Posts Tagged ‘JCPenney’


Some have never read God’s Word.

Have you ever read through the Bible? Some follow a plan that takes them through the Bible in one year. In doing this, they increasingly understand Biblical history and the mind and leading of the Creator of the universe.

By the grace of God you can begin to see that God is a loving God but that He is also a just God.

We also see in the Bible that there were times when “everyone did what was right in their own eyes” [in the book of Judges, for example] and paid no attention to the Creator God.  Wickedness, evil, man against man, hatred, idolatry.  Godlessness prevailed.

Have we moved into such a time as this?   Some of the comments that I receive are filled with so much hatred.   Yesterday I shared a few.  Here is just one:

Email #1:

I’m the child of Holocaust survivors. Your rhetoric reminds me of the rantings of the Nazis who tried to exterminate my people, my family, and my culture.

Rest assured that as a veteran of the US Army and a person dedicated to equality for all and the destruction of bigotry and hatred, I will willingly take up arms if necessary to defend decent people from the likes of you. You cloak your hatred and vile nature in a cloak of religion, but at your core you are just as bad as the merchants of death in Nazi Germany.

The good thing is that America and the world are turning away from your evil. People are accepting diversity, embracing openness and change, and relegating fossils like you to the curiosity shelf.

 

 

 

Good day.

 

My response:  Really?  Good day after saying that he will take up arms if necessary to defend decent people from the likes of me; that I cloak my hatred and vile nature in a cloak of religion; that I’m just as bad as the merchants of death in Nazi Germany?

I read a quote this morning from one of America’s most regarded presidents:  President Abraham Lincoln.  The quote was this “Without this book, we couldn’t know the difference between right and wrong.”

He was referencing the Bible, of course.

Most of us know what it’s like to be in a classroom without some semblance of discipline.   A society without laws is a society that is on its way to chaos followed by tyranny.  The Bible provides a standard of right!

The Bible opposes killing, stealing, idolatry, adultery, coveting, dishonoring our parents, homosexuality, polygamy, bestiality and many others sins.

Why? Because they degrade God’s Holy Name and degrade His creation – you and me.

This writer states that I cloak my hatred and vile nature in a cloak of religion.  Really?

Why did God give us the account of Sodom and Gomorrah?  Why did He tell us in His Word that homosexuality is an abomination?

The answer is clear.  Because God didn’t create us to have sexual relations with those of the same gender; that homosexuality is a perversion.  It isn’t healthy.  He made the female to receive a male in one flesh unity.  Not the unnaturalness of man with man. Woman with woman.  See Romans 1: 24, 25.

Sexually transmitted diseases are major issues as people sleep around in fornication and in adulterous relationships.  HIV is still most pronounced in the homosexual community.  These are natural consequences of living outside of the way God lovingly and masterfully made us.

Why do ministries like ours speak out against corporations that endorse and promote homosexuality and same sex marriages?  [Companies like J.C. Penney, Fifth Third Bank and General Mills?]

Because we are haters? Absolutely not!  Because as corporations use their name to empower degrading and godless behaviors, it leads to greater degradation , greater moral decline which leads to the decline of our nation – degradation from within!

Not because we say so but because God says so.   Our forefathers, the founders of our nation, our parents –  believed God to be the Creator God; the author and perfecter of our faith.  We have seen our nation blessed as we have followed Biblical standards.  We now are seeing our nation at great  risk because there are voices like the one writing this email who mock God’s standard thereby denying God and His loving authority.

In closing, I haven’t written this because my feelings are hurt by such vitriolic verbiage but rather because I fear for our great country.

I fear that our President, too, has been instrumental in this balkanization of America with his aggressive promotion of GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) in our military and throughout our world.   As he names June GLBT month –  in doing so he is promoting perversion.  It is a direct attack upon a loving but a Holy and just God.  Great degradation and declension has and is resulting!  Make no mistake!

Do any of us want our children and grandchildren sleeping around, committing adultery – having unnatural relationships?   I don’t because I want what is the very best for them.  What about you?

