Monday, November 28, 2005

The War on Christmas

The latest non-issue to be endlessly hyped by Fox News and Bill O'Reilly is the so-called "War on Christmas." Apparently, several large retailers have decided to emphasize the "holiday season" in their December advertising, thereby attempting to increase their potential customer base to include celebrants of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, in addition to those of us who celebrate Christmas.

According to O'Reilly, this constitutes a massive assault on the long-suffering Christian shoppers, who are now forced to trudge through suburban shopping malls with nary a "Merry Christmas" to be heard. They have to make do with clerks who wish them "Happy Holidays" instead. How rude and insensitive can our retailers get?

In my experience, most children seem to think that Santa Claus is somehow related to Jesus, maybe his uncle or stepfather or something like that. Instead of blaming the merchants for trying to make a few extra bucks by being inclusive, I think we ought to ask Christian parents just what they are teaching their kids about Christmas. And, what exactly are these kids learning in their Sunday school classes?

Personally, I think all advertising should be banned during December anyway, but that's just my opinion. I could be wrong.


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