It's an annual, inevitable war, and the first shot has yet to be fired, though self-appointed commander-in-chief, Bill O'Reilly's been rattling his flaccid saber.
It's the War On Xmas, a war based on show-prep and the myth that the ACLU and the "secular progressives," in government are trying to shut down Christmas, despite it's a wildly popular holiday, stifled only by economic hardship.
The war is made-up sailboat fuel, a hot talk McIssue re-gifted to America every yearby the wingnut media. It's stirred by self-promotion and the boredom of talk hosts and producers straining for action in a slow-news time of year.
It doesn't happen that often, but without fail, religionists somewhere in the US or Canada put a creche, a menorah or a squid-armed idol in a town square or an airport.
That brings on Billo's feigned thunder -- it must help ratings or he wouldn't keep doing it... No matter it's the focus of national, annual ridicule by us elites.
(Pundits say the culture war is over -- not sure if that's true, but CW tactics flopped in the presidential campaign as GOP mouthpieces such as Rush, Hannity, and Fox News repetitiously sprayed all manner of shit on Obama. We doubt O'Reilly got the message: his thugs ferreted out Rev. Wright, and there'll be Factor clips this week of Billo's producer/stalker sticking a mic in the Reverend's face yelling still-beat-your wife? questions at his back).
Ask a Jew, Moslem, Rasta or rationalist how it feels to be caught in the madness of a Christian holiday seemingly promoted by the government to whom they pay taxes. Never mind the political correctness blah, blah blah -- it ain't constitutional!
God bless the ACLU: they've taken on the unpleasant duty of representing the Constitution and thereby providing pepper for O'Reilly's mill, a bag for his punch.
That Christians are persecuted in this country is a common meme that conservative media love to hype. But to say Christians and Xmas are doing anything but thriving is laughable.
The saber-rattling? Last year, Billo's Fort Sumter was Nov. 9, when the Ft. Collins, CO city council decided not to put up traditional Xmas decorations. He hasn't found (or yet revealed) his 2008 outrage, but he's offering bumper stickers ( see above) that say, “We Say Merry Christmas” to anyone who orders his book off his website.
We'll keep you posted with reports from the front. It'll be fascinating to see if tBillo, Hannitey and the rest of the conservative commentariat stays the course on this war path to irrelevance and shrinking audiences.