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Hey rednecks....How did your little Invented ‘War on Christmas’ for Idiots go this year???


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The modern “War on Christmas” began with Bill O’Reilly in 2004.

 

Like absolutely nothing good ever, the modern War on Christmas began with Bill O’Reilly. In a segment aired in 2004, the Fox News host argued that “all over the country, Christmas is taking flak. In Denver this past weekend, no religious floats were permitted in the holiday parade there. In New York City, Mayor Bloomberg unveiled the holiday tree and no Christian Christmas symbols are allowed in the public schools. Federated Department Stores, [that’s] Macy’s, have done away with the Christmas greeting, ‘Merry Christmas.'”

 

O’Reilly tried to cover his posterior by claiming that “the real reason it’s happening has little to do with Christmas and everything to do with organized religion,” but he proceeded to then target a number of policy goals at the time unpopular with Christian conservatives, including same-sex marriage, abortion access, the right-to-die movement, drug legalization and “income redistribution through taxation,” which he argued liberals hoped to pass in order to create “a brave new progressive world.”

Recognizing O’Reilly’s conflation of policy with a supposed War on Christmas is absolutely crucial to understanding the conservative agenda here. There are millions of people who celebrate Christmas and are pro-choice, pro-same-sex marriage and pro-drug decriminalization and want economic policies that help the poor instead of the rich (that last policy, by the way, strikes me as particularly Christian). Yet O’Reilly and others on Fox News want — no, need — their viewers to believe that these things are in the same vein as being anti-Christmas because, in so doing, they delegitimize them. It is one thing to say that a particular policy position is wrong; by equating such a position with hating Santa Claus, Christmas trees, expensive gifts, egg nog and all of the accoutrements of America’s most beloved holiday, however, they make those positions seem evil and un-American.

This is not an accident. It is the entire point of what they do.

 

It has gotten worse since 2004

 

As Salon’s Chauncey DeVega wrote last year, “There is another dimension to the ‘War on Christmas’ and the broader right-wing obsession with the culture wars. Both are examples of white identity politics and a deep desire (and effort) to maintain the cultural and political power of white right-wing Christians over all other groups. In many ways, the ‘War on Christmas’ is actually a proxy war for white supremacy.”

 

Of course, the people who believe this will rarely actually admit that they are advocating for white supremacy. Instead they aim to convince others — and themselves — that they are actually victims. It allows them to cast themselves in the David role and their enemies as Goliaths, even though the vast majority of powerful political, cultural and social institutions in the Western world are controlled by people who are at least nominally Christian. It’s why a 2016 survey from the Public Religion Research Institute and Brookings found that almost half of Americans say persecution of Christians in America is as big a problem as discrimination against African Americans or other minorities. Earlier this year, a Pew Research Center survey found that 30 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaners said there is discrimination against evangelical Christians, almost as many as thought there was discrimination against Muslims (34 percent) and more than those who thought there was discrimination against Jews (20 percent). By contrast, 75 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaners thought Muslims face discrimination in America, compared to 28 percent who say that happens to Jews and 8 percent who say that happens to evangelical Christians.

 

Yet what is the nature of this supposed persecution? A speech in May by Vice President Mike Pence to 8,000 graduating students from Liberty University, in which he said the following, gives us a clue: “You’re going to be asked not just to tolerate things that violate your faith, you’re going to be asked to endorse them. Throughout most of American history, it’s been pretty easy to call yourself Christian, but things are different now.”

 

Last year when I interviewed the vice president’s daughter about her book promoting her father, Charlotte Pence refused to directly answer my question of whether she believes Jews who refuse to convert to Christianity when the messiah returns will be sent to hell. In a way was all the answer I needed. To Christian conservatives, you are simply not a full human being with a soul worthy of salvation unless you follow their religious beliefs.

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37 minutes ago, benson13 said:
 DeepBreath said:

Pretty quiet this year.

 

 

 

Yea....with your LYING SINNING SCUMBAG in the WH and Criminal party in the senate


I just enjoy watching videos of the wildlings knock each other down and fight for a $50 savings on a Walmart TV that will break in a few months. There is always a huge, fat, black woman thumping down the isle, huffing a puffing, to save $10 on some towels.

 

I find the Black Friday stuff entertaining.

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10 hours ago, benson13 said:
 DeepBreath said:

Pretty quiet this year.

 

 

 

Yea....with your LYING SINNING SCUMBAG in the WH and Criminal party in the senate

😂Now the senate is criminal. 🤣

 

ANYONE who doesn't lock step with these idiotic ideologues is a:

 

Racist

Nazi

Criminal

Sinner

ad infinitum

 

 

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26 minutes ago, Old Mack said:

I wanna see the Pee Tape...do you know when will it be released ?

 

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said that "something close" to the long-rumored “pee tape” exists, saying ''it's likely Putin has something on President Trump."
 

+10.

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