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Please Boycott The Philly “Holiday Village”

By Wyatt Earp | December 1, 2010

Wow, I’m just all about boycotts recently, aren’t I?

Today is December 1, and since I have the day off, the missus and I are going to do some Christmas shopping. We’ll stop at a few places and spend a lot of money. But I’ll tell you one place we won’t spend a dime: Philly’s “Holiday Village.”

See, it used to be the “Christmas Village,” but a few people were offended by the word “Christmas,” so the city removed the word to placate a handful of people. To Hell with the rest of us:

[T]he letters spelling “Christmas” were removed yesterday afternoon from the archways on the north and west sides of the plaza, at the request of Managing Director Richard Negrin. They will be replaced with the word “Holiday.” Spokesman Mark McDonald said Negrin asked for the change after the city received complaints from workers and residents.

“As a city of diversity, one shouldn’t be surprised that there’s a difference of views when it comes to symbols and words,” [he] said.

And what if Christians said they were offended by a Ramadan display? Would there be a change? I think we all know the answer to that.

Thomas Bauer, of the German American Marketing Inc., which runs the Village, said he was happy to change the sign. He said the brochures and the posters would keep the Christmas Village title.

“People have to go to public buildings. They shouldn’t feel offended,” Bauer said, stressing that the name was not intended to upset anyone. (H/TMrs. Crankipants)

Really, Mr. Bauer? The word “Christmas” is offensive? What exactly offends people about that? You know what does offend people? Swearing. So feel free to be offended when I tell you to go fuck yourself! Are you offended now?

Here’s a question, Bauer: Did you wonder if changing the name upset anyone? Of course you didn’t. And do you know why? Because Christians don’t go on murderous rampages when they are offended. For the most part, we take it in stride. Maybe that makes us doormats; I don’t know.

What I do know is that it’s only December 1, and the War on Christmas is already in full swing.

Topics: Duct Tape Advisory, Philly | 18 Comments »

18 Responses to “Please Boycott The Philly “Holiday Village””

  1. Randal Graves Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Someone should send that Jewish kid’s dad over to Israel so he can be with “his own people”…fucking asshole. and some wonder why people hate the Jews.

    Not me though, I hate everybody.

  2. Dr. Evil Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I agree with Randall. It’s much better to hate everyone. And with my self deprecating ways, I even hate myself. In fact, I hate you all. Minus Evil Artist, Scar Butt, and Frito, and uncle Ray.

    Yep, hate you all. Would now be a good time to bring up my CHRISTMAS wish list?

    Oh, and you can count on me boycotting this trash, as I have no intention of ever going here.

  3. John D Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I’m offended by people who are easily offended. Can we please remove all of them from public buildings now?

  4. Jon Brooks Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I’ve been working on what my perfect CHRISTmas yard decoration would be. A large lighted bomb turbaned
    mo-ham-mud along with Santa and his 12 reindeer (just the size of a Marine Corp fire team by the way, at least in ’70)
    flying over him dropping a JDAM. As it hit he would go HO HO HO of course followed by MMMEEERRRYYYY Christmas!!! Think of the Christmas ‘Crash’ Map in COD4
    for the exact Ho Ho HO. I would need to win the lottery to afford it though.

    As for the above article I too hate people who think diversity does not some how encompass Christianity also
    so I would have to do something JUST to piss them off. Maybe someone is already organizing some sort of protest ??

  5. PhillipC Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Because Christians don’t go on murderous rampages when they are offended.

    Except for those Crusades…

    Still think it’s stupid. I was raised in a fundamentalist religion that taught us not to celebrate Christmas because it had pagan roots. Even with all the indoctrination I received, I don’t demand other people stop celebrating it, or demand the signs be changed. If you believe in it, then be proud of it, dammit. You can’t live your life without ever offending SOMEBODY, so you may as well be unapologetic about your beliefs. Stand up for them and be proud.

  6. Randal Graves Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    uh-oh…looks like some Christians are in an uproar too:

  7. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Exactly how much money does the city make off of Christmas shoppers? Not only am I boycotting “Holiday Village”, I’m doing most of my shopping online.
    * flips the city the one finger salute *

    I hope Aunt Noreen is gonna make you bite the Irish Spring and put a quarter in the jar.

