News Roundup: War on Christmas?

A couple of big name retailers made an attempt at religiously-inclusive advertisements, only to be accused of partaking in the “War on Christmas.”

Gap is getting flack for it’s holiday ad in which young men and women sing, “Go Christmas! Go Hannukah! Go Kwanzaa! Go Solstice…You 86 the rules, you do what just feels right,” they cheer, before entreating us to “do whatever [we] wannukkah.” Cathleen Falsani (writer of the article), says the ad is part of the “War on Christmas” and that “while they all occur around the same time of the year, Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa and Winter Solstice hardly carry the same spiritual weight.” USA Today’s Faith & Reason weighs in.

Best Buy is drawing criticism for its latest Black Friday ad, which acknowledges the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha with the greeting, “Happy Eid al-Adha.” Shoppers are angry that the store did not acknowledge Christmas in the same ad. A spokeswoman for Best Buy said: “Best Buy’s customers and employees around the world represent a variety of faiths and denominations” and that the company is trying to be “inclusive” in the consumer markets they serve.

Props to them for making the effort, even if everyone was not pleased!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and we’ll see you next week!