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Announcing VDARE.COM's War Against Christmas 2007 Competition!
<!-- Start of Article --> WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS 2007 COMPETITION [blog] [ II ] [ III ] [ IV ] [ V ] [ VI ] [ VII ] See also: War Against Christmas 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999 [Merry Christmas! Actually, we're not quite ready to post our formal announcement of VDARE.COM's eighth Annual War Against Christmas Competition, which offers prizes for reporting the most outrageous attempt to abolish Christmas, BECAUSE PETER BRIMELOW HASN'T FINISHED WRITING IT UP YET. But here's what he wrote last year—follow the links for the history of this important new American institution and email entries to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. And don't forget to buy gifts at our new VDARE.COM store. Ho Ho!] The War Against Christmas Is A War On The West The now-standard liberal response to discussion of the war against Christmas is to deny that any such war exists. But that denial became harder after Britain's Daily Mail reported on November 1, 2007 that the Institute for Public Policy Research, a leading Labour think tank, was advocating that Christmas be "downgraded." Such a downgrading would be part of an "urgent and upfront campaign" to promote a "multicultural understanding of Britishness." [Christmas should be 'downgraded' to help race relations says Labour think tank, By James Chapman] This downgrading would be accomplished by promoting other holidays at the expense of Christmas: "If we are going to continue as a nation to mark Christmas—and it would be very hard to expunge it from our national life even if we wanted to—then public organizations should mark other religious festivals too," the report said. Of course, the type of campaign explicitly advocated by the Institute for Public Policy Research has been underway on both sides of the Atlantic for some time now.
- The Spokane schools recently came under fire for sending out a list of "important dates" that included "Hanukkah, Human Rights Day, winter break, the Islamic holy day Eid al-Adha, first day of winter and Kwanzaa"—but made no mention of Christmas.
- This year, Oak Lawn, Illinois schools temporarily replaced school observances of Halloween and Christmas with "Fall Festival" and "Winter Festival" after a Moslem parent demanded inclusion of Moslem observances.
- And a task force created in Fort Collins, Colorado, after a request was made for a public menorah display recommended that "secular symbols of winter, like snowflakes, penguins and white lights" be displayed instead of Christmas trees and red and green lights.
- And, of course, the Seattle Airport, after temporarily removing Christmas trees last year, decided this year to display a group of trees to "reflect the Pacific Northwest environment and our diverse community, and convey universal values, such as peace and harmony." But there are no Christmas trees.
- One reader wrote from Birmingham, "I just can't wait to get out of this appalling country…. This sounds like the sort of drivel we had foisted on us 10 years ago in Birmingham when the council tried to replace Christmas with Winterval."
- A reader residing in China wrote, "A sinking nation with no sense of national pride—glad I left."