About 10 years ago I started hearing right wing talk radio hosts complain about liberals starting a "War On Christmas". They based their accusation on the fact that many retailers were removing the "Merry Christmas" signs in store fronts and replacing them with "Happy Holidays". The self described conservative "entertainers" claimed this was an affront to Christianity and must be stopped. I investigated this issue by going to both Target and Wal Mart stores and speaking with a few assistant managers. This comment from the Target manager is almost verbatim: "We have a broad customer base, many Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, etc., but we simply do not have the time or space to wish every group a separate Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Kwanza or whatever. So to be all-inclusive and efficient we just say 'Happy Holidays'". Makes sense to me. But instead of seeing the situation for what it was, republicans chose to manipulate reality for political gain and attack liberals as Christian haters or similar. It is pure nonsense but this is what republicans do. They make up issues to rally the ignorant base and it usually works rather well. Witness Sarah Palin's made up "death panels" as another example.
Now every year starting in November sometime, the right wing media led by Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage, Levin and dozens of other conservative manipulators have shows discussing how liberals hate Christians (even though most liberals ARE Christians) and are waging a War On Christmas. A blatant lie? Yes. Absurd? Of course. But this is modern conservatism at its finest.
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