Thursday, December 01, 2005

Target Doesn't Respond, Refuses To Include "Christmas"

Here is an update on the Christmas vs. Holiday tree topic. I also have an update on Walgreens policy that I should get posted momentarily.

AFA asks for boycott because of Targets anti-Christmas stance

Dear Travis,
In an effort to get Target to include "Christmas" in their in-store promotions and retail advertising for next year's (2006) season, we wrote Chairman Robert Ulrich. We told Chairman Ulrich that we knew it was too late to change his in-store promotions and retail advertising for this year. We asked him if Target would assure us that the company would make Christmas an integral part of their promotions and advertising next year. We told Chairman Ulrich that if Target would honor our request, we would encourage our supporters and others to shop at Target. But we also said that if he refused, or did not respond, we would ask our supporters to boycott Target. How did Chairman Ulrich respond to our request? He did not respond at all! Chairman Ulrich sent a clear messageTarget will continue to ban "Christmas." Would you join us in a boycott of Target, and forward this to friends and family asking them to do the same? Yes, there are other companies which refuse to use Christmas. But if Target gets the message and their sales go downevery other national retailer will also get the message! Then we can expect some big changes in their promotion and advertising next year. Target doesn't want to offend a small minority who oppose Christmas. But they don't mind offending Christians who celebrate the birth of Christ, the Reason for the season. It is very important that you sign our pledge to boycott Target. Nearly 600,000 have already done so. Our goal is 1,000,000. We need your help!

Click Here To sign the Boycott Pledge Now!

You might want to call Target at 612-304-6073 and then press 6. It will cost you about 15 cents to make the call. If busy, please continue to call until you get through. Be polite. Tell Target that you are disappointed that they continue to ban Christmas. You might also want to contact your local Target store manager.

ATTENTION! Expect Target To Try To Confuse You When you call Target, they will no doubt try to confuse you. You may be told their employees are free to greet people with a "Merry Christmas." You may be told that they support the Salvation Army. You may be told many things in order to confuse you. Therefore, ask this one simple basic question and don't allow them to confuse you. "Do you use the term 'Christmas' in your in-store promotions developed by Target (not products you have for sale) and do you include the term 'Christmas' in your retail advertising?" Target refuses to use "Christmas" in their in-store promotions or in their retail advertising. If you are told they do, you are being mislead. Thanks for caring enough to get involved.

Sincerely,
Don
Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and ChairmanAmerican Family Association

1 comment:

David Ketter said...

Hey Travis,

Here's irony: I work for Target. :P

I think the AFA went a LITTLE overboard in their note. It is true that they have done nothing to stop us from saying "Merry Christmas." It is also true that they support the Salvation Army, literally. Target makes consistent donations to many charity organizations, SA included. It's just a matter of not having the bell-ringer collecting change outside the door. hope that helps...