'Grinch Alert' Lists Shops Not Promoting Christmas

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A Texas church has launched a website listing businesses that have been "naughty" or "nice" in promoting the Christmas spirit.

First Baptist Church of Dallas started GrinchAlert.com in an effort to keep Christ in Christmas.

Visitors can come to the site and share their experience with a company during the Christmas season.

A company is put on the "nice" list for things like a publicly displayed nativity scene, Christmas trees, and employees who say "Merry Christmas."

But companies who promote the use of "Seasons Greetings" or "Happy Holidays" are put on the "naughty" list.

"This is not our forcing people to do one thing or another. There is no hint of a boycott or anything like this," senior pastor Rev. Robert Jeffress explained.

"We are just providing a public forum on the website for people to be able to discuss the issue," he said.

Jeffress added that those who don't say "Merry Christmas" as a way not to offend anyone are actually offending Christians.

--Originally published Dec. 9, 2010.

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