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“War on Christmas” is an urban legend

26 December 2007
According to Polly Toynbee, the “war on Christmas” is an urban legend, in the UK at least.But it seems to keep getting trotted out. Every year someone is telling us, somewhere on the Internet, that there is a “war on Christmas”. But if there is, it’s not in secular Europe. Perhaps it is so in the “religious” USA, where at least some people are vociferous in demanding “freedom from religion”.
clipped from www.guardian.co.uk
The seasonal attack on secularists harbours a poisonous suggestion that ‘our way of life’ is threatened by foreigners
No one is out to ban Christmas or Christianity – not atheists nor other faiths. Yet every year the same urban myths are repeated about the banning of Christmas by some pantomime villain local authority suffering from “political correctness gone mad”. King Rat Christmas wreckers are unearthed, and every year these turn out to be garbage stories, but they are stored in the attic for another airing next December
British Christians yearn to be martyrs, but frankly atheists are a pretty toothless substitute for lions. In a daft parliamentary debate this month on something called Christianophobia, Mark Pritchard MP accused the politically correct of banning religion from Christmas cards and advent calendars
Alas, market forces are probably rather stronger than humanist plots: with only 7% of people in church of a Sunday these days, Santa and the Snowman trump the nativity.
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  1. 1 January 2008 2:05 am

    The “war on Christmas” is pretty rough in the U.S. Some stores actually tell their clerks to say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” And of course we know that shopping is the reason for the season.

    I don’t know if American Christianity will survive the onslaught.

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