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  • Does a Wreath Mean Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

    12/09/2014 7:05:28 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Megan Turchi
    A Boston woman is asking the city of Boston to include a menorah next to the wreaths at the Boston Public Library. According to WHDH, Esther Weissman considers a wreath to be a symbol of Christmas. “The wreaths are a seasonal display; they are secular symbols and do not represent any religion,” the Boston Public Library said in a statement to CBS Boston. Weissman thinks otherwise. “If this is a city of inclusion and diversity and fairness for everybody, then it seems like an easy thing to do,” Weissman told WHDH.
  • Refusing a sobriety test during the holidays not an option

    12/16/2013 8:56:37 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 150 replies
    Valleycentra ^ | 12.15.2013 | Valeria Aponte
    Troopers all across Texas are going after drunk drivers this holiday season. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is aiming to lower the amount of drunk drivers across the state by increasing the amount of troopers, working overtime, and enforcing stricter rules. No refusals are among the stricter rules being enforced, meaning if an officer believes you are drunk and asks you to take a blood test you will most likely have to still take one. If you say no, the officer will get a warrant from a judge immediately to get your blood specimen. Saying no to a...
  • 68% Prefer 'Merry Christmas' Over 'Happy Holidays'

    11/29/2012 6:48:14 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | November 27, 2012
    Most Americans still prefer signs in stores that say “Merry Christmas” rather than ones with “Happy Holidays.” A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% of American Adults prefer Merry Christmas. Just 23% like Happy Holidays instead.
  • By 2-to-1 Margin, Americans Prefer 'Merry Christmas' Over 'Happy Holidays'

    12/23/2011 1:04:31 PM PST · by Coleus · 11 replies
    cnsnews ^ | 12.22.11 | Pete Winn
    Americans overwhelmingly prefer the traditional “Merry Christmas” greeting over the “Happy Holidays” that some stores and businesses require their employees to utilize at this time of year.  A new Marist Poll of 1,026 adults nationwide finds that 64 percent – nearly two-thirds – think the appropriate greeting should be “Merry Christmas,” while 31 percent favored “Happy Holidays.” The sentiment was strongest in the Midwest (70 percent) -- but income level made no difference -- with the same level of support (64 percent) for those who made under $50,000 as those who made over $50,000 a year. People 45 or older...
  • Are you offended by 'happy holidays' instead of 'merry Christmas'? (Freep this poll)

    What do you think? Are you offended by 'happy holidays' instead of 'merry Christmas'?
  • In 'The War on Christmas,' Christmas is winning

    11/22/2010 2:27:10 PM PST · by Bad~Rodeo · 58 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | 11/22/2010 | Natalie Zmuda
    For increasing number of retailers this year, no more 'Happy holidays'... NEW YORK — The War on Christmas may be in its final days. This season, merry Christmas — not happy holidays or season's greetings — will dominate retailer's marketing messages. There will be Christmas sales and Christmas trees and Christmas carols galore. That has the American Family Association, arguably one of the loudest voices advocating the use of Christmas in retailer's marketing messages over the past few years, predicting that its crusade could conclude in the next year or two. Randy Sharp, director-special projects at the AFA, said that...
  • Understanding the True Spirit of Christmas

    12/20/2009 11:07:48 PM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 1 replies · 297+ views
    MSMB ^ | December 21, 2009 | Rob W. Case
    If I came up to you and asked you how what the spirit of Christmas means to you, how would you respond? Let’s see if your answers would match the answers I would expect if I did ask. I think that if I asked that question some would answer saying that the Spirit of Christmas is about being with your friends or relatives for the Holidays. Yet the reality for too many people is that spending Christmas with their loved ones, if they go so far as to actually call them “loved” ones often becomes a chore, as many people...
  • A 21st Century Christmas Carol

    12/20/2009 10:56:47 PM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 1 replies · 350+ views
    MSMB ^ | December 21, 2009 | Rob W. Case
    Just about everybody is in some way or another acquainted with the classic Charles Dickens story “A Christmas Carol”. A Christmas Carol was released in 1843 and it was essentially a story about the coldness of the human heart and the greed affiliated with it. The story’s character, Ebenezer Scrooge is so greedy and yet so wealthy, that he holds contempt for those who need money for charity, those who need money to survive, and those who want to spend money on gifts for other people. To Scrooge, everybody is more or less a being of consumption in the sense...
  • From 0.7% Christian Japan, "MERRY CHRISTMAS" To All (It Is Said & Seen EVERYWHERE Here)

