War Against Christmas 2005 Competition [VI]: The Winner!

WAR
AGAINST CHRISTMAS 2005 COMPETITION
[blog] [II]

[III]
[IV]
[V]

See also: War
Against Christmas
2004


2003
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2002
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2001
,


2000

The

Twelfth Day of Christmas
, January 6th, is when we
aim to end our

Annual War Against Christmas
competition to find the
most outrageous attempt to abolish Christmas. (Not
always successfully—but as I start writing this, I`ve
still got about an hour of January 6th left!)

As

Tom Piatak
has

noted
, in 2005 the War Against Christmas met with
rampant
and increasing

grass-roots resistance

across
America. There was significant coverage throughout the
media, for example Fox TV and

WorldNetDaily
; the issue was—finally—picked up by
conservative religious leaders, for example

Reverend Jerry Falwell
; and even some politicians
made a stand, for example

Governor Sonny Perdue
of Georgia (not
normally praised
in

VDARE.COM
).

There`s a price to be
paid for the support of Fox TV and the “religious
right”
. I`ll get to it later. But when the
immigration disaster gets their attention, it will be a
happy day for America.

In contrast, I don`t
believe there was any coverage at all of the

Khristmaskampf
in the mid-1990s, when I first

persuaded
John O`Sullivan to run a War Against
Christmas Competition in National Review—no doubt
contributing to his firing, after which it was promptly
dropped,

along with the cause of
immigration reform
.

I say this, not to lay
any claim to credit—you don`t get credit in this
business—but to make a point: things change. The
celebration of Christmas has indeed evolved. And right
now it`s evolving back to where it was.

The time will come
when “Happy Holidays” will seem as dated as, oh,

Madonna
(a popular singer, circa 1990).

Probably it will be
about the same time that an immigration moratorium bill
is passed—with

Ramesh Ponnuru
claiming credit.

I can`t wait.

America`s cultural
commissars have reacted to this unexpected peasants`
revolt by scurrying about frantically, like cockroaches
surprised by a sudden light. A common reaction—for
example, Frank Rich`s

I Saw Jackie Mason Kissing Santa Claus
in the
New York Times
on Christmas Day itself—is to deny
everything. Talk of a war on Christmas, blustered Rich
arrogantly, was “suburban legends…irrational
hysteria.”

Unfortunately for
Rich and his fellow Khristmaskampf deniers, we have it
on the authority of no less a commissar than

Charles Krauthammer
himself (December
17 2004
) that
"The attempts to
de-Christianize Christmas are as absurd as they are
relentless."

The evidence for the
War Against Christmas is enormous and overwhelming. The
deniers are simply lying.

It is notable,
however, that Krauthammer was silent on the War Against
Christmas this year, as all the Big Foot columnists e.g.
George Will

seem
to have been. (Ask
Will why.

Ask
Krauthammer why.) My theory: the issue is simply
getting too dangerous. You don`t get to be a Big Foot by
taking risks.

Evidence of the
underlying passions: both the Washington Post and
the Los Angeles Times felt free to publish
remarkable and explicitly Christophobic attacks on
Christmas and Christians—What
`War on Christmas`?
by Ruth Marcus, December 10,
2005;

Oy To The World
, by Joel Stern, December 6, 2005
(“We
Jews find it a little embarrassing that adults can still
make such a big fuss over Christmas…I
get that I live in a Christian nation. And I`m fine with
it. I like you guys. I think it`s adorable that you ring
giant, white pipe cleaners around streetlights and make
everything taste like peppermint and thought the world
was going to end when the calendar went to three zeros
in a row. It`s like living with children.go nuts with
your celebration, with your lying to children about
where presents come from and your beverages made from
raw eggs and your desperate use of greenery to get women
to kiss you.”
)

One of the nice
things about our War Against Christmas competition is
that we get entries, and reaction, all year. So I was
prepared for 2005`s trademark combination of arrogant
denial by this email from North Carolina, which arrived
last fall.

“Not sure why

this
link is the top pick when you

google “Asheville Holiday Parade”
, but please remove
the article from your list…Not sure of your point, but
FYI, most parades that take place in November are called
Thanksgiving parades.  We chose `Holiday Parade` so we
could celebrate both Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

Eleanor Campbell (email
her)

Event Manager


Asheville Merchants Corporation Holiday Parade

88 Roberts St

PO Box 1600

Asheville, NC
28802-1600

(828)251-4147 Phone

(828)251-4182 Fax

Actually, of course,
the workings of Google are a mystery to us as to all
webpersons (our story was sixth when I last checked).
And no law that we are aware of exempts the Asheville
Merchants Corporation from criticism.

More importantly: I
suppose it is possible that the predecessors of “59th
Annual Asheville Holiday Parade”
were called
“Holiday Parades”
back in the 1940s.


