Sensitivity Training

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Tea Party, War On ChristmasLeave a Comment

Don't tell me the anti-mosque crusade isn't about bigotry and racism.  Sure, the anti-mosque-eteers might give some lip to service to their notion that a "mosque" "at" Ground Zero offends the 9/11 families, but it doesn't take much to see that what's going on is more sinister: they don't want the mosque because they just don't like olive-skinned people.  Read this … Read More

House GOP Strikes A Blow In The Fictional War

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The War on Christmas, as you probably know, is a ginned-up war against those who show their hate for Christmas by banning the word "Christmas". Of course, nobody in reality bans the word Christmas, although some businesses like to acknowledge other holidays during the, you know, holiday season.  Still, to some on the right, even the acknowledgement of other holidays and … Read More

Because Nothing Celebrates The Birth Of Christ Better Than Shopping at Capitalistic Business Ventures

Ken AshfordWar On ChristmasLeave a Comment is a new website venture brought to by (who else) Focus on The Family.  It allows users to rate how the "Christmas-friendliness" of various retailers, and by that I mean, whether or not they are sufficiently intolerant of Kwanza, Hannukah, and other Jesus-hating holidays. Here's a typical comment — this one about Sears: Comment Date: Nov 30 2009 8:57 … Read More

The War On Christmas Is Starting Early This Year

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From the American Family Association: Boycott Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic this Christmas November 11, 2009 AFA is calling for a limited two-month boycott of Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic, the three stores owned by San Francisco-based Gap Inc., over the company‚Äôs censorship of the word "Christmas."The boycott is part of our ongoing campaign to encourage businesses, communities … Read More

Why Do We Celebrate Christmas on December 25th?

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The Bible doesn't mention the birth date of Jesus.  It probably wasn't in winter, because shepherds would not be tending their flocks in wintertime. The simple reason we celebrate it on December 25th is because, in the 4th century, Pope Julius 1, said so.  Christianity had become the official religion of Rome, and he declared that the birth of Jesus … Read More

The War On Christmas: O’Reilly Switches Sides

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Bill O'Reilly, one of the warriors in the War on Christmas, just hates it when merchandisers won't say "Merry Christmas", but instead insult you with "Happy Holidays". Except when it comes to merchandising his own book.  Then he's more than happy to invite people to take part in a "Great American Holiday Quiz", complete with questions about Hannukah and Kwanzaa.

Winter Wonderland

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Aimee Mann with John ("The Office") Krasinski, live at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on December 6, 2008, as part of Aimee Mann's 3rd Annual Christmas Show:

Black Friday: Hazardous To Your Health

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No kidding: A worker died after being trampled and a woman miscarried when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Wal-Mart Friday morning, witnesses said. The unidentified worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the store opened at 5 a.m. Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He … Read More

Linking The War On Christmas To The Economic Crisis

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & Deficit, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy, War On ChristmasLeave a Comment

I would call this "overreaching".  From the Wall Street Journal, columnist Daniel Henninger writes: This year we celebrate the desacralized "holidays" amid what is for many unprecedented economic ruin — fortunes halved, jobs lost, homes foreclosed. People wonder, What happened? One man's theory: A nation whose people can't say "Merry Christmas" is a nation capable of ruining its own economy. … Read More

The Christmas Police Have Their Updated Rap Sheet

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Actually, its just Jerry Falwell's Liberty Counsel and their annual Naughty and Nice List (PDF format). It used to be called the "Friend Or Foe" list a couple of years ago. "Naughty" stores are those that use the word "Holiday" in their ads. "Nice" stores, on the other hand, are brave enough to actually use the word "Christmas."  For example, Costco, … Read More