    12/02/2009 5:54:36 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 70 replies · 2,302+ views
    AmericanInTokyo ^ | 3 December 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    CHRISTMAS IN JAPAN can be a little lonely and isolated for the Westerner here. What with the distance from “home” and cultural differences. Little things, here and there. Missing some of the usual things from back home, especially for people like one particular 'American in Tokyo'. This year 2009 is again no different. However, in many respects I must say there is nevertheless one little thing that is so refreshing about being stuck in Japan during Christmas—after a few years—and for the occasions one cannot make it back "home". It is almost like the clock has been refreshingly and...
  • Take Christ Away From The Happy Holiday Crowd

    11/29/2009 5:11:05 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 31 replies · 945+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 11/29/2009 | John G. Winder
    I’d like to specifically request that retailers all over the U.S. stop saying “Merry Christmas” altogether. In fact, I want retailers to remove the word “Christmas” from all of their print ads, radio spots, TV spots, billboards, and in-store displays and decorations. I think it’s the least we can do for our Savior.
  • Best Buy ad Celebrates Eid al-Adha but not Christmas (Best Buy Is in Serious Need of FReeping)

    11/28/2009 5:24:29 PM PST · by TBP · 43 replies · 2,041+ views
    Right Pundits ^ | November 24th, 2009 | Bryan McAffee
    The war on Christmas continues. Here is a picture of the national Best Buy ad inviting folks to celebrate Thanksgiving and . . . Eid al-Adha, which is a Muslim festival of sacrifice. It’s actually a festival that sacrifices of goats in similitude of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son. Best Buy adNow, I have nothing against Best Buy celebrating a Muslim holiday, in fact I think it’s a wonderfully inclusive thing to do. No, the problem I have is that in 2006 Best Buy discontinued the use of “Merry Christmas” in their holiday advertising. Here is a posting from...
  • Obama's Special Ramadan Guest (terrorist's defense attorney)

    09/02/2009 1:44:35 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 15 replies · 1,374+ views
    The White House invited an ACLU attorney, who has built a career over the past six years of litigating against the United States in support of terrorists, to an official White House dinner last night to celebrate Ramadan with President Obama. Jameel Jaffer, who runs the ACLU's "national security project," has filed lawsuits challenging the FBI's "national security letter" authority, the constitutionality of warrantless wiretaps, and has been a leader in pushing for the shut down of Guantánamo Bay, and providing legal rights to terrorists held by the United States overseas in such countries as Iraq and Afghanistan. His efforts...
  • Which Americans are famous for high school students?

    02/06/2008 7:08:34 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 50 replies · 119+ views
    February 6, 2008 | me
    A USA Today story "High schoolers name women, black Americans 'most famous'" by Greg Toppo (no link for copyright reasons) lists the 10 most famous Americans (excluding presidents and first ladies) according to high school students. I think 8 of the 10 figures ought to be covered in history classes (excluding Oprah Winfrey and Marilyn Monroe), but it does appear that who gets taught is being determined by race and sex quotas.
  • From 1% Christian Japan, "MERRY CHRISTMAS" To All (It Is Said & Seen EVERYWHERE Here)

    12/23/2007 11:27:55 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 119 replies · 764+ views
    AmericanInTokyo and Flickr.com ^ | 23 December 2007 | AmericanInTokyo
    Christmas in Japan can be a little lonely and isolated for the Westerner. What with the distance and cultural differences. Missing the usual things from back home, especially for one 'American in Tokyo'. This year 2007 is no different. However, in many respects there is nevertheless one little thing that is so refreshing about being stuck in Japan during Christmas—after a few years--for the occasions one cannot make it back "home". It is almost like the clock has been turned back years to a simple and brighter time in our own country. An era years before the phenomenon of "political...
  • York housing agency bans religious decorations (SCROOGE ALERT UPDATE)

    12/23/2007 4:58:07 AM PST · by Nextrush · 25 replies · 243+ views
    The York Dispatch ^ | 12/21/07 | Daina Klimanis
    In Christmases past, residents of Kingston House in West York hung a tree with Santa Clauses and decorated a common room with puzzles showing Christ in a manger. School groups and carolers came through the halls singing "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and other popular Christian hymns. But things are different this December. At Kingston House and other properties owned by the York Area Development Corporation, songs or decorations in common areas must be secular. The same policy applies to hundreds of tenants in York City's Delphia House and other apartments managed by the development...
  • War on 'Merry Christmas'?

