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Unhappy holidays again - Ed Brock

I could almost boycott Wal-Mart now.

A friend of mine keeps hassling me for continuing to shop there given the fact that they are the temple of Mammon and guilty of numerous crimes against the working class. But what can I say, they're cheap and they have everything.

Now, however, they begin to grate on my nerves, so much so that I could, almost, vow never to shop there again.

Almost.

You see, somewhere out there is an honest Wal-Mart employee named Kirby. I don't know if that's his first or last name, but he and I have a lot in common.

Here's the story. Some woman called Kirby to complain about Wal-Mart's policy of wishing people “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” It's a perfectly reasonable policy because, guess what people, there are some people out there who celebrate Hanukkah or some other non-Christian holiday.

Kirby is apparently as aggravated as me by people who think Christmas is only about the birth of Jesus Christ. So he proceeded to outline to the woman all the pagan contributions to what we call a traditional Christmas.

"Santa is also borrowed from the Caucuses (sic), mistletoe from the Celts, yule log from the Goths, the time from the Visigoth and the tree from the worship of Baal. It is a wide, wide world," Kirby wrote according to Yahoo News.

So the Catholic League threatened to boycott Wal-Mart because they were so offended by what Kirby wrote. I find that extremely ironic because it was the Catholic Church that incorporated all those pagan traditions into their celebration in order to bring more people into the fold.

As a result, Wal-Mart fired Kirby. They fired him for being honest.

However, they did keep their policy about wishing Happy Holidays.

There are two reasons why I won't start my own boycott of Wal-Mart. One, what I said before about them being cheap and having everything, and two, Kirby was a little out of line by taking his stand as if he was representing the company.

I get to give my opinion on the job, Kirby, but apparently you do not. Sorry ‘bout that.

And just for the record, I certainly don't want to see the demise of Christmas. That's the name the celebration has now and it's just as good as any.

But let's not get too easily bruised about it.

Ed Brock, a Henry County resident, covers public safety and municipal governments for the News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753 ext. 254 or at ebrock@news-daily.com .