The war on Christmas is on
A few years back, Fox News' John Gibson published a book on the subject, The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought, the title of which just about says it all.
It is worse than we may have thought and, if anything, that war has gained momentum in the interim.
Just six weeks after the publication of Gibson's book in 2006, a senseless controversy over Christmas trees erupted in Seattle, an eruption that is emblematic of that war and is just one example of the battles we are facing.
That Seattle teapot tempest reached a peak, or a depth, of inanity after a rabbi protested and demanded that an eight foot menorah, a symbol of the Jewish festival of Hannukah, be displayed next to the largest Christmas tree at Sea-Tac Airport.
Sea-Tac authorities, in their less than infinite wisdom, arrived at the ultimate politically correct solution: They removed all nine plastic "holiday trees" from the airport premises.
When pushed against the wall, their pusillanimous response was to cave unapologetically to a single individual rather than allow the traveling public some meager measure of Christmas spirit in the form of decorated trees as they wended their way through the chaos that is most airports today.
Correction: It was simply "holiday" not "Christmas" spirit that the Sea-Tac Scrooges abolished. There was no Nativity scene replete with Christ Child at the airport so those Scrooges, under cover of darkness in the middle of the night, removed nine plastic symbols of one of our national holidays.
How stupid and gutless!
There's a clear bottom line to all the dissension surrounding the recognition and celebration of Christmas at this time of year. Why that dissension even exists is beyond me. However, since it does exist, perhaps a reminder is in order.
Not only is Christmas a declared national holiday, and has been for 138 years, we are by far a predominantly-Christian nation, the vast majority of whose citizens recognize and celebrate Christmas as not simply a national holiday but as a sacred Christian festival.