November 17, 2004

Bah! Humbug! Redivivus

If this story in the Boston Globe is to be believed, Target (pronounced "tar-zhay") is not allowing Salvation Army bellringers in front of their stores this season.

Hugh Hewitt mentioned this on his talk show and it struck a chord, apparently, and is now a major foofaraw.

You don't have to be Christian to recognize that this country has a Christian tradition and nominally Christian majority, and Christmas has a religious meaning as well as a general moral connotation of "peace on earth, good will to men."

Bad enough we've been politically corrected into "the Holidays" and strange readings of the constitution that allows Santa Clauses but not crêches on government property.

Now a big public company that makes lots of money out of the material side of the holiday (perhaps overly material?), won't even allow a traditional, and pretty effective, charity solicit in front of its stores.

Weird, especially when there's usually an oddball solicitor or two outside of most Targets I've been to in Southern California. If you find this news item unsettling, email them here.

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