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November 24, 2009

The War on Thanksgiving?

We all know how pissy some people get when anyone dares to suggest that there are any holidays in December other than Christmas... but apparently they get even more pissy if you dare to acknowledge that there are holidays in November too!

Apparently Best Buy acknowledged the existence of Muslim people in America by wishing everyone a Happy Eid al-Adha on one of their weekly insert ads. (The date of Eid al-Adha varies every year because the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, but this year it happens to fall right around the same time as Thanksgiving.)

We're not sure if this appeared on all of their weekly ads or just those in areas with high Muslim populations, but either way, we think it's great that they're being more inclusive. Unfortunately not everyone feels that way.

The racists and Islamophobes over at Free Republic have suggested that everyone boycott Best Buy, or at least leave a comment on the Best Buy Forums. (Thanks to Wonkette for the scoop.)

One of the recurring themes was the complaint that Best Buy refuses to acknowledge Christmas. This is untrue. It was true a few years ago and their focus is still on "Happy Holidays". But according to a response from a Community Supervisor from Best Buy Corporate:
Best Buy’s customers and employees around the world represent a variety of faiths and denominations. We respect that diversity and choose to greet our customers and employees in ways that reflect their traditions.

We do use the word “holiday” in some of our advertising because it is meant to be inclusive to everyone. However, just as we have in the past, we will also reference specific holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa in our weekly ads, store signage and other advertising vehicles.

We encourage our employees to interact with customers naturally and wish them a Merry Christmas or share whatever greeting is appropriate for the holiday they are celebrating.
Since we could never demonstrate the stupidity of the "protestors" any better than they have themselves, here is just a sampling of the ridiculous, ignorant and offensive complaints people have made...

From the Free Republic site:

I will wait and see what stores are celebrating Christmas as Christmas. Hanahka I can understand, anything else and I do not give my store that business. If they are all bowing down and kiss PC’s ass, I’ll just shop online.

Wow! I’m surrounded! There is a Best Buy across one corner of my neighborhood, and a MOSQUE around the other! YIKES!

whoa... Best Buy just lost me as a customer. what’s another $5,000 Christmas customer when you’re pushing a social agenda

After seeing this ad from Best Buy, I’ll be damned if I ever spend another penny there. This is the same store that would NEVER ever in a million trillion years use CHRISTMAS in their advertising.

I would rather stick a very private and important part of my anatomy in a meat grinder than to shop at Best Buy.

And from the Best Buy Forums:

BB has the muslims covered with the "happy eid" but what about the rest of us Americans?

Will you be celebrating all obscure ethnic/religious holidays or just this one? You insult all of the heros and innocent who died 911 by celebrating a holiday of the religion that said to destroy them! This PC crap is going waaaayyyy too far!!!

As a Christian, I am sick of being accused of being a racist, or bigot. We all know how this story ends--BB will decide to pull ALL references to religious holidays AFTER the have posted the ad in the current weekly.

I used to spend a lot of money at Best Buy and planned to do so again this Christmas, but I will no longer spend a nickel with them and will encourage others to do the same. They have some real talent in their marketing department.(sarcasm). Nice move angering the majority of your customer base.

Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving as an American national holiday....that's why we celebrate, remember?? There is no other reason for this holiday. Your idiotic recognition of some other religions day is insulting and demeaning to Americans in general. I spend money all the time at your stores. You can forget it from now on. I'll shop somewhere else. Oh, and a reminder....December 25th is a celebration of Christmas....not any other day. Thanks for your grossly ignorant insult to Americans.

We will never be at peace as long as the Muslims keep trying to wipe us out. Give us a break, and stop trying to find ways to k*ll us in our own country. In light of the Fort Hood shooter, Best Buy, bad move, we can shop elsewhere. Hope the Muslims are all you need!!

We did notice a few commenters who were grateful and supportive of the inclusion of Eid. We hate to end things on a downer, so here are a few of the better ones:
As a Muslim and one who stand for what is right. I agree with you in the sense that Best buy should be all inclusive and Holiday greetings should include all faith. As a Muslim, this is the first time my Holiday greeting is mentioned and it makes me feel happy and appreciative. I hope you guys don't ruin it for us Muslim. We are attacked by the media on a daily basis. Let's try to celebrate this great country and accept one another. Happy Thanksgiving.

Iagree Happy Holidays would be the best term to cover all holidays. They took a chance on this one and unfortunately are getting backlash from it. I'm a white American Muslim and proud to call myself that. Although I am a Muslim, I understand the controversies this has caused and it is unfortunate that there are so much hatred out there towards a Religion. Muslims are not just Arabic extremeists and that is something some Amerians will never understand. I would not be offended if I saw Merry Christmas or Happy Hanakah. I realized that my religion is not the
supreme religion and people have their choice of whom or how they worship. Hopefully though these ignorant people (those who do not know any different) will be forgiven by their god for judging other people. Happy Holidays to all.

Cheers and God Bless to Best Buy. This great country was founded on the fact that the people of this nation can freely choose to practice the religion of their choice without the fear of persecution. Best Buys choice to wish a happy holiday to one of the many religions that the American people can practice freely, shows their true American spirit.

I am a Christian and I respect the fact that there are other religions besides the one I follow and choose to embrace the diversity that this country has provided. To the people that refuse to shop at Best Buy for demonstrating their true American nature, maybe you should go live in a country that does not allow its citizens to practice religion freely. Maybe then you will learn just how disrespectful, unpatriotic, and narrow minded you are behaving.

We hope that this holiday season that you do support Best Buy, if only because they made the effort to acknowledge any Muslim holiday, something few companies are ever willing to do. Please also feel free to visit the Best Buy Forums and thank them for being inclusive. Don't let the haters scare them away from doing this again.

Happy Thanksgiving and yes, happy Eid al-Adha.

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Anonymous said...

I will never understand how people think we have freedom of religion and pride themselves on it, yet when someone's religion is different then their's, they will bash it down. It has to work both ways. In early America, it was the Roman Catholics getting bashed on with the Irish, but now, they seem to have forgotten about that with their bashing of every other religion (or so it seems the church is doing). I just think everyone should just mind their own buisness and accept there are good Muslims in the country. (And though the founding fathers put Freedom of Religion in the Constitution, they were still just a bunch of white guys and didn't all believe in it, they more just wanted their own religion protected, so what can you expect from the people today if our own founding fathers had some bias).

ravenkatt said...

The idea that all Muslims are evil terrorists and should not be allowed to practice their relligion always drives me nuts. I hear this coming from members of my own family who also love to go on about how they are persecuted as Christians when our country is "supposed to have freedom of religion." I've come to the conclusion that freedom of religion is a fundamental part of the US--meaning you're free to practice your religion as long as you're Christian. If you even think of practicing any other religion, you are then persecuting Christians. Argh!

Lyndsay said...

That's so sad. These people obviously don't think Muslims count as Americans? Have they ever actually talked to a Muslim person? Because all the ones I've talked to seem friendlier and more accepting than most other people.