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December 9th, 2010
09:15 AM ET

Reverend at Dallas church has "naughty and nice" business list

Saying "happy holidays" could land you on the naughty list in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area, where according to, your business isn’t "nice" unless you say "Merry Christmas" and fully acknowledge the birth of Jesus Christ.

Is this an attack on political correctness or could this do damage to the local economy?

The creator of the site, First Baptist Church of Dallas Rev. Robert Jefress, joins John Roberts to talk about why he started this website.

Filed under: American Morning • Religion
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. jack

    I dont find the words Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Honica or any other well wishing at any season of the year offensive , What I find offensive as my fellow Homo sapiens (Latin for "wise man" or "knowing man"), who have spent their entire life saying one thing would all of a sudden change , is it greed? is it because they are afraid to offend someone who doesn't celebrate that holiday ? why would they think that , or why would someone be offended . Lets talk about some other PC words like Integrity and Character sacrifice those and I am offended .

    December 13, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  2. Carla

    All I have to say is Love thy neighbors and Merry Christmas

    December 11, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  3. Richard

    John, excellent job on nailing down that slippery eel minister trying to do a spin job in your interview! Made my morning.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  4. stan hrincevich

    The $250,000 Earnings/Tax Limit is Not True, Stop It

    The $250,000 limit being discussed as the top income for a family or small business to be eligible for continuance with the Bush tax rates is not only presented deceptively and incorrectly but in a self serving manner intended to ensure the rich continue to increase the gap between them and the other 97% of the population. The $250,000 is the taxable income of the family or business and NOT the gross income. This makes a big difference on who would be impacted. If your family has gross income/earnings, for example, of $325,000, most likely you would not be effected. WHY? Most likely you have deductions like taxes, health care cost, interest paid on your home, charitable contributions,etc. that would bring your taxable income back to the untouchable limit of $250,000. If you have a small business and have gross income of $1 million with expenses (labor, health insurance, rent, electricity, materials, etc.) of $750,000 providing you with a taxable income/gross profit of $250,000 (not a bad return for your hard work) you would not be effected. You don't have to be an accountant to figure out that the $250,000 level as presented is deceiving. No small business is going to choose to stop operations as a result of a few percentage points of tax increase on their taxable income. Think about it. If you currently have $400,000 of taxable income and now had to pay $10,000 more if tax cuts in your bracket were increased, would you rather have $390,000 in your pocket or nothing. It is estimated that only two percent of small businesses would be impacted by rolling back tax cuts for small businesses with taxable income over $250,000 and effect only 3% of families earning over this limit. As you can see, the impact is really on small businesses and families earning most likely beyond $500,000 and I doubt that by removing tax decreases for these folks any job will be lost, any business will fail, anyone pushed into poverty, or any person planning to buy that Mercedes forgoing the purchase. Let' stop the big lie that has for some reason received support from working and middle class citizens at the expense of the Federal deficit and expose those politicians protecting the very citizens that require the least help.

    December 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  5. Howard

    This reverend is just one more example of extremely myopic people who actually believe that what they think is what everyone SHOULD think. This preacher of one of the largest and wealthiest Protestant Christian congregations voiced perhaps the stupidest and most reprehensible explanations for this campaign. He stated that over 90% of all residents of this area are Christians. So, he is addressing them. Those of us in the minority percentage simply do not matter to this dolt. His dismissal of us Jews and other non Christian people is a very un Christian thing to do. But, why should I care? I care because my religion that is based on the Old Testament built the foundation for the Christian religions. There are countless times that I have been told by people with beatific smiles on their faces that Jews are "incomplete or unfulfilled Christians". Hmmmmm. Perhaps they don't realize that they might be considered to be lapsed Jews who pray to graven idols?

    December 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
  6. Jesus Juice

    Rev Jeffress does not really think everyone should be able to share their opinion (as he states in more than one interview). I visited his website and left a positive review for Madame Mary Magdalene's House of Ill Repute in Bethlehem, but for some reason it has not been approved. Puzzling, the ladies all say Merry Christmas to their customers.

    December 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  7. Jesus Juice

    Everyone loved tolerance and free thought a lot. But Rev Jeffress of First Baptist did not. He was against intelligence and reason. Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason.

    It could be that his head wasn't screwed on quite right. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. But I think that the most likely reason of all may have been that his ____________ was two sizes too small.

    Fill in the blank.....

    December 9, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  8. Howard K Hadley

    The Hypocrisy displayed by this Church has been a motavating factor in my family's move away from organized religion. I am convinced that the negative attitudes about 'other faiths or beliefs' are the primary cause of the lower attendance levels at churches around the US. Educated and informed Americans, especially those with international business experience should be appaled by any religious actions similar to those expressed by the so called Rev Jeffress...

    December 9, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  9. mike sey

    This is an example of righteousness run amok. These pastors are very little different from the most rigid and fundamentalist Ayotollah in Iran or Afghanistan.

    Still I wish them a happy holiday and hope for peace and goodwill towards men, something these fellahs need to make an effort to find.

    December 9, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  10. Jan Hill

    Business people need to realize that the whole reason for the Christmas season is the birth of Christ. If he had not come they would be having a tough time having an end of year business sale.

    Merry Christmas indeed!

    Jan Hill

    December 9, 2010 at 10:01 am |