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23 December 2005

If you’ve been watching Fox News, you know that conservative pundits have been spending the last few weeks promoting boycotts against companies that say “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” instead of “Merry Christmas.”

Why are they making such a big deal about this? Do you think they really get offended when someone says “Happy Holidays”? No.

They’re picking this fight because they are trying to frame the left as anti-Christmas, anti-Christian, and anti-religion. They’re doing it by making very poor arguments that are easily countered. And the left is biting the bait, positioning themselves exactly where the right is trying to put them.

Progressives need to reframe the issue properly, and the correct issue is this one: Is it right for the majority to force its religious views on the minority?

I’m pro-Christmas. I’m pro-Christianity and pro-religion (although I’m opposed to fundamentalist extremism). But I’m against the majority forcing its religious views on the minority. Why are conservative right-wingers trying to ruin Christmas by creating a divisive fight by insisting that people impose their religious views upon people who do not share their faith? It’s anti-American.

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