Monday, November 27, 2006

The War Against Christmas

Orlando, FL - The war against Christmas is still raging but Americans are fighting back. Since launching its fourth annual "Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign," Liberty Counsel has received numerous reports from people all across America who are offended at the blatant censorship of Christmas. Here are some of the most recent reports from people who are standing up for Christmas.* A high school in Wisconsin told student leaders that religious symbols, decorations or wording relating to Christmas will not be permitted this year.* In Ohio, a public school told teachers not to say "Merry Christmas."* A public school teacher in North Carolina was told not to display anything in class with the word "Christmas" on it and not to tell students "Merry Christmas."* A city in New Mexico doesn't want the name of Jesus used in the Christmas parade.* The New York Parks Department is having a "Holiday Tree" instead of a "Christmas Tree."* A manufacturer in Virginia told employees to only use "Happy Holiday" as a telephone greeting, not "Merry Christmas".* A school in Wisconsin wanted to move a musical program from a church to another location, but decided to keep the event in the church after receiving Liberty Counsel's Christmas legal memo.As part of the annual Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign, Liberty Counsel has created a "Naughty and Nice" list which catalogs retailers who either censor or recognize Christmas. The list (at http://www.lc.org/helpsavechristmas) was compiled from information gathered by Liberty Counsel supporters and is updated whenever new information is received. The "naughtiest stores" on the list are Best Buy and Eddie Bauer, which blatantly refuse to recognize Christmas in order not to be "disrespectful" or "offensive". Originally, Toys 'R' Us was on the naughty list because a store wrote a letter saying that the company aims to be "neutral" about Christmas to show respect for customers. Toys 'R' Us is now on the "nice" list after the company said it disagreed with the guest relations coordinator.Our Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign is gathering momentum and making changes. I am encouraged to see that more and more Americans taking a stand in defense of Christmas in public places. If we don't combat the grinches, the American observance of Christmas is in danger of sinking under the waves of 'winterfest' driven by gales of 'seasonal shopping'.