AFA Issues Anti-Christian Holiday Boycott List: Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Foot Locker, Nordstrom, Others

Via press release from the American Family Association:

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.


  • T-Batwoman

    It’s nice to know that trees, wreaths and lights are the new measure of christianity….smh

    • Gustav2

      You mean the things that killed Christmas?

    • MonochromeMouse

      You must be forgetting the famous bible story where Jesus gave the poor strings of lights to decorate their depressing huts with, and how when he was resurrected he carried a wreath and his followers only found a fir tree growing in the tomb.

    • Earl

      And voting for Trump. You can’t be a REAL Christian, unless you voted for the rich, adulterous, thieving, lying, cheating swindler who promises everything to nearly everyone.

      • I want to start a pool. With Melania in NYC, how many months into the Trump administration before the first sex scandal. I say 3. Am I guessing high or low.

        • Wynter Marie Starr

          Put me down for 6 months.

        • Earl


        • B Snow

          Do we still win if we die from vomiting just thinking about it?

        • Veylon

          Are we counting from the election or the inauguration? Because I wouldn’t put it past The Donald to be getting it on with wife #4 (or whoever) before he’s even technically President.

        • Jon

          Depends on how many times Ivanka shows up in the Oval Office. Odds get better with each visit.

    • Friday

      I notice they seem to be lowering the bar for what they can claim is ‘marking exclusivist territory.’

      • Nowhereman

        They have to pee on every square foot these days, that’s how fragile their belief system is.

        • Friday

          That and they seem to be reduced to having to claim that things which *are* perfectly religiously-neutral and-all-inclusive Yule season motifs actually constitute ‘submission to Christianism’ now. πŸ™‚ Cause it’s pathetic and petty and everyone’s always known it.

    • WebSlinger
    • Paula

      Yes, because we all know the jeebus and Santa sat down together to have a Coke.

    • Acronym Jim

      Not to mention, a naughty or nice list. That got its origin from Norse legends about Odin and his ravens.

      “In Norse mythology, Odin was a god with magical powers who rode an eight-legged flying horse. In some versions, he was called Wodan and was accompanied by two black ravens who listened at people’s chimneys to find out who was good or bad.”

      I’ve been writing my letters to the wrong person all along.

  • MBear


  • Butch

    Yes, because nothing says Christ like shopping for $30 DVD players on Thanksgiving Day. This war on Christmas stuff just gets so tiresome. Celebrate it however you want. Quit worrying about how I celebrate it, or even if I celebrate it.

  • crewman

    Awesome! I can shop at all my favorite places without being bothered by the most hateful of Christians.

  • Blake Jordan

    It must be nice to have no real issues* to worry about…

    *No unemployment, no homelessness, no starving people…

    • Oikos

      Those unemployed, homeless starving sinners should have been born wealthy.

    • Todd20036

      Easy. Just feed the homeless to the hungry.

  • Treant
    • Oikos

      I love jack Russells.

      • Elliott

        I love Jack Daniels

        • Oikos

          I like bourbon myself.

        • Todd20036

          … and his brother Jimmie Beam

      • John P.

        I love all puppies! Only thing that keeps my sanity.

        • Todd20036

          Barbequed or roasted?
          Mmmm Puppies!

          • Paula

            They are great with a good brown sugar BBQ sauce.

    • Butch

      Bark Friday?

    • Awww. Thank you. More therapy dogs, please.

    • Paula

      Our neighbors had three Jack Russels. They are the undisputed Kings and Queens of canine spaziness.

      • ColdCountry

        My neighbor, and her son and his wife, who are also neighbors as they live behind his mother, have Jack Russels. One is the sweetest, friendliest, happiest, quietest dog you could imagine, the other is a psychotic, yapping, madman who goes berserk at the mere thought of my dog, and barks at me when I’m in my yard.

  • Bared Bear

    Oh, ffs. The grab-em-by-the-pussy crowd is a never ending parade of manufactured outrage.

  • dcurlee

    I guess I know which list I’ll be shopping from 😈

  • greenmanTN

    It is so hard to have a war against something you don’t care about at all, but somehow we manage it!