But I don`t believe
it.

Here are a random few of the “suburban legends”
reported by VDARE.COM readers:

  • From “Kris” in
    Arizona:



Schools expel "Merry Christmas" lunch menus
(AP)

“Seattle, Washington—Lunch menus imprinted with the
words `Merry Christmas` have been discarded and replaced
in the Federal Way school district south of Seattle.


“The
December lunch menus for all 23 elementary schools were
recalled and reprinted with the words `Happy Holidays`
at a cost of almost $500.


“A
school district spokeswoman says printing `Merry
Christmas` on the menus violated school system policies
because `it has a religious connotation for some
people.`”


  • From Mark Krulacz (email
    him)


Here
are my (first) two entries in this year`s War Against
Christmas Competition:

  1. Framingham Massachusetts, Target Store, Early Dec
    2005—My family is considering the purchase of an
    artificial Christmas tree, so we all go the store
    one night. "Holiday Trees" and

    "Holiday Ornaments"
    are on one side of the aisle to
    the left. No mention of "Christmas" anywhere. On the
    aisle to the right, a big sign that says "Hanukah
    Items". I am not kidding. It was so blatant I wanted to

    make a scene
    right there and then. If I go back
    there, I`ll take pictures.


  1. Home and Garden TV, Early Dec 2005—Emeril
     is cooking up "Holiday" Cookies, and helping us make a
    "Holiday" Dinner. HGTV has commercials showing us other
    shows that will help me prepare for the "Holidays". Not
    one mention of Christmas, except by accident on a
    commercial preview of a show about ginger bread house
    construction competitions, where a "Merry Christmas"
    banner could be seen on the wall of a convention center
    in the distance. Then, right before Emeril comes back
    on, a big splash screen that reads "Happy Hanukah!!!".


  • From: Chris
    Mallory


“Paducah KY has
changed its annual Christmas parade to a `Holiday` parade, in order to be more `inclusive.` Inclusive
of who, I don`t know. The city literally has a

Christian church
on every street corner.”

  • From: Georgetown Lawyer

When
is the War on Christmas feature beginning?  Here`s an
e-mail I received from the Catholic Jesuit Georgetown
University.  It made me sick to my stomach.


DECEMBER 9, 2005

Please Join
Special Events and

Campus Ministry

in a
Holiday
Tree-trimming Party


  • From: Patrick
    Arsenault (email
    him):


“I thought you guys
might wanna look at this site, [Pennsylvania
State University Office of Human Resources/ Holidays
]
and note that these sick individuals try as hard as
possible not to mention Christmas, and yet they must
refer to it directly so they opt to instead use `the
December 25th holiday`, all the while referring to `the
January 1 holiday` as New Year`s Day, easily, in the
very same sentence.


“UGH.”

(Arsenault maintains
his own War On Christmas

website
.)   


  • From: [Anonymous]


Religious McDonald`s Sign Draws Attention In Raleigh
,
WRAL.com, December 14 2005

“RALEIGH, N.C. —
…The sign at McDonald`s on the corner of Falls of Neuse
and Spring Forest Road reads: `Merry Christmas, Jesus is
the Reason for the Season.` It is a holiday message that
Amanda Alpert thinks comes on a little too strongly.

“`It offends me
because it specifically talks about Jesus, Merry
Christmas. It doesn`t give credit to anyone else,`
Alpert said.

“Alpert called the
McDonald`s corporate office in Atlanta and requested
that the sign be changed to the politically correct
Happy Holidays. The response was the owner has the right
to do what she wants with the sign.

“`I care because
I`m Jewish, and the reason for the season is upsetting
to me,` Alpert said….


“McDonald`s managers
say the sign has been good for business. They say church
groups have stopped by to eat, and some people who
usually don`t eat food from McDonald`s have stopped by
because of the sign.”

(McDonald`s is a franchise operation, with the
individual restaurants being owned by independent
entrepreneurs. Readers report that, in other parts of
the country, McDonald`s has succumbed to political
correctness).

The second reaction of America`s commissar cockroaches
to this year`s peasant revolt: blame it all on

Fox
/the “Religious Right”.  Of course, this
is annoying for those of us who have been

banging on
about the Khristmaskampf

for years.
But there are a lot of cultural/
sectional divisions within the American nation, so this
ploy can be quite effective. For the first time,
VDARE.COM has been getting a trickle of email from
supporters complaining that, in this area, we are
following
Bill O`Reilly`s lead. (Grrrr!)

For example, our friends at the paleolibertarian site

lewrockwell.com
. Lew Rockwell`s sad and surprising


Celebrate Christmas, or Else!
is apparently
motivated by his visceral dislike, as a Catholic
convert, for the New England Puritan tradition from
which he believes the Bush-voting/Iraq
War-supporting/Red State “Religious Right” is
descended. 

