It is inevitable at this time of year “Christian” conservatives will launch their attack on the simple phrase “Happy Holidays,” which they claim is indicative of a “war on Christmas” and by definition an attack on their religious freedom.
This year is no exception, the NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) briefly offered a T-shirt on their website attacking the phrase as something that only liberals use.
The front of the shirt proclaimed, “Happy Holidays is What Liberals Say” and on the back it read, “Merry Christmas.”
The imaginary war on Christmas is really only another opportunity for the religious right to force their religion on others. It is also the result of a lack of education on the subject of the holiday.
These same people will argue that it is and always has been a strictly Christian holiday and refuse to believe that the early church incorporated other, older celebrations into the Nativity narrative in order to attract new converts from other, often pagan, religions. Many pagan religions celebrated the winter solstice which is the basis for the December 25 date being chosen to celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.
It is those pagan religions which gave us the Christmas tree and the feasts which are now the lavish holiday meal that most of us enjoy on Christmas day.
What the angers TEApublicans about “Happy Holidays” is simple: it’s about the need to denigrate anyone who does not live up to the standards of an extremist version of Christianity.
h/t: Daily Kos