Second, what's it matter if not everyone is not Christian? Is wishing someone a Merry Christmas somehow offensive? Maybe considering how we have had to reform how we speak lest we trample someone's delicate sensibilities.
I'm not sure how Target using "Merry Christmas" would alienate someone. Would displaying "Merry Christmas" cause someone to leave their store? Maybe. But what we do know is that large numbers of people are boycotting Target simply for not permitting the Salvation Army to ring their bells outside their doors.Companies don't care what religion you are, they merely want your money. So they are obviously going to start moving in ways which are more inclusive of a larger set of people as to not alienate them.
II don't see it being inclusive. People weren't boycotting stores for using "Merry Christmas." It's intentionally excluding the very basis for this season.don't get all the hubbub. Things don't stay the same forever, things always change. Stagnation is bad, it's slow death. So companies now are trying to do things which include more of their customer base. Big deal, I'd expect companies to move in that direction. It's not bowing to political pressure or PC crap or any of that. It's private companies changing policy to be more inclusive; that's it.
But I agree, it's a private firm's private decision. However, that doesn't immunize them from criticism.