Like others, Lew is excited by the paradox that,
historically, the Puritans downplayed Christmas—because
they

regarded it
as Papist. But he has to admit that,
even in Boston, Anglicans always celebrated it. The
reality is that Puritanism is only one of several
American Christian traditions. On the matter of
Christmas, it did not prevail.

And even the Puritans never attempted to eradicate the
word “Christmas” from the public square. 
Yet the Post Office`s

Madonna and Child stamp
, the existence of which Lew
triumphantly instances as evidence that the War Against
Christmas is an “urban myth”, is
conspicuously described on the USPS website only as
“Holiday Traditional”
and carefully

upstaged
by stamps celebrating other purported
“holidays”.

Something more radical than Calvinism is at work here.
Ironically, Lew`s emotions have led him to enlist on the
opposite side than the one

he took
in the other recent notable defeat of the
culture commissars: their attempt to discredit Mel
Gibson`s movie

The Passion of The Christ.

For his instruction, I suggest last year`s attack by the
appalling Frank Rich both on Gibson and on those
defending Christmas (The
Year of the `Passion`
, New York Times,
December 19, 2004) in which the

connection
is made quite clear.

What now? Somewhat to my surprise, I think
Microsoft—about which VDARE.COM has said some critical
things—is on to something in an article posted on its
Small Business Center website. (I read it because we
transmit our email bulletin—subscribe

here
—with Microsoft`s ListBuilder.)

In the ominously-titled

Make it a politically correct holiday season: 7 tips
,
author Jeff Wuorio writes (Tip Six):


Balance it
with Christmas. Stay aware of the relative
significance of other holidays when compared
with Christmas. As most of us know, Christmas is
one of the most valued holidays in the Christian
calendar—by contrast, Hanukkah is a good deal
less significant to the Jewish community.
Moreover,

Kwanzaa
—while of great importance to many
African-Americans—is primarily a cultural
celebration rather than religious. As such, keep
all three holidays in their proper perspective.
`It can be a serious mistake to elevate Kwanzaa
or Hanukkah to the

level of Christmas,
` says Steven Rothberg,
president of

CollegeRecruiter.com
. `To do so might be
really insulting to Christian customers.`

The truth is that there is no “Holiday Season.”
There is only Christmas. Everything else is a
distraction and a delusion.

American Christians do not hunt around for days
dedicated to

obscure saints
—Lew Rockwell can supply a list on
request—and celebrate them loudly in order to step on
Ramadan or Yom Kippur. Neither should anyone else step
on Christmas.

When people get cards wishing them “UNmerry
Christmas”
, then they can start getting offended.

And only then.

As

E. V. Kontorovich
—one of whose relatives actually
was
a commissar—wrote
in a famous and prescient 1997 column in the New York
Post:


"Unless society draws
a line—the only obvious place to draw it is at
Christianity—an unmanageable tumult will ensue: gridlock
in the public square."

This year`s award, champagne and an inscribed

Alien Nation,

goes to Jerry Cline, who shows that there is War Against
Christmas and what must be done about it:


“On Friday, December
23, 2005, my wife and I went to the Barnes & Noble in
Crocker Park in Westlake, Ohio to do some Christmas
shopping for my eldest daughter (7).  At the entrance of
the Children`s Section on the second floor were three
prominent displays of books: one labeled,  `Happy
Kwanzaa`, another, stating `Happy Hanukkah` and the
other, the largest of three, and containing only
Christmas books
, had a sign that read `Happy
Holidays`. 


“Looking around, I
could find no `Merry Christmas` signs. So I asked the
salesperson why not.  She informed me that it was store
policy not to offend anyone.  I then stated that the
exclusion of the word `Christmas` offended me.  She then
politely referred me to the store manager if I had any
more questions. 


“Upon engaging the
store manager on the subject, she replied that it was
`corporate policy` and that the signs were distributed
by `corporate.`  At that, I informed her that this was
highly insulting and asked why the word `Christmas` was
so distasteful or offensive, to which she gave no
reply. 


“I then handed her a
stack of books I had intended to purchase and wished her
a `Merry Christmas.`


“As VDARE.COM readers
already know, this is not a war against `religion,` else
Barnes and Noble would not have distributed the Happy
Hanukkah sign.  It is also not a war against

racist, Marxist holidays
, else the Happy Kwanzaa
sign would not have been displayed.  As is all too
apparent, Christianity itself is the target of this war.
 


“For all of the fools
who deny that such a war exists, I invite them to

contact Barnes & Noble
and ask them why only
Christmas was so singularly offensive.”

5 a.m. on January 7—See you next 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)