As if a lurking bid-flu pandemic, Armageddon in the Middle East, and the hurricane carousel in the Gulf of Mexico weren't important enough ... we now have people who worry that the word "holidays" is murk-ifying the righteous Christian concept of Christmas.
Religious conservatives have their panties bunched tighter than an alcoholic elf on Christmas Eve. Why? Because the White House's official 2005 Christmas card doesn't use the word "Christmas" ... which is to say, they think George Bush is afraid to use the word "Christ." "This clearly demonstrates that the Bush administration has suffered a loss of will and that they have capitulated to the worst elements in our culture," said William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.
This is reminiscent of the righteously indignant flockers who called in a collective huff at my newspaper after Hurricane Rita temporarily displaced our "Pause to Pray." For weeks after it was back in our Bible-Belt newspaper, they were calling to complain. Were they simply shoring up the cultural flanks in the war against Satan? Certainly they weren't expecting the local newspaper to be the source of their daily benediction ... were they?
The President of the United States represents a wide spectrum of beliefs, from atheists to Muslims to Catholics to Budhhists to the most devout evangelical Christians. His personal religious beliefs are hardly a closely guarded secret -- just ask the Radical Left. But he leads everyone, and in this case, he's trying to be inclusive, not exclusive.
"The reality is you have people in Beaumont (Texas) that think the United States is a Christian country; it's not," a source recently told my newspaper. "It is a country that is founded on freedom of religion, but the truth is, if you look at what happens at Christmas time, there is very much a sense of Christianity."
Anybody who'd elevate the pathetic "Christmas-vs-holidays" tiff to a major issue -- much less a "war" on Christmas -- needs to go to church for a time-out.