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Nov 18 2012

Chick-Fil-A’s War on Christmas

The Christian right’s entirely fictitious “war on Christmas” has sparked campaigns by the American Family Association and Liberty Counsel to define companies as naughty or nice based on whether they use “Christmas” in their ads and their websites instead of “holidays” or “holiday season.” Looks like their favorite anti-gay restaurant has been very, very naughty:

Chick-Fil-A is “bundling up for [the] holiday season.”

This holiday season, the Chick-fil-A “Eat Mor Chikin” Cows are honoring the historic contributions of the cows that came before them to influence world history in the chain’s new 2012 Cow Calendar. The holiday cheer from Chick-fil-A doesn’t end with the release of the annual Cow Calendar.

And in another press release, they’re all about the holidays:

Chick-fil-A Launches 2013 Cow Calendar, Sweetens Holidays with Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake

Just in time for holiday gift giving, the Chick-fil-A® “Eat Mor Chikin®” Cows are saluting 12 of history’s most famous “moonarchs” with the debut of the 2013 Cow Calendar.

So the AFA and Liberty Counsel will be condemning them, right? And issuing boycott threats? Right? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

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  1. 1
    Argle Bargle

    The War on Christmas means “some people aren’t celebrating Christmas the way we think it should be celebrated.”

  2. 2
    peterh

    If all this were happening on another planet & we were watching from afar, it’s be hilarious. As we’re stuck with these nutters, it’s troublesome at best. These people breed and vote. Not necessarily in that order.

  3. 3
    mandyjane

    They never mention that holiday means holy day, because that would mean there isn’t a war on Christmas.

  4. 4
    Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    They never mention that holiday means holy day, because that would mean there isn’t a war on Christmas.

    Etymology isn’t destiny, or “silly” would still mean “blessed” (compare German selig) and “nice” would still mean “stupid” (from Latin nescius “ignorant”).

  5. 5
    raven

    Sigh.

    The War on Xmas and the War on the War on Xmas seems to start earlier and earlier.

    We haven’t even finished the War on Thanksgiving yet and I saw Xmas decorations in the stores weeks ago.

    The War on Halloween really fizzled out this year. I didn’t hear anything about witches putting demons in candy or parents yanking their kids out of school or anything.

    Don’t forget the War on Easter.

  6. 6
    raven

    They never mention that holiday means holy day, because that would mean there isn’t a war on Christmas.

    They never mention that Friday is named for Freya, one of the Aesir goddesses. Which would mean that we are all Nordic pagans.

    The month of May was named after Maia, the goddess of the growth of plants and spring. So we are all Roman pagans as well.

    Easter is named after the German goddess of fertility and spring and most of the symbology is straight paganism.

    Starting to see a pattern here.

  7. 7
    mandyjane

    A holiday is still a holy day, so the meaning hasn’t changed.

  8. 8
    Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    A holiday is still a holy day, so the meaning hasn’t changed.

    You haven’t spoken to any English people lately, I take it? Instead of taking vacations, they “go on holiday”.

    And while the 4th of July is an important holiday in the U.S., I wouldn’t go so far as to declare it “holy”.

  9. 9
    raven

    A holiday is still a holy day, so the meaning hasn’t changed.

    Oh really?

    So the Fourth of July, Columbus day, and May day are holy days? May first is an important holiday in socialist and now gone commie countries, International workers day or some such.

    Do you actually have a point or are you just trolling?

    BTW, what is your favorite Pagan day of the week? They are all named after Pagan gods. Thor’s day, Wotan’s day, Freya’s day, Tiu’s day, Sun day, Moon’s day and Saturn’s day.

  10. 10
    mandyjane

    IF you are referring to a holiday as opposed to “going on holiday” it still holds its meaning.

    I don’t know why I’m being given grief over this, it’s kind of silly. I’m not posting something outrageous. Of course I’m aware that the meaning and usage of words change over time. It’s just that “holiday” when referring to a day of celebration still means “holy day”. At Christmastime, wishing someone “happy holidays” shouldn’t be offensive. People don’t say “happy holidays” on the 4th of July… it’s more pass me a beer and a sparkler. The government calls all these observances and celebrations “holidays” on their calendar, but I don’t think people think of them as such. Not the same way they think of Christmas being a holiday.

