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I can't believe this is starting already

November 11, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

Forget about “it’s not even Thanksgiving and the stores have Christmas decorations out,” it’s now “it’s not even Thanksgiving yet and right-wing fanatics are starting their ‘war on Christmas’ nonsense.”

It’s incredible. John Gibson has a book out with the heartwarming title, The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought. He also fingers “professional atheists” on the inside flap, which seems like a strange phrase.

It’s easy to figure out why Christmas has become a favorite cause of the right-wing fanatics. They get to attack three causes at once: secularism, multiculturalism, and liberalism. And everybody likes Christmas, so defending it (or appearing to, in this case) seems like the right side to take.

These attacks do a pretty good job of encapsulating the faults of the current conservative movement. They don’t want to argue for their ideas, they want to demonize the other side and impose their beliefs on everyone. Tolerance is a weakness. Inclusiveness lets those weird other people near me. Advice from a liberal probably doesn’t mean much, but ridding conservatism of these fundamentalist demagogues would be a step forward for conservatism, wouldn’t it?

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  1. R
    November 11, 2005 at 10:27 pm

    “Forget about “it’s not even Thanksgiving and the stores have Christmas decorations out,” it’s now “it’s not even Thanksgiving yet and right-wing fanatics are starting their ‘war on Christmas’ nonsense.”

    haha, thanks for the laugh…sad but true.

    “But ridding conservatism of these fundamentalist demagogues would be a step forward for conservatism”

    It would be an enormous step. I tend to learn conservative but lately I haven’t heard one thing come from a republican’s mouth that I agree with.

    Somewhere along the way the republican party was hijacked by religious extremists, where everyone who isn’t Christian is “unAmerican.”

    I do believe that the move to get God out of everything is a bit silly. I’m an atheist and I perfectly understand that many people believe in God, I couldn’t care less. But it is downright silly for people like John Gibson to try to criticize corporations for not celebrating Christmas. They’re in the business to make money, not work for the cause or endorse any religion. And I thought Republicans were for business.
    This, along with the recent criticizing of oil companies for *gasp* making a profit, I’m beginning to think republicans don’t know anything about business at all.

  2. November 13, 2005 at 6:34 pm

    It’s just a nonsensical rallying cry for desperate Bible-thumpers. “If it’s good enough for Brady…” [blatant movie reference]

  3. rob
    November 17, 2005 at 9:29 am

    I like your new theme 🙂

  1. November 15, 2005 at 5:04 am

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