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'Christmas' Saviors: We're Winning the War (Boycott of Dick's Sporting Goods)
Newser ^ | 11/19/10

Posted on 11/19/2010 12:29:22 PM PST by My Favorite Headache

Dick's Sporting Goods gets the unlucky honor of being this year's villain in the “War on Christmas” campaign. The American Family Association has singled it out for a boycott this holiday season because the chain is “against” the holiday, reports Advertising Age.

One of its offenses is having a "Holiday Shop” section on its website, with no mention of Christmas.

All in all, though, the defense of Christmas has been going splendidly for the AFA, says a spokesman; over five years, the percentage of retailers acknowledging Christmas has soared from 20% to 80%, he says. And while Dick's may be "the 'most anti-Christmas' of all," only eight retailers remain on the “Companies Against Christmas” list, including Barnes & Noble, CVS, and RadioShack.

The campaign is “not bullying," says the rep. "It's consumer advocacy."


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: christmas; holidays; holydays; waragainstholydays; waronchristmas; waronchristmas2010

1 posted on 11/19/2010 12:29:24 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache

oops just dropped 800 bucks there yesterday mainly on nonliberal toys.........

oh well


2 posted on 11/19/2010 12:32:33 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk
Traitor!!!!

;)

3 posted on 11/19/2010 12:34:28 PM PST by Celtic Cross (I AM the Impeccable Hat. (AKA The Pope's Hat))
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To: My Favorite Headache

Shop at Bass Pro Shop instead — they have a huge traditional Christmas gig every year.


4 posted on 11/19/2010 12:35:41 PM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Well, apparently they don’t sell real guns, so I don’t really care.


5 posted on 11/19/2010 12:36:32 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Blueflag

I did not know that CVS also hates my deeply held values - I will be buying my cotton balls elsewhere from here on out.


6 posted on 11/19/2010 12:37:18 PM PST by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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To: Blueflag

Thanks, I will check it out


7 posted on 11/19/2010 12:38:01 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: My Favorite Headache

The argrument seems a little weak.

What should you call your promotion that covers Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years?

Calling it Christmas seem disingenuous


8 posted on 11/19/2010 12:43:49 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top 5 worries of the American Farmer for decades.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Dick’s bought out Galyan’s about 6 years ago. Too bad, Galyan’s was a much, much better store especially wrt the shooting sports. I never was much of a fan of theirs, now even less so.


9 posted on 11/19/2010 12:45:08 PM PST by bereanway (I'd rather have 40 Marco Rubios than 60 Arlen Specters)
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To: My Favorite Headache
"And while Dick's may be "the 'most anti-Christmas' of all," only eight retailers remain on the “Companies Against Christmas” list, including Barnes & Noble, CVS, and RadioShack."

Wow, a lot of companies I happen to frequent...
10 posted on 11/19/2010 12:45:42 PM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: ozzymandus
Well, apparently they don’t sell real guns, so I don’t really care.

What do you mean by real guns? I bought a bolt-action .243 there last year.

This isn't good news. I have some sports stuff to buy, and our DSG is much larger than our Gander Mountain.

11 posted on 11/19/2010 12:46:45 PM PST by nina0113
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To: My Favorite Headache

Why is the American Family Associating waging a war against “Holy Days” (the origin of the term Holiday)?


12 posted on 11/19/2010 12:48:17 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Balding_Eagle

I volunteer in a reenactment group and started with December’s newsletter looking like this: “Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukauh, Happy Yule, and Happy New Year.” Finally, decided Happy Holidays might cover it.


13 posted on 11/19/2010 12:49:11 PM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: My Favorite Headache

I don’t know what the deal is here, but I should point out that there are genuine Christians who don’t celebrate Christmas because they don’t agree that it is Christian. There was a time in this nation, and in Protestant Europe when that was more the norm than exception. Not everyone who chooses to pass on Christmas is a member of the evil, devil, heathen faction, or a cultists, or a liberal airhead, and not everyone who chooses to celebrate Christmas is Christian, or even pretending to be one. ...But, since I wasn’t planning on buying anything from Dick’s Sporting Goods, my failure to boycott is meaningless. God bless all of you, and may you have a wonderful holiday season with the blessings of Christ in whatever you choose to celebrate or not celebrate.


14 posted on 11/19/2010 12:50:06 PM PST by pallis
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To: HungarianGypsy

Hehe, that’s how I see it too.

There are still (probably) a lot of businesses that are truly anti-Christmas, but the simple ‘Happy Holidays’ sale at Thanksgiving time doesn’t seem like a good way to measure it.


