Where is Christmas, US Postal Service?

Where is Christmas, US Postal Service?

The USPS mailed an ad for their “holiday” stamps and proudly showcased the words Hanukkah, Kwaanza…and a gingerbread house on them. Where is Christmas?

Ooops. No wonder the postal service is bankrupt.

Did anyone in their crack research department happen to check out how many people send out mail associated with Hanukkah, Kwaanza and…gingerbread houses during the “holiday” season?

The Blaze was the first the notice the outcry in social media.

Now, it would be worthy to note that the USPS does offer Christian religious themed stamps. They have a Holy Family stamp and a Virgin and Baby stamp. They just weren’t showcased on this particular mailer.

However, as several emailers have pointed out to us nowhere in their “holiday” offering of stamps does the USPS use the word “Christmas”. Kwaanza is shown twice.

What to do? What to do? What to do?

After all, it’s not like the USPS can make the naughty lists of those who won’t say Christmas. And it is not like consumers have a choice of using a competitor to mail a Christmas card.

So they’re complaining. Loudly.

Your government at work — of the people, for the people, by the people.

Christmas Music Melodies Banned in SC Schools

Christmas Music Melodies Banned in SC Schools

South Carolina seems to be the hot bed of trouble with Christmas in schools this year.

This time the trouble appears to be internal. A school teacher at York Preparatory Academy in South Carolina directing music activities banned even instrumental melodies of Christmas carols from the school’s “Winter Concert”.

That’s right kids: don’t hum “Joy to the World” at school. That’s government shoving religion down your throats.

A student triggered the highlight of this event, taking his desire for Christmas music inclusion and bringing it to the attention of several adults and even the ACLU.

As has been demonstrated not once but TWICE this year by school districts in Wisconsin and New Jersey a school cannot just ban Christmas music just because it has a religious theme. This has been determined and established in the courts multiple times over the years.

According to World Net Daily the Alliance Defending Freedom — a well known pro-Christmas advocacy group — sent out more than 13,000 letters to school districts nationwide outlining what they courts have said for decades about Christmas music in public schools.

As we noted here earlier this year atheist/humanist groups threatened months ago to disrupt school concerts, events and activities associated with Christmas and they appear to be making good on those threats.

Expect more of this to come.

Charter School Kids to Humanists: Wanna Step Outside?

Charter School Kids to Humanists: Wanna Step Outside?

A great story is unfolding in Colorado tonight.

As reported earlier Sky View Academy charter school, like another small school counterpart in South Carolina, received a nasty-gram from the American Humanist Organization warning them not to participate in their traditional Christmas charity of choice, Operation Christmas Child.

Why?

Because Operation Christmas Child is tied to a Christian ministry. According to the twisted logic of the Humanist folks the schools sponsoring the charity event were guilty of endorsing religion, an activity they interpret is against the First Amendment. So they wrote the school and threatened to sue.

Limited on resources the school decided to comply with the demands of the American Humanist thugs.

Now for the good part:

Kids, parents, volunteers and citizens at large in Colorado packed their boxes of toys, relief materials and hygiene donations anyway — out on the public sidewalk in front of the school. According to Fox News:

Volunteers loaded shoe boxes into trucks and vans, while students held a religious liberty rally – hoisting signs condemning the humanists.

“Humanists hate kids,” read one sign. Another declared, “You won’t steal Christmas from children.”

Unruh said yesterday’s rally was a great life lesson for the young students.

“You stand up to bullies,” she said. “You don’t stand down. You stand up for your belief system.”

Is this a case where everyone wins?

After all, the kids still get their boxes, the students still perform their service and the American Humanists was key to getting it all done outside the walls of the school, right?

Wrong.

For the cost of a stamp the American Humanists successfully gained national attention and tons of media publicity. That the Grinch was beaten yet again is really immaterial to them. They won’t awaken tomorrow and take up the cry that a Christian organization is brainwashing poor kids half a world away, as they have been arguing all week. That was not their goal and you’ll hear nothing but silence from them as a result of this event.

They were just using those poor kids — and the good-willed students of SkyView Academy — to get their agenda passed in America: the complete removal of God from public spaces and out of the public discourse. They are forcing their beliefs on our beleaguered public institutions and they are doing it with a bully club and NOT the law.

And people wonder why states like Missouri, Texas, Alabama and Tennessee have passed such things as The Merry Christmas Bill.

