The mythological War on Christmas

 carachancellor (@carachancellor)6 years, 9 months ago

The war of Christmas is a popular conspiracy. It is essentially the belief that a collection of secularists and persons of any faith other than Christianity have aimed to ban public Christmas displays and rid the world of Christmas and Christianity all together.

Fortunately, much like any other conspiracy, it is more myth than reality. In fact, it is quite the opposite.

According to a 2013 Gallup poll, “more than 80 percent of Americans identify with Christian faith, 93 percent of those interviewed indicate that they celebrate Christmas.”

There are, however, those who do not celebrate Christmas. The United States is a religiously diverse nation. This is a great and globally unique concept. Our founding fathers set out to create a community free of religious persecution. That being said, the public goal is not to eliminate Christmas rather encourage freedom of choice and government neutrality.

The United States is not a Christian nation. Though 80 percent identify as Christian, this nation was not founded to affiliate itself with any particular religion, rather be a land of choice. That is something we can all appreciate and celebrate.

As a Christian, I fully support religious freedom, the original American dream. I assume that few would disagree. However, I encounter people on a daily basis who are offended by public and governmental religious neutrality.

People wish each other Happy Holidays and others wish each other Merry Christmas. In a world with war, murder and poverty, how is this even a newsworthy issue? It appears to be more of a cry for attention rather than a legitimate cause for concern.

The imaginary War on Christmas is an opportunity for Christians to feel like victims. This cry for attention is not a reflection on Christianity or Christians as a whole rather the few and extreme. Performers like Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh make the war on Christmas profitable by ruffling feathers and creating imaginary moral issues.

“It’s all part of the secular progressive agenda,” said O’Reilly.
“To get Christianity out of the public square; if you can get religion out then you can pass secular progressive programs like legalization of narcotics, euthanasia, abortion and gay marriage.”

Keeping religion out of the public square is a constitutional right, which, if I am correct, is something that radicals like O’Reilly have aggressively supported in the past.

Contrary to this increasingly popular anti-Christian myth, the U.S. remains overwhelmingly Christian, a fact that is unlikely to change. It is difficult, regardless of belief, to ignore Christmas. People of all faiths attend Christmas parties, tune into Christmas music and look forward to a nation covered is twinkle lights. This does not reflect a war on Christmas, rather the acceptance and openness of the American people both Christians and non.

December 16, 2014 at 11:12 am
JonH (1,139)C (@IJesusChrist) 6 years, 9 months ago ago

Fox news needs stories that keep people engaged. When you create conflict and amplify it to the extreme – you get more viewers.

That’s what fox news is.

The actual subject, though… Christmas in America – when you walk outside and see ‘christmas’ you’re not seeing christmas, you’re seeing consumerism. Buy! Buy! Buy! Consume! Consume! Consume!

That’s what I hate about Christmas.

Oh P.S. Now is the best time to snag a deal on 2014 calendars.

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stonedragon (143) (@stonedragon21) 6 years, 9 months ago ago

it is true that christmas is about buying and consumerism , even here in France now. but the upside is that it brings families together. people eat and party and have a good time together and offer gifts to one another at the time of the year when the light is the lowest and often people get mega depressed. so lighting candles, singing, offering gifts. hopefully homemade ones. like jam or cookies or wonderful items is a GOOD THING. best is to wish everyone in the world PEACE and HARMONY. this is not Christian or any religion . it is just about increasing LOVE AND LIGHT at this time of the year when the days are the shortest. i wish all of you a great CHRISTMAS and a wonderful SOLSTICE!

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Anonymous (17) (@) 6 years, 9 months ago ago

“As a Christian, I fully support religious freedom, the original American dream.”
Apparently diversity is what the American dream is. There’s religious freedom in India. I wonder if there’s conspiracy freedom so bullshit originates everywhere equally. I just never heard of this war on Christmas before this post and everything similar like this comes from the same place. Media and anti-media alike.

“You only need to convert to three more religions Piscine, and you’ll spend your life on holiday.” (Life of Pi, Santosh Patel, Mocking his son’s accumulation of religious faiths.)

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