Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The War Against Christmas

If you watch Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, you know that he's been reporting that Bill O'Reilly says liberals have declared war on Christmas. Now we learn that Gee Dubya Bush sent out holiday cards instead of Christmas cards.

'Holiday' Cards Ring Hollow for Some on Bushes' List:

Bush "claims to be a born-again, evangelical Christian. But he sure doesn't act like one," said Joseph Farah, editor of the conservative Web site "I threw out my White House card as soon as I got it."

Religious conservatives are miffed because they have been pressuring stores to advertise Christmas sales rather than "holiday specials" and urging schools to let students out for Christmas vacation rather than for "winter break." They celebrated when House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) insisted that the sparkling spectacle on the Capitol lawn should be called the Capitol Christmas Tree, not a holiday spruce.

Then along comes a generic season's greeting from the White House, paid for by the Republican National Committee. The cover art is also secular, if not humanist: It shows the presidential pets -- two dogs and a cat -- frolicking on a snowy White House lawn.
Christian conservatives always have their panties in a knot over something, but it's fun to watch when they turn on each other.