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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:22 AM

 

Why isn't there an outcry from the religious right about "black friday"?

I know that the term for the day after thanksgiving has been around for awhile- to supposedly mark the day that many retailers started to show a profit for the year.
But- It's the first time i've seen used so widely and publicly- Mcdonald's even has a sign showing their hours for "Black Friday"...

my point...?
when i was young and going to parochial school- "Black Friday" was synonymous with "Good Friday" -the Friday before Easter- the day that the Christ died.

it seems to me that some of those groups complaining about a 'war on christmas' would pick up on that being a trivialization of the Passion, and run with it.

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Reply Why isn't there an outcry from the religious right about "black friday"? (Original post)
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 OP
behindenemylins Nov 2012 #1
Populist_Prole Nov 2012 #5
RepublicansRZombies Nov 2012 #16
defacto7 Nov 2012 #2
liberal_at_heart Nov 2012 #3
defacto7 Nov 2012 #4
RepublicansRZombies Nov 2012 #19
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #21
Warpy Nov 2012 #26
LeftInTX Nov 2012 #6
coalition_unwilling Nov 2012 #7
LeftInTX Nov 2012 #8
coalition_unwilling Nov 2012 #9
DollarBillHines Nov 2012 #10
jmowreader Nov 2012 #12
Shadowflash Nov 2012 #11
brokechris Nov 2012 #13
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #15
ProgressiveProfessor Nov 2012 #14
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #23
ProgressiveProfessor Nov 2012 #24
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #25
Iggo Nov 2012 #17
larocks4552s Nov 2012 #18
datasuspect Nov 2012 #20
librechik Nov 2012 #22
maxrandb Nov 2012 #27
CheapShotArtist Nov 2012 #28

Response to BlueMan Votes (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:32 AM

1. We all know why...

$$$

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Response to behindenemylins (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 03:30 AM

5. Ding ding ding ding ding! Winner

Interesting how they scream bloody murder about any remotely perceived slight of "their" holiday, yet they blissfully look the other way at the crass commercialism.

Corporate Jesus I guess.

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Response to Populist_Prole (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:03 PM

16. Corporate Jesus also wants them to run away from discussions with evil liberals and has provided

 


the perfect excuse...

Shopping!!

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:33 AM

2. The last thing my family has ever done

is go shopping the Friday after Thanksgiving. Ain't no way I go out on that day.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:46 AM

3. this family has no choice

finally getting my kids winter clothes. Jeans are especially expensive so we load up on jeans and long sleeve shirts.

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Response to liberal_at_heart (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 03:09 AM

4. Are those sales really that good?

We get our bargains buying off season. We get winter stuff in the spring and summer and vice versa. I think stuff is even cheaper if you look around the rest of the year. And you don't take you life in your hands fighting crowds.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:19 PM

19. yup- you can get a lot of new clothes on ebay for instance, probably better made

 


I know it supports ebay, but it also helps support other Americans who bought too much stuff and are trying to pay their bills off.

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Response to RepublicansRZombies (Reply #19)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:31 PM

21. Good quality used clothing is often better than cheaply made new stuff.

 

I buy most of my clothes on ebay- ALL of my sweaters are cashmere, and all of my flannel is portuguese.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:50 PM

26. I go to an art show

I'll support local artists and craftspeople. To hell with corporations.

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 03:40 AM

6. Rev Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 03:42 AM

7. Serious question: does anyone know how the day acquired the moniker "Black"? - n/t

 

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:09 AM

8. I think it has to do with retailers making a profit hence "in the black" vs "in the red"

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:17 AM

9. Ah, that makes sense. I've heard that it is the Xmas

 

shopping season that puts retailers into a profit for the year, if there are to be profits.

Weird though, because 'Black' connotes calamity in other contexts (like the stock market).

Thanks for that annotation. Much appreciated.

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:25 AM

10. That's it. 25% of WalMart sales are on BF

In the Black

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:56 AM

12. That's the official reason

The real reason, I always thought, is it is the first day of the Siege of Stalingrad the rest of y'all call the holiday season. Retailers appreciate the business, but the line workers do not appreciate getting screamed at as much as they do on BF. And it's usually because you ran out of whatever doorbuster the customer wanted.

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:40 AM

11. I just find it ironic

that we spend Thanksgiving day celebrating and giving thanks for family and what we are blessed to have and, the very next day, people are willing to go out and fight and trample other people for cheap stuff.

I avoid it like the plague, myself.

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:07 AM

13. a trivialization of the passion?

seriously? it has nothing whatsoever with Easter. It is all about money--traditionally retailers are in the red ink (debt) before--and Thanksgiving pulls them into the black (money).

The terminology offends no one. What religious people could be offended by is that greed has taken over and is now more important than thankfulness (which is what the holiday was originally intended to be about).

Me--I'm not religious and prefer football at the local sports bar to shopping so I have no complaints.

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Response to brokechris (Reply #13)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:19 PM

15. The term "happy holidays" offends these people.

 

and it's not how i feel about it- my lutheran upbringing didn't stick. i'm athiest.

btw- if you're not religious- how can you know that 'the terminology offends no one'...?

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:02 PM

14. Black Friday is an retail industry term than went viral

It has no religious meeting and originally was not tied to Turkeyday sales.

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Response to ProgressiveProfessor (Reply #14)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:38 PM

23. the term "Black Friday" has also been used for the friday before easter...

 

so yes- it does have a religious meaning as well.

and it was a religious term long before it was a retail one.

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #23)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:47 PM

24. It is also called Good Friday...

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Response to ProgressiveProfessor (Reply #24)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:48 PM

25. exactly.

 

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:09 PM

17. Because the religious right is all about them dollars.

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Response to Iggo (Reply #17)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:10 PM

18. Right, money is all they really care about

 

Those selfish hypocrites...

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:20 PM

20. BLACK SABBATH

 

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:32 PM

22. They're all camped out in front of the local Wal-Mart, that's why. n/t

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:51 PM

27. Because they've "Sold Their Souls to the Company Store" n/t

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:48 PM

28. Because they're fake Christians.

They only pay attention to the parts of the Bible that they want to follow. The Religious Right clearly has no problems with "bearing false witness" and rich people refusing to help out the poor. Otherwise, they wouldn't have voted for Der Mittenfuhrer or the GOP in general!
The term "Conservative Christian" is nothing but an oxymoron.

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