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Nov 18 2019

War on Christmas Resumes

It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, and the War on Christmas has already resumed. Even where overtly religious elements of this religious holiday have already been removed, the purges continue.

Via CBS Boston:

A Durham, New Hampshire celebration scheduled for the beginning of holidays is undergoing some changes this year in an effort to remove religious overtones.

Formerly called the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, the newly named Frost Fest will include the absence of a formal tree lighting. Santa will be at the event but he will not arrive in a town firetruck as he has in the past.

That would be too religious, because of the part in the Bible where Santa arrives at the manger aboard a firetruck to bestow gifts of gold, frankincense, myrrh, and an Xbox upon the Baby Jesus.

Town Councilor Sally Tobias says the changes came about after some controversy last holiday season. “There was another private citizen that came forward and said that he had always had a problem with the Christmas tree, as he called it,” Tobias said.

Maybe if they had just made clear that it is a generic meaningless winter tree, not a Christmas tree, they could have kept it.

Wreaths on lamp posts also had to go. Too Christian.

As usual, moonbat grinches brandished the word “inclusion” while excluding normal Americans from their own culture.

On a tip from Steve T.

Jan 03 2018

How Newsweek Fought the War on Christmas in 2017

Another battle in the War on Christmas is behind us. The moonbats at Newsweek fought valiantly, linking the holiday to Donald Trump, whose…

…crusade to bring back Christmas is part of a larger attempt by the president to define America as a country for white Christians alone.

Wishing people “merry Christmas” instead of “happy holidays” is thus in line with Trump’s decision to ban citizens of Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, critics say. It fits neatly with his refusal to condemn white supremacists when they march against diversity, and with his condemnation of athletes who protest police brutality against black men.

With this in mind, the fight to end the war on Christmas is exclusionary politics at its most flagrant.

Richard King, a professor at Washington State University, is brought forward to proclaim that “invocations of Christmas” are a “dog whistle.”

A dog whistle is coded language that seems innocent but has a secret meaning. When people say “Merry Christmas,” what they actually mean is “Heil Hitler.”

[S]ome see parallels between Trump’s speeches in front of Christmas trees and attempts by authoritarian regimes like the Nazis to manipulate popular celebrations to promote a political ideology. …

Nazi Germany’s propagandists rooted their idea of Christmas in visions of ethno-nationalism. … The ultimate goal was to draw a clear line between those who belonged and those who should be excluded and not benefit from the joys of Christmas.

Presumably the reference is to Jews, who like Muslims do not celebrate Christmas because they have their own holidays.

Trump’s talk about Christmas coexists with re-emerging white identity politics…

Joe Perry, author of Christmas in Germany: A Cultural History, barks:

“Frankly, I’m not sure how far Trump himself is willing to go to use the holiday to promote anti-Muslim or anti-minority visions of America, or if he even really understands what he is doing with his ‘merry Christmas’ tirades.”

Thank goodness the season is over. Sensitive liberals will finally get a break from the two-word tirade, “Merry Christmas.”

I actually thought the Newsweek piece was on the level, until I came to the picture of a guy standing in front of “The Redneck Shop,” giving a Nazi salute while dressed in a Santa outfit.

The Onion had its day. Now Newsweek has taken its place.

On a tip from Jester.

Dec 18 2017

Escalating the War on Christmas at the University of Minnesota

Everything that reminds progressives of Christmas must be suppressed, even wrapped packages:

An academic department at the University of Minnesota declared that “bows/wrapped gifts” are “not appropriate for gatherings and displays at this time of year.”

According a copy of the guidelines obtained by Campus Reform, UMN’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) encouraged its employees “to recognize holidays in ways that are respectful of the diversity of our community” …

As we all know by now, being respectful of diversity means ruthlessly repressing the culture of the core population. This cultural Marxist objective, as much as hatred of Christianity, drives the War on Christmas.

The guidelines also note that a Christmas party is not a Christmas party but a “winter celebration” (as if winter in Minnesota were something to celebrate). Any reference to the point of Christmas — i.e., Christ — should be avoided; this explicitly applies not only to decorations and music but even to food.

Santa Claus, angels, Christmas trees, the Star of Bethlehem, and nativity scenes are specifically proscribed, along with the colors red and green.

Cowed by the fanatically intolerant liberal establishment, a generation is letting social engineers take our heritage away. If we had been occupied by the Nazis or Imperial Japanese, they might have been more permissive of our customs.

