I find this rather amusing. Rich Perlberg, editor of the Livingston Daily, a newspaper here in Michigan, responded to one of Liberty Counsel’s press releases about the mythical War on Christmas and pretty much went off on them over it. Here’s the full text:
You are among the most anti-freedom, anti-liberty people I know.
This “save Christmas” campaign is a sham, designed to stir up controversy, create fear and, if your wishes come true, create animosity for those who don’t fit into your view of what a “real” American should be.
There is no need to “save” Christmas because there is no war on Christmas. You used “liberty” in your name, yet you would deny private businesses the liberty to make their own decisions. You overstate, or perhaps misstate, examples. Even if your rare examples are true, they are isolated instances of people making poor decisions…a far cry from a war on Christmas.
You are saying that people must act and worship the way you want them to. That’s anti-American, which is the war you are waging.
In my community, the churches are almost all Christian and they are packed with people. Our public schools regularly have concerts that feature Christian music. As November and December approach, I’ll hear greetings of “Merry Christmas” anywhere I go. It’s a wonderful sound.This is a created, non-issue, best represented by Bill O’Reilly who screamed about the war on Christmas even while Fox was selling Bill O’Reilly holiday ornaments. It’s true. You can look it up. He created the false issue for ratings. He is the worst type of hypocrite.
I’m angry at people like you because you thrive on and promote fear, hatred, prejudice and intolerance.
But in the spirit of the season, I wish the best for you.
That last is a nice tough. Personally, I would have used “Lo Saturnalia” or “Happy Winter Solstice.” Liberty Counsel, unsurprisingly, is not amused.
Responding to the email, Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, said: “I am shocked that a general manager and editor of a newspaper would send such an angry and scathing email in response to a press release. Rich Perlberg’s email underscores the bias in his media source. The Gannett Company ought to apologize for such a lack of journalistic integrity. Perlberg’s sarcastic email, which he concludes with ‘Happy Holidays,’ illustrates that the Gannett-owned media has indeed launched a war on Christmas.”
Sounds a lot like a war on demagoguery and hypocrisy to me.