  • Dirk Prophet

    “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.”

    Christianists are the PCest of all the PCers.

    • MonochromeMouse

      I hate how the supposedly “anti-pc” crowd never calls out conservative PC culture. Getting mad at a commercial for showing a same sex or interracial couple is right wing pc, getting mad at a show for not portraying every single christian character as the paragon of holiness is right wing pc. getting mad that someone asked you to stop using racial/ethnic/religious/sexual slurs is right wing pc.

      • B Snow


    • Ray Butlers

      That’s what I’m sayin’. They want dominion over everything. They’d execute non-believers if they could get away with it.

  • Craig S

    Starbucks is on the moderate? This War on Christmas thing is no longer entertaining. #BlackSanta

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I think too many of the butthurt still want their caffeine.

  • Jack_Carter_USA

    On to Best Buy!

  • Gustav2

    How are Walmart’s employee policies different from others?

    • Earl

      Walmart gives the AFA money, so they’re liked by the AFA. (I’ll bet, I have no proof of the claim.)

    • Ray Butlers

      I think it’s about using the word “Christmas” instead of including Jews, Muslims, Pagans and atheists in all of the fun. The Big Tent has a secret password.

      • Gustav2


  • Oikos
    • Rex

      They can’t even keep the “Christ” in “Christians.”

      • The_Wretched

        I have to walk around clenched all the time since they keep trying to put ‘christ’ in the non-christians.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          Good kegel exercise

  • dafs

    Man, I can’t wait to go Christmas shopping at Kroger!

    • One Christmas when our youngest was living far away and having money troubles, we bought him gift cards for gas and groceries. For some reason he didn’t want us sending him cash.

      • Grocery stores mostly have gift certificates. That’s a great gift for a college student or young adult. Once my nieces became tweens I learned not to bother buying gifts. A card was better. It was two gifts: shopping plus whatever they bought.

    • Paula

      Hey, those dead, barnyard fowl aren’t going to cook themselves.

      • clay

        and it’s adorable that you would describe any fowl sold at Kroger as having anything to do with a yard.

  • GeneInSJ

    Are they aware that Dollar Tree owns Family Dollar. One is Nice, one is Naughty. Hmmm…

  • MikeinATL

    What these christian nut-jobs fail to acknowledge is people say “Happy Holidays” in reference to the period from Thanksgiving to New Years…

    • Ray Butlers

      Because they don’t want anything except their own religious holiday included in the season. The world is for them and the rest of us are the enemy to be destroyed. Literally. Remember they used to execute people for refusing to attend mass and for practicing any other religion. Atheism was punishable by death as well. Obliteration is the goal. For real.

      • Yup, they don’t want to think of Hanukkah, nor of Kwanzaa, and clutch their pearls never ever even a hint of Ramadan!!!

        • thatotherjean

          Or Solstice, or Yule, or. . .

  • Oikos
    • Friday

      Yule isn’t a God, btw, it means ‘Wheel’ as in turning of the year. πŸ™‚

      • Oikos

        I didn’t make the meme.

        • Friday

          Didn’t think you did but people pass em around, end up repeating incorrect info, all that.

          • Oikos

            We’ve got bigger problems than that right now.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            Well its post-truth now so who cares

    • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

      Mistletoe grows on oak trees, which bear acorns, which look like the heads of you know what. That’s why we kiss under mistletoe!

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        Just kiss the head for me boo

      • There are several trees that host the European mistletoe (Viscum album), but it is actually rarest on the oak — which is why the Druids gave special veneration to oak groves in which it grew. It is extremely rare in North America, where the related American mistletoe (Phoradendron leucarpum) does duty for it at Christmas.

        Curiously, the largest number of mistletoe species is found in Australia, the most noteworthy being the West Australian Christmas tree (Nuytsia floribunda), which differs from the norm in being a root parasite, growing into a self-supporting small tree, and bearing spectacular orange/gold flowers in high summer.