On a tip from Sterling B.

Dec 19 2016

The Soviet Union’s War on Christmas

Modern moonbats aren’t the first Grinches to try to eradicate Christmas:

Following the Russian Revolution, the new atheist government began an anti-religious campaign. All symbols deemed religious and/or “bourgeois” were eradicated and replaced with new, secular versions. Thus Christmas (which in the Russian Orthodox calendar occurs on January 7) was abolished in favor of New Year’s, and several traditional Christmas customs and characters received new identities. St. Nicholas/Santa Claus gave way to Ded Moroz or “Old Man Frost” (a popular figure originating in pagan times), and the new “nativity scene” featured him and his granddaughter the Snow Maiden in place of Joseph and Mary, sometimes with the “New Year Boy” added in place of Jesus. Christmas cards often featured Ded Moroz riding alongside a Soviet cosmonaut in a spacecraft emblazoned with a hammer and sickle.

Nearly a century later, they celebrate Christmas in Russia, as we will do a century from now in the USA, God willing, no matter how many progressives find it offensive.

On a tip from Torcer.

Nov 09 2015

Annual War on Christmas Begins

It’s past Halloween; time for the progressive War on Christmas to resume. Ever-P.C. Starbucks starts us off with this:

Most years, Starbucks unveils their festive Christmas-themed cups during the holiday season. This year, however, the chain is refusing to use any cups with any reference to Christmas.

Instead of using festive cups, they will use plain red cups with no reference to the holiday whatsoever.

Starbucks said in a statement, “Starbucks has become a place of sanctuary during the holidays. We’re embracing the simplicity and the quietness of it. It’s [a] more open way to usher in the holiday.”

A place of sanctuary. From the Christofascist oppression of Christmas.

It isn’t just Starbucks:

A Long Island mall swapped Santa’s sleigh for something resembling a spaceship and nixed the Christmas tree because it didn’t want to “offend” anyone, irate shoppers told The Post.

The Roosevelt Field Mall ditched its traditional holiday village and put Ol’ Saint Nick inside a winter-themed “glacier” instead.

Obviously normal people who are offended by the anti-Christmas ratchet tightening each year don’t count. In a country run by cultural Marxists, normal people never count.

That they have been systematically eradicating Christmas tells you all you need to know about progressives.

On tips from Jimmie C, Wiggins, Dragon’s Lair, Sean C, Stormfax, and J.

Aug 25 2015

Trump Weighs In on War on Christmas

When it comes to the War on Christmas, the good guys have an ally in Donald Trump:

Speaking to an Alabama radio host Friday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump discussed his religious views and vowed to fight the so-called war on Christmas.

“There’s an assault on anything having to do with Christianity,” Trump said on Yellowhammer Radio with Cliff Sims on Friday. “They don’t want to use the word Christmas anymore at department stores.”

“There’s always lawsuits and unfortunately a lot of those lawsuits are won by the other side,” Trump said. “I will assault that. I will go so strongly against so many of the things, when they take away the word Christmas.”

Added Trump: “I go out of my way to use the word Christmas.”

This isn’t just about marginalizing Christmas with the eventual goal of eradicating it. The same moonbat mentality manifests itself in other ways:

“There’s real assault on Christianity when you look at what’s going on in Syria and ISIS,” Trump said. “Do you know that if you’re a Christian from Syria, you cannot get into the United States? If you’re a Muslim from Syria, it’s one of the easiest places to get into the United States from.”

The War on Christmas is actually only one front in the greater war of annihilation being waged against traditional America. On no front can we afford to give the enemy even one more inch.

On a tip from J.

Dec 07 2012

Seniors’ Tree Falls to War on Christmas

The most precious treasure seniors have is their memories. They can think fondly back to the days when this was still America, and liberalism hadn’t choked it to the point that people are not even allowed to have a Christmas tree due to our leftist ruling class’s hatred of God:

Residents in a Newhall [California] senior apartment complex are protesting an order from management to remove their beloved Christmas tree from the community room because, they were told, it’s a religious symbol.

As resident Edna Johnson explained,

“We could put out Easter baskets, have turkey for Thanksgiving but no tree for Christmas because it has Christ’s name in the beginning of Christmas.”

That makes anything that even reminds a moonbat of Christmas blasphemy against the one true god, politically correct authoritarian collectivism. I hope Edna makes the most of the Easter baskets before they are banned too.

