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Thursday 1 December 2016

Still No War On Christmas

And so we arrive at December, which means that Christmas will soon be upon us. This may mean family gatherings, a welcome break from work, journeys to warmer climes, or even getting ready for the sales that come afterwards. But to the press, and particularly the obedient hackery of the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre at the Daily Mail, it means just one thing - to frighten readers by reminding them they are under attack.
What the f***'s wrong with scaring the crap out of my readers, c***?!? Er, with the greatest of respect, Mr Jay

Yes, many of the Mail’s readers may not attend church services regularly, but they identify as Christian. So the Dacre doggies have served up plenty of frighteners, to remind them that there is a War On Christmas, and that Christians are under attack, living in fear of having their religious freedom curtailed, and even losing their jobs.

The Mail has today combined this mildly paranoid and wholly untrue storyline with its continuing adoration for Theresa May as it tells “Theresa stands up for Christmas: PM says Christians must feel free to celebrate and discuss their beliefs without fear … Prime Minister said employees should able to talk about their faith at work … Equalities watchdog said employers were victimising Christians … Businesses that unnecessarily drop Christmas references were criticised”. And there was more.

The PM, who is not unelected, “said that, in the run-up to Christmas, it was particularly important that people felt able to speak freely about their faith at work … The Equality and Human Rights Commission criticised organisations which unnecessarily drop references to Christmas and use secular phrases such as ‘Season’s Greetings’ and ‘Winterval’”.

It didn’t stop there: readers also gotChristians are 'fearful' about celebrating their faith and marking Christmas at work, a Tory MP claimed today … Fiona Bruce cited a think tank report which warned religious freedom was being eroded in Britain … Think tank ResPublica has warned teachers, magistrates and other professionals have been disciplined and sacked for living according to their beliefs”. It should be noted that the last sentence does not specify Christian beliefs.

Add to that a story off the PA wire that claims “Some Christians feel so ‘picked on’ they are too scared to speak about their faith in public, a bishop has warned … The Right Reverend Nick Baines, the Bishop of Leeds, said some secularists ‘have a problem’ with religion being talked about”, and last weekend’s Mail On Sunday claimingThe Government’s equalities watchdog has hit out at politically correct public bodies and employers who victimise Christians because they fear offending others” and it looks truly frightening.

The reality is that there is no war on Christmas, and never was. This is the annual outing for the Mail’s version of the manufactured controversy that has been going on for years across the North Atlantic, fuelled by hosts like Bill O’Reilly at Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse), seeing evil intent in greetings like “Happy Holidays”. Seriously.

But the Mail has to flog papers, and Dacre needs to keep his readers scared. So no change there, then.


mm1145 said...

did they seriousley say winterval? they do that that is not a thing pepole say right? it was never even a thing pepole said it was a marketing event by a local councle? nobody actuality said it they know that right?

Alan Clifford said...

I'm with Richard Dawkins on this one.

Christianity and Christmas is the biggest load of superstitious hypocritical shite since, well, since forever. The same goes for all other religions.

We've had two thousand years of Christian bullshit and its inflicted miseries and sectarian crazies and I reserve MY rights to tell god-botherers to shove it where the sun don't shine.

The sooner religion evolves out of human existence the better.

Rivo said...

Christmas is so under attack that this morning on Radio 2 I heard 2 Christmas songs played consecutively and later on a monologue by an ardent Christian explaining why Jesus is her favourite person ever and how we should all refect on his teachings at Christmas...

Wizzardry said...

Thanksgiving,Hanukkah and Christmas -"Happy holidays" sounds good to me

Anonymous said...

Winterval is back

Jacob Rees-Mogg said...

Bless you, Alan Clifford.

Paul said...

I have noticed that not all the film channels on cable are showing Christmas fare. I shall pray for Mr Branson.

Clive Staples Lewis said...

Mail readers know that Christian means something more than just "not a paki or a yid", don't they?

Of course they do.

John B said...

She was a Muslim not a Christian btw

SteveHolmes11 said...

A Merry post-truth Yuletide to you all.

RobIoM said...

It takes a lot to convince a Daily Mail reader that Winterval wasnt created to replace Christmas and that Christmas isn't under attack. I have long-standing Mail reading parents. I usually start by explaining what Winterval was, confirming that Winterval is based on the word "Winter" and reminding them that "Winter" is a period of time that they have long found acceptable. I then ask them to tell me about a time when, as Christians, they've been stopped from NOT going to Church and stopped following their usual "Christian" Christmas celebrations of giving/receiving presents, eating a roast dinner and watching tv. They realise that they have no first hand experience of Christmas being under attack and that every 2nd hand experience originates in the Mail rather than from people they know. This type of conversation is repeated every 12 months