TIME Sets New Record in Complaining about Christmas

TIME Sets New Record in Complaining about Christmas

Christmas this year falls on December 25th. Just like every year. Yet the media has persisted in complaining all season about “Christmas creep”. TIME magazine published on November 21st this article titled “Christmas Really is Earlier Than Ever This Year and Here’s Proof“.

We will be glad to address the points of this article on by one in simple fashion.

1. Wrong. The Kmart ad touting their layaway program was indeed 108 days before Christmas — two weeks later than their similar ad from a year ago.

2. Wrong. Those lists come out every year, usually in July. They were late this year.

3. Wrong. Those stations were late starters. Most began November 1st, just like last year.

4. Right. But Venezuela has continued a tradition of being ruled by a madman. That, and they are desperate to get out of their depression.

5. True. No two ways about it. Black Friday is dead. (And so, sadly, is Thanksgiving as a result)

6. Wrong. Tree sales have started at the same time as in the past.

How any of this is relevant to anything is beyond us. But nobody really reads TIME any way. Still, they are a news outlet and it would be nice if one of them would do a little research before they put up stuff like this. Clearly the media does not like Christmas and doesn’t want anyone else to like it either.

The only record being set this year is how LATE they continue to crap about it.

Another School Caves to Humanist Threat of Lawsuit

Another School Caves to Humanist Threat of Lawsuit

A Colorado school becomes the second in a week to curtail charitable activities associated with Operation Christmas Child.

SkyView Academy received a letter from the American Humanist Association threatening legal action if the school was a part of Operation Christmas Child, said Lorrie Grove, SkyView Academy board president.

“We felt shocked and disappointed,” she said. “It was hard to believe we were receiving a threatening letter based on the good intentions of our students.”

An email from the school to parents, informing them of the situation and decision, was sent out last week, just days before donations were scheduled to be collected.

The Samaritan’s Purse, a non-denominational Christian organization, sends shoeboxes filled with hygiene items, candy and gifts — and a Gospel message — to children around the world.

A group of SkyView students have been participating in the program for the past two years as part of their chosen community service project, Grove said.

Kimberly Saviano, president of the Humanists of Colorado, a local chapter of American Humanist Association, said she was unaware who sent the letter, but she agreed with what it said.

“I love the idea of the gifts to children, but there are certain proprieties tied with something like this, and that is when they go off the rails,” Saviano said.

The issue is not the gift, but the religious message that comes along with it, which acts as a catch for the generosity, Saviano said.

“There are places for these type of things and a public school is not one of them,” she said.

It was the SkyView board’s determination to cut ties with the program, not the district’s, said Michelle Yi, Douglas County School District spokeswoman.

“We respect that decision,” she said.

The choice may have been unanimous, but it was not an easy one to make, Grove said of the board’s move.

“It’s disappointing some meaningful efforts of our students were misinterpreted,” she said.

Some parents said they are appalled by the letter, but understand the school had to make the decision.

“It’s the definition of bullying,” said Kendal Unruh, a SkyView parent. “They know where these toys are going, and this effects innocent children all over the country.”

A rally will be held outside SkyView, on the public sidewalk, Wednesday afternoon as school gets out, in response to the letter, Unruh said.

Ruth VanSant, whose daughter Michaela was one of the founding members of the group to participate in Operation Christmas Child, said the students’ compassion has not been stifled.

“This is still happening,” she said.

Parents and students will be collecting for Operation Christmas Child before and after school, near the building on public property, VanSant said.

To get an idea of what packing a box means, please see this video featuring Uncle Si of Duck Dynasty:

Atheists Commercializing Winter Solstice

Atheists Commercializing Winter Solstice

The article over at ChristianPost.com warns that atheists are gearing up for the war on Christmas by selling greeting cards and bumper stickers. They even do a great job quoting a FFRF spokesperson:

“Most people think December is strictly for Christians and view the solstice as an intrusion, when actually it’s the other way around,” Dan Barker, FFRF co-president, said in a statement. “People have been celebrating the winter solstice long before Christmas. We see Christianity as the intruder, trying to steal the natural holiday from all of us humans.”

Indeed, if you go to the FFRF website you can read their press release about “gearing up for the war on Christmas” (they’re very proud).

Well, that’s curious.

More than 500 years before Christ there was a Prophet named Isaiah. He wrote these words:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty gGod, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

That scripture, that prophecy is familiar to millions, Christian and Jew alike. It celebrates the birth of a Child, an event that was recognized and celebrated for thousands of years before it occurred.

