The War on Christmas crowd has found a new subject to target for this year’s holiday season when retailer Best Buy wished Muslims a happy Eid Al-Adha in one of their recent circular ads. They got into a huff, promising to take their money elsewhere.
Their protest is under the pretense that Best Buy stated in 2006 that they would not use the Christmas holiday in any of their marketing, prefering to use “Happy Holidays.” The argument is that they are now hypocrits for invoking the Muslim holiday in their advertising. I actually agree with this point. It is hypocritical, especially when Christianity is the bigger religion in this country. Best Buy shouldn’t be ignoring the majority of the customers all the while giving special focus to a minority. Greet all the major religions if you want, but don’t alienate most of the people who are likely to shop at your store.
However, several commenters at the forum have noted that a lot of the boycotters started boycotting only when BB used a Muslim holiday in their advertisements. Why is this? If conservatives already had such a problem with Best Buy using “Happy Holidays” for the past three years, why do they continue to shop there? Why only now threaten to take their money elsewhere?
Frankly, the flattening of every holiday during the last week of November/the month of December into one phrase is the bigger problem than recognizing any one single holiday. I take my issue with the real PC issue of not wishing Merry Christmas, rather than giving greeting to a holiday that was, you know, actually being celebrated last week.
I’m not saying these people are bigots. I just doubt there’d be as much of a fuss if the non-Christian greeting was “Happy Hanukkah.”