Announcing VDARE.COM`s War Against Christmas 2006 Competition!


WAR
AGAINST CHRISTMAS 2006 COMPETITION
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See also: War
Against Christmas


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[Merry Christmas! VDARE.COM`s Annual War Against
Christmas Competition offers prizes for reporting the
most outrageous attempt to abolish Christmas. And don`t
forget to go in through a VDARE.COM Amazon link (like


this
) when you buy
Christmas gifts—we get a commission at no cost to you.
Ho Ho!]

It`s b-a-a-c-k: the
War Against Christmas!


CHICAGO (AP) – A
public Christmas festival is no place for the Christmas
story, the city says. Officials have asked organizers of
a downtown Christmas festival, the German
Christkindlmarket, to reconsider using a movie studio as
a sponsor because it is worried ads for its film `The
Nativity Story` might

offend non-Christians.


New Line Cinema, which
said it was dropped, had planned to play a loop of the
new film on televisions at the event.


`Nativity`
Booted From Ill. Holiday Fair
,
by Don Babwin, November 27, 2006

[email
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.]

There are three
nice things about this story, the loudest shot heard to
date in this year`s War Against Christmas:

  • it
    refutes the claim that the

    Kristmaskampf
    (another of our terms for the War
    Against Christmas, after the

    Kulturkampf
    , Bismarck`s drive to reduce Catholic
    power in Germany) has anything to do with America`s
    (much-exaggerated)
    "separation of church and state."

The

Christkindlmarket
is organized by a private group,
the

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest
.
But the Chicago Mayor`s Office of Special Events is
trying to muscle in on the absurdly tenuous excuse that
the fair takes place in, literally, a

public square.
Clearly, city spokesthing

Cindy Gatziolis
knows this excuse is tenuous
because, when questioned, she "stressed that the city
did not order organizers to drop the studio as sponsor"

(it just tried to bully them in secret).

  • It makes
    plain that visceral Christophobia motivates the
    Khristmaskampf.

As a studio
executive sensibly told AP, "One would assume that if
[people] were to go to Christkindlmarket, they`d know it
is about Christmas."
(Although apparently Christmas
is sometimes

mentionable
in the

decent obscurity
of a foreign language.) 
There is a nativity scene in the plaza and apparently
plans for other religious symbols, including a

menorah
. But quite obviously the Christophobes just
couldn`t restrain themselves at the sight of The
Nativity Story
because it`s a movie in the

new style
invented by Mel Gibson with his

The Passion Of the Christ
and a reminder of

the unprecedented defeat
it inflicted on them with
its huge success in 2004. (The Nativity Story
opens this Friday, December 1)

  • It
    illustrates the extent to which the War Against
    Christmas absolutely depends on a classic "

    spiral of silence
    "—individuals` failure to speak
    up results in

    everyone being intimidated
    —and that these
    spirals can dramatically reverse
    .

By Wednesday, as
Chicagoist.com noted acidly in an item it headed

City Spins Like Dreidel on Christkindlmarket Display
,
the Office of Special Events, "[p]roving once again
that there`s no hole that can`t be made deeper with a
few more shovels,"
was in retreat, claiming that the
ads would be "too commercial" ("Too commercial
for an event that is also sponsored by the Hard Rock
Hotel,

Mercedes-Benz
and Lufthansa"
.)

My guess is that,
if this spiral of silence continues to reverse, The
Nativity Story
ads may well be restored.

Indeed, the War
Against Christmas 2006 has begun with a number of such
small

victories
. Patrick Arsenault, who maintains his own
War On Christmas

website
, reports:


"Target
Corporation
began adding a `Merry Christmas`
greeting to

the end of its seasonal TV ads
, and it continues to
do so in its 2006 commercials. The word `Christmas` is
also abundant in its stores and on its website, where it

refers
to `Christmas decorations`, `Christmas
trees`, and more. Although the term `holiday` is still
used, it is used interchangeably with Christmas.


