Is There Really A War on Christmas? Evangelical Christian Author Says No

War_on_ChristmasWell, that depends on who you talk to.

If you go on over to  Fox Nation, you can bet your stocking there is. If you watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, it’s a seasonal running gag. But what of the people who actively celebrate the Christmas
holiday? You’d be surprised to find just how militant Christians aren’t about the celebration
of the Winter Solstice.

VIA USA Today

Nothing in evangelical Christian author Rachel Held Evans’ five years of blogging has gone as viral as her simple little flowchart to determine if one is being persecuted during the Christmas season.

“Did someone threaten your life, safety, civil liberties or right to worship?” it asks. No. “Did someone wish you happy holidays?” Yes.

“You are not being persecuted,” it says.

At last count, the post had attracted more than 700 comments, the vast majority in agreement with her.

Call it the backlash against the “war on Christmas” camp — a number of evangelicals distancing themselves from those concerned that the department store greeter said “happy holidays,” that the Nativity scene is gone from the local courthouse, that classrooms are hosting “winter parties.”

“God became flesh and lived among us, and if that’s not enough for people, I think they’ve missed the point,” said Evans, who lives in Dayton, Tenn., and wrote last year’s best-selling book, “A Year of Biblical Womanhood.”

Still, the idea that there’s a national war on Christmas is going strong. Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s new book, “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas,” is at No. 14 on The New York Times best-seller list for hardback nonfiction. “The ‘war in Christmas’ is the tip of the spear in a larger battle to secularize our culture and make true religious freedom a thing of America’s past,” the back cover reads.

The Fox News opinion site Fox Nation has a prominent War on Christmas page, inviting viewers to submit their own battle stories.

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  • Merkkar

    Christians should have nothing to do with this holiday either. They just put their Jesus-bullshit on top of ancient pagan traditions and stole the whole thing.

    • DeepCough

      Well, they didn’t exactly “steal” it, rather they just assimilated it into the
      dogma so people would be easier to convert to Christianity.

      • Jin The Ninja

        great article, btw. thanks for posting.

        • DeepCough

          Arigatougozaimasu,Jin-san.

      • Merkkar

        Well, it’s basically the same thing. Since they brainwashed everybody thinking that they got some cultural connection to the holiday. And now “the true meaning of Christmas” is being attacked. Christians went all over Europe building their churches on top of sacred pagan places. And they would build them higher than the treetops, since pagans always thought of forests as something bigger than man. They also called the pagan gods(which were basically different natural elements) “the Devil” and stole their culture, replacing it with biblical definitions. If they couldn’t ban it altogether. But everybody knows this…

        • DeepCough

          Yeah, they did kinda do that,too.

    • Jin The Ninja

      a) “christianity” is simply an umbrella term used to describe the many facets of the evolution of semitic and near-eastern ‘paganism.’

      b) capitalism is really the culprit here. it overlaid for-profit, materialist bullshit onto a religious tradition.

      • Anarchy Pony

        DAMN DESERT GODS!

        • Jin The Ninja

          the amount of blood sacrifice needed to induce rain- according to the desert gods- is simply too high.

          i jumped camel at the first oasis.

  • teachpeace

    Love the graphic of this piece !

  • jasonpaulhayes

    It’s a Straw Man argument that serves as a launching pad for Christianities perpetual war against its chosen enemies.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Someone not letting wingnut evangelicals steamroll them = Wingnuts getting persecuted by some nefarious special interest.

  • kcorb

    I’m all for dancing naked around a bonfire is search of some pagan euphoria but Christmas, as expressed by the American traditions of months-long consumerist orgy or singing songs about baby Jesus, just nauseates me. If I could just find out where these brave warriors against Christmas were getting recruited I might sign up myself.

    • emperorreagan

      Bad religion just put out an album of straight forward religious christmas cover songs and claimed it was “ironic & sarcastic”.

      Consumer orgy always wins.

      • VaudeVillain

        Out of curiosity, why should the members of Bad Religion, or anyone else for that matter, be required to completely forfeit large parts of their cultural heritage because those parts contain religious bits they don’t personally agree with? Why shouldn’t they record versions of these songs? Why can’t they engage in an artistic endeavor to reconcile their own views and beliefs with their experiences of culturally significant music which conflicts with those views? Even if they didn’t claim it to be “ironic & sarcastic” what, exactly, is the problem?

        I don’t just mean Chistmas carols here, either. I am an atheist, and I also happen to find “Amazing Grace” to be a beautiful, moving piece of music. I do not entirely agree with the sentiment, but should I not be allowed to sympathize with it? To find in it my own, personal, transcendent meaning? Must I also forsake any appreciation for the many great and beautiful works of visual art based upon religious values? Can I not admire the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel?

        There is a strain of atheistic thought present in your comment which I find to be disturbing and destructive: that all things which derive from some religious sentiment are inherently wrong and should be shunned without question or consideration. This is at least as foolish as believing in Sky Daddy, and far more directly harmful to one’s ability to think rationally.

        • emperorreagan

          You’re projecting a lot onto a joke about a band putting out a Christmas album. I would consider almost anyone putting out a Christmas album at Christmas to be taking a stab at a cash grab.

          I consider Bad Religion putting out such an album as a particularly funny cash grab specifically because their ironic & sarcastic claims don’t fit the album they produced and other statements to the effect that “Bad Religion didn’t make the songs ironic, it was really the culture that made them ironic” ring hollow. That they would try to couch their presentation of christmas songs in that sort of language in interviews may reflect some of the attitude you suggest on their part.

  • echar

    Short answer… No!

    Long answer… Fuck you Fox News and Sarah Palin.

  • Dingbert

    The War on Christmas is being waged by marketing and advertising departments of corporations, not by people saying “happy holidays,” which I always interpret to mean Xmas, St. Stephens day, New Years, and the Epiphany (the beauty of vague terminology). But saying something like “holiday tree” is just as asinine as saying “holiday menorah.”
    For those who insist that it was a coop of pagan traditions, this is only partly true. Remember that the West adopted the Gregorian calendar under the Pope in the 16th century. The early Church used (and many Orthodox churches still use) the Julian date, which is in mid-January and doesn’t correspond with the solstice.

  • Margaret Rose McGee

    Really? no war on Christmas? as a Christian, I call BS on you and I do not care a rip about any “credentials” you might have. Look at the evidence. WHY DO WE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS? It is not because we need to put up a tree and buy gifts. It is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our lord and savior. Believe what you want, but that is the true reason. The people against the celebration of this season are there, whether you choose to believe it or not, are definitely there.

    • lunasea

      How do you feel about Rev. Billy Talen?

      • Calypso_1

        Dude would look righteous slinging a White Falcon.

    • Andrew

      That’s right! Look into your heart if you want the Truth!

    • Calypso_1

      Consider that “We” is not as exclusive of a concept as you might like it to be.

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