  • bkmn

    It is such a burden to have the words “Happy Holidays” spoken to you.

  • dafs

    I guarantee that if you straight up asked Banana Republic where it stands, they’d fall on the naughty list.

    Update: I just realized…aren’t Gap and Banana Republic the same company?

    • CatApostrophe

      And Old Navy. They didn’t do their homework. NAUGHTY!

  • Oikos

    Dollar General is naughty? Better tell all the poor fundangelical drumpf voters that.

    • I was just in a Dollar General the other day (I’m a queen on a budget (grad student) and they had Christmas stuff everywhere.

    • lymis

      Oh, you poor thing. You just don’t understand how this works.

      They get to shop at all the places they boycott. They just agree to pretend they don’t see each other there. You know, the way Baptists handle liquor stores.

  • Greenscreen

    I doubt the old ladies who send AFA $20 checks when Social Security pays them shop in any of these places.

  • SLK in SF

    17th-century puritans banned xmas. Why do 21st-century puritans hate their ancestors?

  • Frederick


    • Friday

      I think these Christians forgot something along the way here.

    • Paula

      Happy Hollowdays!

  • Lori

    Nordstrom is in trouble with everyone—they’re on the GrabYourWallet boycott list because they carry Ivanka’s crap.

  • Bill Post

    I have to shop at Joe’s Bible and Ammo shop in Portsmouth Ohio again?

  • Dramphooey

    I am not going to have pigs who embraced the alt-right tell me how to celebrate Christmas.

    • Treant

      I did nazi that coming.

      • hahahahahahahaaaaa! wiping laugh tears away. Thanks, totally needed that!

    • Jay George

      Good advice. How many Cheeto Hitler supporters work at Mattel and Hasbro?

  • JaniceInToronto

    How about “fuck Christmas”.

    At least the Olympics are a 4 year deal…

  • Sam_Handwich

    Sam J. Handwich is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Christmas until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.

    • lymis

      Just tell them that Obama supports Christmas. That should gain you some time.

  • Friday

    Maybe decorate with snowflakes to remind these Christianists how special and fragile their egoes are than they need to try and force everyone to always refer obligatorily to their ‘Christ’ exclusively every time or else they’ll be nasty for not treating others as inferior or unwelcome for them. Cause Bing Crosby singing ‘Happy Holidays’ was cause he ‘hated Jesus.’ Waaaaa.

    • clay

      local chiropractic office window display last winter– “The Reason for the Season” banner flying above a diorama of snowmen, pine trees, reindeer, and candy canes.

      I still haven’t decided if the irony was intentional.

      • Friday

        As a Pagan, I’m like, “Err, the actual season is the reason for the season, you know, cheer and company on the darkest night, return of the Sun and all that? That’s why the Christians moved their God’s birthday party there in the first place.

  • David

    We put a low dollar cap on Christmas years ago. For me Christmas is about family and friends and cocktails and snacks and being home with people I love. Shopping angst and drama? Fuck that.

    • We did that a long time ago too. We all have the stuff we need. Thoughtful small gifts are more fun. Something that person probably wouldn’t buy for themselves but will enjoy. I have often been a hit with the nieces and nephews with $5-10 fun gifts. A plush toy from Target was a hit one Christmas. It was $5 but super cute. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to find a good gift but you do have to know the person you are shopping for.

      • Bj Lincoln

        We too don’t spend much on gifts. We don’t celebrate Christmas. Our holiday is the Winter Solstice and it is all about family and fun. Gifts of your time and family games are well received. My son made me a coupon book to use when I needed his help or wanted to go do something fun with him one year. That was my favorite gift.

  • Crow on a Top Hat

    Uh… A lot of the “naughty” stores don’t sell Christmas trinkets because it doesn’t make sense for them to. Why would you buy a Christmas theme baseball bat or stapler for?

  • Rex

    Blessed are those who boycott, for they shall give the shittiest gifts.

  • Hryflex

    I wonder if they know that the family who owns Dick’s Sporting Goods are a bunch of ObamaCare-loving Democrats?

