November 14, 2006

Mobilizing for the War on Christmas

"Give War Bonds for Christmas" - NARA - 514402You may recall that I had some rare praise for Wal-Mart last year. They decided to replace "merry Christmas" with "happy holidays" and other more appropriate greetings. Sadly, it was not to last. Wal-Mart has announced that they are going to change their advertising policy this year to fully embrace Christmas. Evidently, last year's religious protests and boycotts were effective.

Christmas trees, nativity scenes, and other holiday decor are starting to emerge around town. Stores are rolling out their Christmas decorations and hoping to entice shoppers to start early. I suppose it is time for we evil atheists to rally our troops to fight yet another battle in our war on Christmas.

I'm joking, of course. There is no war on Christmas, never has been, and probably never will be. We atheists are used to celebrating this and many other holidays. Just because Christmas has no religious significance for us doesn't mean we would rather work that day. Sure, it is generally a time for me to renew my feelings of disgust toward religious belief, but it can also be a time to enjoy family, get a break from work, and reflect on the happy memories of holidays past, or whatever else one might want to do.

If they haven't done so already, Fox "News" will soon be driving their easily manipulated viewers into a frenzy over our imaginary war on Christmas, our nonexistent efforts to ban their bible, or some other nonsense. They will be particularly upset this year following the Congressional shift of power. Like many other political strategies, this one is about emotion triumphing over reason. It serves as little more than a reminder of how destructive the skillful application of propaganda can be. Don't believe the hype.