I received an email today from the AFA President, Tim Wildmon. It appears that for all action AFA members took on behalf of advertising against the GAP’s Christmas policies, the GAP has relented and will acknowledge the National Holiday of Christmas as it should. Copy as follows:
“Your actions make a difference! Gap says “pro-Christmas” ad to air this weekend
November 24, 2009
According to Bill Chandler, vice-president of Gap corporate communications, Gap’s Old Navy division will launch a new television commercial this weekend which “has a very strong Christmas theme.”
Chandler responded to AFA last Friday, after a poll showed 90% of AFA supporters wanted to continue the boycott as a result of Gap’s initial “holiday” ad that mingled Christmas with the pagan “Winter Solstice” holiday.
Gap says the new ad will include the popular Supermodelquins proudly cheering “Merry Christmas”, and features Christmas trees, lights and ornaments as well.
In good faith, AFA is suspending the Gap boycott until it has an opportunity to view the new commercial this weekend.
As a result of your dedicated actions, we believe Gap is beginning to realize that Christmas is not just another “holiday” and will begin to advertise in a way that is respectful to Christians and Christmas shoppers.
Here is the last call to stand with us and proclaim to our communities that Christmas is not just a winter holiday focused on materialism, but a “holy day” when we celebrate the birth of our Savior. We can do it in a gentle and effective way by wearing the “God’s Gift – Merry Christmas” button. Don’t wait! Place your order by December 1 to receive it before Christmas.
Thank you for your vigilance. My prayer is that you and your family will have a meaningful Thanksgiving Day celebration.
God’s Gift – Merry Christmas
(click to order) Say “Merry Christmas” to you friends, your church, your school or your whole community by giving away these beautiful Christmas buttons or displaying a Christmas sticker on your vehicle. They are a great reminder that Jesus was God’s gift to the world and that He is the one we celebrate at Christmas.
Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association”
Now as I see it, if one organization can adversely affect a trio of store chains with a campaign within a week or so, I know the individual effects of various organizations are influential upon the current administration.
Arkansas had its own Statewide Tea Party Conference Call. We know other states have had theirs. We also know there are many organizations out there that need to combine efforts: the 912ers, Conservatives, Libertarians, Oathkeepers, Christians, Reaganites, etc. We need to get together now and stop the idiocy of Washington on the Terrorists Trials in New York City, the Health Care Bill, the pussy footing around with the Terrorist of Foot Hood, and the overall hoodwinking of these United States of America. Who will make the merge, so that we can surge forward and be heard?