The American Family Association is the latest conservative organization to publish its 2016 “Naughty or Nice” list of retailers for this Christmas season, singling out which stores recognize and celebrate the holiday, and which ones largely avoid it.
Ed Vitagliano, AFA executive vice president, said the purpose of the list, which is regularly updated, is to let shoppers know which companies are “Christmas-friendly.”
“There are secular forces in our country that hate Christmas because the word itself is a reminder of Jesus Christ. They want to eradicate anything that reminds Americans of Christianity,” said Vitagliano in a statement.
“That is why it is important to remind governments and companies to keep the word Christmas alive. AFA wants to keep Christ in Christmas and Christmas in America.”
The “Naughty or Nice” list ranks retailers in four different categories — from the highest rated “5-star” companies that promote and celebrate Christmas on an “exceptional” basis, to those that hardy use the word and as a whole do not recognize the holiday, along with categories for “marginal” retailers.
As of Thursday morning there were seven companies that made the top-ranked 5-star list, namely: Cracker Barrel, Hobby Lobby, Kirkland’s, Lowe’s, Michael’s Stores, Wal-Mart, and AFA’s own online store.
Plenty of other retailers also made the “Nice” list, but 18 were listed in the “Naughty” category.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post