Fumes resident Max Greenis,

“I’ve got grandkids and they come here and now they’ll ask, `Grandpa, where’s the Christmas tree?’ Then I’ll have to explain that someone said we couldn’t have one. What kind of message is that sending to the kids?”

In another generation, children will curl their noses at the sight of a Christmas tree — assuming they even know what one looks like. All they will know about Christmas trees is that evil capitalists made it be too hot out for the polar bears by cutting down the trees and putting toys under them that were stolen from poor orphans of color.

On tips from Artfldgr and Tchhht!!!.

Dec 16 2011

War on Christmas Has Gone Nuclear in Plano

Q: What would you get if you crossed the Grinch with Adolf Hitler? A: I don’t know, but it’s running our public schools.

The [Morgan v. Swanson] lawsuit [a.k.a. the Candy Cane Case] was filed by the families of several elementary-school students in Plano, Texas. The suit states that, although the schools hold birthday and “winter break” parties, no Christmas parties are allowed. Moreover, the schools ban all “references to and symbols of the Christian religion and the celebration of the Christian religious holiday, Christmas,” at the winter-break parties. Even “red and green Christmas colors” are banned. And students were explicitly instructed “not to write ‘Merry Christmas’ on greeting cards sent to United States soldiers [or to retirement homes] because that phrase might be offensive.”

There’s more:

Students were allowed to exchange gift bags at the winter-break parties. However, the suit alleges, “students and parents [were] interrogated by school officials … as to whether or not the contents of their gift or ‘goodie’ bags … contain any religious viewpoint, religious references or religious message.” If they did, the bags were confiscated by school officials.

One student’s bags were seized because they contained pencils inscribed with the phrase “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.” Another student was banned from giving his friends candy-cane-shaped pens with a laminated card entitled the “Legend of the Candy Cane,” which explained the Christian origin of candy canes. Another student, “during noncurriculum times and with no material and substantial disruption to the operations of the school,” was giving her friends tickets to a free Christian drama production at her church. Principal Jackie Bomchill ordered the tickets confiscated and destroyed because they “expressed a ‘religious’ viewpoint.”

One student’s mother asked for a meeting with Bomchill to get prior approval for her daughter to give her friends two pencils at her own birthday party during lunch recess, one inscribed … with the phrase “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.” Instead of engaging in a calm discussion, the principal handed the mother a letter threatening that “law enforcement officials” would be called to arrest her and told her that the Jesus pencils could only be distributed “outside of the school building.” However, when the daughter attempted to do just that, outside of the school building, Bomchill grabbed her, took the pencils, and berated her. Bomchill told the mother her daughter would be “kicked out of school” if she made any further attempts to distribute religious items. School officials even called the police, who pulled over the mother on her way home.

Since these events, the school district and the principals have only compounded their errors. Rather than acknowledge that they made a mistake, apologize, and change their discriminatory policies, they have spent over a million taxpayer dollars fighting this lawsuit all the way up to the federal appeals court. In fact, they claim that they did nothing wrong and should be granted “qualified immunity” because “the First Amendment does not apply to elementary school students” and the “Constitution does not prohibit viewpoint discrimination against religious speech in elementary schools.” And these are the people teaching civics to our children!

As the case stands, the Fifth Circuit ruled that the school district has been violating children’s First Amendment rights, but gave it qualified immunity anyway. The parents are appealing; their brief is due to the Supremes on December 26, the day after the Day That Must Not Be Named.

Yet liberals in the media seem to believe that by sneering every time someone mentions the War on Christmas, they can convince us that it doesn’t exist.

On a tip from GoY.

Dec 02 2011

Lincoln Chafee Joins War on Christmas

Anyone who doesn’t get why RINOs must be driven out of the GOP and off the edge of the nearest cliff needs look no farther than Lincoln Chafee, whom checkered-pants–wearing party bigwigs supported at the expense of conservatives in his Senate days. After treacherously betraying the party, Chafing finally abandoned it, with the insolent insouciance of a heel dumping the doting wife he had been cheating on. Now he has enlisted in the liberal War on Christmas:

A Rhode Island lawmaker is calling Gov. Lincoln Chafee “Governor Grinch” after he defied lawmakers and decided that the state would have a “holiday tree” instead of a “Christmas tree.”

Fortunately there are countermoonbats even in liberal New England.

Rep. Doreen Costa, called the governor a “Grinch.”

