Opinion

Merry Christmas

’Tis the season to celebrate the annual festive tradition of refusing to call Christmas “Christmas.”

68% of Americans say they prefer to be greeted with “Merry Christmas” and not “Happy Holidays,” and yet each year the Anti-Christmas Brigade takes to the streets, and takes to the airwaves, to protest against Americans calling Christmas by its name.

Why is that?

Sometimes the best way to understand why people do what they do is to examine what they don’t do. Like protesting against the new Islamist yuletide tradition: the Christmas bombing.

Last year, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the “Christmas Day Bomber” (notice he wasn’t called the “Holiday Bomber”), tried to blow up a passenger jet over Detroit on Christmas Day. This year, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the “Christmas Tree Bomber,” tried to blow up a Christmas holiday tree lighting ceremony in Oregon. What’s next: the Christmas Pudding Bomber? Christmas turkeys stuffed with IEDs? Christmas stockings hung by the chimney (with C-4)?

If the Anti-Christmas Brigade wants to eliminate Christmas from America’s town squares, out of fear that perhaps Christmas trees and the smell of eggnog might attract bomb-happy Islamic terrorists, that would be cowardly, but at least it would make sense. But rather than trying to protect us from being killed by Christmas bombers, they’re trying to protect us from being killed by Christmas kindness in the form of Christmas trees, carolers, and young men publicly kissing young ladies under mistletoe.

NOTE: the penalty for publicly kissing young ladies under Sharia is jail. The penalty for young men kissing young men? Death.

What exactly is so threatening about Christians, at Christmastime, celebrating a national holiday which was proclaimed by Congress back in 1870? This is the part where the Anti-Christmas Brigade will jump up and recite from its holiest of holy scriptures: Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists, in which he wrote of “a wall of separation between Church & State.”

The funny thing about that wall is: it appears to only be impervious to Christians.

Earlier this year, President Obama smashed through that wall when he, too, invoked the name of Thomas Jefferson — not to oppose, but to defend the expression of religion in the biggest town square in America: New York City and the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque.” He said “Thomas Jefferson wrote that ‘all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion’” and he upheld “the principle that people of all faiths…will not be treated differently by their government.”

But people of different faiths are treated differently by their government.

Just a few miles down I-95 from the Ground Zero Mosque, the government of Philadelphia banned (and then unbanned) “Christmas Village.” In Portland, the “Christmas Tree Bomber” had to settle for trying to bomb a “holiday tree,” because the government of Portland already got to the infidels before him and changed “Christmas tree” to “holiday tree.” And, lest you think that this targeting of Christianity is limited to Christmastime, recall the case of 12 Christian students in Washington State who were suspended for praying at school. By contrast, USA Today reports that “some public schools and universities are granting Muslim requests for prayer times, prayer rooms and ritual foot baths, prompting a debate on whether Islam is being given preferential treatment over other religions.”