  8. Jon Brooks Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Ahh Phillip remember the crusades weren’t really to conquer Jerusalem, they were to RE-conquer Jerusalem.

    “On the contrary, we now know the costs of crusades were staggering. This has led many historians to the conclusion that the overridding motivation for crusaders to the East was not greed but pious idealism. Crusaders truly believed that in endavoring to expel muslim conquerors from formerly Christian lands, they were doing Gods will. Crusading was, for them, an act of charity and love through which they sought to do penance for their sins and thereby merit eternal life. These beliefs may not seem very modern, but neither were the people that held them.”

    I would give credit to the author above but do not have his name.

    Also it was Abu Bakr (the first Caliph) who after “Big Mo” died, formed armies to conquer the Byzantium Empire and the Persian empire and conquered the middle east taking it away from the Holy Roman empire in around 632 AD. So no, Christians just didn’t up and decide one day to go oppress and kill a bunch of mooselimbs for the hell of it, they used to own that land, loooooong before the mooselimbs even existed.

    End of history lesson. Meeeeerrrryyyy Christmas! Ho HO HO!!

  9. Wyatt Earp Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Randal – That would be akin to me complaining about a Hanukkah festival in my neighborhood. I’m all for it, and I wouldn’t be the least bit offended by it.

    Dr. Evil – And the Evil Artist gets a pass. Go figure. Heh.

    John D. – Agreed. Easily offended people are like animals.

    Jon – We put up lights and lighted snowmen, as well as out inflatable Jimmie Johnson stock car. We go nuts, but we also realize that we live in a Jewish neighborhood, and understand that the folks across the street don’t decorate much.

    PhillipC – Yeah, the Crusades were not our finest hour. That being said, it was also about 1,000 years ago. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t think my religion is better than anyone else’s. I believe we should get equal time and “protection,” if you will. Why is it that Christians – or more specifically, Catholics – who are always getting (for lack of a better term) persecuted?

    Randal – Good. I’m no Ned Flanders, but that was completely unnecessary. No one would ever dare do that to a statue of Mohammad, Buddah, or Vishnu.

    Mrs. Crankipants – Yeah, I went a little off there. Sorry about that, but stories like this angry up the blood.

    Jon – Barack Obama would like a word with you – in private.

  10. Dr. Evil Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Just out of curiosity (a cat just died) this is a GERMAN Christmas Village? What happened last time Jewish people complained towards Germans?

  11. twoeggsup Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    PC =Sucks.

    How is it, anyone could possibly take my wishing anyone a Merry Christmas is anything less than me wishing the best of luck, spirit or health to them.

    Well, if they do… they can kiss my Irish Catholic ass.

  12. Wyatt Earp Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Dr. Evil – Dogs and cats living together . . . mass hysteria!

    Twoeggsup – If someone wished me a Happy Hanukkah, I would say, Thank you.” I’m not Jewish, but I wouldn’t be offended.

  13. soxfan4life Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Keep it up Philly, Dearborn will be heading your way real soon. Them Muzzies will put a little bit of a twist into the City of Brotherly Love.

  14. Randal Graves Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    It’s back…Squidward buckled! A-hole.

  15. Wyatt Earp Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Sox – We have a Philly police officer – black female – who is suing to wear her full veil with her police uniform. Seriously.

    Randal – Then why do this in the first place? God, this city sucks balls.

  16. Kim Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I go off line for a couple of days and this is what you hit me with?

    No used underwear (I wonder if hillbilly briefcases would still be allowed)

    Walking Dead writers become the walking dead.

    Now this.

    What are you trying to do to me?

  17. Lergnom Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Nothing to add, everyone basically said what I would have, had I the wit. Oh, soxfan4life, I’ve seen it written Dearbornistan.

    Stay safe

  18. hutch1200 Says:
    December 2nd, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I have an old 5′ Santa in my Barn. Haven’t put it out in years. It has one hand that goes up and down, and a speaker in his mouth that says “Ho, Ho, Ho” every 2 minutes.
    I’m gonna throw a rug on his head..a suicide vest, and change the voice to say “allahu akbar”!
    Then blow the bastard up w/M-80′s on New Years eve!