Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Yes, Virginia, there is a war on Christmas
A "war on Christmas"??? John Gibson, popular Fox News anchor, has authored a counterattack on the secular Grinches' systematic efforts to eliminate Christmas (or Christ?) from the public square. As the editors of WorldNetDaily tell it:
In The War On Christmas: How the Conspiracy to Subvert Our Most Sacred Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought, ... Gibson reveals that this is not happening because of some cultural consensus. On the contrary, he explains that a thorough and virulent anti-Christmas campaign is being waged today by liberal activists, ACLU fanatics, craven politicians, sinister agenda-driven educators, and witless media mavens. But for all their efforts, the Grinches have not won: plucky Christians are already fighting to retake their place in the public square.
If you take the time to read his book, you will discover that the "War on Christmas" reveals:
Proof: Christmas is under attack in such a sustained and strategized manner that there is without any doubt a war on Christmas.
How the Constitutional concept of non-establishment of a religion has been twisted into a hostility to Christianity that is itself quite obviously unconstitutional common sight in American public schools every December: Hanukkah and Kwanza decorations proliferating everywhere, but nary a mention of Christmas.
How the war on Christmas is not just being fought in loony-left blue state strongholds, but in the American heartland.
The ACLU, ADL, and Americans for the Separation of Church and State: how they provide the legal muscle and contorted logic to anti-Christmas warriors while looking approvingly on public expressions of Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism.
The ridiculous lengths to which the ACLU has gone in its war against Christmas and its quest to remove all vestiges of Christianity from public life -- including its argument that a rural Georgia school calendar that contained the word "Christmas" represented state endorsement of Christianity and was thus unconstitutional.
Amateur constitutionalists who occupy positions of power in America, and are making up the law as they go along (often after being intimidated by the ACLU).
The ACLU lawyer who, on his lunch break, inspected a Christmas tree that had been set up in the Pennsylvania state capitol and found, among its thousand ornaments, three that were cross-shaped -- and promptly filed suit.
How liberals stir up fears of aggressive Christians' turning public schools into religious organizations and America into a theocracy to gain support for their war on Christmas
How officials forbade a Texas schoolgirl to give other students goodie bags inscribed "Jesus is the reason for the season."
Roger Ailes: how he put identification breaks that wished viewers "Merry Christmas" on the air on Fox News stations -- to the shock and horror of the politically correct establishment
The throngs of lawyers who are now willing to take on the ACLU and defend Christmas.
How Christmas has become the new litmus test of our nation's willingness to abide by its own Constitution, to make certain that people are free to express their religion without being told that they must keep their beliefs private and tucked out of sight.
Not only have ACLC types been toiling away like elves at the North Pole to eliminate Christmas from the public square, many retailers are listening to the advice of HR diversity specialists who have advised them to banish the word “Christmas” from their vocabularies. Despite the fact that more than 85% of Americans profess some Christian affiliation, management has been running scared of offending any segment of their demographic. Surprisingly, some of the most vocal critics of banishing Christmas have been Jewish and Islamic leaders who recognize in this campaign an attack on the very idea of faith itself.
So far, many of the chains have opted for the intentionally generic "Happy Holidays." Some of the major retailers which have refused to mention Christmas so far this season include Target, Kroger, Office Max, Walgreens, Sears, Staples, Lowe's, J.C. Penney, Dell and Best Buy.
Bah Humbug! Where is Jay Sekulow when we need him?
"The War on Christmas," by John Gibson
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Sentinel HC (October 20, 2005)