(Update) It is Time to Play that Same Broken War-on-Christmas Record

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Update:

Came across this graphic on Facebook that really captures the message I tried to convey and the concept of “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

With credit and thanks to the unknown originator.

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Original Post

There is nothing new about “The Faux Rage About a False War on Christmas,” by the so-called Religious Right.

We had it in 2004 when Bill O’Reilly started “agitating about a ‘war on Christmas’ with an assist in 2005 from Fox News Host John Gibson, the author that year of The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday is Worse Than You Thought.” So writes Dr. Jeff Schweitze, a former White House senior policy analyst the author of five books, at the Huffington Post in 2011.

And if you just Google “War on Christmas 2005,” you’ll find a slew of articles alleging such warfare, and try “War on Christmas 2006” and 2007, and 2008, and so on, until l we come to the latest edition, “War on Christmas 2013.”

Will the Right ever get off this silly, broken record?

Schweitze concludes his rather long, but well-worth-reading 2011 article as follows:

There is no war on Christmas; the idea is absurd at every level. You are probably being deafened by a rendition of “Jingle Bells” right now. But the Christian right is waging a war against reason. And they are winning.

I agree with most all of what Schweitze writes, except for the last sentence.

As I wrote in a letter at the Dallas Morning News, titled “Wars at Christmas,” way back in December 2005:

…the so-called “War on Christmas” continues to be a hotly debated topic. Otherwise perfectly sane people are accusing each other this year of being politically correct, anti-Christian or even un-Christian for using anything but Christmas in their greetings or descriptions of holiday images and activities.

Although I am a Christian, I must admit that I don’t give a ho-ho whether someone calls a decorated seasonal tree a “Christmas” tree or a “holiday” tree, or whether someone wishes me “Happy Holidays” or a “Merry Christmas” as long as they are sincere.

But silly me, I do care about “less important” issues such as the plight of the poor, the ongoing genocide in Darfur, and the continuing carnage in Iraq.

I wish all Americans peace and joy this Christmas/Holiday Season.

Yes, this letter was written in 2005, but just replace Darfur with Syria, Iraq with Afghanistan and, voilà!, it is current — as is the alleged War on Christmas. And, no, the Christian right is not winning because Christmas is not a political football game.

‘Nough said.

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Author: DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

8 Comments

  1. Since 2005?! Apparently we are no better at waging war on xmas then we are at waging war on drugs or establishing democracy in Islamic dictatorship nations who didn’t ask for it. Funny that. Maybe its time we get out of the war business.

  2. Well I already said my piece over here:

    http://themoderatevoice.com/18.....ent-357406

    That said, I have to add a bleak answer to your question, Dorian…

    Will the Right ever get off this silly, broken record?

    I wouldn’t hold my breath. Remember, these are the same sort of people who think 19th Century science (Darwin) is still too new and controversial to be taught in school. These are folks who believe a phrase (wall of separation between church and state) written by none other than the author of the Declaration of Independence is somehow at odds with what our Founding Fathers intended.

  3. We can do better.

    What a ragged, shoddy thing Christianity has come to be, honoring men and means, places and crowds…

    December 5th, 1948

    Jim Elliot.

  4. The ‘religious right’ needs to go on an annual “War on Christmas” offensive because it is the one proven way they know to distract the press, and the world in general, from comparing their actions over the previous year to who and what they profess to be. The numerous anti-christian activities, too many to count, that the ‘religious right’ both support and participate in simply doesn’t mesh with who they want us to think they are.

    And, unfortunately, their logic is sound… If they make enough noise about something that isn’t happening they will probably, once again, avoid having to answer for the hypocrisy between what they say they believe and how they act.

    Edit to add: My comments were not about the vast majority of Christians, they were about the religious right and those who support their notion that there is some sort of “War on Christmas.”

    I have no problem with, and much respect for, ‘normal’ Christians. The ones who live their lives practicing what they preach without a need to get in the face of those who don’t agree with them.

    From what I’ve seen these ‘normal’ Christians think this whole “War on Christmas” crap is a coverup too.

  5. Happy Holidays Everyone

  6. “What Steve K. said” and Happy Holidays to you, Heinrich

  7. Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

  8. Thanks Dorian. Love that graphic. :-)

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