  • Rex

    Isn’t “naughty or nice” a reference to Santa Claus, the biggest affront to white baby jesus?

    • Bj Lincoln

      I believe they get confused between the 2. I’ll take Santa any day.

  • WebSlinger
  • Blake J Butler

    I listened as they called my President a Muslim.
    I listened as they called him and his family a pack of monkeys.
    I listened as they said he wasn’t born here.
    I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could.
    I saw the pictures of him as Hitler.
    I watched them shut down the government and hurt the entire nation twice.
    I watched them turn their backs on every opportunity to open worthwhile dialog.
    I watched them say that they would not even listen to any choice for Supreme Court no matter who the nominee was.
    I listened as they openly said that they will oppose him at every turn.
    I watched as they did just that.
    I listened.
    I watched.
    I paid attention.
    Now, I’m being called on to be tolerant.
    To move forward.
    To denounce protesters.
    To “Get over it.”
    To accept this…
    I will not.
    I will do my part to make sure this great American mistake becomes the embarrassing footnote of our history that it deserves to be.
    I will do this as quickly as possible every chance I get.
    I will do my part to limit the damage that this man can do to my country.
    I will watch his every move and point out every single mistake and misdeed in a loud and proud voice.
    I will let you know in a loud voice every time this man backs away from a promise he made to them.
    Them. The people who voted for him.
    The ones who sold their souls and prayed for him to win.
    I will do this so that they never forget.
    And they will hear me.
    They will see it in my eyes when I look at them.
    They will hear it in my voice when I talk to them.
    They will know that I know who they are.
    They will know that I know what they are.
    Do not call for my tolerance. I’ve tolerated all I can.
    Now it’s their turn to tolerate ridicule.
    Be aware, make no mistake about it, every single thing that goes wrong in our country from this day forward is now Trump’s fault just as much as they thought it was Obama’s.
    I find it unreasonable for them to expect from me what they were entirely unwilling to give.
    -Jeremy Mitchell

    • Bj Lincoln

      Being this is the first time I have seen this, I copied it, posted it to my FB and will do regularly, saved it to my folder of poems and will live it. Thanks for posting.

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    • TuuxKabin

      Thank you for re-posting this, this easy to read format. A good creed.

    • RobynWatts

      Thank you, Blake. I also posted it on my FB wall,

  • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

    What a pity I do so little shopping anyway!
    Maybe the Puritans had the right idea banning it altogether.

  • stuckinlodi no more

    Gap, Inc. has a store on each list: Nice- Banana Republic; Marginal _ Old Navy; Naughty – Gap. Sheesh.

  • WebSlinger
  • Crow on a Top Hat

    Oh, Victoria’s Secret is on the list! Not enough santa/elf themed lingerie? =D

  • WebSlinger
  • The_Wretched

    hey, victoria’s secret is naughty! who would have thought!

  • They’re going to be really deranged this year as Hanukah starts 12/24 so businesses will be trying to accommodate multiple cultures thereby angering the privieleged angry white Christians who can’t stand it when anyone else’s religion or culture is even acknowledged.

    • Friday

      They can’t have a ‘merry Christmas’ without trying to make other people unhappy.

      • I’m always amazed that people are so butthurt over something that no one else pays attention to. Quick. What was the greeting/farewell in your last retail transaction? Anyone remember? I don’t. I like a bit of civility, but beyond that I don’t care if it’s “thank you” or “have a nice day” or whatever. They all mean the same thing and being literal with crap like that is just a way of being an asshole.

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips


  • TimJ

    Hmm, most women I know would much prefer their lingerie gift to be from Victoria’s Secret than Dicks Sporting Goods.

    • Acronym Jim

      I wouldn’t be adverse to sexy bedroom-wear from Dick’s Sporting Goods.

      • TimJ

        I think you may be more like the men I know…

  • lymis

    It’s not even Thanksgiving yet. Why do they hate America?

    If there’s a war on Christmas, Christmas is winning.

    • Bj Lincoln

      Hon, I have been watching christmas take over the shelves since September! TV commercials in Oct! For us non-christians, we are bombarded by this holiday for months while our Dec. holidays are overlooked.