The best for them is not homosexuality or same sex marriage.  Shame on Fifth Third Bank.  Shame on J.C. Penney, General Mills and others who have done similarly.  They have done us great harm.  I say this with great sadness.

http://www.americandecency.org/archives/some-have-never-read-god%e2%80%99s-word/#more-6930


What God says about turning our back upon Him AND a few human beings say about our concern regarding trying to live in Christ and under  the principles He gave us to keep us from sin, self and societal destruction.

 

Listen to our one minute contrast between J.C. Penney and Chick-fil-A

First a few verses from God’s Word:

 

Jeremiah 12.17

But if any nation will not listen, then I will utterly pluck it up and destroy it, declares the LORD.”   [My comment:  As you will see, the godless deny His Word and rational thinking as their hearts become hardened to truth.]

Jeremiah 6.16

Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

 

Jeremiah 9:23,24

Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.”

Here’s what a few humans said about our concern regarding:  J.C. Penney CEO reassurances don’t ring true

Email #1:

There are gay people deal with it. Thanks for letting me know where to shop. JC Penney here I come.

Email #2:

Oh Bill, believe it not, not everyone cares about your phony Christian beliefs. To most rational, grownup people there is no problem with homosexuals, even though you are obviously hung up on them. Many of us are sick to death of your constant stream of lies. You are told the truth but you deny it.

R.M. Virginia Beach VA

Email #3:

Howdy. It appears that someone who thinks they’re clever has signed me up for your anti-GLBT newsletter against my will. I’m largely uninterested in protecting an artificial ideal of “traditional family” that only existed on fictional 50’s TV (the 50s, for real people, was a lot less idyllic). However, I won’t waste both our times shooting holes in your argument (largely because you won’t listen and I don’t know you well enough to take the effort).

Please remove me from your list. And let’s keep it polite and dignified. I won’t call you a frothing bigot, you won’t call me a socialist facist (which would be silly because they’re complete opposites), we both just accept that I was fraudulently signed up for this and that mistake needs correcting.

Have a better one.

– ~~No trees were destroyed in the sending of this message. However, a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced

Email #4:

Poor stupid fool. J.C.Penney does not have any need of racist,bigoted or homophobic customers.You and others of your ilk should go elsewhere. Hell springs to mind.

http://www.americandecency.org/archives/god-and-what-others-say-about-turning-our-back-upon-him/#more-6924


In recent months we brought to your attention a myriad of examples that demonstrated that J.C. Penney is no longer the family-oriented store so many of us grew up with.  From regularly sponsoring some of the worst programming on network television to thumbing its nose at traditional families and aligning with homosexuality, JC Penney has emerged as a corporation that is pushing an agenda that undermines the values of millions of Americans.  Most recently, JC Penney has pointedly embraced the LGBT agenda by using their Mother’s Day ad to showcase a lesbian couple raising children and doing the same with their Father’s Day ad – featuring two homosexual men with children.

Click here to send a message to JC Penney.

In response, Penney’s has lost countless numbers of formerly loyal customers.  Just the other day I took a phone call from one of our supporters who let us know she had cut up her Penney’s credit card, sending it to the Penney Corporation with a letter expressing her concerns.  This is just one of thousands who have taken similar action.

Just days after Mother’s Day, Forbes reported on May 16, 2012: J.C. Penney Plunge Marks Greatest Single-Day Loss In 40 Years.”Other recent headlines have read:  J. C. Penney Posts Big Loss as 3 Retailers Gain;”  “Sears returns to profit, J.C. Penney bombs in record stock slide;”  “JC Penney Profits Freefalling;”  “J.C. Penney Earnings 1Q 2012: Retailer Has Huge Loss After Strategy Shift.”

Now Ron Johnson, the CEO of JC Penney, is trying to assure customers that the corporation is worthy of pro-family support – giving lip service only to the values JCPenney was founded upon.

