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posted 04 December 2005 09:34 AM      Profile for Snuckles   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Published: December 4, 2005

Religious conservatives have a cause this holiday season: the commercialization of Christmas. They're for it.

The American Family Association is leading a boycott of Target for not using the words "Merry Christmas" in its advertising. (Target denies it has an anti-Merry-Christmas policy.) The Catholic League boycotted Wal-Mart in part over the way its Web site treated searches for "Christmas." Bill O'Reilly, the Fox anchor who last year started a "Christmas Under Siege" campaign, has a chart on his Web site of stores that use the phrase "Happy Holidays," along with a poll that asks, "Will you shop at stores that do not say 'Merry Christmas'?"

This campaign - which is being hyped on Fox and conservative talk radio - is an odd one. Christmas remains ubiquitous, and with its celebrators in control of the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court and every state supreme court and legislature, it hardly lacks for powerful supporters. There is also something perverse, when Christians are being jailed for discussing the Bible in Saudi Arabia and slaughtered in Sudan, about spending so much energy on stores that sell "holiday trees."

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posted 10 December 2005 08:01 PM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Of course it's that one of my favourite Christmas songs goes...


A funny old man with funny old ways and a beer gut,
He only leaves home one day of the year in December,
He'll don his red suit and he'll fly through the sky,
Yes, he'll fly through the sky,
And if you're lucky he might just bring you a present,
And if you want, you can send him a letter,
Just remember, Santa Claus likes rich kids better...

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