I have a tea partying relative who has often sent me the ridiculous email forwards that they send around. One of them was an earnest entreaty for us all to sign a solemn pledge that we say Merry Christmas and eschew “Happy Holidays” is if being inconsiderate of others was some sort of badge of honor:-/ Of course being the Aspie I am I take things way too seriously so I replied to everyone on the petition explaining why being kind and considerate to others no matter what their beliefs, is a more Christlike behaviour than trying to impose your personal religious perspective on others. My cousin who is variously a satanist, atheist or perhaps just a darn good lifelong impersonation of Han Solo, has a winter holiday greeting some of you may have heard before but it always cracks me up-I believe it goes Happy ChrismaHannukahKwanzaaSolsticeWhat-the_f***. I would really enjoy watching the reactions of the Christmas Defenders to him, except that so far they have all been too scared of him to react. (and he doesn’t even have a Chewbacca for backup! LOL)
For Fox News, The War on Christmas comes every year. As you can see from this Talking Points Memo montage, America’s most popular news channel was already raging against The War on Christmas before Thanksgiving, even as an actual battle was being fought in Gaza.
However, 2012′s War on Christmas threatens to be the most explosive ever, with an unlikely new foe joining the fray — the Pope.
In his new book, Pope Benedict XVI plays mythbuster to many of the Christmas conventions that have come to mark the tradition. In this declaration of war on Christmas, the Pope says we have the date of the holiday wrong, no animals were at the nativity scene and angels did not sing when Jesus was born.
When it comes to waging war on Christmas, this is the equivalent of using landmines filled with child soldiers, LSD and uranium.
Why doesn’t the Pope…
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