The American Family Association Hates Christmas: See the Proof!
The American Family Association,
a media company that uses Christian branding to sell its products a fundamentalist Christian organization, has declared a boycott against PetSmart this holiday season. Why?
“AFA is calling for a limited one-month boycott of PetSmart over the company’s censorship of the word “Christmas.” For years, PetSmart has refused to use the word Christmas on its website…
On the basis of PetSmart supposedly not using the word Christmas on its website, the AFA has deemed PetSmart officially “Christmas-unfriendly.”
Yesterday, I checked the factual basis for the American Family Association’s claim. It turns out that a search of Google for the word “Christmas” on PetSmart’s website leads to 4,220 results.
I went to sleep confused. How can the AFA say that “PetSmart has refused to use the word Christmas on its website”? How could PetSmart be said to be “censoring” Christmas, to be “unfriendly” to Christmas, when the word “Christmas” appears on the AFA website thousands of times? This question troubled me all day, because surely, I thought, the American Family Association must be staffed with sincere, well-meaning, truthful people. They’re American, after all. They’re Family. The kind of people that Jesus would have shared His myrrh with.
But as I scoured the frying pan after dinner tonight, I thought, “What if my assumptions aren’t valid? What if the AFA is not what it seems? What if PetSmart is NOT the enemy of Christmas? What if the AFA is unfriendly? What if the AFA is the actual enemy of Christmas?”
There’s only one way to be sure. Let’s do a search of Google for the word “Christmas” on the AFA’s website. What do we find?
My stars and garters! The word “Christmas” appears only 688 times on the American Family Association website — less than 1/6 as often as it shows up on the PetSmart website. If PetSmart censors Christmas, then the American Family Association must be sextuply-censorious against Christmas. By the AFA’s own standards, if PetSmart is “Christian-Unfriendly,” then the American Family Association must hate Christmas with a vengeance. If PetSmart has declared a “War on Christmas” (another favorite phrase of the AFA), then the American Family Association must have declared a anarcho-terrorist-commie-nuclear Jihad against Christmas!
Why does the American Family Association hate Christmas so much? How will we tell the children?