A recent letter emailed to “valued customers” by Ron Johnson states: “You’ve probably heard about recent changes at jcpenney.   … While you will see many changes, you can rest assured that we’ll never lose sight of our founder’s values.  When James Cash Penney built his first retail stores over a century ago, he called them, “The Golden Rule,” because treating customers with respect was his highest priority. … ”

Even in that statement Penney’s CEO Ron Johnson gets it wrong.  James Cash Penney’s highest priority was Christ.  He often said,“I would rather be known as a Christian than a merchant.”

The audacity of Penney’s CEO to claim that the chain hasn’t lost sight of their founder’s values all the while they’ve purposefully aligned with the homosexual agenda!

James Cash Penney’s parents grounded him in the Christian faith (his father was a Baptist pastor) and those faith-filled principles guided him throughout his life and career.  Penney built an empire on those principles, leaving a vast chain of 1,660 stores at his death at the age of 95 in 1971.  He was known to frequently share his favorite Bible verse:  “I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. Prove me, O Lord, and try me. Test my heart and my mind. For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I will walk in faithfulness to you” (Psalms 26:1-2).

While James Cash Penney strived to “walk in faithfulness,” the corporation that bears his name has not only betrayed that faith and tainted the values he strived to promote, but has purposefully and actively sided with an opposing ideology that seeks to corrupt those values.

Express your concern to JC Penneys, urging them to truly return to support the traditional family values Penneys was built upon.

Action points:

1. Click here to send a message to JC Penney.

2. Inform your friends and family about this concern, urging them to stand with us.

3. If you have a JC Penney credit card, consider cancelling the account.  A cut up credit card and letter explaining why you are cancelling your account will speak volumes!

http://www.americandecency.org/archives/c-penney-ceo-reassurances-don%e2%80%99t-ring-true/#more-6917


Yahoo! Finance posted a story several weeks ago drawing attention to JC Penney’s latest pro-gay advertisement campaign.  They are at it again!

Please take this opportunity to let JC Penney know that you believe in the family unit as God designed it. Click here.

The ad features a gay “family” – two men playing with two children – with these words: “What makes Dad so cool? He’s the swim coach, tent maker, best friend, bike fixer and hug giver — all rolled into one. Or two.”

 

How twenty-first century of JC Penney! All inclusive and stuff.

It’s just too bad that by featuring this homosexual couple they have insulted millions of us “traditional,” i.e. “real,” family people. We know that a family is not a mix-and-match combination of its components. It’s  a man and a woman and any children they may have or take legal responsibility for. And, in case you skipped biology, that means you can only have one father.

So why is JC Penney pandering to this four percent of the population by marketing to homosexuals rather than simply not encumbering itself in the culture war?

From the Yahoo! Finance article: “The two dads ad has inspired a slew of comments across the Web. Most appeared to be supportive of J.C. Penney. One person wrote, ‘I haven’t shopped there in years. I’m about to change that!’ Another posted ,’Kudos JCP. If I can get over my disdain for malls, I just might have to stop by your store now and then.’ A Gawker commenter wrote, ‘I’m pretty sure J.C. Penney did this on purpose to get more attention. Before the whole Ellen thing, when was the last time you heard about J.C. Penney, other than the fact that they were failing. Now they’re getting all this free press. Smart move JCP!’… The mostly positive feedback is much needed by J.C. Penney. Several weeks ago, the retailer released quarterly earnings that sent its stock tumbling.

 

Publicity. That four percent of the population and its supporters are  louder than we are.

Recent polling by Gallup has found that 50% of Americans believe that gay marriage is morally acceptable compared to 48% who believe that it is morally wrong. However, gay marriage amendments to state constitutions have been passed in 42 states including North Carolina just last month.

However, the margins by which these amendments pass (61% to 39% in North Carolina), have led many to question the accuracy of the polling. The hypothesis is that with the constant preaching of television stars, politicians, and public personalities denouncing “homophobia,” those being polled are ashamed to admit to the pollster that they are opposed to gay marriage. Shame on us.