“He’s just to the left as far as left as you can possibly be,” the Republican lawmaker told Fox News & Commentary. “He tries to be politically correct 24-7.”

Costa sponsored a resolution last January declaring the tree customarily erected in December be referred to as a “Christmas tree and not as a ‘holiday tree’ or other non-traditional terms.”

“He is refusing to honor what’s passed in the House of Representatives,” she said. “That’s more concerning than anything else.”

Costa said the governor’s rebuff has become her line in the sand.

“I’m sick of being politically correct,” she said. “Nobody’s been offended by calling a Christmas tree a Christmas tree. If we have a Menorah in the State House, what are we going to call it — a candle with sticks?”

So Costa has decided to erect her own Christmas tree — at the State House. And she plans on lighting it on Dec. 6 — the same day Chafee plans to host the official “holiday” tree lighting event.

“We’re going to sing Christmas carols and drink hot chocolate,” she said. “And I’m going to make a sign — Christmas tree lighting to the right and holiday tree to the left. We’ll see who gets the crowd.”

Kudos to Rep. Costa. As for the ignominious Stinking Chafee: let him serve as a warning as to what you may be crawling into bed with if you tolerate RINOs.

On a tip from Wiggins.

Dec 24 2015

Calm Down Climate Kooks, Christmas Eve Has Been Much Warmer

Temperatures constantly fluctuate. When it is colder than normal, gullible warmists sneer that the resistance is comprised of idiots so simplistic that they think the weather being cold at one place and time proves anything when we are talking about climate not weather, you peasant. When it is warmer than normal, they stand on their chairs and shriek, “You see!”

Real Science is annoyed at Drudge for going along with the hype:

Drudge is touting the “record heat” forecast for Christmas Eve, even though most of the country will be below normal temperature. The best Drudge could come up with was 86 degrees at Orlando.

christmas-eve-2015

Christmas Eve 1955 was much warmer. Three fourths of the country was over 60 degrees, and Ashland Kansas, Geary Oklahoma and Encinal Texas were all over 90 degrees. Fort Lauderdale was 85 degrees. All of the stations below were over 60 degrees on Christmas Eve, 1955.

christmas-eve-1955

Last winter, the East Coast had record cold. That was ignored because it was “less than 1% of the Earth.” But this week, the Eastern US defines the global climate.

Within 20 years of 1955, liberal establishmentarians were tearing clots of hair from their scalps as they yelped about the coming ice age. Twenty years from now we will probably be hearing the same thing. It would be nice to think that by then people will have learned not to listen to them.

On a tip from JusttheTipHQ.

Dec 27 2011

Class Warrior Christmas, With All the Amenities

The Class Warrior in Chief isn’t the only socialist living large in Hawaii while some of us continue slogging through the last week of the year.

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, who served as Speaker of the House and is now head of the House minority, is once again spending her Christmas at the exotic Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu in Kona on the island of Hawaii. …

Pelosi spent the last two Christmas holidays in Kona at the same hotel in an elaborate suite that rents for $10,000 a night. …

Pelosi has been escorted by local police during her last two holiday visits to Hawaii Island at a cost of $34,000 to local taxpayers.

Compared to the tab the Anointed One is running up, that’s chicken feed:

In a Hawaii Reporter story published last week, the total cost (based on what is known) for a 17-day round trip vacation to Hawaii for the President and his family and staff and security is an estimated $4,113,038.

That includes $3,629,622 for separate travel for the president and his family, $151,200 for housing for security, $72,216 for staff to stay in one of Hawaii’s most luxurious resorts, the Moana Surfrider in Waikiki, and local police protection and ambulance detail for $260,000.

Get back to work, comrades. Someone has to pay for all this.

On a tip from Shawn.

Nov 28 2019

War on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is too wholesome and quintessentially American not to be despised by moonbats, who denounce it on Cultural Marxist and environmental extremist grounds, as Mark Dice documents:

Moonbats will lose the War on Christmas. They will lose the War on Thanksgiving too.

On a tip from Frances John.

Dec 25 2017

Canadian Government Propagandizes That Santa Claus Is Moving to South Pole Because of Global Warming

Hopefully Santa was good to all Moonbattery readers. Next year, we may have to wait a little longer for our presents, because according to the Canadian government, he will have to fly all the way from the South Pole, where he is moving his operations due to global warming:

Thanks to rising global temperatures, rapidly melting Arctic ice and growing human operations in the North, Santa Claus has signed an agreement with the International community to relocate his village next year to operate in an exclusive zone in the South Pole.

