The Christmas decorations were out in many stores before Halloween even began, and yes, Virginia, the battle stations already are being drawn in the phony “War Against Christmas.”
A little more than 45 miles east of the ‘Noke, a “War Against Christmas” command center has been established in sleepy Lynchburg, at Liberty University, which readers of this humble blog already have renamed “Holier Than U” and “Lobotomy U.”
At Liberty, they’re making some lists, and they’re checking them twice, and on them you’ll find out who’s naughty and nice.
Really. No kidding.
They are surveying retailers, publishing “Naughty and Nice” listings, and bashing merchants who don’t have “Merry Christmas” splashed all over their catalogues, advertising flyers and television commercials.
For example, if a retailer makes the mistake of referring to these times as the “holiday season,” woe be unto that establishment. They will be slapped with a “Naughty” rating (Radio Shack, The Gap, and Old Navy already have them).
It’s a signal to ardent Christians to avoid spending money that they haven’t rendered unto Caesar in those establishments.
Already this bizarre behavior seems to be having an effect. For example, as late as last week Dick’s Sporting Goods had made the naughty list for the fourth year in a row. But recently, in a resounding “victory,” the Liberty Counsel reports that Dick’s has knuckled under:
Dick’s Sporting Goods – another 2010 NN success story … this company transferred from three year’s of Naughty status! Vice-Chairman, Bill Columbo, stated the organization has “ … made significant changes from past years, when ‘holiday’ was the dominant theme of our advertising.” Changes to be made will begin almost immediately on Dick’s website that will include the “Christmas” message in time for Thanksgiving Day, TV commercials that refer to the “Christmas Season” and November 28th Sunday inserts that advertise “Christmas 2010” and continue throughout the Christmas Season. Liberty Counsel commends Dick’s Sporting Goods for listening to its consumer base that supports “Christmas,” the real meaning of the Season.
Something tells me this was not exactly what the Catholic Church had in mind when, in 336 A.D. it designated Dec. 25 as Jesus’ birthday in order to co-opt similarly dated pagan celebrations preceded Christmas by centuries.