I remember a time when people of faith bemoaned the over-commercialization of Christmas.This was a great editorial. It also reminds me to make sure that these same people who squawk about God being taken out of the public arena (and off money, etc.) get their own reminders that you cannot have it both ways.
Now some are shouting persecution because sales clerks at some stores are wishing customers "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" or because the tree behind the City Market building was called a holiday tree in press releases instead of a Christmas tree last year.
When it comes to persecution, Christians have come a long way from being fed to the lions, my friends.
All this "War on Christmas" nonsense was manufactured in 2004 by that sanctimonious hypocrite Bill O'Reilly to bump up ratings -- and maybe distract attention from that whole unfortunate sexual harassment/phone sex episode.
He and Sean Hannity teamed up to try to browbeat Macy's, Target, Wal-Mart and other retailers into shouting, "Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!" at their customers until everyone feels the love of Jesus deep in their eardrums.
More recently, they've been singling out retailers who trumpet "Holiday sales" rather than "Christmas sales" in advertisements.
Amusingly enough, last year O'Reilly and friends got busted red-handed selling "holiday" ornaments on the Fox News Web store. The blurb for one ornament even said, "Put your holiday tree in the 'No Spin Zone' with this silver glass 'O'Reilly Factor' ornament."
Whose side are you on, Bill?
Merry Giftmas, all.