The American Family Association has compiled its annual “Naughty List” of companies that use “Christmas” sparingly in a single or unique product description, but as a company, does not recognize it. They also have a Nice list, of companies that use “Christmas” frequently and a Marginal List of companies that refer to Christmas infrequently, or in a single advertising medium, but not in others. Today we’ll look at their Naughty List.
AFA reviewed up to four areas to determine if a company was “Christmas-friendly” in their advertising: print media (newspaper inserts), broadcast media (radio/television), website and/or personal visits to the store. If a company’s ad has references to items associated with Christmas (trees, wreaths, lights, etc.), it was considered as an attempt to reach “Christmas” shoppers.
If a company has items associated with Christmas, but did not use the word “Christmas,” then the company is considered as censoring “Christmas.”
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The Duggar parents issued the challenge after their newlywed daughter Jessa and her husband Ben were criticized for their smooching snapshot.
“Recently, Ben & Jessa received some criticism for posting a kissing picture. We are so grateful they waited to share their first kiss until after marriage. We’ve been married 30 years and are still in love! We had fun trying to duplicate Ben and Jessa’s happily married kissing picture. We challenge all married couples to take a happily married picture and post it here,” the parents wrote on Nov. 10.
But Facebook user John Becker wrote that his photo of him and his homosexual partner kissing was pulled off the Duggar Facebook page, and he was blocked from posting on their page in the future.
“I posted this photo of Michael and me with the following comment: ‘Happily married for nearly nine years; working hard for #MarriageEquality for all loving couples. And we will win, because #LoveIsLove! #LibertyAndJusticeForAll.’” Becker posted on his own Facebook page. “It was getting lots of likes, but the Duggars must not have liked it very much — they pulled it down and blocked me from posting, liking, or commenting on the page altogether. How sad that they feel so threatened by other loving marriages!”
We are still waiting to see if John Becker will also attempt to force Muslims to eat pork.
Kevin Sorbo, star of the 1990s TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, as well as the 2011 movie Soul Surfer and this year’s highly successful God’s Not Dead, said there is a huge audience for Christian-themed movies and Hollywood would profit if it understood that audience, but he added that if you are a Christian and a conservative in Hollywood, “you will get attacked.”
In an interview with CNSNews.com about the new movie Let the Lion Roar, in which he plays the 16th century Protestant John Calvin, Sorbo talked about the appeal of Christian movies in the marketplace and how the media are hostile toward people of faith.
“I think being a conservative in Hollywood and being a Christian in Hollywood, you get attacked.”
“I don’t know why Christians get bashed,” he said. “Christians aren’t the ones beheading children and blowing up churches and buses with women and children on board.”
Kevin Sorbo’s latest film project, Let the Lion Roar, examines how the Bible was changed by some anti-Jewish writers throughout history and presents its message that the Jewish people and Israel are vital in God’s plan for man’s salvation.
Read the full article at CNSNews.com.
In a laughably pejorative article titled, “Why right-wing Christians are actively promoting genocide” Salon goes off the deep end trying to demonize Christians (Remember, who they refer to as “right wing Christians” are Christians. Who Liberals refer to as “mainstream Christians” are Liberal pretending to be Christians so they can—as they’ve done with so many other groups and institutions—invade, control and either destroy or convert to a mislabeled functionary of Liberalism.)
They base the wild assumption in the title by claiming that one Christian magazine, which focuses on a small segment of Christians, charismatic, as “a leading Christian magazine”. No offense to Charisma magazine, who has had as one of its former editors a good friend of this author, but it’s hardly a “leading Christian magazine”. The percent of self-identified Christians who are charismatic is anywhere from 10 to 25%, so even the group itself is not a representation of Christians as a whole.
Charisma removed the article almost immediately after posting it, which seems to mean nothing to Salon in regards to even Charisma’s agreement with the article. It can still be found at the author’s web site. It is interesting comparing the actual article, which calls for Christians to be prepared to defend themselves, to Salon and other Liberals’ “interpretation” of the article, which, as Salon claimed, they believe calls for Christians to murder all Muslims. Of course Salon ignores Charisma’s previous articles on Islam, which take a much different stance.
But the irony of it all is that Salon tries to make the lofty point that the author is lumping peaceful Muslims with violent Muslims, and over generalizing, yet Salon complains about this as they lump all Christians in with charismatics who they then define by one magazine that not all charismatics read, based on an oped that the magazine yanked almost immediately. Meanwhile opinion polls consistently show anywhere from 20 to 30% of Muslims support the actions of violent, extremist Muslims.
Wow, Salon, dhimmi a break.
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said he will not march in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City because he was repeatedly misled by parade committee officials that a pro-life group would be allowed to march, along with a pro-gay contingent, as part of an alleged rules change agreement.
Bill Donohue has defended the exclusion of a gay group marching with its own banner in the parade because the parade rules prohibited such action, rules that applied to pro-life groups as well. The point of the parade is to honor St. Patrick and the Irish-Catholic heritage.
Donohue explained that, this year, “when I was asked how I would react to a gay group being asked to join, I said I could support this decision only if a pro-life group were also invited. Indeed, I explicitly pressed for confirmation that there has been a formal change in the parade’s rules. I was told that there was and that a pro-life group would march in 2015.”
“The goal of some in the Irish community is to neuter the Catholic element in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” said Donohue. “They want it to be an ethnic celebration. But as I have said, we are not the Irish League: we are the Catholic League. Indeed, our full name is the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.”
He continued, “Under the direction of [Committee Vice Chairman John] Lahey, who has effectively taken over control of the parade, there is no room for a pro-life Catholic group in 2015, but there is room for a non-Irish, non-Catholic, gay group. But the worst is yet to come.”
“When Lahey was told that radical gay groups, led by Brendan Fay, would like to march in 2016, he ‘reacted enthusiastically,’” said Donohue. “Fay is a former official of DignityUSA, an outfit that works against the teachings of the Catholic Church. ‘I think Brendan Fay will find we’re very receptive,’ Lahey said.”
“For the record, DignityUSA is a group which had Paul Shanley as its chaplain, the most infamous child rapist priest in the history of the Catholic Church,” said Donohue. “More recently, it opposed the request made by the Catholic League that the Empire State Building light its towers in honor of Mother Teresa’s centenary. … This explains why the Catholic League is finished with the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade.”
Read the full article at CNSNews.com.
S. Truett Cathy, the billionaire founder of the privately held Chick-fil-A restaurant chain that famously closes on Sundays but also drew unwanted attention on gay marriage in recent years because of his family’s conservative views, died early Monday, a company spokesman said. He was 93.
Chick-fil-A spokesman Mark Baldwin told The Associated Press that Cathy died at home surrounded by members of his family. Funeral plans had not yet been finalized, he said.
Under the religiously conservative founder, the chain gained prominence for its Bible Belt observance of Sunday — none of its hundreds of restaurants are open on that day, to allow employees a day of rest. Its executives often said the chain made as much money in six days as its competitors do in seven.
The family-owned company has said it has had 46 consecutive years of positive sales growth. Cathy’s $6 billion fortune as the founder of Chick-fil-A puts him on the yearly Forbes magazine list of the wealthiest Americans in the country. The company has listed him on its website as its chairman emeritus after he left day-to-day operations to younger generations.
“I’ve experienced poverty and plenty and there’s a lesson to be learned when you’re brought up in poverty,” he said in 2007. “I had to create some good work habits and attitude.”
Read the full article at FoxNews.com.