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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Happy Holidays to Jerry and Bill!

So, are you going to sue us? We just wished you Happy Holidays!
Two groups, Liberty Counsel, affiliated with the Rev. Jerry Falwell, and the Alliance Defense Fund, say they have almost 1,600 lawyer-volunteers ready to battle what some conservative Christians view as a secular movement against Nativity scenes, Christmas trees and even the greeting "Merry Christmas."

Governments that have put "holiday trees" on display have been lambasted, and retailers that wish customers "Happy Holidays" have been threatened with boycotts and pestered with phone calls and online petitions. Started three years ago, the campaign will be the groups' largest.

Falwell launched a "Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign" with a stated goal of preventing religious discrimination.
The idea that Christmas is under attack by "secularists" is laughable on its face. It's pretty ridiculous that people like Falwell and O'Reilly choose to spend their time screaming every time somebody says "Happy Holidays". What religious discrimination are you talking about?

God forbid that we have different ways to wish someone a Merry Christmas! There's nothing wrong with "Seasons' Greetings" or "Happy Holidays". The one thing nice about "Happy Holidays", though, is that you can use it to mean Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or Happy Kwanzaa, as those are all holidays.

"Happy Holidays" can also mean Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, of course. (Many Christians celebrate New Year's Day as part of the Christmas season, a "holiday" in its own right. For example, Catholics celebrate it as a feast day - Mary, Mother of God).

We see nothing wrong with calling a Christmas tree a Christmas tree, or calling Christmas lights Christmas lights. The alleged "war on Christmas" is a big conflict that is manufactured entirely by losers like O'Reilly and Falwel. They're getting angry for nothing.

There is no war on Christmas and no religious discrimination!

Want some clear evidence that this is all just a phony, manufactured crusade? Here's some for you:
Although Fox News hosts Bill O'Reilly and John Gibson have lambasted what they see as a "secular" "war on Christmas," Fox News' own online store advertised "Holiday" ornaments rather than "Christmas" ornaments, as apparently first noted on the weblog Daily Kos. The items are grouped under the category "Holiday Ideas."

O'Reilly, host of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, has recently waged a campaign against corporations that greet customers with "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." For his part, Gibson, the host of Fox News' The Big Story with John Gibson, has published a book titled The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought (Sentinel, October 2005).

Despite O'Reilly's specific criticism of those who use the term "holiday tree" instead of "Christmas tree," an O'Reilly Factor ornament for sale at the Fox News store features this tagline: "Put your holiday tree in 'The No Spin Zone' with this silver glass 'O'Reilly Factor' ornament."
Well, how embarrassing. Clearly, these guys don't have a shred of credibility whatsoever. The hypocrisy is simply amazing.

Of course, after they were caught, they quietly removed every reference to "holiday":
One day after Media Matters for America noted that the Fox News online store labeled its ornaments "Holiday" ornaments -- including one with The O'Reilly Factor logo -- the items have been renamed "Christmas" ornaments, and references to "your holiday tree" now refer to "your Christmas tree."
Unfortunately, it's too late for FOX. Their hypocrisy lives on in screenshots.

FOX caught in embarrassing gaffe

So, again we say: Happy Holidays to Jerry and Bill, and to wingnuts everywhere. May you have an enjoyable holiday season.

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