    12/19/2007 3:24:33 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 4 replies · 157+ views
    Aiken Standard ^ | December 09, 2007 | HALEY HUGHES
    War on 'Merry Christmas'? http://access.aikenstandard.com/archive_detail.php?archiveFile=./pubfiles/aik/archive/2007/December/09/site-localnews/143446.xmlhttp://tinyurl.com/26bjsbDecember 09, 2007 By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer What would you say if someone wished you a "Merry Christmas"? Would your response be "Merry Christmas to you, too," or would you ever so subtly correct them by throwing out the more politically correct term, "Happy Holidays"? Would you say anything at all? In an ever-increasingly PC world, it seems "Happy Holidays" is the more accepted greeting passed from person to person when the holiday season (whatever the holiday may be) arrives. The fear of offending someone by referring to Christianity's most treasured figure has driven individuals...
  • Help Sink Old Navy's Blockade (taking political correctness to the extreme)

    12/18/2007 7:51:28 AM PST · by Heartofsong83 · 40 replies · 396+ views
    American Family Association (via e-mail) | 12/18/07 | Donald E. Wildmon
    Help Sink Old Navy's Blockade Dear Craig, You would think a company that gets the vast majority of its business from Christians would be respectful of its customers. Such is true of companies that don't have an anti-Christian bias. But not at Old Navy. Old Navy has put a blockade around Christmas. Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic are owned by the same company. And all three boycott Christmas. At these stores, Christmas isn't allowed because a handful of non-Christians are offended. Old Navy doesn't want to offend non-Christians. But they sure don't worry about offending Christians. They will take...
  • Howie Carr live thread week of Dec 17 2007

    12/17/2007 8:44:30 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 43 replies · 206+ views
    HowieCarr.com ^ | 12/17/07 | raccoonradio
    Howie Carr live thread for week of 12/17/07
  • Americans get fed up with 'Happy Holidays'

    11/24/2007 5:13:01 AM PST · by Man50D · 37 replies · 66+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | November 24, 2007
    A new poll finds Americans overwhelmingly prefer that stores use the phrase "Merry Christmas" in their seasonal advertising rather than "Happy Holidays. The Rasmussen survey found 67 percent favor "Merry Christmas" while just 26 percent prefer "Happy Holidays." Rasmussen said the poll results were the same for males and females, and there were few demographic differences. A sharp difference, however, showed up between Republicans and Democrats. While 88 percent of Republicans prefer "Merry Christmas," just 57 percent of Democrats favor the saying.
  • (Rasmussen Poll) 67% Prefer Merry Christmas While 26% Opt For Happy Holidays

    11/23/2007 11:29:53 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 62 replies · 67+ views
    Rasmuseen Reports ^ | Thursday, November 22, 2007 | Rasmussen Reports
    67% Prefer Merry Christmas while 26% Opt for Happy Holidays Thursday, November 22, 2007 As the holiday season begins, 67% of American adults like stores to use the phrase “Merry Christmas” in their seasonal advertising rather than “Happy Holidays.” A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 26% prefer the Happy Holidays line. There is no gender gap on this question and few demographic differences. From a politically partisan perspective, 88% of Republicans prefer “Merry Christmas” while just 57% of Democrats favor the saying. Heading into Thanksgiving week, only 27% say they have begun their Christmas or holiday shopping...
  • Holiday task force gives decoration suggestions for city [PC Alert]

    11/08/2007 3:13:15 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 114+ views
    The Coloradoan | Nov 7, 2007 | KELLI LACKETT
    Holiday task force gives decoration suggestions for city This article discusses a proposal by the city of Fort Collins, CO to establish a task force to consider policies related to city-sponsored holiday displays. The "educational and multicultural" display would represent both religious and non-religious celebrations that occur between Nov 1 and Jan 30.
  • A Sword Will Pierce Your Heart (The dark side of Christmas.)