Where does the FFRF think the traditions of Winter Solstice came from? Just what were they celebrating with Winter Solstice? Was it “reason”? Was it “logic”? Was it “science”?

No. It was none of those things.

A study of pagan history reveals the winter solstice was a period of celebrating good fortune, driving away evil spirits, paying homage to various Gods, etc.

It had nothing to do with modern godlessness.

In other words, it embraced NOTHING that constitutes the beliefs of modern atheism.

We’re not mocking those beliefs.

We just don’t think a group like the FFRF who likes to accuse Christianity of stealing icons and traditions to fall into the same trap.

How to Ruin Any Christmas by Mr. Obama

How to Ruin Any Christmas by Mr. Obama

A new campaign by the Obama administration suggests that you discuss healthcare for Christmas this year.

No kidding.

Announced on Twitter and Facebook feeds associated with BarackObama.com the new graphics show computer-generated snowman suggesting “The best way to spread holiday cheer is by talking about healthcare at this time of year”, a thinly veiled throwback to the Christmas movie “Elf” where lead character Buddy declares “The best way to spread holiday cheer is singing loud for all to hear”.

There’s not much cheery about these graphics. The word “Christmas” is conspicuously missing, the colors are teal and white, and the healthcare icons are kind of creepy for Christmas.

There are going to be those out there who think we’re kidding about this. So check out Health Care for the Holidays yourself.

You’ll get great tips for talking about healthcare while sipping the eggnog. For example, if someone says they cannot afford health insurance, BarackObama.com wants you to tell this this whopper:

There are a variety of plans available in the new health insurance marketplace, so you can pick one that fits your budget. There’s also financial assistance available based on how much you make. In fact, almost 6 in 10 uninsured Americans may be able to get coverage for $100 a month or less.

Kind of makes you want to sing “Jingle Bells”, eh?

Seriously, we can make this stuff up. Watch the official video:

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Lincoln’s Assault on the Constitution

Lincoln’s Assault on the Constitution

Another day and there is another story of Christmas being taken away from a community over a false claim of “separation of Church and State”. It is a common story: a close knit community that has celebrated Christmas for years suddenly loses or changes the event because someone complains that it is government forcing religion on the population.

Not like that hasn’t been done before.

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared a holiday proclaiming, in part, “… It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

That holiday is Thanksgiving.

It gets remembered and celebrated every year across the country. In 2010, President Barack Obama said “As we stand at the close of one year and look to the promise of the next, we lift up our hearts in gratitude to God for our many blessings, for one another, and for our Nation.” (He omitted this line in subsequent declarations in 2011 and 2012, however).

By contrast, this declaration making Christmas a national holiday pales by comparison:

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following days, to wit: The first day of January, commonly called New Year’s day, the fourth day of July, the twenty-fifth day of December, commonly called Christmas day, and any day appointed or recommended by the President of the United States as a day of public fast or thanksgiving, shall be holidays within the District of Columbia, and shall, for all purposes of presenting for payment or acceptance of the maturity and protest, and giving notice of the dishonor of bills of exchange, bank checks and promissory notes or other negotiable or commercial paper, be treated and considered as is the first day of the week, commonly called Sunday, and all notes, drafts, checks, or other commercial or negotiable paper falling due or maturing on either of said holidays shall be deemed as having matured on the day previous.

As the so-called “war on Christmas” heats up for 2013 and the complaints come in of children singing about Jesus, of religious displays on court house lawns, of the word “Christmas” attached to a “holiday” tree, let us remember that the Constitution does NOT mention or use the word “SEPARATION” in regards to government or religion.

There is NO such thing as “separation of Church and State”.

It is the Establishment Clause most cited in the Constitution by those attempting to remove Christmas from the public. This is the establishment clause, also known as the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Courts have continually established that the use of the word “Christmas”, the practice of declaring a holiday named “Christmas”, or the public celebration of the same using trees, Nativities, or other symbols common to the season does NOT constitute the establishment of a religion by the government.

Did Lincoln assault the Constitution with his declaration of Thanksgiving?

Do all Americans spit in the eye of church-versus-state separatists by celebrating Thanksgiving?

Does making a Christmas tree a “holiday tree” really correct anything — especially since the word holiday really means HOLY day?

