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Nov 27 2012

Fox News Goes to War. Kind Of.

Fox News is busy trying to pump up the fictitious war on Christmas, throwing a fit on multiple shows on the network and blasting atheists for persecuting Christians by denying them exclusive access to public property. Talking Points Memo has a roundup of just four days worth of it just before Thanksgiving:

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  1. 1
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Plane disgusting illustrated? Yeesh, I thought *my* puns were bad ..

    (Keeps watching) .. Okay that was a strange melange.

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    davem

    I’m all for the war on Christmas. I hate Christmas. Everyone I know hates Christmas. Bring back the traditional holiday, and move it to the 21st Dec, so that it coincides with the shortest day, like it’s supposed to do. Then we can all spend the 20th buying lots of food and booze, and the 21st sitting around a real Yule log, celebrating the lengthening of days from then on. And let it be over on the 22nd. That’s a holiday I can support. Oh, and Bah! Humbug!

  3. 3
    Artor

    Wassail! Hail to the Holly King! Sol Invictus! Mithras! Let’s eat amanitas & fly with the reindeer!

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    raven

    I’ve yet to hear from my Pagan War on Xmas commando unit.

    They are all out shopping, buy conifer trees to decorate, and sending out War on Xmas cards.

    Somewhere in the next month we will go out and say Happy Holidays to everyone and go on raids cleverly disguised as parties.

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    raven

    The War on Halloween was very disappointing. I didn’t hear much about witches putting demons in candy or millions of children being sacrificed to satan.

    The War on Xmas and the War on the War on Xmas, well who knows? The atheists were always a diversion anyway. The real threat was the gods of shopping and they won long ago.

    Don’t forget the War on Easter!!!

  6. 6
    slc1

    Re davem @ #2

    Actually, Dec. 25 was chosen as the birth day of Yeshua of Nazareth because that places Jan 1, the start of the new year as the day of his bris.

  7. 7
    eric

    The most obnoxious bit about this is that it occurred days before Thanksgiving. Maintain some boundaries here, Fox; I really don’t want to be hearing attacks-on OR defenses-of xmas in July.

  8. 8
    matty1

    @6 I’m sceptical about that one, didn’t the new year start on the 25th of March until calendar reform in the 18th Century?

  9. 9
    fifthdentist

    Maybe the True Christians should just hunker down in their bunkers from, say, the fourth Wednesday in November until Jan. 2 to ensure that their Christmas remains pure and unspoiled by such things as atheists and crass commercialism and television Christmas specials on the mainstream media channels that don’t mention their imaginary friend.
    Special bonus: They can each have in their underground refuges all the manger scenes and crosses and lamb’s blood (oops, that might be a little too Jewish) they desire.
    And when they emerge, if they see their shadow, we’ll have a prediction on the length of winter.
    Of course, this would not bode well for the economy, but that could be a plus as their refusal to engage in the commercialization of the holiday could tip the economy into recession, which they could then blame on the commie/muslim/atheist/nazi/socialist/ni**er.

  10. 10
    composer99

    Fox News is apparently following the commands of Saruman – To War!!!

  11. 11
    Nick Gotts

    The War on Halloween was very disappointing. I didn’t hear much about witches putting demons in candy or millions of children being sacrificed to satan. – raven

    In the UK we did have one case of children being given packets of cocaine among the candy – but rather than an Atheo-Satanist Conspiracy, it turned out to be a rather costly error on the part of the giver.

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    kennew142

    The Julian calendar, adopted in 46 BCE, changed the start of the year to January 1st.

  13. 13
    parkjames

    Poor, poor persecuted white, straight Christians. They just want freedom of religion. The freedom to allow their government to endorse their religion exclusively, and to exclude everyone who doesn’t believe in their particular bullshit holiday.

    I know Ed has said it many times, but how quickly would these very same people denounce a Ramadan scene in a federal building, or federal holiday recognition for Yom Kippur? They only invoke the first amendment or the separation of church and state when it doesn’t involve explicit endorsement of their religion. These people are assholes, and deserve much mocking and derision.

  14. 14
    Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    @matty1:

    I’d be skeptical for another reason entirely: The date of Christmas wasn’t chosen by Jews. It was chosen by 4th-century Roman Christians who probably couldn’t have cared less when Jesus’ bris was.

    The immediate precursor of the Dec. 25th date was the Roman festival of Sol Invictus.

  15. 15
    jnorris

    Just a reminder to everyone: only 23 shopping days left until the end of the world. You’re welcome.

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    eric

    Maybe the True Christians should just hunker down in their bunkers from, say, the fourth Wednesday in November until Jan. 2

    They’d better stay inside until 6 January – that’s the end of the “12 days of Christmas” and the Epiphany. Which is mostly ignored in western branches of Christianity but I think is considered fairly important in the eastern branches.

    Actually, there’s about a 2-week difference between the eastern and western religious calendars, so maybe they should stay inside until the 18 January version of of Ephiphany, just to be safe.

    Of course Lent can start as early as Feb 4. Might be a good idea to give up commercialism then too. So why not just stay holed-up until Easter?

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    dugglebogey

    If there’s a war on Christmas, it’s because it invaded Thanksgiving and is advancing on Halloween.

  18. 18
    zmidponk

    dugglebogey:

    If there’s a war on Christmas, it’s because it invaded Thanksgiving and is advancing on Halloween.

    In some places, Halloween is already fighting a valiant rearguard action against Christmas. Over here, in the UK, the Tesco supermarkets had a dedicated Christmas section out in early September.

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    timgueguen

    We have those kind of blockheads in Canada as well, like this letter writer to the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, who wants people to annoy school secretaries with useless phone calls.
    http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/letters/Merry+Christmas/7613418/story.html

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    heddle

    davem,

    I’m all for the war on Christmas. I hate Christmas. Everyone I know hates Christmas. Bring back the traditional holiday, and move it to the 21st Dec, so that it coincides with the shortest day, like it’s supposed to do. Then we can all spend the 20th buying lots of food and booze, and the 21st sitting around a real Yule log, celebrating the lengthening of days from then on. And let it be over on the 22nd. That’s a holiday I can support. Oh, and Bah! Humbug!

    I am so on board with this suggestion.

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    Nibi

    Inciting anger and hatred by manufacturing outrage against an imaginary War on Christmas – it’s the reason for the season.

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