War on Christmas
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The war on Christmas is supposedly a deliberate campaign to eliminate the holiday of Christmas from public life. The idea that this exists as a threat appears to be entirely an invention of the American right wing and is most notably promoted by Bill O'Reilly on Fox News.
The idea behind the supposed "war" appears to originate with objections to any attempt to be egalitarian and not offend non-Christians, taking completely unnecessary offense at the idea of being inclusive regarding what has been for many decades largely a secular (albeit somewhat offensively consumption-oriented) celebration.
Defining this inclusionism as some kind of "war" is logically absurd, and clearly an attempt at demonization.
- Conservapedia: "In recent years, the celebration of Christmas has become part of the "culture wars." Fox News analysts John Gibson and Bill O'Reilly claim that Christmas has come under attack by "liberals." Some Christian conservatives want an increased recognition of the religious core of the holiday, and want to maintain a separation between Christmas and other holidays occurring at the same time of year."
dKosopediano article as of 2007-12-01 (though some references to the controversy) SourceWatchno article as of 2007-12-01
- 2007/11/21 [L..T] O'Reilly: "War" on Christmas part of "secular progressive agenda" that includes "legalization of narcotics, euthanasia, abortion at will, gay marriage" “...decrying the purported "war" on Christmas, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly claimed that "it's all part of the secular progressive agenda ... to get Christianity and spirituality and Judaism out of the public square."”