VDARE.COM 2009 War On Christmas Competition Commences—We Didn`t Start The Fire (but We`ll Put It Out)!

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VDARE.COM 2009 War On Christmas Competition Commences—We Didn`t Start The Fire (but We`ll Put It Out)!

VDARE.COM has been going on for
almost ten years, and I`ve been with it since the year

wrote in 2005:

“Did I ever tell
you readers how I got this job? No? Well gather round,
and I`ll tell you.

“In the year
2000, which some say was part of the last century, I was


and I saw the world famous VDARE.com Christmas

“I hunted around
systematically for egregious examples, and


“And not only did
I win, but


offered me a job, including actual money, which I needed
at the time. Financially I was where

Tiny Tim

was, in A Christmas Carol.
Now, more like

Bob Cratchit.
[Help Keep VDare.com Going!!]”

Shop Of Ghosts
December 24, 2005]

You can read the whole of G. K. Chesterton`s short story
The Shop Of Ghosts
at the link. The point of Chesterton`s story is that
Christmas is dying
will never die. The point of the Tiny Tim reference is
that I depend on VDARE.com for my livelihood, and when
you`re thinking about donating, you`re thinking about
supporting me, among others.

Just today, Time
which I r
used as an example

of the kind of MSM publication that can`t be bothered to
provide email addresses and links, [
published  this:

the 1990s
a right-wing website has held an annual competition for
the most egregious example of secularization. (Villains
include the Department of Housing and Urban Development,
which christened its year-end party "A Celebration of
Holiday Traditions.")”

History: The War on Christmas
By Alex Altman,
, December 21, 2009]

That`s us, of
course. See

How the HUD Stole

by Peter Brimelow, December 25, 1999. This is a
deliberate attempt to avoid communicating—all

Alex Altman

wants you to know about what`s on our website is what he
tells you, so s/he
doesn`t even tell you VDARE.com`s name.

S/he did basically

same story last year,

in which s/he did mention VDARE.com—with the obligatory reference to the fact that


says it hates us, so we`re a hate group.

in the 2008 story, s/he called

Peter Brimelow

“the leading proponent of
the War on Christmas”

This is just insane.

We didn`t
start the War On Christmas!

We are not fighting against Christmas, we are fighting
for it—in the
face of official and corporate opposition, which goes
all the way to the

Supreme Court

and the

White House.

A lot of publicity
has been given to the War On Christmas in recent years,
and other organizations have been taking up the cudgels,
notably William Donohue`s

Catholic League.

But when you read
about it in the MainStream Media, you mostly see War On
Christmas Denial. See for example,

Yes, Virginia (And Michelle Goldberg),
There Is A War Against Christmas
by Tom Piatak, replying to Michelle Goldberg`s

How the secular
humanist grinch didn`t steal Christmas

“”The right-wing
crusade against the liberal "war on Christmas" is great
for rallying the troops. Too bad the war doesn`t

Just this year, courtesy of the Catholic League (which
didn`t provide the links—once again, that`s what donors
are paying me for):

You can



Freedom From Religion

for that last one, they filed a suit. [

The Obama`s feckless social secretary, Desirée Rogers,
said that the Obamas
almost decided
not to display an eighteenth century Neapolitan crèche

been displayed in the
East Room

every year since 1967:

“The lunch conversation inevitably
turned to whether the White House would display its
crèche, customarily placed in a prominent spot in the
East Room. Ms. Rogers, this participant said, replied
that the Obamas did not intend to put the manger scene
on display—a remark that drew an audible gasp from the
tight-knit social secretary sisterhood. (A White House
official confirmed that there had been internal
discussions about making Christmas more inclusive and
whether to display the crèche.)”
Spotlight`s Bright Glare
By Sheryl Gay Stolberg,
NYT, December
4, 2009]

Here`s what
Washington Post
blogger Susan Jacoby wrote about this:

The "war on Christmas"
flap is getting old

Should the White House, whose residents serve all
Americans, display a crèche or a menorah or any strictly
religious symbols during the holidays?

Who cares? With 40
million Americans having trouble putting food on the
table and 10 percent out of work, there are more
important things to worry about than whether the
president, following the tradition of his predecessors,
is disregarding the separation of church and state by
displaying a crèche in the White House. For the record,
the White house should not have a crèche, a menorah, or
any other specifically religious symbol on its grounds.
But it`s not high on my indignation list. If that makes
me a lukewarm atheist, so be it. This annual battle over
Christmas is becoming as tiresome as that awful,
ubiquitous ditty, "It`s the most wonderful time of the

Right. She wants to ban Christmas in the White House,
but not hear about the “annual
battle over Christmas.
” Jacoby, as a member of the

Irreligious Left
is always worrying about the Religious Right, calling

Sarah Palin

religious extremist

saying it`s

for the federal government to give money to the
Salvation Army, and insisting that Obamacare is a

As for her question
“Who cares?”—the people who are insulted care, especially the

96 percent of Americans
who celebrate Christmas.

Jacoby went on:

"Another subject I`m tired of is Desiree Rogers, whose
alleged nonfeasance in the matter of the White House
party crashers hardly seems worth the torrent of ink and
cable news venom that have been expended on her. But if
she actually did tell a reporter at any point that the
Obamas were planning a `nonreligious Christmas`, she`d
better take a crash course from Miss Manners.
If Rogers had kept her mouth shut, and the Obamas were actually planning
to keep religious symbols out of the public White House
rooms, it`s entirely possible that no one would have

[Emphasis added.](OK,
the ever-vigilant religious Right might have noticed.)
Now, because of the social secretary`s loose lips, it`s
a story that the Obamas are displaying the usual crèche.
Desiree, you`re not in Chicago anymore."

That`s an amazing thing for anyone
connected with the
Washington Post
to say—that if a government
functionary can avoid being honest with the press, then
the Obama Administration could get away with something.

It`s amazing when
you consider that this is the paper whose

proudest boast

is that its investigative reporting

brought down President
Nixon i
n the
middle of the

Vietnam War

(leading to the


of that war.)

And here`s Susan Jacoby wondering how
the Obamas can keep secrets.

Well, it`s obvious
that despite the people who say there`s

"No War On Christmas"
of them in Google news as I write—that the war

We didn`t start it, but we won`t give up the fight.

And we`re kicking
off our
War Against Christmas

once more. It generally closes around

Epiphany, or Twelfth

We`d like our readers to report things that they seen in
the news, and things that don`t get printed.


 The prize is a
bottle of champagne, which we can just barely afford, or
a signed copy of


Speaking of what we
can just barely afford, please remember that

If you go to the


page, then don`t have to win the WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS
COMPETITION to get a prize—you automatically get a copy

Steve Sailer`s book

with donations of $200 or more.