Since we’re less than one week away from the December 25th celebration of the Christian appropriation of winter solstice (the Bible is silent on Jesus’s real birth date), I thought I’d check back in on Focus on the Family’s Stand For Christmas website and see how merchants were faring under the weight of talibangical judgment.  As it turns out they’re doing quite well, but not in the way FOTF probably intended.

Much as I reported last month, there is still rampant disagreement among participants as to what rates as “Christmas-friendly” and which merchants should make the cut.  It seems that for the most part, FOTF rank and file found this to be a pointless exercise (or didn’t like the appearance of trying to strong-arm merchants), because almost nobody participated.  Most merchants received fewer than 50 ratings, and overall only a few thousand comments were submitted.  Undoubtedly some of those were from merchant employees themselves.  Only 6 people rated Lane Bryant.  Major FAIL, Focus.

Oh, but there was one winner in all this: Walmart.  If you watch Stuart Shepard’s video on the Stand For Christmas page, you’ll see a 2.5 minute commercial for Walmart dressed up as a heart-warming xtian charity story.  One wonders what changed hands to facilitate this shameless plug since Walmart only rated 64% “Christmas-friendly”.

Btw, Shepard is the FOTF flack who invited people to pray for rain during Obama’s acceptance of the Democratic nomination, held in an outdoor stadium.  The ensuing negative media attention prompted this faux apology.  Klassy.

Related: Even Talibangicals can’t agree which retailers are “Christmas-friendly”

Since we’re less than one week away from the December 25th celebration of the Christian appropriation of winter solstice (the Bible is silent on Jesus’s real birth date), I thought I’d check back in on Focus on the Family’s Stand For Christmas website and see how merchants were faring under the weight of talibangical judgment.  As it turns out they’re doing quite well, but not in the way FOTF probably intended.

Much as I reported last month, there is still rampant disagreement among participants as to what rates as “Christmas-friendly” and which merchants should make the cut.  It seems that for the most part, FOTF rank and file found this to be a pointless exercise (or didn’t like the appearance of trying to strong-arm merchants), because almost nobody participated.  Most merchants received fewer than 50 ratings, and overall only a few thousand comments were submitted.  Undoubtedly some of those were from merchant employees themselves.  Only 6 people rated Lane Bryant.  Major FAIL, Focus.

Oh, but there was one winner in all this: Walmart.  If you watch Stuart Shepard’s video on the Stand For Christmas page, you’ll see a 2.5 minute commercial for Walmart dressed up as a heart-warming xtian charity story.  One wonders what changed hands to facilitate this shameless plug since Walmart only rated 64% “Christmas-friendly”.

Btw, Shepard is the FOTF flack who invited people to pray for rain during Obama’s acceptance of the Democratic nomination, held in an outdoor stadium.  The ensuing negative media attention prompted this faux apology.  Klassy.

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