Retailers War on Christmas

Retailers War on Christmas

Time for a discussion about a real battleground on Christmas: the store.

It does not matter where that store is — online or offline, it is the same. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking retailers of today or retailers a century ago. Past or present, the only real war that has been waged relative to Christmas has been the one for the dollars.

The cry this year stems from retailers who have forgotten that Black Friday falls on a Friday or that a day-after-Thanksgiving sale can’t be called that if it takes place on Thanksgiving.

When some protest evolved last year, culminating with a threatened strike that fizzled at Walmart, retailers took the cue that there’s really nothing about Thanksgiving as a holiday that is sacred: except that it is a great time to hold a sale, all in the name of Christmas.

Kmart used to own the Thanksgiving day shopping business. Opening early in the morning, closing for afternoon “Turkey time” and re-opening during the evening hours had been a Kmart tradition for several years. Now they have to compete with Walmart, Target, JCPenney and even Macy’s, who are approaching the 100 year anniversary of hosting the annual Thanksgiving Day parade, and all of which now tout Thanksgiving day and evening as the start of their Black Friday sales.

It used to be folks would line up for 4am sales at these stores. If they wait until then this year, they will miss it.

Retailers say two things about these trends: first, this is what the customer wants. Indeed, the protests this year are smaller and we’re betting the media will cover the elbow-throwing of Thanksgiving night better than they have of Black Friday morning over the years.

But retailers also claim they have no choice but to do this because the computer, tablet and smart phone never stop selling. The “e-Tailers” of the world (Amazon, Apple, etc) can sell on Thanksgiving without controversy and have done so now for years. Old fashioned stores say they have to do this to compete.

But it goes oh so deeper than that.

Winding its way through Congress right now is a bill called the Marketplace Fairness Act.

We have to be careful with how they name these new laws. Does anyone ever call Obamacare by the “Affordable” Care Act anymore? It’s the same thing with the innocent sounding Marketplace Fairness Act — a wolf in sheep’s clothing if there ever was one.

The bill would require any business, large or small, selling product at retail online to collect taxes for all 50 states.

Think about that for a minute. You go to Amazon on Thanksgiving Day to get one of their big deals and depending upon where you say you live — or, rather, where your credit card reveals where you live — you will pay more for an item than it is listed.

Big deal, right? Sales taxes are a part of life, correct?

Not if you’re living in Newport Beach where you’ll pay about 10 percent more for that great deal than say, anyone in Delaware — which doesn’t have sales tax at all.

What are sales taxes used for? Well, any city or state will tell you that sales taxes go to support the infrastructure where that business is located.

This, says retail groups, is fair.

What they don’t say is that an Internet based retailer working from the middle of nowhere in low-cost Nevada will have to hire expensive attorneys and accountants to defend itself from auditors from…oh, all fifty states. Those doing business online will have to report sales from each zip code and prove to auditors they are being truthful about the taxes they collect. What is that going to cost and who is going to pay for it?

And what about those big boys — such as Walmart, Kmart, Target, JCPenney, Sears, etc — who have both online and offline operations? Won’t they, in fact, just get stronger?

Yes, there is a real battle going on here and at the very center of it is the tiny little holiday they claim makes all this necessary.

And until consumers learn the simple lessons of Dr. Seuss the madness only deepens.

New Record in Whining About Christmas Creep

New Record in Whining About Christmas Creep

With a mere 40 days to go until Christmas the Washington Post has published an epic anti-Christmas rant complaining about…Christmas creep. Yep, November 15th, folks. That’s a new record for a very old whine.

They even headline the piece “Fighting the War on Christmas”, unknowingly supporting our idea that complaining about Christmas is actually part of the war on Christmas. (Of course, it is also the Washington Post today that is about a month late reporting on the latest skirmishes of Christmas music in the schools. Guess they didn’t want to break that news too soon).

They are not alone.

Salon, which seems to sometimes corner the market on snarkiness, just launched a piece about the war on autumn. Clever.

Out in Texas, a land of perpetual Christmas love, the managing editor of the Rockwall Herald Banner from some place called Greenville, Texas launched a tirade about his love/hate relationship with Christmas. Even though it probably pays the bulk of his salary he hates everything from lights to commercials. His comments about Christmas music being “musical diarrhea” are not to be missed but remember he is in Texas…so it is the secular stuff of Christmas he really hates.

Targets Removes Offensive Christmas Card

Targets Removes Offensive Christmas Card

Target has removed a Christmas card from its shelves after complaints that it was offensive.

Some said the card is insensitive to people with mental illness.

The card depicts a choir inside of a mental hospital called the Mental Christmas Choir.

There’s a word bubble above their heads that reads, “do you hear what I hear?” The inside of the card reads, “go crazy, it’s Christmastime!”

“People with mental illness. Sometimes they hear voices. To show that on a card and have this be sold is not sensitive to people with mental illness,” said a statement from the western Massachusetts office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Target officials said they are looking into the cards.

Charter Schools a New Battle Ground in Christmas Correctness

Charter Schools a New Battle Ground in Christmas Correctness

The hub-bub in Wisconsin over Christmas music has barely died down yet schools continue to take center stage in the so-called War on Christmas.

Today, Fox News is reporting that a charter school in Georgia sent home a note to parents indicating that music for the upcoming “holiday” program would include Jingle Bells, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Feliz Navidad. Since the incensed parent could not get a return call from the school principal he called Fox News instead, who was only too happy to talk about it. The note concluded by saying that religious songs would not be included. Fox News couldn’t wait to breathlessly report this dramatic battle.

It’s okay for boys and girls at The Main Street Academy to jingle bells, but expressing joy to the world is forbidden. It’s a classic case of Christmas censorship – in writing.

Mr. Woods called the charter school and asked to speak to Jeffrey Homan, the principal. But the principal never returned his telephone calls. So Woods, who is an avid reader of my column, decided to contact me. I returned his call.

“I’m extremely outraged to be honest,” he said. “My family and I – we’re Christians, we’re believers.”

Part of this is kind of funny: Feliz Navidad is the Spanish equivalent of “Merry Christmas”, translating literally to “Happy Nativity”. We wonder how the charter school let that one slip through.

There’s a couple of other things to note about this case: Charter schools are typically less regulated that typical public schools. They say they are compliant with state standards but the truth is that in most states school districts loathe charter schools because they tend to promote themselves as “better” public school institutions and generally take their own path in meeting state requirements. They also bear the burden of less funding. Charter schools do NOT have the resources to fight law suits and even though parental support is typically better in the smaller student body count in charter schools they are more limited in what money they have.

That has a bearing on another charter school under fire in South Carolina. According to TheBlaze.com,  East Point Academy in West Columbia, S.C. recently quit a volunteer program to pack Christmas boxes for needy children as part of a campaign to support Operation Christmas Child. This three-year tradition was abruptly halted right in the middle of the season because the charter school received a dreaded letter threatening legal action by American Humanist Association’s Appginani Humanist Legal Center.

The charter school director, probably over a lunch of ramen noodles, knew they didn’t have the money to fight such a case and immediately withdrew the school sponsorship of the charity.

The American Humanist goons attacked on the basis that sending these nefarious boxes of Christmas goodies constituted and blatant attempt to convert third-world children to Christianity, thus making poor little East Point Academy guilty of violating the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Yeah, you read that right: just because a couple of godless boobs wrote a letter a bunch of kids in Chuma-Wumba won’t get getting Christmas this year. Bah-humbug.

Charter schools are pretty easy targets. Like any school, they don’t want to offend anyone — unless they are Christian, then it’s OK — and they certainly don’t want to end up in court.

 

The Gap Caves, Will Say Merry Christmas

The Gap Caves, Will Say Merry Christmas

For years the battle has raged: the American Family Association targeted The Gap and associated companies and brands for not using the words “Merry Christmas” in its advertising and signage. After eight years the battle is over: The Gap concedes and will begin using the dreaded C-word again:

As we near the holiday season I want to update you on how Gap, Inc.’s family of brands will celebrate the Christmas season. As a global retailer, we embrace the diversity of our customers and respect a variety of traditions and faith during the holidays, including Christmas.

Starting today, every Gap Outlet window will have signs that say “Merry Christmas” along with Christmas trees and wreaths throughout their stores.

So says Bill Chandler, a Vice-President-in-Charge-of-This-Kind-of-Stuff for The Gap, in an open letter to the AFA that NO major media has bothered to cover.

Chandler said in the letter that a “special Christmas-themed event” was being planned for all of its Old Navy stores in mid-December, adding that the stores’ websites will also include “Christmas-related products.”