15 posted on 11/19/2010 12:54:37 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top 5 worries of the American Farmer for decades.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
What a DICK!
16 posted on 11/19/2010 12:58:37 PM PST by mowowie
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To: pallis
I don’t know what the deal is here, but I should point out that there are genuine Christians who don’t celebrate Christmas because they don’t agree that it is Christian. There was a time in this nation, and in Protestant Europe when that was more the norm than exception. Not everyone who chooses to pass on Christmas is a member of the evil, devil, heathen faction, or a cultists, or a liberal airhead, and not everyone who chooses to celebrate Christmas is Christian, or even pretending to be one. ...But, since I wasn’t planning on buying anything from Dick’s Sporting Goods, my failure to boycott is meaningless. God bless all of you, and may you have a wonderful holiday season with the blessings of Christ in whatever you choose to celebrate or not celebrate.

You are correct...I know many Christians who don't observe Christmas for the reason you cite. However...these retailers know darn well that without Christmas; there would be no holiday, and no yearly profit margins. A majority of the people in this country celebrate Christmas, and for retailers to stick it in their eye by referring to this time of year as 'Holiday' is just plain stupid. I don't observe Christmas, but I'll admit that the PC 'Holiday' crap is annoying...

17 posted on 11/19/2010 1:02:17 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

I just hope none of the people complaining about their holiday sale that starts before Thanksgiving also complain about how the Christmas shopping season keeps starting earlier and earlier.

I’ve always found this issue kind of silly. Maybe that’s because I live in the desert and nobody says “merry Christmas” when temps are above 75. It never feels like Christmas here, unless the weather stinks.


18 posted on 11/19/2010 1:03:05 PM PST by discostu (Keyser Soze lives)
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To: My Favorite Headache
They Love Our Milk And Honey,
But Preach About Some Other Way Of Living..."

If they are so against Christmas, they should show a little pride in their convictions and just shut the store down from Thanksgiving until New Year.

But I guess they DO beleive in those Christmas DOLLARS, huh? Hypocrites.
19 posted on 11/19/2010 1:04:21 PM PST by FrankR (Don't let the bastards wear you down!)
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To: Balding_Eagle
What should you call your promotion that covers Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years?

How about a year end sale?

20 posted on 11/19/2010 1:11:45 PM PST by Average Al (Obama: The Pulitzer Prize Schmuck.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
I have no use for Dick's anyway. Cabela's, Sportsman's Warehouse...now those are sporting goods stores. If they don't have something I need, there's always the Sports Authority website, or better yet, Play It Again Sports.

Merry Christmas to all, and Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish friends and cousins. To those who celebrate Kwanzaa, Solstice, Muslim Shave Your Goat/Wife Day or Wiccan Bark at the Moon Day, well, you're pathetic and who gives a crap about you?

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

21 posted on 11/19/2010 1:13:55 PM PST by wku man (Still holding my breath, but exhaling a bit after Nov. 2...)
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To: nina0113

Well, I didn’t see anything but Airsoft guns on their website.


22 posted on 11/19/2010 1:19:33 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: yldstrk

Ive been in Dick’s once since they bought up our local Gallyans. Their new store over on the NW side of Indy; The Firearms section was just pathetic. I used to love Gallyans, but it’s gone down hill since “Dick” took it over.


23 posted on 11/19/2010 1:20:18 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: My Favorite Headache

In a casual survey of our Mall on Staten Island of more than 200 stores my wife and I found only 3 stores that displayed the word Christmas on the windows facing the mall walkway:Sears,Hallmark and Build a Bear Workshop.


24 posted on 11/19/2010 1:29:14 PM PST by ardara
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To: My Favorite Headache
Oh, brother. What does shopping have to do with Christmas anyways?

Aren't there bigger fish to fry?

25 posted on 11/19/2010 1:31:30 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Regardless of what the holiday is called, the massive temples of the consumerism religion will be patronized by their followers 52 weeks out of the year.


26 posted on 11/19/2010 1:35:12 PM PST by Rebelbase (Palin/Christie 2012)
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To: Balding_Eagle
What should you call your promotion that covers Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years?

On homestarrunner.com, they call it "Decemberween".

Seems appropriate, since it starts well back in October.

27 posted on 11/19/2010 1:49:45 PM PST by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: ozzymandus

I think that’s the mail-order thing. They have lots of guns in the store. Sports Authority, now, they don’t even have bow’n’arrows anymore. I never shop there.


28 posted on 11/19/2010 2:10:26 PM PST by nina0113
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To: discostu

Christmas doesn’t begin until the night of Thanksgiving, when we start the season by singing carols around the piano while snacking on leftovers. Black Friday, the decorations start going up.


