NEW YORK (AP) - Deck the halls and man the battle stations. The fight has resumed.
This annual uproar may have escaped the notice of some Christmas observers.
Those are people who mean no disrespect to Christmas by replacing “Merry Christmas” with the more inclusive “Happy holidays.” Those are people who are able to forgive as good intentions gone awry the occasional misguided stab at political correctness. (“Holiday tree”? Really?!)
Those are people who might be surprised to learn that Christmas is under threat of a power grab by atheists, libertines, elites, advocates for gay rights, pro-abortion rights and drug legalization, plus garden-variety left-wing wack jobs.
In short, those are people who aren’t watching Bill O'Reilly.
Every right-thinking person needs to “stand up and fight against this secular progressivism that wants to diminish the Christmas holiday,” he fulminated recently to that night’s guest, Fox News personality and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. “We have to start to fight back against these people.”
“You know, Bill,” Huckabee said gently, “the nature of most Christians is not to get into a fight and a squabble.”
“But you’re gonna LOSE!” warned his host.
And there’s more where that came from.
“It is a fact that Christianity is not a religion. It is a phil-o-so-phy,” he told his audience, stretching out the word as if speaking to small children.