This is the opinion of Ross Douthat, for one. …opinion polling has consistently understated opposition to same-sex marriage since the issue rose to national prominence. Voters who say they support it when Gallup and other pollsters come calling can behave very differently in the privacy of the voting booth.”

 

Whether or not Douthat is correct in his analysis, Christians need to stand unashamed for the truths of God’s Word which calls husbands to love their wives as Christ loves the church and for wives to submit to their husbands. And as Pastor Kevin DeYoung noted in a recent column, “as Christians we understand that the great mystery of marriage can never be captured between a relationship of Christ and Christ or church and church.”

 

Please take this opportunity to let JC Penney know that you believe in the family unit as God designed it.

http://www.americandecency.org/archives/penney%e2%80%99s-%e2%80%9cfather%e2%80%99s-day%e2%80%9d-homosexual-ad/#more-6745


A couple of months ago we brought to your attention a myriad of examples that demonstrated that J.C. Penney is no longer the family-oriented store so many of us grew up with.  From regularly sponsoring some of the worst programming on network television to thumbing its nose at traditional families and aligning with homosexuality, JC Penney has emerged as a corporation that is pushing an agenda that undermines not only the values of millions of Americans, but also undermines its own foundation.  (Click hereto read our earlier report.)

Did you know that James Cash Penney’s first stores were not named after himself, but were called “The Golden Rule Stores” because he desired to build his business on that foundational principle?  He often said, “I would rather be known as a Christian than a merchant.”

 

How tragic that a store chain grounded upon Godly principles is now virtually spitting upon those values.  In addition to the concerns listed in the link above, JC Penney’s has now come out with a Mother’s Day ad showcasing a lesbian couple with “their” young daughters.

Click here to express your concern to JC Penney’s, letting them know you will not do business with a corporation that undermines your values. (See below for further action points.)

 

MSNBC reported:  “The first step to making a controversial ad work is to recognize that the material could be divisive. Penney certainly knew that featuring a same-sex couple and their family in its new Mother’s Day catalog would upset social conservatives …” and added,   “J.C. Penney’s inclusion of a same-sex couple in its catalog was calculating.”

 

The ad, under the heading “Freedom of Expression,” is a two page photo spread of the two lesbians and the little girls with a caption referring to “Wendi, her partner, Maggie, and daughters …”

 

This portrayal of a lesbian couple with children as a normal, traditional family – in a Mother’s Day ad, no less – is a slap in the face to the values of James Cash Penney, and more importantly, to the values of millions of Americans who do not appreciate a formerly trusted corporation to purposefully seek to undermine the sacred institutions of marriage and family.

With this ad, along with other recent corporate decisions, JC Penney is choosing to align with the forces seeking to attack the family and biblical values.  Instead of holding a neutral position in a debate that has nothing to do with selling merchandise, Penney’s has made their position clear.

We, too, need to make our position clear – that we will not in good conscience support a company that has made a calculated decision to undermine the family and our values.

James Cash Penney once stated: “The assumption was that business is secular, and service is religious. I have never been able to accept that line of arbitrary demarcation. . . . Is not service part and parcel of business? It seems to me so; business is therefore as much religious as it is secular. …”

Penney’s parents grounded him in the Christian faith (his father was a Baptist pastor) and those faith-filled principles guided him throughout his life and career.  JC Penney built an empire on those principles, leaving a vast chain of 1,660 stores at his death at the age of 95 in 1971.  He was known to frequently share his favorite Bible verse“I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. Prove me, O Lord, and try me. Test my heart and my mind. For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I will walk in faithfulness to you” (Psalms 26:1-2).

While JC Penney strived to “walk in faithfulness,” the corporation that bears his name has not only betrayed that faith and tainted the values he strived to promote, but has purposefully and actively sided with an opposing ideology that seeks to corrupt those values.

Express your concern to JC Penney’s, urging them to, at the least, remain neutral regarding this divisive issue and to remember that traditional American families and values are what built the company.

Action points:

1. Click here to send a message to the JC Penney’s corporation.

2. Contact your local Penney’s store (either in person or by phone) and ask to speak to the manager.  Kindly, but firmly, express your concern about their Mother’s Day advertisement promoting same-sex marriage.  Let them know you cannot support a store that is purposefully working to undermine your values.  Click on this link to find the Penney’s store closest to you.  You can also find phone numbers and mailing addresses (if you would prefer to write a letter) for local stores at this link.

 

3. Inform your friends and family about this concern, urging them to stand with us.

 

4. If you have a JC Penney credit card, consider cancelling the account.  A cut up credit card and letter explaining why you are cancelling your account will speak volumes!

http://www.americandecency.org/archives/a-bad-penney-keeps-turning-up/#more-6651


The raunchy “Are You There, Chelsea?” aired its season finale (and hopefully series finale) Wednesday evening.  Numerous reviewers from the Boston Herald to the Hollywood Reporter have described the show as “smarmy,” “grim,” “explicit,” “obsessed with sex,” “incessant innuendo” … .

The season lasted only 12 episodes, each episode as repulsive as the one before.  The three repetitive themes involved sex, drunkenness/drug use, and mocking ChristianityAs USA Today stated:  “Almost every joke that’s not about Chelsea’s desire to drink is about her desire to have sex” and the Boston Herald reported that the show “creates euphemisms for sex and lady parts … completely unprintable in this newspaper.”

Click here to send a message to the advertisers which empowered “Are You There, Chelsea?”.

In regards to the first reoccurring theme, this latest episode, as with all the others, used such crude and explicit sexual references that, if they’re unprintable in the Boston Herald, are certainly unprintable here as well.  Suffice it to say, most would be shocked at the lewd, sexual verbiage and innuendo that aired during this 8:30 pm NBC program.

Of course this episode couldn’t get away from the weekly promotion of irresponsible drinking and drug use (marijuana) – telling viewers getting drunk is “fun” and consequence-free.  As Chelsea gets her “Christian” sister drunk on her birthday, her sister states:  “This is fun!” Chelsea exclaims:  “It’s because you’re drunk. This is how Olivia and I live our lives every day.”

Then, of course, are the jabs at Christ and Christianity. When Chelsea is looking at male strippers online to book one for her sister’s birthday, her father looks over her shoulder at the images of the male strippers and tells her:  “Your sister’s a very religious girl.  I say you go with the one that looks like … Jesus.” (The omitted word is a lewd reference that we won’t repeat.)

These three offensive themes have been repeated ad nauseam for each of the 12 episodes.  And while Chelsea started in the gutter and stayed there, the ratings quickly sank to the same level – consistently drawing a pathetically small number of viewers and indicating that we as a nation aren’t completely desensitized – yet.  Some people at least don’t find a constant stream of sex jokes as entertaining.

Yet while abysmal ratings and reviews have indicated that this show is headed for the chopping block of cancellation – advertisers have blindly continued to empower the raunchy themes of Chelsea.  Sponsors of this episode include Pepsi, Dove soap, Ace Hardware, Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, Verizon Wireless, and, one of the main culprits is JC Penney.   JC Penney has sponsored a vast majority of the 12 episodes of “Are You There, Chelsea?”.

JC Penney, in attempting to re-image themselves, is choosing to sponsor shows that might be considered “edgy” – seemingly thumbing its nose not only at the family values the company was originally founded upon, but also at the families who have supported JC Penney over the years.

Take a look at our report here regarding JC Penney.

Click here to contact the advertisers of “Are You There, Chelsea?”.

Also, please click here to send a message to J.C. Penney regarding their increasing stance empowering shows which undermine our families and attack our faith.

Or write:

J.C. Penney Company, Inc. Myron Ullman, Chairman and CEO 6501 Legacy Drive Plano, TX 75024 Ph: 972-431-1000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            972-431-1000     end_of_the_skype_highlighting Fx: 972-431-9140

Media Relations Darcie Brossart (972-431-3400 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            972-431-3400     end_of_the_skype_highlighting) jcpcorpcomm@jcpenney.com

http://www.americandecency.org/archives/action-needed-take-a-moment-to-be-salt-and-light/#more-6494


J.C. Penney has emerged as a corporation that supports valueless, degrading, godless programming and agendas.

