I received way too many emails yesterday with “Great savings for Good Friday!!” type messages. (“It’s a Good Friday For a Great Sale” was another.) Frankly I found this a little bit rude and insensitive to devout Christians. Before your mind goes there, no, I’m not saying it’s a culture war. One person’s misstep in an ad department doesn’t a war make.) I wonder how Jews would feel about emails that say “It’s hard to pass over prices as great as these!” or if Muslims would be bothered by something that read “You can have your Prophet and your profit when you shop our terrific Ramadan Deals!”
Again, I don’t believe in the culture war. I don’t think this is designed to make Christians the brunt of a joke or an excluded class or any of those other things. I really do think it’s just someone letting their cleverness run away with them a bit too much. It seems like the kind of thing a person would do in their mid-20s.
I am not sure exactly WHY it bothered me, and it didn’t bother me enough to send an angry letter to the stores’ proprietors. It just left me feeling kind of…morose.
Good Friday and Easter Sunday are deeply sacred to me. I respect that they aren’t sacred to most people. Even a lot of Christians consider them excuses for a half-day off and a new dress. But I do take them seriously and it kind of feels a bit raw to have them treated glibly.
It leads me to wonder how folks of other faiths feel when their sacred days are treated with disregard.
I felt really horrible because when I had all the business going on with our house flood and unscrupulous mitigation contractor I lost sight of the fact that this past week was Passover and I neglected to send Blessed Passover wishes to all of my friends who celebrate. It was only when one of them sent me a “can’t talk now–having Passover” email that I realised. I suppose maybe this whole Good Friday Junkmail Farrago is my Karmic Retribution for that.
I wonder if in saying that I’m making light of Karma. I really do.