  • Xxyzzxx

    All Holidays Matter!!

  • Bj Lincoln

    This holiday season that starts in Sept. is only in the US. The rest of the world does not go this crazy over Christmas. American christians are responsible for this mess that causes depression, debt and suicide. If 4 months of this shit is not enough, wait for Christmas in July.

  • safari

    And then they’ll celebrate when the big retailers decline. Because in their minds it won’t be online shopping that is the cause: it’ll be their dozen members.

    (Also: I can’t help but think Cracker Barrel is on the list because they tend not to seat people of color and a couple decades ago fired all their gays.)

  • Mike

    Yes, if there’s anything retailers HATE it’s christmas shoppers. Let’s gather a flock of comfort sheep to help the poor christian victims make it through the holidays.

  • NancyP

    Yes, because evil Office Depot, Office Max, Staples aren’t selling red and green copy paper at sale prices. And because the pet store declines to advertise stupid Santa outfits for dogs.

    • clay

      (I thought is was because the pet store was discouraging irresponsible pet purchasing for Christmas.)

  • Will Parkinson

    Thank you for helping me with my shopping. Now I have a list of stores to go to.

  • ColdCountry

    I know people who hate the Christmas season and it has nothing to do with Christ. In fact, I don’t know anyone who “hates” Christ.

  • ColdCountry

    Wait! Home Depot is on the nice list? I thought they were boycotting Home Depot? And Banana Republic is nice, but its parent company, Gap, is not? These people are strange.

  • John Mundy

    Strange that Gap is naughty and Banana Republic is nice. They are both owned by the same parent company.

  • bob

    That’s a pretty ridiculous list !

  • Nowhereman

    I’ll believe them when they move his B Day party back to the spring time, where it belongs. Their whole War on Christmas is an effing lie from the git.

  • TuuxKabin
  • CatApostrophe

    Banana Republic and Old Navy are owned by Gap, Inc…….

  • wait wait wait….i thought we’re not supposed to shop at Home Depot (for supporting Atlanta’s Gay Pride Parade…) or JcPenney (Ellen as spokesperson). I’d venture to guess that Macy’s, Neiman Marcus (and others) are totally supportive of gay people.
    I’m so confused…

  • Scott J. Klafke

    Umm, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree are the same company… One is on the nice list and the other is on the naughty?!?

  • BradCav

    This is a sure-fire plan to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and house the homeless.

  • GanymedeRenard

    Sorry, but Christmas (decorated trees, and snowmen, and wreaths, and lights, and greeting cards, and mutual gifts, and a nice turkey, and hysterical shopping, lots of hysterical shopping) is not in the Bible – just the birth of a certain baby Jesus.

  • James

    Know what I think is abhorrent? The cynical corporate jollity of piped-in carols starting in November; the exhortations and coercion to buy ever more, ever more expensive gifts; the mad crush of desperate last-minute shoppers. If anything’s ruining Christmas it’s corporations, not atheists.

  • mark

    I am confused as to, Banana Republic being nice, Old Navy being Marginal and Gap being Naughty. Does the AFA not understand that is the same company. which makes me laugh as it show their ignorance.

  • RealityBass

    Yeah good luck getting your AFA-loving goobers to stop shopping at Family Dollar and Dollar General.

  • eric1743

    What happened to their boycott of Target? It’s nowhere on the list

  • lou

    I always appreciate the naughty list as the best places to shop.

  • moebym

    I went to both Michael’s and Office Max yesterday! Am I going to end up in purgatory?

  • Brigham

    I suppose it would burst their bubble to point out that Banana Republic (nice) Old Navy (marginal) and the Gap (naughty) are all owned by the same company.

  • DonnaLee

    This list is so arbitrary. Most of their ‘Nice’ list are stores trying to sell holiday stuff, so duh….they’re going to have it around the store! I don’t expect Whole Foods to have a tree with decorations up, but there are food/plant holiday things all over the place, so how they even come up with this is ridiculous.