Shame on Kmart!


We all know that there is a war on the family taking place in the United States. Unlike the mythical war on women, this is a battle that is real. It is one that, over the past several decades, has had a devastating effect on the American family, children in particular.

One often overlooked aspect in all of this is how big business lends a hand in the destruction of the family unit as well.

I don’t have to tell you that as we approach the month of December countless efforts will be undertaken to make sure that Christ is completely removed from Christmas.

Moreover, I don’t have to tell you that America’s devotion to materialism will be on full display too. Millions of shoppers across the country will, like they do every year, wake up at the crack of dawn the day after Thanksgiving and brave the cold weather. Not to attend mass or go to adoration, mind you. But to stand in line for hours on end so they can get a measly 15% off the latest shoot ‘em up video game for their teenage son.

Now, I don’t know exactly when “Black Friday” started, but I’m pretty sure Satan was awfully happy when he heard about it.

I’m also rather confident that he was excited to hear that Kmart is going to open its doors ON THANKSGIVING DAY at 6am this year. Yes, you heard right. 6am. Thanksgiving morning.

I can already see the commercials: Don’t like spending time with your family during the holidays? Spend it with us! Come be an accomplice to robbing our employees of the chance to enjoy Thanksgiving with their own families. Hate sharing a meal with your aunts, uncles and cousins? Share in the joy of buying cheap plastic toys and supporting a corporation that tells its “associates,” most of whom we don’t even pay enough to support a family, that they do not deserve to be at home with their spouse and children!

What a disgusting decision. I wonder if any executives at Kmart will be working at 6am. Chances are, probably not. If you want to support a company that has no regard for the family unit, so be it. I for one will not be giving Kmart one cent this Christmas season.

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Stephen Kokx is a freelance writer and adjunct professor of political science living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has previously worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office for Peace and Justice. His writing on religion, politics and Catholic social teaching has appeared in a number of outlets, including Crisis Magazine, The American Thinker and his hometown paper The Grand Rapids Press. He is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, and is a graduate of Aquinas College and Loyola University Chicago. Follow Stephen on twitter @StephenKokx

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