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Published: 12/18/10

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? Americans Divided on That, Too

By  David Gibson - Politics Daily
Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? Americans Divided on That, Too

As if Americans weren't divided enough, even in this season celebrating peace and good will, the public is split over whether shops should greet customers by saying "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays." Related Stories Poll: Americans Prefer 'Merry Christmas' Just under half (49 percent) of those surveyed in a new poll said stores should have a "Merry Christmas" greeting policy, while 44 percent say businesses should opt for the more generic "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" out of respect for people of different faiths. Robert Putnam of Harvard, a leading scholar of relig...

Published: 12/9/10

Dallas Church Rats Out Stores That Say 'Happy Holidays.' But Who's the Real Grinch?

By  David Gibson - Politics Daily
Dallas Church Rats Out Stores That Say 'Happy Holidays.' But Who's the Real Grinch?

A prominent Texas church, First Baptist of Dallas, has sparked controversy with an online "naughty-or-nice" list that allows congregants to target stores that wish customers "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas," in the hope that Christian consumer buying power can remind retailers of the reason for the season. "Too many businesses have bowed down to political correctness," the Rev. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist, told The Dallas Morning News. "I thought this would be a fun way to call out businesses that are refusing to celebrate Christmas." The website, which launched th...

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