire Baptist Church, however generally identify myself as Presbyterian.  Wilshire is generally classified as a "progressive" Baptist church.  The generalization mostly comes from ultra-conservative churches.

In defense of Baptists - they were the early adopters of the concept of separation of church and state. 

I am not sure what actual denomination that the AFA identifies itself with.  From their website, it appears that it was founded by a UMC minister.

ruddski
ruddski

If they can work Kwannzafest into the mix, maybe George Zimmerman would dress up as Santa and shoot someone. Hopefully Alex Jones.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@Rumpunch1 @wcvemail You're proof that it's not the label, it's the believer. I obviously don't know you, and I don't share all your faith, but I respect you.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@ruddski It's a pleasure to be topped so toppingly.

(It's a rare thread that won't take that one the wrong way, let's see.)

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