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Jeebus is the reason for a Happy Meal in Raleigh

Over in the Tar Heel State’s capital city, the above McDonalds sign is causing quite a stir. Jeebus is Ronald McDonald’s co-pilot in this store, and a Raleigh woman has protested, calling the company’s HQ.

The owner of this store, incidentally, says the sign has been good for business — the church buses have been streaming in. (WRAL):

The sign at McDonald’s on the corner of Falls of Neuse and Spring Forest Road reads: “Merry Christmas, Jesus is the Reason for the Season.” It is a holiday message that Amanda Alpert thinks comes on a little too strongly.

“It offends me because it specifically talks about Jesus, Merry Christmas. It doesn’t give credit to anyone else,” Alpert said.

Alpert called the McDonald’s corporate office in Atlanta and requested that the sign be changed to the politically correct Happy Holidays. The response was the owner has the right to do what she wants with the sign.

“I care because I’m Jewish, and the reason for the season is upsetting to me,” Alpert said.

While I understand why this woman would be upset, it’s the storeowner’s choice to put a message out there that they feel will connect with the local community and be good for business. If it was bad for business, the sign would be down in short order. Is there a lack of sensitivity to non-Christians, atheists, etc? Yeah, but the owner probably wanted to make a “put the Christ back in Christmas” statement anyway to thumb his/her nose at the whole Christmas Controversy.

Folks are better off staying away from the artery-clogging joint anyway.

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By the way, Kate and I saw the most ridiculous McD commercial last night. It was an excruciating 60 seconds of watching Ronald McDonald stage diving at a rock concert, dancing and cavorting with teenagers, running, playing basketball and being A-C-T-I-V-E, which heinous faux-rock music and frenetic camera work designed to inspire you to “feel the energy.”

Clearly this is a move by the fast food company to counter the well-deserved reputation as a purveyor of unhealthy foods. The amusing thing about the propaganda commercial is that:
* it shows no one eating any McD food
* all the kids in the commercial are thin
* Ronald looks like he’s not been eating his own cooking – he’s dropped a few pounds.

The corporate fast food behemoth already has Bob Greene (Oprah’s personal trainer) and health guru Dr. Dean Ornish on the payroll to dispense healthy habit tips on the company’s web site, so I guess the commercial just adds to the desperate spin patrol over at HQ.

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