The War on Christmas is Nigh… If You Listen to FOX News

Christmas is coming, and FOX News Channel wants you to be afraid.

Very afraid.

Talking Points Memo has compiled everything the network thinks you ought to be fearing as the season draws near. And to no one’s surprise, those mean, bullying, tradition-destroying atheists are number one on the list:

Are you scared yet?

(via The Raw Story)

About Kate Donovan

Kate is a junior studying psychology and human development at Northwestern University. She is the president of Northwestern's Secular Student Alliance and a writer at Teen Skepchick, Heresy Club, and various other places around the internet. Sometimes she sleeps.

  • C Peterson

    That should read: The War on Christmas is Nigh… If You Believe FOX News.

    It is incumbent on anybody with an interest in the sociopolitical leanings of the country to listen occasionally to Fox “News”. It’s a strong indicator of irrationality for anybody to believe that source, however.

    • Ibis3

      Maybe that “listen” was the same usage as “listening to one’s parents” … i.e. recognizing them as an authority.

    • Rwlawoffice

      Funny, I feel the same way about MSNBC.

      • Question Everything

        MSNBC has its own leanings, but at least it admits to them (lean forward is their motto, unlike Fox News’ Fair and Balanced, which it obviously isn’t, even without the lies and misleading issues).  But in an ideological battle, I could easily find at least twice the number of misleading Fox headlines, or outright lies in their reporting, as you could find in MSNBC, I’d bet.  Want to go for it?

        • Rwlawoffice

          Leanings?  What an understatement.  They are an arm of the DNC and nothing more.  Talking heads for the liberal left trying to portray themselves as journalists. And yes they do lie on a regular basis, but because you most likely agree with them you would not see it as such.  For example, long after it was well known that the Benghazi attack had nothing to do with a video, Chris Matthews was still pushing that narrative in his effort to help Obama.  Pathetic.

      • Coyotenose

         One is biased, the other one outright, provably lies on a daily basis. Try again.

        Oh, and piss poor job of trying to change the subject. Screw off, deceiver.

      • Marco Conti

        I really couldn’t add much more to what “Question Everything” has already said, except that anybody who’s ideology has not completely blinded and brainwashed them would be able to recognize the difference.

        Maddow and co. do not pretend to be “fair and Balanced”. They are very open about their leanings. 

        nobody is “fair and balanced”. It is impossible not to have an opinion that is going to color your reporting. I prefer someone honest about their viewpoint that however gives you, along with their opinion, resources to go check the facts for yourself. TYT (The young turks) are very good at that. 

        Fox great swindle is not their obvious right wing leanings, but the fact that they try to pass it as unbiased news. 

        Even CNN  lately has taken a big right wing turn in some of their programming and I consider theirs even more deceiving, considering their history.

        • bernardaB

           There is quite a difference between CNN in the U.S. and CNN International. The latter gives much fairer and lengthier reports on political and international events. If you can receive it, I’d go to that. In fact I do as I live abroad.

      • Aaron Scoggin

        Fox News uses “Fair and Balanced” as its motto. If you watch it for 10 seconds, you’ll see that it’s not fair, nor balanced. Even their motto is a lie.

    • http://abb3w.livejournal.com/ abb3w

      I find it preferable to periodically check in at News Hounds for readable summaries of the highlights; site motto, “We watch Fox so you don’t have to!”

  • Thin-ice

    Oh that we had the power they claim we have!

    Let’s see: in a town with 10,000 places to legally put up a nativity scene (churches, private yards, private business), there’s only probably fifty places – public places paid for with taxpayers money – where we don’t want to see religious myths displayed. C’mon Fox, what’s so painful about that?

  • Tom from Cleveland

    This year, we’re going to win the War on Christmas!

    • C Peterson

      I love the smell of napalm on Christmas morning!

      • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

        Ho ho hoooo, theists! Santa’s checkin’ his list and you’ve all been NAUGHTY! 

        • Coyotenose

           What, 20 hours and not one person turned up to mention Robot Santa Claus? For shame, atheist geeks. For SHAME.

    • Troels Jakobsen

      Time to deploy Satan Claus.

      • Jon Peterson

        *Claws

        >.>

    • HughInAz

      Funny, I never got my draft notice – in fact the war on Xmas must be the most one-sided war in history. Only one side turns up to fight.

  • Jon Peterson
    • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

      I can’t even tell what that picture is supposed to show…

      • Deven Kale

        It’s in reference to this video from last year. It was a pretty major news story for a month or two.

        • Jon Peterson

          ^ For people who spend way too much time on the internet (like myself) it’s rather recognizable… but yeah, I can see how it would be a headscratcher if you weren’t familiar with the specific story. Whoops!

  • http://www.facebook.com/laden.greg Greg Laden

    Release the Crackers!  

  • NewDawn2006

    And to think I used to totally buy into this crap… Every year my mom would tell us about “these people” who were trying to “take Christmas away” from everyone. It is amazing to see the perspective from this side of the fence…  It is also interesting to see what is fair now compared to when what I thought was fair was actually privilege…

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

      love to hear your story about how you came around to the side of reason. if you’re inclined, please share.

      • NewDawn2006

        It was the typical story. Girl meets boy, girl moves to a different state, boy and girl have multiple discussions about religon. I had to defend my positions and began to realize there were things I couldn’t explain or defend. I hadn’t gotten my degree yet (dropped out to move), so I went back to college. I decided to take a world religions class which led to “I’m sorry… There are how many men who have had the same life story as Jesus?!?”. Which led to a philosophy of religion class where I had a great professor who was great at playing devil’s advocate no matter what side was being argued. I found myself consistently being skeptic of arguments in perspective, and I heard no arguments that convinced me that the whole god thing was true. A little hard to let go of completely at first going the agnostic route. Then I read The God Delusion and suddenly it all made sense. Owned the atheist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lonborghini.funghini Lonborghini Funghini

    I hereby declare a war on Xgiving!

    • Godlesspanther

      Declaring wars on holidays — baby shit. I have developed a powerful magic potion that can be released in the form of a colorless, odorless, undetectable gas that drifts out of its container and instantly turns even the most devout believers into hard-line atheists. 

      I currently have enough of this to cover a city of about 100K population. I’m just not sure which city I want to release it on. 

      • HughInAz

        Please release 30 cannisters on Phoenix.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lonborghini.funghini Lonborghini Funghini

        Godless, please begin with Washington DC. Thank you.

  • Carmelita Spats

    War on Christmas? I live in Texas and I have asked my tiny town if I could display the following “Christmas Jesus” that I found in Mexico, on public property. Apparently, nativity scenes and  Santas are ok, but crucified, Mexican Jesucristo, with ribbons and poinsettias is NOT ok…Go figure…I guess it would frighten the kiddies… ;-)

  • MichaelD

    Every time I hear war on christmas all i can think of is this comedy video. http://loadingreadyrun.com/videos/view/401/War-of-Christmas

  • Robyman4

    Blah, blah, blah. They say this EVERY year, without fail.

  • Larry Linn

      Gentlemen.

    The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which
    you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury
    Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties
    dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my
    constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity
    to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.

    Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies
    solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for
    his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government
    reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign
    reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that
    their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of
    religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a
    wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this
    expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of
    conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of
    those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights,
    convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

    I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection &
    blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for
    yourselves & your religious association, assurances of my high
    respect & esteem.

    Th Jefferson
    Jan. 1. 1802.

    Ben Stein is no Thomas Jefferson!


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