Reality Check: The war on Christmas: Fact or fiction?
This is my favorite time of year. It's a time for holiday traditions like eggnog, family gatherings, and of course, the war on Christmas.
The War on Christmas is the alleged surrender of American Christian values to the forces of political correctness. You can recognize the enemy by their use of the term "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas". Pretty insensitive to be more inclusive to the 25 percent of Americans who don't identify as Christian. The forces of humbuggery are all around us.
For example, in downtown Anchorage, we have a holiday tree-- not a Christmas tree.
The War on Christmas lost its most vocal warrior when Fox's Bill O'Reilly lost his War on women. This year, the banner has been picked up by none other than our president, who in October, made it clear to a gathering of his base that the war on Christmas would not be lost on his watch.
"We are stopping cold-- the attacks on Judeo Christian values," said the President. "We're saying 'Merry Christmas' again."
Okay, a couple of observations: first of all, who has prevented people from saying Merry Christmas? And secondly, when did Christmas become a Judeo-Christian value? You do understand the "Judeos" in question don't celebrate Christmas, right?
The President doubled down at the lighting of the White House Christmas tree.
"In 1870, President Ulysses S. Grant signed legislation making Christmas a federal holiday," said Mr. Trump. "And, I sort of feel we're doing that again. That's what's happening."
It's kind of hard to make something a federal holiday again when it never stopped being a federal holiday.
It's almost as if Donald Trump thinks he's the first President since Grant to wish Americans a Merry Christmas. But, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and even Bill Clinton each wished their fellow Americans a Merry Christmas.
In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find a President who hasn't.
So, let's be honest about what's really going on here.
The war on Christmas is little more than a fabricated controversy, fanned by those who find more value in dividing us than uniting us.
It was fake news when Fox News created it and it's fake news today.
As somebody who celebrates Christmas, I don't care if you say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.
If you find the greeting Happy Holidays to be too inclusive or an insult to your Christianity, I suggest you reconsider what it means to be an American and a Christian.
In fact, the only time Christmas has been banned in America was by Christians. The Puritans, those original evangelicals, banned it for 20 years in the belief that all that wassailing and celebrating was an offense to God.
Then again, what else would you expect from a bunch of immigrants?
John's opinions are his own and do not necessarily represent Denali Media or its employees.
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