    Is this the “war on the n00b”? :P

  11. 11
    Erp

    Well the Quakers did try first day, second day, … instead of Sunday, Monday, …. And first month, second month, …

    Also there is a bit of doubt whether the name Easter derived from a goddess (a very obscure one with apparently a sum total of one known reference) or more directly from the Germanic word for dawn or east. The OED notably considers the goddess derivation far less likely though it mentions it. Note the name isn’t derived from the custom of sunrise services since that is a modern custom (18th century origin).

  12. 12
    criticaldragon1177

    Ed Brayton,

    Off course if the person behind Chick Fil A hadn’t been so anti gay, I have a feeling they’d be much more upset.
    Such a double standard isn’t it?

  13. 13
    mandyjane

    Wow, raven…

    I’m new posting on this blog. I’ve been lurking for months, and I just wanted to join in the discussions here because I thought people were smart and fun and interesting. Why are you asking me if I’m trolling? What have I posted that was mean or trouble making?

    I have no idea what point you’re trying to make asking me what Pagan day of the week is my favorite. I understand where the names of the days of the week came from. I don’t know of anyone declaring a war on the days of the week, or the names of the days.

    Should I mention that I am a baby atheist or something (at 44 yrs old!)? That I’m not defending the war on Christmas nonsense, or something? I don’t get it.

  14. 14
    abear

    @#4 Etymology can be destiny; chretien (christian)= cretin.

  15. 15
    raven

    I don’t get it.

    Your point is similar to some of the more Oogedy Boogedy xians.

    We are all really xians because our money says, In god we trust.* It’s some sort of symbolic magic where if you spend a dollar bill, you become a xian. Or something.

    Using that reasoning, we are all Pagans because our months and days of the week are all named after Pagan gods.

    In modern useage, holiday just means a day of remembrance, celebration, or a day off for some people. I don’t see much holy about Columbus day.

    *Some people cross god out on their money and write in Cthulhu. If the xians are right, this is a very dangerous practice. It’s all fun and games until the dead but sleeping old gods rise again from the deep.

  16. 16
    Cuttlefish

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/cuttlefish/2011/11/20/the-war-against-christmas-comes-early/

    It’s almost as if Fox News made money off this issue or somethin’.

  17. 17
    mikmik

    Okay, I’ve gathered some intel by infiltrating wikipeda, and I think I’ve got their battle plan.
    They’ve assessed the mechanisms of the opponents, us, as an insurgence. They’ve undertaken an operation thus:
    A counter-insurgency or counterinsurgency (COIN) operation involves actions taken by the recognized government[0] of a nation to contain or quell an insurgency taken up against it.[1] In the main, the insurgents seek to destroy or erase the political authority of the defending authorities in a population they seek to control, and the counter-insurgent forces seek to protect that authority and reduce or eliminate the supplanting authority of the insurgents.

    Counter-insurgency operations are common during war[2], occupation and armed rebellions. Counter-insurgency may be armed suppression of a rebellion, coupled with tactics such as divide and rule designed to fracture the links between the insurgency and the population in which the insurgents move[3]. Because it may be difficult or impossible to distinguish between an insurgent, a supporter of an insurgency who is a non-combatant, and entirely uninvolved members of the population, counter-insurgency operations have often rested on a confused, relativistic, or otherwise situational distinction between insurgents and non-combatants

    Notes
    0. God as represented by the House and Senate, and their supporters. They also use guerilla tactics by a clandestine unit known as the Trolls©
    1. They have incorrect intel on the perceived situation.
    2. e.g. ‘War on Christmas’
    3. Propaganda is the primary action taken by the COIN

  18. 18
    Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    We now break net for a live report from the front lines of the War on Christmas, brought to you by Bob’s House of Chicken Livers. Mike, can you tell us what’s going on?

    “It’s horrible, Sherry! There are people eating and there is a sign over the door saying “Happy Holidays”! If only they supported Jesus like Bob’s House of Chicken Livers! You there, ma’am, did you know you’re putting money in the pocket of Satan? Is there a reason why you’re not eating at Bob’s, approved by churches as the Godliest fast food in this area? How many liberal lesbian abortions are going to be bought by the money you just paid for that chicken sandwich? Back to you, Sherry.”

    Thanks, Mike.
    Are you doing your part? Join the Moral Infantry!
    SERVICE GUARANTEES SALVATION!

    Would you like to know more?

  19. 19
    mikmik

    mandyjane

    People don’t say “happy holidays” on the 4th of July… it’s more pass me a beer and a sparkler. The government calls all these observances and celebrations “holidays” on their calendar, but I don’t think people think of them as such. Not the same way they think of Christmas being a holiday.

