Franklin Graham and the ‘War on Christmas’

Franklin Graham, son of the legendary Billy Graham but far more right wing, has a quite hysterical column in Charisma News about the non-existent “War on Christmas.” Naturally, the whole point of this war that doesn’t exist is not to destroy Christmas but to destroy the baby Jesus. Or something.

Millions of Christians around the world soon will be celebrating the birth of Christ. In many places, like ancient Bethlehem where Jesus was born, commemorating the birth of the Savior is still the main focus. Unfortunately, the United States in the last few decades has witnessed increased hostility toward the sacred nature of Christmas, erupting into what has become a blatant war on Christmas…

But none of this should surprise us.

That’s because at its root and core, the war on Christmas isn’t really about Christmas at all—it’s about the Son of God. The war on Christmas is a war on Christ and His followers. It’s the hatred of our culture for the exclusive claims that Christ made: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6)…

We should not be taken aback, then, when a day that should be devoted to meditating upon the marvelous, virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ is instead treated in a scandalously secular way that denies His deity and saving work.

The name of Christ is an offense to the unbelieving world. The mention of His birth, or life, or death and resurrection, is an insult.

No, this kind of egregious bullshit is an insult. The “war on Christmas” is a marketing slogan, nothing more. And the product it sells is fear because that’s what keeps the money rolling in to keep people like Graham living in the manner to which they’ve become accustomed.

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  • Sastra

    Unfortunately, the United States in the last few decades has witnessed increased hostility toward the sacred nature of Christmas, erupting into what has become a blatant war on Christmas…

    So in other words people wage a war on Christmas by celebrating Christmas the wrong way?

    Okay, here you go: Ho ho ho. Merry Christmas!

    Just killed a Christian. Soon it will be nothing left but love and peace and charity and fellowship and trees and decorations and friends and families and food and Santa Claus and presents and merriment — a secular party to which all are invited! Christian? Sure thing, that baby-and-animals display can go next to the one about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. My favorite is Susie Snowflake.

    I just shot another one!

  • rationalinks

    Yes, how dare we take back a day that was not a Christian holiday to begin with and was most definitely not the day their “savior” was born on. The audacity of some people to steal holidays and use it for themselves! Oh…wait…

  • http://reasondecrystallized.blogspot.com andrew

    The ‘War on Christmas’ is just a Putin-style maskirovka to justify Christmas’s occupation of Thanksgiving week.

  • cptdoom

    That’s right Mr. Graham, you’ve found us out. There are millions of us who don’t celebrate the Springtime birth of a Jewish prophet on December 25. The thing is, none of us are trying to make you celebrate our holiday. Why don’t you try actually following you alleged savior and respecting us?

    Oh and “Christ” is a title not a name.

  • tfkreference

    Unfortunately, the United States in the last few decades has witnessed increased hostility toward the sacred nature of Christmas, erupting into what has become a blatant war on Christmas…

    In the last few decades, the U.S. has discovered the diversity of its citizenship. What a coincidence.

  • busterggi

    Someone should teach Franklin that the true origins of how he celebrates Christmas are either stolen from old pagans or created by corporations for marketing purposes and almost none that are used today date from before 1850.

    But then, he thinks Christmas is to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection – apparently he never heard of Eoster.

  • John Pieret

    Merry Saturnalia, Franklin, and a Happy New Year!

    … oh, and please fuck off!

  • Al Dente

    The War on Christmas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fox News.

  • Synfandel

    It’s not a war on Christmas. It’s just the displacement of Christmas by Festivus.

  • Michael Heath

    Franklin Graham writes:

    In many places, like ancient Bethlehem where Jesus was born . . .

    I’m fairly confident there are zero honest people who believe the Bible is inerrant. I’ve yet to encounter one who even came close.

    The lie here isn’t that Mr. Graham believes that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the lie here is far more insidious and destructive. Instead the lie is that Graham frames his belief as if it were a fact. Do this enough times by enough people and this is how you end up with billions of delusional people who are effectively anti-reality. In the case of the U.S., that also results in tens of millions of politically powerful people who are also anti-science, anti-expert, anti-education, and anti-growth who want us to govern accordingly.

  • Michael Heath

    cptdoom writes:

    There are millions of us who don’t celebrate the Springtime birth of a Jewish prophet on December 25 . . .

    I know of no evidence that the Bible’s Jesus was a singular human being born in the Spring.

  • colnago80

    Re Michael Heath @ #11

    Of course Yeshua ben Josef of Nazareth was born on Dec. 25. How else would he have received his bris on Jan. 1 of the following year?

  • felidae

    Come on, Frankie, just because the early church co-opted the Roman’s Saturnalia for the birth of their alleged savior, don’t go around telling us that there is something sacred about the 25th of December

  • U Frood

    Has Franklin seen these billboards?

    “Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I’m too old for fairy tales.”

  • matty1

    @11 The claim is that sheperds were most likely to be out watching the flocks around lambing time. You couldn’t call it good evidence since it relies on the gospel of Luke containing accurate records, and it ignores other possible reasons for the practice but there is an argument.

  • frankgturner

    @Michael Heath

    I would not so much mind the delusional if there was not a insecure demand that others obey it and be so anti-progress in the process. Anti-progress for Graham is more a matter of staying rich for him.

  • birgerjohansson

    I thought it was Mammon who fought, and won, the war on Christmas.

    Actually, this would be a case of Cannanite god-on- Caananite god violence.

    .

    (and is not a “nanite” something you would expect from the singularity? Not really in line with bronze-age belief systems)

  • Ichthyic

    It’s the hatred of our culture for the exclusive claims that Christ made

    no it isn’t. it’s the hatred of your culture of ignorance and stupidity.

    frankly, if Jesus existed he would be embarrassed for you.

  • Ichthyic

    I thought it was Mammon who fought, and won, the war on Christmas.

    That’s the message I get from Kirk Cameron’s “Saving Christmas” debacle, for sure.

    capitalist Jesus is snug in his bed.

  • Ichthyic

    I would not so much mind the delusional

    sorry, but it’s just too fertile a ground for breeding authoritarianism and a lack of critical thinking.

    I mind it. It’s had its thousands of years, it’s well past time we see it go bye bye.

  • Ichthyic

    I know of no evidence that the Bible’s Jesus was a singular human being born in the Spring.

    I know of no concrete evidence that Jesus of the gospels ever actually existed.

    that said, and the source being what it is, I’ll let you wade through it yourself…

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1093053/Cancel-Christmas–Jesus-born-June-17-say-scientists.html

    yeah, not gonna touch that one myself.

  • frankgturner

    @Ichthyic # 20

    sorry, but it’s just too fertile a ground for breeding authoritarianism and a lack of critical thinking.

    Point well taken, the case and point being the Graham’s themselves. And it seems to be a breeding ground for oppression. You point out in # 18,

    It’s the hatred of our culture for the exclusive claims that Christ made

    no it isn’t. it’s the hatred of your culture of ignorance and stupidity.

    It occurs to me, Xtianity oppressed and showed hatred for how many other cultures? (The Crusades, the Inquisition, the Salem witch trials, etc.). I am not saying that two wrongs make a right but does Graham project much?

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker

    The Christmas season has completely absorbed Thanksgiving and now starts the day after Halloween. We need a war on Christmas to stop it engulfing Labor day and laying siege to July 4th