    12/22/2005 11:46:42 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 46 replies · 861+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 22, 2005 | Amy Welborn
    About a year ago, my husband and I traveled across the chilly cornfields of Indiana to have our younger son baptized...Babies, love, and family. Comfort, joy, and peace... But perhaps not so fast... What [we]forget, neglect or conveniently ignore is what we can not-too-dramatically call the Dark Side of Christmas. The really traditional Christian remembrance of the Nativity is not about sweetness. It is about awe, fear, and trembling, and it is shot through with hints of suffering to come. Mary, with a scandalous pregnancy. Joseph, courageous enough to take her on despite it. A birth among farm animals. The...
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas

    12/24/2006 7:11:21 PM PST · by indcons · 18 replies · 3,835+ views
    Various websites ^ | December 24, 2006 | The Peanuts Gang
    The Peanuts gang and FReeper "indcons" wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a great 2007.
  • Black X Mass: At the First Satanic Church party, there's music, burlesque...

    12/21/2006 9:12:38 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 23 replies · 1,345+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 12/21/06 | Tony DuShane
    Black X Mass has been a San Francisco tradition since 1997. Over the years the audience has ranged from people who don't celebrate Christmas, to those who want to detox from a day of heavy dysfunction with their celebrating relatives and contemplate the possibility that they were adopted, to people who have recently moved to San Francisco and have no local family with whom to celebrate. Black X Mass is presented by the First Satanic Church and its founder and high priestess, Karla LaVey. "It's basically a variety show. There are outlandish acts that are really good musically. There's a...
  • The Hobbit Hole XXXII - Sweet is the sound of falling rain

    12/01/2006 12:55:15 PM PST · by ecurbh · 8,021 replies · 54,882+ views
    Welcome to The Hobbit Hole! First thread: New Zealander builds Hobbit holeSecond thread: The New Hobbit HoleThird thread: The Hobbit Hole III - Journey to the Cross-roads! (Congratulations, we filled it up!) Fourth Thread: The Hobbit Hole IV - The Road Goes Ever On...Fifth Thread: The Hobbit Hole V - Where Many Paths and Errands Meet...Sixth Thread: The Hobbit Hole VI - And Whither Then? I Cannot Say...Seventh Thread: The Hobbit Hole VII - But not yet weary are our feet... Eighth Thread: The Hobbit Hole VIII - Still round the corner we may meet... Ninth Thread: The Hobbit Hole...
  • Airport's trees stoking "war on Christmas". (SEATAC Update)

    12/11/2006 7:21:34 AM PST · by NavyCanDo · 258 replies · 5,457+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 12-11-06 | Stuart Eskenazi
    The departure of Christmas tree displays at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport — the Port of Seattle's response to a local rabbi's insistence that an electric menorah also be put up — is accelerating into an international spectacle in the so-called "war on Christmas." And that is not what Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky wanted. "I am devastated, shocked and appalled at the decision that the Port of Seattle came to," he said Sunday. As news coverage about the airport's trees spread from CNN to ABC to the Paris-based International Herald Tribune, Bogomilsky on Sunday began to receive hateful messages from people holding him...
  • ST. LOUIS: Warm beer led to killing, police say

    12/05/2006 10:34:01 AM PST · by bagadonutz · 38 replies · 840+ views
    12/04/2006 A St. Louis man was shot to death Sunday night over a warm beer, police said. St. Louis police say a woman shot her husband, who was about 70 years old, four to five times in the chest after he tried giving her a warm can of Stag beer. Police said the wife admitted shooting him about 5:40 p.m. in the kitchen of their home in the 5100 block of Terry Avenue. Police said the home had no electricity at the time. Homicide detectives would not identify the man. The woman, whom police also did not identify, was taken...
  • Lincoln Center Presents Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Tonight

    11/27/2006 12:02:19 PM PST · by presidio9 · 17 replies · 740+ views
    Playbill ^ | 27 Nov 2006 | Matthew Westphal
    Tonight at 5:30, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts presents its 17th annual Holiday Tree Lighting. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be telecast live on New York's WABC-TV, Channel 7; the station's Sade Baderinwa and Sam Champion will host. Special performances at this family gathering include excerpts from the Metropolitan Opera's new English-language adaptation of Mozart's The Magic Flute (including an appearance by renowned baritone Nathan Gunn as Papageno); festive music by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; dancers from the School of American Ballet and New York City Ballet in a...
  • Freep a poll!(Do you prefer "Christmas" or "Holiday Season"?)

    11/20/2006 5:46:15 PM PST · by dynachrome · 27 replies · 494+ views
    www.sun-sentinel.com ^ | 11-20-06 | Sun-Sentinel
    With Wal-Mart leading the way, several major retailers are bringing "Christmas" back into their holiday advertising and displays as shopping begins in earnest this week. Which term do you prefer? Christmas season Holiday season
  • Wal-Mart (and others) opts for ‘Christmas’ marketing (but Best Buy still say 'holidays')

    11/11/2006 1:29:28 PM PST · by Heartofsong83 · 31 replies · 1,816+ views
    Wal-Mart opts for ‘Christmas’ marketing It won't be 'happy holidays' this year; it will be 'Merry Christmas' Updated: 9:31 p.m. ET Nov 9, 2006 BENTONVILLE, Ark. - It is beginning to look a lot more like Christmas at Wal-Mart. This holiday season, Wal-Mart isn’t trumpeting big bargains only. It’s also bringing “Christmas” back into its marketing, after several years of playing down the term. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Christmas cheer seems to be a hot trend this season as several other retailers including Kohl’s Corp. and Macy’s, a division of Federated Department Stores Inc., are also stepping up their Christmas marketing....
  • Wal-Mart: We're not afraid to say Merry Christmas

    11/09/2006 2:42:00 PM PST · by kc8ukw · 46 replies · 1,038+ views
    CNN ^ | November 9, 2006 | CNNMoney
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Wal-Mart has told its employees that it's OK to once again greet shoppers by saying "Merry Christmas" this holiday season instead of the generic "Happy Holidays." ...
  • How the Grinch Started a War on Christmas (Tom the Dancing Bug comic)

    01/18/2006 11:03:46 PM PST · by Frank T · 10 replies · 463+ views
    uComics ^ | December 17, 2005 | Ruben Bolling
  • "Merry Christmas" Beats "happy holidays" in Actual 2005 Consumer Usage

    12/26/2005 12:50:30 AM PST · by churchillbuff · 9 replies · 605+ views
    emediawire ^ | Dec 23 05 | GiftBasketsDeluxe
    In the battle over whether it's better to say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays", "Merry Christmas" won by a huge margin in actual consumer usage in 2005. The major gift basket company, GiftBasketsDeluxe.com today announced the result of their study of actual gift card messages sent through their company in 2005 versus 2004. The findings show that 66 pecent of gift baskets which referred to the holidays on their cards used the term "Christmas". And what's more surprising, in this year of controversy, that represents a 57 percent increase over last year, when 42 percent of packages sent contained the...
  • 'Happy Holidays' angered more shoppers, analyst finds

    12/25/2005 9:18:40 AM PST · by new yorker 77 · 133 replies · 2,317+ views
    This isn't the first year religious groups have taken on retailers who say "Happy Holidays'' instead of "Merry Christmas.'' But a retail analyst says it's been one of the angriest. Britt Beemer, the chairman of the consumer research firm America's Research Group, says a growing number of consumers are aggravated when stores instruct their employees not to say "Merry Christmas.'' A survey by the group found that a quarter of those polled said they'd walk out of a store that gives the more neutral greeting. Those surveyed also say retailers aren't spending as much on lavish Christmas displays as they...
  • Christmas, carols and a unique Indian Christianity (PICTURES)

    12/24/2005 7:24:09 PM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 36 replies · 2,139+ views
    The Times of India ^ | Sunday, December 25, 2005 12:32:13 amIANS | IANS
    Children light candles at the Sacred Heart Church on Christmas Eve, in Delhi on Saturday, Dec 24, 2005. (AP) NEW DELHI: Christianity came to India much before it went to the West, perhaps a reason why India's 25 million Christians prefer to be Catholic in faith, oriental in worship and Indian in culture. It has been a two-way process - a process of osmosis where Christianity has over the centuries become an indelible part of Indian plurality. Not only for the urban middle classes enthusiastically getting ready for Christmas, a festival that long ago surpassed the boundaries of mere religion,...
  • Poll: More Americans prefer 'Merry Christmas' greeting

    12/20/2005 1:10:29 PM PST · by paudio · 20 replies · 825+ views
    cnn ^ | December 20, 2005
    (CNN) -- In the cultural battle over whether to use the seasonal greeting "happy holidays" or "Merry Christmas," the latter appears to be winning, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll released Tuesday. In the poll, which surveyed 1,003 adult Americans by phone, 69 percent said they prefer "Merry Christmas" over "happy holidays," which garnered 29 percent. Compared with the 2004 Christmas -- or holiday -- season, the number of people who said they use "happy holidays" has dropped 12 percentage points, from 41 percent to 29 percent.
  • Rosen: Merry Christmas, ACLU