American Family Association President Tim Wildmon said in an email to supporters that eight years ago, nearly 80 percent of retailers abandoned Christmas for a non-offensive, generic holiday approach. The group attributes some retailers’ turnaround to the grassroots pressure the assocation’s supports have put on companies waging a “war on Christmas.”

“AFA began working with GAP Inc. about five years ago when it adamantly refused to use the term ‘Christmas’ in any of its seasonal advertising,” Wildmon said in the email. “For that reason, AFA asked you to boycott Gap stores during the Christmas shopping season last year. Your efforts have paid off.”

We now return you to your regularly scheduled war on Christmas featuring schools and court houses.

YMCA Upsets Members by Failing to Say Christmas

YMCA Upsets Members by Failing to Say Christmas

North Carolina members of the YMCA are upset by a fund raising email asking for support of the poor during the holiday season. The email encouraged them to select a name from the holiday tree and make a holiday donation.

Mary Vaca, who attends church at the Morrison YMCA in Ballantyne, was offended by a recent email from the Y asking her to help the needy this Christmas, but the word Christmas was never mentioned.

“I didn’t think a day would come, when a Christian group would fall to the political correctness pressure,” said Vaca.

Vaca was shocked at the absence of the word Christmas, especially the holiday tree remark.

As she puts it, dismissing the masses to prevent offending the few.

“They do not have a problem offending those of us who are Christians by calling something what it is not,” said Vaca.

Morrison Y Director Laura Smith said the holiday tree phrase is not about fear of offending non-Christians.

“It takes place and starts before Thanksgiving, goes past Christmas, so we named it holiday because it goes through multiple holidays,” she said.

The War on Sarah Palin Begins

The War on Sarah Palin Begins

We told you a book about Christmas from Sarah Palin was a very bad idea. It hits bookshelves this week and already the roar is deafening.

New York Magazine has a review with audio clips, Sarah Palin saying things like this:

An angry atheist with a lawyer is one of the most powerful persons in America.

Or this…

Atheism’s track record makes the Spanish Inquisition seem like Disneyland by comparison.

This is exactly why we didn’t want to see Sarah Palin talk about Christmas. These broad strokes, condemning all atheists, do no favors for any fan of Christmas. While we take our shots here at the activists of atheism such as the Freedom from Religion Foundation we feel it important to point out that for every militant group out there we find thousands of silent, respectful and Christmas-loving atheists who do not agree with such movements that attack the presence of Christmas in public.

To attack all atheists in a book as counter-Christmas is like saying all Muslims are terrorists and all Christians are bigots.

Palin’s predictable assault on the use of “Happy Holidays” over “Merry Christmas” is another short-sighted, tired, and ultimately flawed Christmas logic:

Walgreens’ 24-page nationwide circular used the word holiday 36 times without one mention of Christmas.

This is a ridiculous notion. There is no crime, no offense, and certainly nothing out-of-place with the use of the word “holiday”. Late December is a time filled with holidays — Christmas, Channukah, Kwaanza, New’s Year’s Eve — who is any retailer to decide which of these celebrants buys gifts in their store? It’s not like Walgreens is saying “everyone except Christmas shoppers come shop with us”. Walgreens never gets credit for their Easter sales and folks like Sarah Palin never seem to mention that. The simple assault on “Happy Holidays” is the oddest battle in the war on Christmas and hanging on to it makes ardent Christians like Sarah Palin look stupid.

What is particularly painful about Palin’s book is that on many points she is completely correct:

The war on Christmas is the tip of the spear in a larger battle to secularize our culture, and make true religious freedom a thing of America’s past.

This is a true statement and she and others would be wise to stop using Christmas as the big stage to hold the discussion. They get sucked into the dumb attacks against Christmas because they view them as an opportunity to say “I told you so.” In some cases, they are correct (such as not singing Christmas songs in public schools). But others look just goofy — such as complaining about Christmas lights (there were no Christmas lights at the Nativity, folks and sometimes folks can over-do them to the detriment of a neighborhood. It’s isn’t anti-Christmas to say that, it is common sense).

Sarah Palin is the wrong person saying the wrong things in the wrong way at the wrong time. Her publishing a book some 45-days before Christmas makes her guilty of commercializing Christmas as much as anyone. When this book was announced in March would have been a better time for her to make her case.

What the War on Christmas really needs is a rational Christian to step forward and blow the whistle on the likes of Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly and others who paint with broad strokes and tend to forget and/or never know the true history of Christmas.