    They call them holidays because they are legislated time off from work (with pay). I hear people all the time refer to ‘the upcoming holiday’ because it is only one day. ‘Holidays’ refer to multiple days off, but even then can still be called a holiday(singular).

    I highly doubt this is a correct definition as such, but I haven’t even smelled coffee, let alone drinked(lol) one.

    Is this the “war on the n00b”? :P

    It’s called trial by fire ;)

  20. 20
    mandyjane

    @ raven

    I wasn’t trying to make the point that saying “happy holidays” makes the person saying it a Christian or religious. The point I was attempting to make was that Christians shouldn’t get upset when someone wishes them “happy holidays”, since they are literally being wished happy holy days. It’s really just a polite way of greeting a stranger if you don’t know which holiday they are celebrating. I don’t feel like I turn into a Christian when I wish my family and friends merry Christmas!

    Can we chalk this up to a misunderstanding?

  21. 21
    raven

    Can we chalk this up to a misunderstanding?

    Sure.

    I doubt the xians really care whether anyone says Merry Xmas or Happy Holidays either. It’s just something for them to complain about.

    The most noteworthy point about the War on Xmas is that, it doesn’t actually exist.

  22. 22
    dan4

    “Eat Mor Chikin”

    What’s with the deliberate (I hope) misspellings? Is THAT supposed to constitute knee-slapping humor in the Chick-fil-A world?

  23. 23
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    The War on Christmas: Funny, I don’t know any Puritans.

  24. 24
    Nibi

    dan4 says

    “Eat Mor Chikin”

    What’s with the deliberate (I hope) misspellings? Is THAT supposed to constitute knee-slapping humor in the Chick-fil-A world?

    It’s an expression of anti-elitist sentiment.

  25. 25
    david

    “The most noteworthy point about the War on Xmas is that, it doesn’t actually exist.”

    Christmas certainly wages an aggressive war on me. The fight as I see it is strictly a rear-guard defensive action. I would settle for a cease-fire anytime. Both sides desist, and leave the other guy alone.

  26. 26
    uzza

    I’ve always hated Chikfila since they came out with that ad: a bunch of LOLcows saying
    “Please don’t kill us, kill these other guys.”
    That’s supposed to be funny?

  27. 27
    Ichthyic

    If all this were happening on another planet & we were watching from afar, it’s be hilarious. As we’re stuck with these nutters, it’s troublesome at best. These people breed and vote. Not necessarily in that order.

    I just watched Idiocracy again last night.

    Chik-fil-a would fit right in there, without much of any alteration!

  28. 28
    Ichthyic

    I wonder if Chik-fil-a will be the first fast food restaurant to sell Brawndo?

  29. 29
    birgerjohansson

    Remember, if USA and Canada should sink into the sea under the weight of holy stupidity, you can still come to Scandinavia :-)

    PS We have plenty of porcine Xmas food, in additon to the lutefisk. You will feel right at home.

  30. 30
    matty1

    I’m going to risk misunderstanding here and say I don’t much like the phrase ‘happy holidays’, it’s just an aesthetic preference for what I grew up with not a big deal but there you are.

    That said, any greeting of that kind, happy holidays, merry Christmas, blessed Eid etc is an expression of good wishes. Anyone who responds to being wished well by getting angry because they would have phrased it differently is just a BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE SPARKLEPONY and deserves all the mockery they can get.

    Happy Ashura everybody.

  31. 31
    dingojack

    [insert 'vicous', 'sarcastic', 'bored', 'snarky' etc. tag here] Happy holidays to you too. [/tag]

    Still feel like not being a [shouting] ‘beautifully unique sparklepony’ [/shouting], matty?
    Dingo

  32. 32
    matty1

    The shouting is from the original sacred text, although looking for a link I am disappointed to learn Mr Kluwe is apparently leaving his blog at Pioneer Press

  33. 33
    kermit.

    When I was a baby Fundy, I remember our family getting plenty of Christmas cards that said “Happy Holidays!” or something similar. But that was in the dark ages, before Fundies knew how Satanic that was. In fact, that was about the one time in the year when everybody in church seemed to be in good spirits.

    Happy Dourdays, AFA!

  34. 34
    Ichthyic

    BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE SPARKLEPONY

    I just wanted to say that, loud and proud.

    why?

  35. 35
    dontpanic

    Kermit,
    That’s because back in the days it was obvious that “Happy Holidays” could only refer to the combination of Christmas and New Years. When ambiguity about the first half of that combination came into play because of heightened awareness of “others”, only then did it the phrase become an abomination.

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