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Published: 12/22/10

Who's the Grinch? Christians Usually the Aggressors in 'Christmas Wars'

By  Jeffrey Weiss - Politics Daily
Who's the Grinch? Christians Usually the Aggressors in 'Christmas Wars'

The 2010 skirmishes in the "Christmas wars" hammer down a historical fact: Where there have been battles over the long millennia, the aggressors have most often been Christians trying to impose religious order on a festival that has never been as tame or faith-flavored as they would like. Consider the high dudgeon expressed by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) at the possibility of the legislature continuing to work past mid-December: "It is impossible to do all of the things that the majority leader laid out without doing -- frankly, without disrespecting the institution and without disrespecting one...

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...

Published: 12/17/10

Mike Huckabee: Don't Be Afraid to Call It Christmas

By  not in system - AOL News
Mike Huckabee: Don't Be Afraid to Call It Christmas

(Dec. 16) -- Former Gov. Mike Huckabee is talked about as a potential presidential contender in 2012. He currently hosts his own talk show on the Fox News Channel. And he's just out with a brand new Christmas book for kids: "Can't Wait Till Christmas." We caught up with Huckabee to get his take on the "war on Christmas" and a few other topics. Mike Wintroath, AP Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is a potential 2012 presidential candidate. You're out with a new Christmas book for kids. Every year at this time, we hear about the "war on Christmas." Do you really think Christmas...

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...

Published: 12/18/09

The 'War on Christmas' Comes Under Attack

By  Steve Pendlebury - AOL News
The 'War on Christmas' Comes Under Attack

(Dec. 18) -- Only 7 culture-war-fighting days left until Dec. 25. The annual conflict over the season of peace is raging again -- but lately, with an added twist. As predictably as Santa appearing at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving parade, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly and other conservative pundits have been cranking out War on Christmas reports. A few dispatches from the battlefront: "Why do they loathe the Baby Jesus?"; The Christmas Atheists Are Back; Why the Left Hates Christmas. Do the clerks say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" where you shop? Focus on the Family's Stand for...

Published: 12/24/08

War on Christmas: The Final Battle

By  Tommy Christopher and Caleb Howe - Politics Daily
War on Christmas: The Final Battle

The 'Red Ink' feature allows one writer to apply "corrections" and other notations to another writer's story. This story was written by Tommy Christopher, and Red Inked by Caleb Howe. It's Christmas Eve, so what better time to wage one final campaign in the War on Christmas?Today's edition comes to us courtesy of Captain Ed Morrissey, and it really boils the whole WOC down to its bare essentials. A columnist for The Washington Times goes all apoplectic about the Alexandria, Va, "Holiday Tree," and the similarly broad greetings he receives at retail establishments. Here's Ed's take: I...

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Published: 12/16/08

War on Christmas: Barney's White House Swan Song

By  Tommy Christopher - Politics Daily
War on Christmas: Barney's White House Swan Song

Day Ten of Tommy and Caleb's Twelve Days of the War on Christmas.(Phone Rings) Receptionist: Political Machine, how can I help you?Me: Hi, this is Tommy Christopher, I'm calling with my "War on Christmas" story.Receptionist: I'm sorry, sir, I don't...Me: I was wondering if I could just phone this one in.C'mon, 12 days is a lot! Caleb's been reduced to writing exposés of middle-school vandals. Cut me some slack here. Our treat today is the final "Barney" White House video (no, not the purple dinosaur, but you'll wish it was). I was going to feign apoplexy at the red, white, and blue tree, but...

Published: 12/15/08

War On Christmas: Stealing Jesus

By  Caleb Howe - Politics Daily
War On Christmas: Stealing Jesus

Day nine of Tommy and Caleb's Twelve Days of the War on Christmas. The culture battles in the war on Christmas are often comprised of small skirmishes. When interviewing Rev. Robert Schenck last week about Nancy Pelosi he told me about a type of vandalism that Nativity scenes across the nation endure, and which his own Faith and Action group had dealt with many times before: baby Jesus theft. You see, each year, Faith and Action displays a nativity on the front lawn of their DC office. Like many other nativity scenes, this one was routinely vandalized, usually by dint of theft....

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Published: 12/14/08

War on Christmas: Teacher Fired Over Santa Revelation

By  Tommy Christopher - Politics Daily
War on Christmas: Teacher Fired Over Santa Revelation

Day Eight of Tommy and Caleb's Twelve Days of the War on Christmas.Day Eight in the War on Christmas clearly has my amused detachment soundly defeating Caleb Howe's sober outrage, but today's story threatens my entire thesis. The London Daily Mail reports that a substitute teacher was fired for telling students that there is no Santa Claus:When excited youngsters became rowdy as they talked about Santa, the supply teacher blurted out: 'It's your parents who leave out presents on Christmas Day.' The class of seven-year-olds at Blackshaw Lane Primary School, Royton, near Oldham, Greater...

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Published: 12/11/08

War on Christmas: I Saw Someone Killing Santa Claus

By  Caleb Howe - Politics Daily
War on Christmas: I Saw Someone Killing Santa Claus

Day five of Tommy and Caleb's Twelve Days of the War on Christmas. I've already addressed the issue of the phrase "war on Christmas" being provocative and perhaps too broad. But we go to war with the phrases we have, not the phrases we need. It certainly is suitable enough as, unquestionably, assaults on Christianity in general and Christmas in particular are the matter at hand. At length, I've written about the disgusting atheist sign in Washington State. A sign which would never have been permitted if it were one religion writing about another. Secular forces have elected democrats,...

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