29 posted on 11/19/2010 2:12:50 PM PST by nina0113
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To: Blueflag

Hell, they’ve even got Santa early this year! Pisses me off we’re already in the Xmas (not Christmas) season and have completely passed over Thanksgiving - for the last two years.

Colonel, USAFR


30 posted on 11/19/2010 2:21:33 PM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: I Buried My Guns

SOROS has shares in CVS so I’ve seen posted some where on FR.

Office Max wishes you a Happy Holiday on their door.


31 posted on 11/19/2010 2:46:30 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: My Favorite Headache

as someone who has had business dealings with their Pittsburgh headquarters, I must say....they certainly live up to the name Dicks!!


32 posted on 11/19/2010 2:55:27 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Blueflag

Shop at Bass Pro Shop instead.”

I did my fair share there today. Shopped for all the guys on the list. They have some really great sales going on, everyone is very helpful and all say Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.


33 posted on 11/19/2010 3:02:24 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

The boycott of Dick’s SG is over-—the good guys won this one! Merry Christmas—not hollydaze.

http://action.afa.net/email/online.aspx?cid=1141&mid=20410344&tid=aai


34 posted on 11/19/2010 3:29:59 PM PST by eleni121 (http://www.serfes.org/orthodox/memoryof.htm Father Daniil Sysoyev lives!)
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To: Balding_Eagle

You are the one being disingenous.

You know exactly what the whole “holiday” vs Christmas thing is about.

Anyhow the matter is moot since Dick’s has seen the error of its ways.

http://action.afa.net/email/online.aspx?cid=1141&mid=20410344&tid=aai


35 posted on 11/19/2010 3:32:32 PM PST by eleni121 (http://www.serfes.org/orthodox/memoryof.htm Father Daniil Sysoyev lives!)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Add ACE Hardware to the boycott list. They are celebrating “Holiday” rather than Christmas.


36 posted on 11/19/2010 4:35:47 PM PST by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: eleni121

What should you call your promotion that covers Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years?

A number of posters have presented their ideas, what’s yours?


37 posted on 11/19/2010 4:56:30 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top 5 worries of the American Farmer for decades.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

The promo should be clearly stated:

Gifts for Thanksgiving - Happy Thanksgiving
Gifts for New Year - Happy New Year
Gifts for Holy Christmas? MERRY CHRISTMAS!

HAPPY HOLIDAY IS A COP OUT...IT INSULTS PEOPLE’S INTELLIGENCE IN SO MANY WAYS.

Seems simple enough.


38 posted on 11/19/2010 6:46:48 PM PST by eleni121 (http://www.serfes.org/orthodox/memoryof.htm Father Daniil Sysoyev lives!)
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To: eleni121

The problem is that the store needed to come up with something simply, what you presented is accurate, but not simple.

Realize that what you come up with has to complete against everyone elses slogan.

So, head back to the drawing board, and give it some thought, think ‘marketing’, and come up with a simple, catchy phrase.


39 posted on 11/19/2010 6:54:41 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top 5 worries of the American Farmer for decades.)
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To: yldstrk

My Christmas present to my wife is a Walther’s PK380 and a Concealed Carry Permit.


40 posted on 11/19/2010 7:05:46 PM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: wku man
Merry Christmas to all, and Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish friends and cousins. To those who celebrate Kwanzaa, Solstice, Muslim Shave Your Goat/Wife Day or Wiccan Bark at the Moon Day, well, you're pathetic and who gives a crap about you?

LOL. Gotta say that I pretty much agree with the sentiment.

41 posted on 11/19/2010 8:00:20 PM PST by zeugma (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam)
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To: Balding_Eagle

It can’t get any simpler. You should try again tomorrow.


42 posted on 11/19/2010 8:19:50 PM PST by eleni121 (http://www.serfes.org/orthodox/memoryof.htm Father Daniil Sysoyev lives!)
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To: AFreeBird

Same thing happened here in WNY...never saw so much overpriced crappy clothing and junky sporting goods.


43 posted on 11/19/2010 8:21:39 PM PST by eleni121 (http://www.serfes.org/orthodox/memoryof.htm Father Daniil Sysoyev lives!)
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To: eleni121

Just as I thought, you can’t come up with something simple.

Unlike you, the store can’t just duck and run away.

The store, however, has to come up with something, and they have to stick around until they do, their survival depends on it.


44 posted on 11/19/2010 8:50:09 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top 5 worries of the American Farmer for decades.)
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