Jon Stewart on Fox’s annual freak-out over the “War on Christmas”

On the one hand, you have to congratulate Fox for shifting the debate.

In the pre-Fox days, whenever there was Republican boredom or a bad patch, they pulled out the “flag burning” crisis. Thankfully, it’s been years since the last burning flag threatened to bring down the Republic.

On the other hand, Fox is really beating a dead horse with their pre-planned War on Christmas. It’s become too predictable. As soon as people start making plans for the holidays, they can sleep soundly knowing that just like an SEC team will be playing (and winning) the national championship game in college football or January snow in the Rockies, Fox will be howling about the War on Christmas. It’s that predictable.

Of course, Fox has been caught waging its own war on Christmas, as his Fox’s own Bill O’Reilly.  And who can forget George W. Bush’s “holiday” cards that forget to even mention Jesus.  And then there’s Bush’s “holiday” page on the White House Web site.

Why do Republicans hate the baby Jesus?

At this point, I almost miss the fake outrage over flag burning.

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  • http://twitter.com/freefall_mc Freefall

    Christmas to Uganda? Talk about your topic shift. Are the Santa Monica Christians now to blame for Uganda tyranny?

    Should I be searching for an attic to hide in? I have a closet, will that do? nahhh. I’ll take my chances.

  • http://twitter.com/freefall_mc Freefall

    Actually, no. All faiths and non were allowed to participate in the display lot lottery. Athiests did well, with 11 out of 14. (Minority faiths would have been nice, too, for once.) But instead of all sharing positive messages on what the season means to them, some twisted it into a negative campaign against others (guess who).
    “Peace to all mankind”, and all that fake bullshit.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    There is also a rumor going around that Bill O is a human.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Just put a baby Santa in that creche and solve the problem.

  • RepubAnon

    I particularly liked Bill O’Reilly’s claim that Christianity is a philosophy rather than a religion – noting that Muslims believe Christ was a prophet. Doesn’t this make Muslims “Christians”? Is Bill-O claiming that people attacking the building of mosques are conducting a war on Christianity (or at least a part of it)? Will Mr. O’Reilly start defending the right of these Christians to put up one of their Christian philosophy centers near the site of the 9/11 attacks? (These particular “Christians” call their philosophy centers “mosques” for historical reasons – but, hey, Bill-O says they’re Christians – and we’re a Christian nation according to Mr. O’Reilly…)

    Ah, well, interjecting logic into the “War on Christmas” foolishness misses the point – it’s all about distracting the rubes with a shiny object whilst picking their pockets.

  • http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Arel Harry R. Sohl

    It’s the crap crappiest time of the year…

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Which their radical religious leaders are touting as the very model of a radical inquisitorial Christianity to which America should aspire…

    I’m glad they cleared that up, and let us all know they’re in favor of the massacres of rebels, the systematic starvation of populations for being insufficiently loyal to a ruling regime, and the genocide of gay people.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Isn’t that how it always is though with the Christianists? It’s not that they just want their religious displays on public property — preferably with public taxpayer dollars spent for security and keeping things tidy as well — it’s that they want nobody but THEM to be allowed to display anything.

  • markofthebeasts

    Poor victimized christians! The persecution they bear each year at this time must be horrible. Meanwhile… in Uganda…

  • judybrowni

    I live in Santa Monica, and the reason the “nativity scenes” no longer will appear on public property is because when the space was also opened to other beliefs, the Chritianists had a hissy fit.

    Then, after the Atheists display was vandalized, the city had had enough, and closed down the whole shebang.

    A local judge agreed with the city, and although the Christianists are free to erect the same displays on private property — their church and home lawns, for instance — they’re still pouting.

    Oh, and that “60 year tradition” of “nativity scenes” had long ago devolved into giant plywood boxes faced with chicken wire and containing department store dummies draped in sheets.

    Tacky, ugly, ugh.

    Glad to see the end of it, finally. Thank you Thomas Jefferson and the separation of church and state.

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