    12/23/2005 5:30:10 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 8 replies · 847+ views
    Rocky Mountain News column ^ | Friday December 23rd, 2005 | Mike Rosen
    The pendulum swings both ways. Last year in Denver, it was Mayor John Hickenlooper proposing to replace the city's traditional "Merry Christmas" sign with one that said "Happy Holidays." The mayor wisely backed off in response to the public outcry, as did the Parade of Lights, this year, reversing its policy barring religious floats. Earlier this month, Speaker of the U.S. House Dennis Hastert, issued a directive instructing the architect of the Capitol to drop the name "Capitol Holiday Tree" - adopted in the late 1990s under the authority of no one who's now willing to admit to it -...
  • Taking the Christmas Out of Christ

    12/21/2005 9:57:18 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 61 replies · 1,026+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 21, 2005 | Larry B. Stammer
    Even as conservatives rail against what they say is secularization of the holiday, some Christian churches forbid its observance.
  • KEVIN HORRIGAN: How the liberals stole Christmas (or) A visit from St. Dick (Barf alert!!!!)

    12/18/2005 7:10:53 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies · 587+ views
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH ^ | December 11, 2005 | Kevin Horrigan
    Twas the month before Christmas And as I lit candles, Conservatives stirred - They were onto a scandal.
  • Holiday Greetings from the Spurlongs!

    12/17/2005 3:05:12 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 8 replies · 571+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 26, 2005
  • Lighten Up (How about a cease-fire in the Christmas war?)

    12/15/2005 11:46:17 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 71 replies · 1,248+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 16, 2005 | DANIEL HENNINGER
    It was the week before Christmas and all through the house the pundits were hanging each other with flair. It had to happen. The universal holiday of Clement Clarke Moore's "Night Before Christmas" has been displaced this year by the "war on Christmas." On one snow-blown hilltop stand the Sons and Daughters of Christmas Past, who believe the phrase "Have a happy holiday" is quashing Christmas. Across this pond of frozen opinions one finds gentlefolk who believe the word "Christmas" offends non-Christian sensibilities. The Boston Globe's liberal columnist Ellen Goodman threw soot on much of the pro-"Christmas" brigade: "Fox News's...
  • Christmas jeers

    12/13/2005 8:44:23 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies · 534+ views
    F0RTUNE ^ | December 13, 2005 | Marc Gunther
    NEW YORK (FORTUNE) - You'd never know it from a trip to the mall, but big retailers are waging a war against Christmas. That, at least, is the word from conservative Christians and the pundits at Fox News. The American Family Association, a Mississippi-based Christian group, promoted a boycott of Target because, it alleged, the chain store banned the word "Christmas" from its commercials. The Catholic League accused Wal-Mart of discriminating against Christmas on its Web site. Lowe's came under attack for selling "Holiday Trees."
  • Consumers Battle for Christmas

    12/07/2005 10:37:34 AM PST · by bulldozer · 5 replies · 455+ views
    CBN ^ | 12/07/05 | Charlene Israel
    RALEIGH, North Carolina -- The attack on Christmas has become a hot topic this holiday season. There have been debates over Christmas trees, Christmas songs and even Christmas colors. But now the battle over the phrase “Merry Christmas” in stores has some retailers thinking twice. For many shoppers, the Christmas season means more than just Happy Holidays. “I'd rather hear Merry Christmas -- that's what time of season it is," said one shopper. "I think it should be Merry Christmas -- it's always been that -- I think it means more to people to recognize that time and use the...
  • When did 'Happy Holidays' become anti-Christian?

    12/04/2005 5:24:15 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 153 replies · 2,463+ views
    Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | December 4, 2005 | Mark Hare
    The columnist argues that the "dreadful" Iraq war "diminishes the joy of the Christmas season," and that "talk-radio land and the Internet blogosphere," should stop complaining that "Have a nice holiday," or "Happy holidays" or "Enjoy your holiday" are "part of a campaign to take God and Jesus out of Christmas." He argues that Christians shouldn't be offended and speculates that non-Christians aren't as easily offended if you wish them "Merry Christmas." However, he also claims that saying "Happy Holidays" is a matter of politeness to non-Christians and as "a courtesy." Finally, the author insinuates that Christians are responsible for...
  • Jews4fairness.org

