Mike the Mad Biologist

A War on Christmas Question

Soon it will be the War on Christmas season wherein a bunch of assholes shriek hither and yon complaining that someone somewhere tried to remove a Christmas tree, and that said removal will lead to the Destruction of Judeo-Christian Civilization As We Know It.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s the last gasp of conservative white Protestants who have suddenly realized that now they are those people. So my question is, given the political shift this country has undergone, how do you think John Gibson’s attempt to use religious tribalism to sell really bad books the War on Christmas will play out?

I’m kind of hoping it will be rather muted this year as Fox News realizes that there isn’t much profit to be had in being the Appalachian News Network.

Discuss.

Comments

  1. #1 Mike
    November 8, 2008

    I’m am atheist and unaffected by the religious symbols on display throughout the holiday season. I like the lights and the happiness on display and can easily discard the underlying representations.

  2. #2 Blake Stacey
    November 8, 2008

    The people who profit most from shrieking about the War on Christmas are freaked out by the mere possibility of political change, and they’re playing to an audience whose members don’t exactly set world records for tolerance. I’d expect the howling in some quarters to get worse, not better.

  3. #3 RSG
    November 8, 2008

    I don’t quite agree with your final prediction. The base has to be kept in a froth, so it may be even more of a frantic war this year. With plunging ratings, drastic action is required.

  4. #4 RSG
    November 8, 2008

    Blake, I was referring to the original post, not yours, which I saw only after I posted.

  5. #5 Pierce R. Butler
    November 8, 2008

    The battle has already driven me out of stores which would have sold more stuff – to me – if they hadn’t piped that awful music through their PA systems.

    Roll out the heavy artillery!

  6. #6 Jessika
    November 8, 2008

    Bill O’Reilly has already started it. In fact, you get a free bumper sticker if you buy his book which says “We say Merry Christmas”, so Blake was right on.

  7. #7 Christmas Warrior
    November 8, 2008

    How about some alternate bumper stickers:

    Winter Solstice – The Reason For The Season

    Winter Solstice – Things Are Getting Brighter

  8. #8 jianying
    November 8, 2008

    Almost every symbol in Christmas, except the Christ child, is syncratized from pagan practices. So to me it always seems ironic for the war on christmas people get so worked up over christmas trees. Moreover there were sects that used to decry the commercialization of christmas as sacrilege. So even more irony there.

  9. #9 monkeybuttsmine
    November 8, 2008

    I get kind of annoyed by the “Merry Christmas!” greeting amymore, when so many people are not Christian and don’t necessarily celebrate Christmas. I much prefer the “Happy Holidays!” greeting, which I think is much more inclusive.
    So, when I get the “Merry Christmas” greeting, all they get back is a blank stare or a dirty look. I’m sorry, but I don’t celebrate Christmas and I don’t think people should be so presumptuous.

  10. #10 Alex Besogonov
    November 8, 2008

    What I like in Russia is that we celebrate New Year, not Christmas.

    Mainly because Orthodox Christmas is Jan 7, not Dec 26 (church here still uses Julian calendar).

  11. #11 penn
    November 9, 2008

    I like the slogan:

    Axial tilt is the reason for the season.

    It’s nerdy and accurate.

  12. #12 Blake Stacey
    November 9, 2008

    Growing up in a nonobservant family, I always figured “Happy Holidays” was what you said to include both Christmas and New Year’s, along with any other occasions people happened to be celebrating around that time. It was a superset of “Merry Christmas”, not the complement of it.

  13. #13 chris y
    November 10, 2008

    Io Saturnalia!

  14. #14 blf
    November 10, 2008

    A few years ago, I heard(? read, actually, I think, probably in The Irish Times) a comment to the effect that the only good thing about the christmas season was it’s the season to play The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York.

    I’ve no idea what the taliban, er sorry, fundies, think about it, but I imagine that, due to some of the language used, it probably puts their panties in a tight twist. (snickers)

  15. #15 Ross
    November 10, 2008

    I know I get upset every time one of these “Christians” goes around saying “Happy Holy Day”, instead of the traditional season’s greeting, “Lo, Saturnalia!” This war on tradtional values is crazy

  16. #16 Kimmer
    November 10, 2008

    I’ve always felt that when one doesn’t know if the holiday is celebrated it is best to be inclusive and say “Happy Holidays”. Since I’m pagan, last year I started responding to “Merry Christmas” with “Glad Yule”, but I think this was a bit too subtle; perhaps “Blessed Solstice” would have been better and gotten the desired reaction. This year I’m thinking of responding with “Happy Hanukkah”, as other than me my family is Jewish and we celebrate Hanukkah in our house and not Christmas.

  17. #17 Grimalkin
    November 10, 2008

    The American Family Association has had their “war on Christmas” panties in a twist for a couple weeks already.

    Because loss of privilege is the same as loss of rights, dontcha know.

  18. #18 meme
    November 21, 2008

    Itís Christmas again!! A time to cherish the beautiful white snow, smiling snowman, brightness of the Christmas dťcor and the yummy candies and cakes! From November onwards it becomes impossible to forget that Christmas is coming. Well to be honest I personally wait for it so that I can return home to meet my parents and girlfriend of course!
    With the passage of time lots of things about the celebration of Christmas has changed. I still remember when I was a kid, mom use to wait near the phone so that she becomes the first one to pick my brother call. We all use to have a fight as who is gonna be first to talk to him. Then I use to visit my relatives and friends with my parents who stayed near by.But now the net world has changed everything, especially the ecard trend. Itís so easy now to connect with our loved ones especially when you have so many ecard sites! One of free Christmas ecard site Being a new website meme4u.com really has fresh and cool greetings. The best part is if I write too meme4u.com regarding some card or idea they do take it seriously. Although the site has several errors but meme4u.com cards are really cool! So guys why donít you check it out, you will also get the right ecard you are looking for! And if any one of you knows any other fresh ecard website do let me know!

  19. #19 seks shop
    March 25, 2009

    thanks for all