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Cowards in the War on Christmas

Reported by Judy - December 8, 2006 -

Call them cowards in the war on Christmas. Almost the entire A-List panel deserted Martha MacCallum Thursday (December 7, 2006) when she called them to arms to defend Christmas.

MacCallum, host of Fox News' "Live Desk," tried to stir up viewers' indignation over people saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" by suggesting that children are becoming horribly confused on whether they should say "Merry Christmas" to other people.

MacCallum primed her panel with a segment featuring Katherine Debrecht, author of right-wing children's books known as "Help Mom." Debrecht claimed, "I don't hear kids being offended or crying when they see a nativity if they don't believe in the Christian religion."

Probably not, since her own kids are Christian and its doubtful many non-Christians want to get too close to her for fear of having Christianity crammed down their throats. And kids who are made to feel different by Christian scenes are probably more likely to try to make themselves invisible than to make a scene and draw attention to themselves.

After a brief appearance by Debrecht, MacCallum turned to her panel and asked about children saying "Merry Christmas" to non-Christians.

Arthur Aidala, a criminal defense attorney," answered sensibly that one should avoid saying that to strangers because "you feel like a jerk if you wished 'Merry Christmas' to someone who doesn't celebrate. ... It would be totally inappropriate." One other guest agreed, saying Christmas has been a "generic holiday" for years. Another guest's comments stressed Christmas was about the birth of Christ and to say "Merry Christmas" was to invite people to his birthday party.

Even Brian Kilmeade, the wild card guest and co-host of "Fox and Friends," said people were "just looking to be polite" by saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas."

Apparently, MacCallum and Debrecht have a problem with treating other people with simple politeness. Doesn't common courtesy fit into Christianity somewhere, like in the category of "Do unto others"?