Everything gets politicized, even Christmas. There is no escape from moonbats and their lies.

Meanwhile, back in reality, Arctic ice isn’t going anywhere, and plenty of people are enjoying a wintery white Christmas.

On tips from J, Chronos Z. Wonderpig, and Bodhisattva.

Dec 13 2017

D.C. Buses Ban Religious Christmas Ads

The progressive campaign to eradicate Christmas continues. In the capital city of the Land of the Free, religious Christmas ads are banned from public buses:

A federal court has ruled against the Archdiocese of Washington, DC (ADW) in its quest to display Christmas ads on the city’s Transit Authority buses.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) refused to sell advertising space to the ADW for its Advent awareness campaign, which invites people to find Christ through the Catholic Church during the Advent and Christmas seasons.

The ad was banned on the grounds that it “depicts a religious scene.”

The “religious scene” at the heart of the controversy depicts three wise men and two sheep standing on a sand dune, shown in silhouette.

However, ads promoting yoga to “take you on an inner journey of self-discovery” are allowed. Yoga journeys of self-discovery do not threaten the liberal agenda the way finding Christ might do.

On a tip from Ed S.

Dec 28 2016

German Pol Delayed Release of Berlin Christmas Market Killer Photo During Manhunt Because “Islamophobia”

Regarding the terror war of conquest being waged against it by Islamists, you may well wonder which side the left-wing politicians who dominate Europe are on. Green Party judiciary bureauweenie Till Steffen may have provided the answer by stalling the release of pictures of Anis Amri during the manhunt for him following his murder of 12 Germans at a Christmas market, lest letting people see what Muslim terrorists look like inflame Islamophobia:

It has been alleged that Steffen, who is head of the judicial authority in Hamburg, prevented the pictures being circulated because he feared sharing images of Islamist terror suspects will incite racial hatred.

Newspaper Bild reported that police were able to give a description of the killer, but not show the public what he looked like because of privacy concerns.

Insiders claim he was worried the pictures of terror suspects incite racial hatred.

Steffen managed to keep Amri’s face from the public in Hamburg for 12 hours. No doubt Allah would reward him, except that moonbats don’t believe in Allah; all they believe in is sanctimonious nihilism.

Ironically, moonbats like Steffen are providing more effective help to AfD than to the terrorists they self-righteously coddle. Amri was soon killed by Italian police.

On a tip from Torcer.

Dec 25 2016

Enviro-Grinches Grouse That Christmas Is Offensive to the Environment

One sign of Christmas is the pretty colored lights. Enviro-Grinches don’t like them. According to moonbat ideology, Christmas lights make it be too hot out:

They worry that both the manufacturing processes of the lights and the electricity needed to power them will generate lots of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. They worry that the lights are manufactured in China and thus the amount of CO2 emissions generated during their construction is effectively unknowable.

Any amount of carbon dioxide being a problem is a recent concept, cherished by leftists, but with little meaningful support. All we know for sure is that CO2 helps the plants to grow.

The average house with Christmas lights uses a fair amount of electricity– equal to about 22.8 days of the average household’s electricity consumption. Green groups claim that an “extravagant light display” can generate 881 pounds of CO2 throughout the holiday season. This is roughly equal to the CO2 emissions of a single car driving 958 miles, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

“Holiday lights result in tons of wasted energy each year,” the environmentalist website GreenerIdeal.com opined earlier this month. “Producing all this energy means more carbon dioxide emissions, which means more damage to the environment.”

Some moonbats are content for now to harp about high-efficiency bulbs, whereas others would like to abolish Christmas lights altogether.

Then there are the moonbats who fret about the environmental impact of Christmas trees.

Gift-wrapping and Christmas cards also have them clucking their tongues:

A student-run newspaper for the University of Wisconsin suggested last week that gift-givers use inside-out brown grocery bags instead of traditional colorful wrapping paper for their gifts, in order to reduce waste, while a Pennsylvanian county newspaper recommended Tuesday sending out online “e-cards” instead of paper greeting cards in the mail.

The real reason for their dyspeptic crabbiness is that Christmas has a meaning that dwarfs their shallow ideology, and that affirms the human race instead of denouncing it. The meaning of Christmas was around for millennia before the Age of Moonbattery, and it will be around for millennia afterward.

On tips from Torcer.

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