NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The American Family Association accusing retailers of snubbing Christmas was considered the dumbest thing on Wall Street this week by readers of TheStreet.
As of late Friday, about 34% of the readers who took our poll of the 5 Dumbest Things on Wall Street This Week thought that the AFA waging a war on retailers who market "holiday" spirit rather than "Christmas" spirit is a particularly bad idea. About ten years ago, the AFA began its campaign for retailers to embrace Christmas-specific advertising. Since then, their bullying tactics have proven so effective that their list of Companies Against Christmas has been thin. This year they've had some trouble finding a target. When Dick's Sporting Goods ( DKS) hosted an online "Holiday Shop" and didn't single out Christmas in its advertising, the AFA put its 2.3 million supporters on notice that Dick's should be boycotted until Dec. 25 for its consideration of others. "In our research of the Top 100 retailers in America, Dick's advertising is likely the most 'anti-Christmas' of all," the AFA said. "Sure, Dick's wants you to buy their products, but no retailer in the nation has appeared to go out of its way to snub 'Christmas' more than Dick's." By Monday, Dick's was falling all over itself to assure the AFA that it really liked Christmas more than any other holiday. The company's vice chairman assured the AFA that its online holiday shop would be quickly renamed the Christmas Shop, and that its advertising would specify Christmas, disregarding Hannukah, Kwanza, Las Posadas and Bodhi Day. With approximately 27% of votes, activists expecting travelers to slow down the already slow process of airport security check by opting for the pat down was voted the second-dumbest thing on Wall Street this week. After the Transportation Security Administration introduced the use of full-body scanners, protestors declared Nov. 24 as National Opt-Out Day. Flyers, outraged over their privacy being invaded in the name of safety, were to say no to scanning on one of the busiest flying days of the year. They were supposed to opt for the pat down.