November 24, 2010
Liberty Counsel Releases “Naughty and Nice” List of Retailers
Orlando, FL – Liberty Counsel is continuing its eighth annual “Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign,” pledging to be a “Friend” to those entities that recognize Christmas and a “Foe” to the Christmas censors. Liberty Counsel is also releasing an updated “Naughty and Nice” list, which catalogs retailers who either censor (“naughty”) or recognize (“nice”) Christmas. The list is compiled from information gathered by consumers and is updated whenever new information is received.
Liberty Counsel encourages shoppers to print out the list and use it to decide which stores to patronize during the Christmas shopping season. The list has been very influential in motivating retailers to acknowledge Christmas. So far this year, Best Buy has embraced Christmas and switched to the nice list, and Dick’s Sporting Goods has promised to change and include Christmas in their advertising. Liberty Counsel was the first organization to launch the “Naughty and Nice” list a number of years ago and since then other organizations have promoted similar programs. The results have been amazing. Major retailers like Wal-Mart moved from the “naughty” side of the list to the “nice” side. There was a time when Wal-Mart sold only “Holiday Trees,” not Christmas Trees and when Wal-Mart employees were forbidden from returning the greeting “Merry Christmas” to customers who initiated the greeting. But Wal-Mart, like many other retailers, has changed and now openly acknowledges Christmas.
Liberty Counsel encourages consumers to report the naughty and the nice by sending an email to Liberty@LC.org. Liberty Counsel also encourages shoppers to compliment the nice stores and tell the naughty ones that you will shop elsewhere.
Liberty Counsel also offers a Christmas Action Pack, which includes educational legal memoranda to inform government officials, teachers, parents, students, employees and others that it is legal to celebrate Christmas. Liberty Counsel has handled numerous situations restoring Christmas to schools, events and even a nursing home.
Mathew D. Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, remarked: “Consumers can have a big impact this year by choosing to shop at stores that acknowledge Christmas. Retailers that profit from Christmas while pretending it does not exist will find that consumers will shop elsewhere.”
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