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American Family Association Says: Boycott Dick's Sporting Goods This Christmas

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The American Family Association is calling for a boycott of Dick's Sporting Goods this Christmas because Dick's isn't being Christmas-y enough.

Visitors to the AFA website are treated to this cheery little note:

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Dick's Sporting Goods snubs Christmas

November 19, 2010

If you go into a Dick's Sporting Goods store, don't look for "Christmas." It won't be there.

You won't find it in their newspaper inserts or on their website either. As for their television commercials...forget it. Ironically, Dick's website makes a big deal out of its "Holiday Shop." Complete with bows, ornaments and trees. But it's not Christmas, it's "holiday."

In our research of the Top 100 retailers in America, Dick's advertising is likely the most "anti-Christmas" of all. We looked high and low for "Christmas" at Dick's, only to find they couldn't care less if they offend you and other Christians.

Sure, Dick's wants you to buy their products...but no retailer in the nation has appeared to go out of its way to snub "Christmas" more than Dick's. (You might rarely find it as a manufacturer's item description)

AFA has tried repeatedly to meet with Dick's Sporting Goods. Unfortunately, they have chosen to ignore our calls and registered letters addressed to company president Joseph Schmidt.


AFA is calling for a nationwide boycott of Dick's Sporting Goods stores now through December 25.

Let Dick's know you are offended by their complete disregard for "Christmas" and will boycott their stores this season.

Email Dick's Sporting Goods president Joe Schmidt, then call and share your concern with him personally at 724-273-3400 (ask to be connected to his office).

Now, remember--this is the same group that, after getting upset with Sears for selling posters of bikini-clad women on its website, posted this announcement:

Yes, these folks are so pure, so chaste, they don't dare even type the words "nudity" and "sexual."

Well, AFA, if you only knew what Dick's got into back in 2007. Hooooooooo, mama--would you be piiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiissed!!!

Okay, here goes nothin':

In November of that year, Dick's Sporting Goods acquired Chick's Sporting Goods for $71 million. No, that is not a joke. Click on the link. Really. It's true.

Dick's and Chick's--they go together like rice and white, no? As it turns out, Dick's and Chick's have been a helluva fit. But we all knew that Dick's and Chick's would get on famously.

Note to the AFA: you can use this information if you'd like. But please don't credit me. You can have it.
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