    12/03/2005 12:58:00 AM PST · by timsbella · 11 replies · 808+ views
    vanity ^ | 3 December 2005 | Bella
    I was watching O'Reilly tonight and at the end he had on Jackie Mason who gave a terrific two minute spiel about how a true Jew wouldn't take any offence in Merry Christmas - the only people taking offence were anti-religionists. I was cheering in my bunny slippers! He went on to talk about Jews4Fairness. I did a Freep search and came up with nothing. Anybody know about this group - I only did a cursory scan of their website. Appreciate your feedback. Bella
  • Moderate Drinking 'May Not Be Good For You'

    12/01/2005 6:34:40 PM PST · by blam · 36 replies · 1,444+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-2-2005 | Nic Fleming
    Moderate drinking 'may not be good for you' By Nic Fleming, Science Correspondent (Filed: 02/12/2005) Drinking in moderation may not be good for you after all, scientists said yesterday. Previous research has suggested that light to moderate alcohol consumption protects the heart. One study suggested drinking the equivalent of up to two pints of ordinary strength beer or three glasses of wine can reduce heart attack risk by a quarter. However, writing in today's issue of The Lancet, Dr Rod Jackson and colleagues from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, suggest the apparent protective effect of alcohol may be...
  • Trimming 'Christmas' from trees stirs debate

    12/01/2005 10:17:57 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 23 replies · 1,127+ views
    news.yahoo.com ^ | Dec 1 2005 | Emily Bazar
    In city halls and public parks across the country, stories-high evergreens are being erected and decked with glowing lights and sparkling ornaments. They look - and smell - like Christmas trees. But not so fast. In places as varied as Chicago, Reno and Prairie Village, Kan., they're "holiday" trees. In other spots, such as Atlanta, they have no name at all. This year, the tree-name game has sparked a backlash, with some Americans crying humbug and Christian groups threatening lawsuits over what they say is religious discrimination. Perhaps the most heated debate is brewing in Boston. The city's Parks and...
  • CHRISTMAS SHOPPING INFO: Bill O'Reilly's list of where stores stand on saying MERRY CHRISTMAS

    11/30/2005 3:11:56 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 80 replies · 2,575+ views
    billoreilly.com ^ | Nov 30 05 | Bill OReilly
    Below find a list of the major department stores across the country and where they stand on using Christmas in their holiday advertising and other promotions. JCPenney: "Christmas" mentioned in print ads & other advertising Federated Department Stores (Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, Filene's, Marshall Fields): "Christmas" mentioned in print ads & other advertising Employees are free to use any holiday greeting that they feel is appropriate Dillard's: "Christmas" mentioned in print ads & other advertising FAO Schwarz: Using "Holiday" this year in advertising materials Employees are free to use any holiday greeting that they feel is appropriate Toys 'R'...
  • Once Upon a Time When America Had Christmas, by Rabbi Aryeh Spero

    11/27/2005 7:17:46 PM PST · by Coleus · 39 replies · 2,455+ views
    Human Events ^ | 11.23.05 | Rabbi Aryeh Spero
    Once Upon a Time When America Had Christmas by Rabbi Aryeh SperoIt’s December 2030, and I’m shopping with my grandson in a mall in Northern Virginia. We’ve purchased a gift for a relative. “Gift wrap?” inquired the clerk. “Yes, thanks.” “Happy Chanukah, Merry Kwanzaa, or Eid Greetings?” I frowned. The clerk whispered, “Listen, I think there may still be a few rolls of Christmas wrap in the back if you want…” My grandson looked up at me and asked, “Why is the man whispering, Grandpa?” The clerk leaned over the counter: “The store’s Diversity Regulations stipulate that we’re no longer...
  • "Holiday" trees?

    11/27/2005 7:12:53 PM PST · by sionnsar · 16 replies · 520+ views
    Prydain ^ | 11/27/2005 | Will
    I referred in the previous post to the world's "attempting to secularize Christmas this year as never before." Perhaps the best example so far (of which I am aware) is the use of the term "holiday tree" by retailers such as Lowe's: While this picture is of a store in Texas, I know of at least one Lowe's store in Alabama that is using this term. Although I am not particularly enthusiastic about the commercialization of Christmas, this attempt by secularists to completely remove the name of Jesus from the holiday in which we remember and honor His Nativity is...