Ah, the American Family Association, that last bastion of good Christian values. They’re the U.S.-based (headquartered in Mississippi) nonprofit that opposes porn, abortion and—naturally—homosexuality. As an organization, they’re known for their boycotts and lobbying of the GOP, but for the purposes of your annual holiday shopping, just know that they’re classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Basically, they hate us LGBTQs.
Which is all the more reason we should push forward our “gay agenda” by pissing on their big holiday plans, right?
Here’s what the AFA had to say in a new press release:
As the 2016 Christmas shopping season begins full swing, AFA has prepared its annual Naughty or Nice retailer list. We have taken the top national retailers and reviewed their websites, media advertising and in-store signage in an effort to help you know which companies are Christmas-friendly.
There are secular forces in our country that hate Christmas because the word itself is a reminder of Jesus Christ. They want to eradicate anything that reminds Americans of Christianity. That is why it is important to remind governments and companies to keep the word Christmas alive. AFA wants to keep Christ in Christmas and Christmas in America.
AFA reviewed up to nine areas to determine if a company is “Christmas-friendly.” Print media (newspaper inserts), broadcast media (radio/television), website and/or personal visits to the store helped determine a retailer’s rating. If a company’s ad has references to items associated with Christmas (trees, wreaths, lights, etc.), it was considered as an attempt to reach “Christmas” shoppers.
Included with the release is a handy guide to national retailers: those who are Christmas-friendly/”nice” and those who hate the baby Jesus’s birthday/”naughty” along with “marginal” companies that exist somewhere in the middle.
Since there are likely several AFA followers who will be boycotting the org’s “naughty” list, maybe the LGBTQ community should throw these businesses some love. After all, many of these companies have engaged in LGBT-inclusive ad campaigns and in-store signage.
This holiday season, spend your money in a “naughty” way, shopping at Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, The Gap, Nordstrom and Victoria’s Secret! Whatever it is they’ve done to grace the AFA’s naughty list, we salute them!
Interestingly, one business that is nowhere to be found on the “naughty/nice” spectrum is Target, a company the American Family Association finds to be absolutely horrid due to its inclusiveness of gays, lesbians and the trans community via its dressing room policies and its having dropped the use of genders in the kids department. The AFA does state on its website, “Target’s continued refusal to protect women and girls in bathrooms/fitting rooms in their stores means the retailer doesn’t deserve your Christmas business.” We say, shop away!
A complete look at the AFA’s nice/marginal/naughty list is below. It should be noted that what the AFA calls “nice businesses” aren’t necessarily undeserving of your money, though some are most definitely not fans of ‘the gay.’ (For the love of god, stay away from Hobby Lobby and Cracker Barrel!)