You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Reply #17: Well, the war has been going on for a long time. [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007) Donate to DU
Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-21-06 09:12 AM
Response to Original message
17. Well, the war has been going on for a long time.
This Wiki article starts back when the Puritans had their own, very real, War on Christmas, that Popish & Pagan holiday. (They lost.)

But this is one of the earliest "modern" instances:

The December 1957 News and Views published by the Church League of America, an organization co-founded in 1937 by George Washington Robnett attacked the use of Xmas in an article titled "X=The Unknown Quantity." The claims were picked up later by Gerald L.K. Smith who in December 1966 claimed that Xmas was a "blasphemous omission of the name of Christ" and that "'X' is referred to as being symbolical of the unknown quantity." Smith further argued that Jews introduced Santa Claus to suppress the New Testament accounts of Jesus, and that the United Nations at the behest of "world Jewry" had "outlawed the name of Christ." Such claims are made in the face of documented centuries-long history of use of Χ (actually a chi) as an abbreviation for "Christ" (Χριστός ;).

(Santa? Jewish? Who knew?)

Hey, here's a familiar name!

In 1999, founder & editor Peter Brimelow is credited for first coining the term "War on Christmas", or "War Against Christmas", and the analysis of this issue became a prominent piece of conservative cultural criticism in the United States.Brimelow himself has written that he got National Review editor John O'Sullivan to begin a War Against Christmas competition when they both involved with magazine in the mid-1990s; after O'Sullivan was removed as editor, effective January 1998, the competition was dropped hosts an annual "War Against Christmas Competition" which has an extensive compendium of alleged "anti-Christmas" incidents.

Brimelow's VDARE is famous for opposing immigration. Legal immigration, too--especially of the non-white variety. They are one of the more polite hate groups.

O'Reilly is late to the party.

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC