War on Christmas in September, from James Taranto's Best of the Web Today
[September 29, 2015
Merry Whatever Only 88 days left, and already there’s a war on. Elizabeth Bruenig of the New Republic notes that Donald Trump, speaking at last week’s Values Voter Summit, said he dislikes it when store clerks say “Happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” Bruenig then accuses Trump of hypocrisy, noting that he tweeted about “holidays” in 2012 and 2014.Then she explains what this is really all about:
People like Trump . . . prefer “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays” not for specifically religious reasons, but because “Merry Christmas” informs people that they are on English-speaking, Christianist [sic] turf, where the people in charge all celebrate Christmas in a decidedly American way. People who aren’t celebrating Christmas or who do so in an unfamiliar way are supposed to feel unwelcome when they hear it.
Ha ha, get a load of those dumb conservatives, policing language to signal political affinity. Wonder where they got that idea!
For the record, in case the link dies, the story is Donald Trump's "Merry Christmas" Has Nothing to Do With Christmas, b
y Elizabeth Bruenig, September 25, 2015. I see that the New Republic
has a "War On Christmas" tag
, just as we do here at VDARE.com, but they're very much on the Ebenezer Scrooge side of the war—here are some of the other articles they have under that tag.