Podcast #107: Choosing Sides in the War on Christmas

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Between Rick Perry, conservative pastors, your impressionable great aunt, and Fox News (or as Jason says in this podcast, an “unnamed news network”), you’d think Christmas was literally being attacked by atheist soldiers, cowering in a foxhole waiting for good Christians warriors to fight for its freedom. But is this accurate? Uhm, of course not. But what is the truth about the war on Christmas, and what does it mean for those of us that view the incarnation as something true and deeply profound? In this episode, Richard Clark (editor-in-chief), Drew Dixon (editor), Alan Noble (co-founder and editor), and Jason Morehead (associate editor) discuss their approach to Christmas, commercialism, and those darned atheist Christmas terrorists.

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About Richard Clark

Richard H. Clark is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Christ and Pop Culture. He has a Master of Arts in Theology and the Arts from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He lives in Louisville, Ky. He is also the managing editor of Gamechurch and a freelance writer for Unwinnable, Paste, and other outlets.
E-mail: clarkrichardh [at] gmail [dot] com.
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  • Carol

    Dear “atheist terrorists”,

    You’re all welcome to spend Christmas at our home! Rule is – guests bring the dessert and we provide the turkey and beverage. Bring a side dish if you like!

    We’ll be celebrating the birth of Jesus by opening our home to anyone who would love a good meal and some great conversation. Don’t mind us if we pray before dinner and we won’t mind if you don’t join in!

    hugs & kisses – dinner at 6 sharp, don’t be late!

  • http://goodokbad.com Seth T. Hahne

    Just a little clarification. In the Rick Perry commercial, he doesn’t say “our children can’t openly celebrate Christmas” says “our children can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.” There’s a slight almost pause that could be interpreted as a comma-pause, but contextually, it seems pretty clear that he’s saying that kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas in school in the same way that they cannot openly pray in school.

    I don’t know how much truth there is to the statement and it doesn’t stop the commercial from being dumber than a bag of hammers, but we should probably strive not to misrepresent what he’s actually saying.

    The real problem is that he refers to America as a her when I think it’s pretty clear that America is gender-coded masculine.


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