"In November 2006,
Wal-Mart Stores announced that it would be officially
"endorsing" Christmas for its 2006 promotions, citing
that fact that it would have several TV ads mentioning
Christmas and showing Nativity scenes, and that
merchandise and promotions labeled "holiday" in previous
years

would be changed to "Christmas" by 60%
. Wal-Mart
said this year will be an "in-your-face" Christmas
campaign (see current

proof
on Wal-Mart`s

website
). Bravo, Wal-Mart!


"Examples of other
retailers claiming to acknowledge Christmas: Kohl`s,
Macy`s, Sears Holdings (Sears and Kmart), and Target.

But, Arsenault
notes,


"Many retailers are
still using the `Holiday`
terminology that has been politically correct for years;

Best Buy
, Office Depot, Staples, Lowe`s, and many
other retail and online giants.

Worse, he
continues,


"The United States
Postal Service recently updated its website to offer a

"Holiday" section
at which includes some
Christmas-related imagery, yet essentially no reference
to Christmas even under the most obvious circumstances.
For example, it offers "

Shipping deadlines for December 25 delivery
" with
absolutely NO mention of Christmas. Also, in the

"Holiday Gift Center"
page, there are stamps for the
Muslim holiday Eid, as well as for Hanukkah and

Kwanzaa
on the front page graphic, but the one (1)
Christmas

Madonna
stamp is at the bottom with the other three
being at the top—i.e. highlighted over the Christmas
stamp. There are less than 0.5% 

MUSLIMS IN AMERICA!
Believing Christians compose
80%!!! This really made me mad."

So we have only
just begun to fight.

This is VDARE.COM`s
seventh War Against Christmas competition. And its
antecedents lie in the distant past: I first

persuaded
John O`Sullivan to run a War Against
Christmas Competition in

National Review
in the mid-1990s—no doubt
contributing to his firing as Editor, after which it was
promptly dropped,

along with the cause of immigration reform
, not
coincidentally.

Looking through our
now-considerable archive (check the


links
at the top of this article), I am impressed
how much resistance has developed to the Khristmaskampf—and
how

fanatical
the Christophobes remain. What normal
woman, for example, would call the headquarters of the

McDonald`s hamburger chain
to complain that a
restaurant in Raleigh, NC, was displaying a sign saying
"Jesus is the Reason for The Season," as happened

last year.

Yet I am quite sure
that the majority of Americans, confronted with this
snarling fanaticism, just want to run away. This is why
cranks rule the world.

At VDARE.COM, we

crank back.

This clash between
the American majority and a militant minority of

Christophobic cranks
had already become explicit
when I announced the winner of our 2004 competition and
predicted that, in 2005, they would get "nasty."

Of course, they
always were nasty. But in fact, the 2005 clash
took a slightly different turn. In 2005, the War Against
Christmas entered the mainstream, with a number of

Christian groups
and

Mainstream Media
commentators waking up to it. The
response of the Christophobes:


  1. Deny everything
    (nobody here but us

    Christophobes
    );
     
  2. Blame it all on Fox TV`s

    Bill O`Reilly.

As I write this,
every one of the

results
for "War Against Christmas" on Google
News takes one or other tack, often both.

O`Reilly irritates
a lot of people, including conservatives (although he
was perfectly fine to me when he

interviewed me
about my education book

The Worm In The Apple
).  So a number of people
who should know better have been repelled from resisting
the Kristmaskampf, including, as I

said
reproachfully last year, my old friend Lew
Rockwell of

LewRockwell.com
, undercutting his

heroic defense
of The Passion Of The Christ
against the same cultural commissars. (We`re watching
you in 2006, Lew!)

So it`s worth
noting that our concern for this issue is not just
crankery (not that that would stop us). What is under
attack in the War Against Christmas is ultimately the
nation itself, as presently constituted. Ironically, one
of the most eloquent exponents of this insight in the
British context is the Pakistani-born Anglican Bishop of
Rochester in England,

Michael Nazir-Ali
, who seems to have received
remarkably little attention in this country. Recently he
told an interviewer:


"I have come to the
view that the question now is not that of defending the
place of this Church, but the very basis on which this
nation was founded.


