Trump Promises to Make Christianity Powerful Again

Donald Trump is pandering to the Christian right rubes in Iowa just as fast as he can, playing on their fear that Christianity is losing sway over American culture (they're right, and good) and promising that if he's elected president, Christianity will regain its dominance. As if it didn't still have enormous political influence despite having lost some measure of privilege in recent decades. … [Read more...]

‘War on Christmas’ Originated in Anti-Semitism

Here's something I did not know. I thought the whole "war on Christmas" thing was a recent invention of evangelical Christian groups and "thinkers" like Bill O'Reilly. It turns out, though, that it goes back much further than that, specifically to the anti-Jewish bigotry of Henry Ford, who said virtually the same things they're saying today but replacing "secular progressives" with "Jews." … [Read more...]

Wingnuts Flip Out Over ‘Happy Holidays’ Sign

A group of world-class dumbasses near the Tennessee/Georgia border are losing their minds over a sign that says "Happy Holidays" put up by a homeowner's association. Apparently this is a huge threat to "traditional values" (whatever the hell that could possibly mean in this context) and Christianity. Because their God is a mighty God who can't survive not being mentioned everywhere at all times. … [Read more...]

Abbott and the FFRF Holiday Display in Texas

As you likely have heard by now, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the removal of a holiday display put up at the state capitol by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, claiming that it's insulting toward Christians. Anyone who looks at it knows this is nonsense and is just a pretext for getting rid of it. The FFRF's Andrew Seidel writes about the letter Abbott wrote: … [Read more...]

The Real War on Christmas

Many people know by now that the real war on Christmas was started by the Puritans, who banned the celebration of Christmas for decades in the 1600s in the American colonies they controlled. But Savannah Cox adds much detail that I did not know to that history, like how much of it was premised upon the vitriolic anti-Catholic views held by the Puritans. … [Read more...]

Trump Continues Hypocritical ‘War on Christmas’ Pandering

Donald Trump went on the radio with the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, so naturally he had to trot out his inane and hypocritical bullshit about the "war on Christmas." He does know how to pander, after all. He claims that you just don't hear the word "Christmas" anymore (what fucking world does he live in?) and that the power of Christians is being diminished. … [Read more...]

The Extraordinary Courage of Ben Carson

Ben Carson wants you to know that he's not afraid. Not afraid of making the difficult, sometimes life-and-death decisions that every president must make? No, not that. Not afraid of the microscope that he would be forced to live under should he be elected the next president of the United States? No, not that either. It's far scarier than that. He's not say Merry Christmas. … [Read more...]

All Aboard the ‘War on Christmas’ Pander Train

A resolution has been submitted in the U.S. House of Representatives that would express the sentiment of the House, in an entirely non-binding way, that Christmas is incredibly important and that the legislature "strongly disapproves of attempts to ban references to Christmas." What attempts to ban references to Christmas? Your guess is as good as mine. The text of the resolution: … [Read more...]

TX Pol Threatens to Slap Anyone Who Tells Him ‘Happy Holidays’

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is not a happy camper. It seems that people have been wishing him "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" and that has him getting all angry and violent. In a post on his Facebook page, he said that he might just slap the next person who dared to wish him well in a manner he does not approve of. Because Jesus. Or something. … [Read more...]

Let’s Crash the Defend Christmas Freedom Hotline

The Palmetto Family Council, one of the innumerable "pro-family" (read: anti-gay and anti-woman) groups around the country, has set up a Defend Christmas Freedom Hotline where people can call and register complaints about the entirely fictitious "war on Christmas." And I think it would be a great idea to overwhelm this hotline with frivolous calls about the real complaints in this "war on Christmas." … [Read more...]

Wingnuts Make a List; Right Wing Watch Checks it Twice

Liberty Counsel and the American Family association are doing their annual "Naughty or Nice" lists of companies that are either trying to destroy the baby Jesus by not talking enough about Christmas or are upholding Christian virtues by saying it a lot. But as Right Wing Watch points out, they can't seem to agree on which companies are naughty and which ones are nice. … [Read more...]

Another Fake ‘War on Christmas’ Freakout

And we have another false claim being passed around like crazy about the non-existent "war on Christmas." This time it isn't Starbucks cups, it's a lie about Obama ordering the military not to allow any soldiers to say the word "Christmas." It started with some site called Coach is Right, which published a hysterically overblown article about third hand story from two years ago. From there it spread like wildfire throughout the wingnutosphere. … [Read more...]