Let me count just a few ways.  The following is just a partial record of the kinds of degrading television programs J.C. Penney is sponsoring despite numerous emails from tens of thousands of people over a significant period of time.

Penney’s response?  Advertise on filth anyway.

“Are You There, Chelsea?”  “Modern Family”, “Glee”, “Smash”, “2 Broke Girls”, “Whitney”, “GCB”, “I Hate My Teenage Daughter”, Two and A Half Men”

Many of you are also aware of American Family Association’s stand and concern regarding J.C. Penney.  Quoting:

Recently JC Penney announced that comedian Ellen Degeneres will be the company’s new spokesperson. Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families. More sales will be lost than gained unless they replace their spokesperson quickly. Unless JC Penney decides to be neutral in the culture war then their brand transformation will be unsuccessful.

Their marketing strategy is to help families shop and receive a good value for their money. Degeneres is not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store. The majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there. The small percentage of customers they are attempting to satisfy will not offset their loss in sales.

JC Penney has made a poor decision and must correct their mistake fast to retain loyal customers and not turn away potential new, conservative shoppers with the company’s new vision.

“Importantly, we share the same fundamental values as Ellen,” said Michael Francis, president of J.C. Penney Company in a press statement. “At JC Penney, we couldn’t think of a better partner to help us put the fun back into the retail experience. Moving forward, we’ll be focused on being in sync with the rhythm of our customers’ lives and operating in a ‘Fair and Square’ manner that is rooted in integrity, simplicity and respect. We’re thrilled that she’s joining our team to help convey the exciting transformation under way.” “They have an incredible vision for the future and are completely re-inventing themselves to become America’s favorite store,” said DeGeneres in a press statement.

By jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon, JC Penney is attempting to gain a new target market and in the process will lose customers with traditional values that have been faithful to them over all these years. ….

http://onemillionmoms.com/IssueDetail.asp?id=436

Stark contrasting letter that J.C. Penney wrote last May in regard to The ad featured young teen and pre-teen girls in skimpy bikinis with the heading – “Fresh Recruits – We Make it Playful.  You Make it Fun.” http://bit.ly/kpzd75

Numbers of you, life-long Penney’s shoppers, communicated your concern and even stated you would cut up your Penney’s credit card!

Letter from J.C. Penney CEO Myron Ullman III to ADA president, Bill Johnson

Dear Mr. Johnson:

I would like to thank you and the American Decency Association members for contacting us to voice concerns over a recent jcpenney advertisement.  Taking a second look, I can see how this ad could be considered offensive, which was not our intention.  On behalf of jcpenney, I sincerely apologize for this lapse on our part.

Our Company was founded on The Golden Rule and continues to operate based on the core principles of value, quality and integrity.  Additionally, jcpenney has been committed to the positive development of children through our afterschool program.  Over the last 10 years, we have donated over $ 100 million dollars to afterschool programs across the country to help America’s kids be smart, strong and socially responsible.

To ensure we can avoid this type of situation from reoccurring again in the future, I have personally addressed this issue with the marketing team.  It is imperative that we be very conscientious and thoroughly evaluate our marketing messaging.

Again, I truly appreciate your feedback and hope that jcpenney can continue serving you in our stores and online at jcp.com.

Best Regards,

Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III

Please click here to send a message to the J.C. Penney sponsoring their increasing stance for godlessness and degradation

 

Or write:

 

J.C. Penney Company, Inc. Myron Ullman, Chairman and CEO 6501 Legacy Drive Plano, TX 75024 Ph: 972-431-1000 Fx: 972-431-9140

Media Relations Darcie Brossart (972-431-3400) jcpcorpcom@jcpenney.com

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http://www.americandecency.org/archives/j-c-penney-has-emerged-as-a-corporation-that-supports-filth/#more-6468