"Almost everything you
touch in British culture, whether it`s art, literature
or the language itself has been shaped by the
Judaeo-Christian tradition, by the

Bible
, by the

church`s worship and belief.
But this whole idea of
a multi-faith society. Well, if you mean just that there
are people of different faiths in Britain, that`s one
thing, that`s obvious. But if you go on to say that this
means there is such a thing as undifferentiated faith,
which somehow must be provided for—that`s a

completely different matter.
I think we are now
moving from one to the other and there are all sorts of
dangers in this. I think it

[multiculturalism]
was a mistake. It was based on a confusion between civic
morality and theological pluralism. Of course we have to
recognize difference; of course people have the right to
worship in the way they wish to in their own homes.


"But you need much
more than that if you are going to be a cohesive nation.
You need some sort of subscription to a common vision,
to shared values, and that has been neglected, not so
much because of the presence of other faiths but because
of the

spiritual and moral vacuum
that has come to be at
the heart of British society."
[There`s
a moral vacuum in Britain and if we don`t return to our
Christian values, we may not be able to resist Islam
,
by Dominic Lawson, Daily Mail, November 5,
2006]

"Happy Holidays"
is the war-cry of multicultural undifferentiated
faith—and a spiritual, moral and national vacuum.

This just in from
the frontline of the War Against Christmas—reported by
VDARE.COM

contributor
J. Paige Straley:


"I recently wrote

Jack`s Christmas
, a pleasant twelve-stanza poem
about Jack the Bunny getting home for Christmas.  Fairly
innocuous stuff, you would think.


"I sold Jack as
a Christmas card last year at a couple of major Carolina
Christmas shows and everyone liked it.  This made me
think that if it was made up as a book, with good
illustrations, it might work well as a promotion or a
store-traffic incentive for a large retailer.  I set my
sights on Harris-Teeter, a

large grocer in the Carolinas
, and got an
appointment to see Mr. Kevin Crainer
[send him

mail
] who handles many of their promotions.


"When I got in his
office, Crainer took one look at my beautiful little
book and told me that, aside from any considerations of
content or quality, HT could not use it for a store
promotion because of that

word, `Christmas`,
on the front cover. 
Disappointed, I left.


"When Peter Brimelow
asked me to write this up, I decided to call
Harris-Teeter again in the interests of careful
reporting.  Mr. Crainer would not talk to me after I
told him why I called. He referred me to Harris-Teeter`s
Public Relations person, Jennifer Panetta. [
Send
her mail
] She said that, although it was the
individual employee`s decision whether to greet with a
`Merry Christmas`, the company uses `Happy Holidays` in
their public communications to encompass the span from

Thanksgiving
through Christmas.  Ms. Panetta did not
recall when HT changed from `Merry Christmas` to `Happy
Holidays`, or, indeed, if there were ever such a
change.  


"Ms. Panetta was clear
that HT uses `Happy Holidays` for reasons of mass appeal
and to avoid upsetting any customers. 


"She would not give me
a direct contact number or email when I requested it at
the end of my telephone interview. [Ask
the CEO of Harris-Teeter, Fred J. Morganthall II, why
not here:


fmorganthall@harristeeter.com
]


"The news here is not
that Harris-Teeter refused my book, but rather that in
modern retailing the highest holiday of

Christianity
and

Western Civilization
can no longer be mentioned by
name.  Just who are these customers who are so
intolerant they cannot bear the very sight of the word
`Christmas`?"

This year we`ll
give an autographed copy of

Alien Nation,
a bottle of champagne and a
copy of Jack`s Christmas to the reader who
reports to us the most outrageous attempt to abolish
Christmas.

…and a Happy New
Year!

Peter Brimelow, editor of

VDARE.COM
and author of the much-denounced



Alien Nation: Common Sense About America`s Immigration
Disaster
(Random House –
1995) and


The Worm in the Apple
(HarperCollins – 2003)