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O Me of Little Faith

Dear Christian consumers, Christmas light-decorating aficianados, and people from the American Family Association who come up with products that are completely tone-deaf when it comes to American culture:

1. Crosses are appropriate yard decorations for those wishing to express their devotion to Jesus. Even crosses that are 5.5 feet tall.

2. Christmas lights are appropriate yard decorations for those wishing to participate in a holiday tradition. Even Christmas lights expressing a religious theme.

3. Brightly lit crosses, placed in the yard, are probably NOT appropriate decorations given our nation’s racial history. If you must buy one, please keep it out of the yard. Keep it out of your neighbor’s yard, too.

Just a helpful holiday and/or racial harmony tip from your friendly Pocket Guide author.

From the “Christmas Cross” product description at the AFA online store:


Looking for an effective way to express your Christian faith this Christmas season to honor our Lord Jesus? Now you can…. with the “Original Christmas Cross” yard decoration. Light up your front yard, porch, patio, driveway, business, organization or church this holiday season with a stunning Christmas cross.

Yep. I’d say “stunning” is probably the right word.

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