Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Mc Donald’s says a Dirty Phrase


This is getting absurd. This picture is an advertisement that has apparently offended a woman who happened to read it. As opposed to averting her gaze, she was forced to read the phrase “Jesus is the reason for the season.” How could Mc Donald’s have the nerve to state something like this; especially nearing the birth date of Christ?

"It offends me because it specifically talks about Jesus, Merry Christmas. It doesn't give credit to anyone else," Alpert said.

I took that quote from WRAL.com who covered this atrocity and I needed to repeat the quote.

"It doesn't give credit to anyone else..."

Kermit the frog really wants some f&#$ing recognition! I’d like to ask Alpert who else actually deserves credit. Is she really serious? Amanda Alpert, a Jew, expresses how much it hurts to read a sign like this.

"I care because I'm Jewish, and the reason for the season is upsetting to me," Alpert said.

Ummm. Again Ms. Alpert bears repeating.

"the reason for the season is upsetting to me."

I don't like to see people upset, do you? Maybe we should stop expressing our faith. Maybe we should eliminate the 1st amendment for the sake of not upsetting anyone.

Alpert then called Mc Donald’s corporate headquarters only to be more upset. Mc Donald’s explained to her that because the owner owned that sign, that the owner has the right to display what they choose. Appalling!!!

13 comments:

Dan Trabue said...

I, for one, am fine with owners doing as they please, as long as they realize that they may be turning away some business who doesn't want to be left out.

I wouldn't say Merry Christmas to my friends who I know to be Jewish, why would a store owner deliberately say Merry Christmas to a population that they do not know and some of whom don't celebrate Christmas?

But, no big D to me on the business front. Freedom of speech, and all. Just know that you may be turning away some customers.

As a Christian, I've decided not to go to those places that are deliberately saying Merry Christmas in response to this so-called "war on christmas" because I find their politicizing Jesus' birthday offensive. Freedom of speech, but consequences for that speech.

Neo-Con Tastic said...

Yes, they are jeopardizing business but in the same respect, they may also be generating business. In the article it pointed out that new customers were coming in that wouldn't normally, knowing that the owner is jeopardizing her sales.

I don't know if you can call this "war on Christmas" actually political. In this situation, there is not really right and left, more like Christian vs. the rest. I'm an advocate of free speech and even if I was atheist, I still wouldn't mind the expressions. It doesn't hurt much less create any tensions.

The US is full of hundreds of religions, millions of people, and it's weird that this is just beginning now. Twenty years ago, this argument would be laughed at.

Dan Trabue said...

It's being laughed at by a lot of people right now.

And you may be right. Some businesses may generate more business by appealing to the sort who find NOT saying Merry Christmas offensive.

Just saying it won't be me.

Daniel Levesque said...

2 things:

1- If she doesn't like thereason for the season she refuse to clebrate it. Nobody is making her do it.

2- I don't usually patronize McDonalds, however, after seeing this I think I shall become a regular customer.

It's good to see that some people and businesses aren't so caught up inpleasing 3% of the nation that they are willing to alienate the rest of us.

Disgruntled Car Salesman said...

JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!

I had to yell that just now after reading this post. I hope I offended someone.

Gayle said...

Amen disgruntled: JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!

Funny, I don't get offended at seeing Menoras in someone's window. This is simply nuts!

Dan Trabue said...

Let's say you have a Jewish friend, or a Muslim friend. Would you/do you approach them this time of the year and say "Merry Christmas!"?

I don't. I wouldn't. Why? Because they're not Christians and don't celebrate Christmas. Why would I wish them a Merry something that they don't celebrate? What I would say to them is Happy Hannakah (sp?)! Blessed Ramadan.

As a Christian, why would you want to wish something to someone who doesn't believe it? Or would you?

Just seems odd to me. As for me, I'd be glad to NOT shop at McDonalds. I support their right to say what they will and this will be their consequences, that some will choose to patronize them and some won't.

Gayle said...

My Jewish friends wish me a Merry Christmas, Dan. And I say "thank you!" My Jewish friends don't have anything against Christians celebrating Christ. Why do you?

Disgruntled Car Salesman said...

He is angry because good ole St. Nick left a lump of coal in his stocking.

Mary Ann said...

What's the problem with McDonalds doing that? They're not the Government and it's not public property, so I don't give a rip what they say on their signs. And JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!!! Christmas is celebrating Jesus' birth, so why can't we make any reference to Christ?

Dan Trabue said...

I asked, "What do you say to your Jewish friends?" Not the reverse. Do you wish your Jewish friends Merry Christmas? That's all I'm wanting to know.

And, as I have said all along, I am fine with businesses putting any sign they want up front. I believe in free speech.

I'm just saying that, as a Christian, I'm fine with saying Happy Holidays, especially when I'm talking to folk whom I don't know. And further, I think christians are making a mockery of themselves by making a big deal of this. It's a greeting, not an attempt to imprison or slay Christians.

To act like saying Happy Holidays is an attack is just to hold up our Lord to ridicule and frankly, I'm tired of Christians making a mockery of Jesus.

But I guess go with your strengths.

ThirDEE said...

If I owned a business, I'd be fine with turning away business from those offended by "Jesus is the reason for the season." If that drives business elsewhere, so be it. Good for the owner. That's the great thing about owning your business, you own it, not the pc individual down the street.

Neo-Con Tastic said...

I support businesses for whatever they choose. I'm glad and proud of the owner of this Mc Donald's. I would definitely go out of my way to eat there and give recognition to the sign, nothing wrong with christians sticking together.

As far as these remarks about us christians taking this too seriously, that is wrong. We just don't want to be persecuted for saying anything "holy" and we want recognition on the day our Lord was born. Is that too much to ask Dan?