OT: the obligatory War on Christmas post
Danny Jones wheels out the phony war-on-Christmas trap-set and gives it a few licks. Sigh. Obviously, I’m unmoved by this crusade, not least of all because it’s simply not true that Christmas has been suddenly secularized by newly aggressive anti-Christian forces. On this point, I recommend David Greenberg’s recent article in Slate. Money quote:
The Christmas Warriors would have you believe that in the age of George “Jesus Changed My Life” Bush, secularism is newly on the march. Godless liberals, they suggest, have introduced the exotic phrase happy holidays into the lexicon and, in their spare time, have crassly commercialized the sacred observance of Christ’s birth. Actually, it’s these extremists who have grown newly assertive. They object to widespread holiday practices that have been deeply embedded in American life for decades.
Greenberg also points out helpfully that it was a Republican president (Eisenhower) who first made “Happy Holidays” the offical presidential greeting during this season (and that many other presidents, including Ronald “Shining City on a Hill” Reagan, followed Eisenhower’s lead). But history aside, I just always get the feeling that fighting the Christmas War is a painless way for a lot of Christians to paper over (or atone for) their own complicity in the commercialization of the Christmas holidays.
Update: now here’s a front of the War on Christmas we can all get behind: Disney copyrighting Santa Claus. Ho-ho-horrible.Email this Post