War Against Christmas 2004 Competition [XVI]: More Establishment Media Denial
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December 27, 2004

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Christmas "wedge issue in the country's culture wars"—Chicago Tribune (which hates it!) [Dave Gorak]

For years the Chicago Tribune has been telling us that we have been needlessly gnashing our teeth over mass immigration.  Now it says the "War Against Christmas" is, well, just another figment of our imagination:

"It's easy to make a supposed trend out of a handful of isolated incidents . . ." says the newspaper in its Dec. 22 editorial, "About that 'war on Christmas.' " [Write to the Chicago Tribune here.]

(Ironically, the same day this editorial ran, I watched a local newscast showing small, brain-washed children in their classroom singing their version of the old English carol, "We wish you a swinging holiday . . ."

Our concerns are overblown, and why don't we just stop it, implores the editorial brain trust running the Dark Tower:

"Hard to believe, but the holiday that normally does the most to bring civility and good cheer to America seems to be briefly emerging in the media as yet another wedge issue in the country's culture wars."

Shame on us for not rolling over and playing dead while our society becomes fragmented by the multicultural cancer glorified by a Pavlovian media that salivates each time they hear words like "inclusive," "plight," "undocumented," and "search for a better life."

A day later, Tribune columnist Eric Zorn [Send him mail], weighed in with this sophomoric analysis of our "brief" uprising when he said for many of us the words "Merry Christmas" now carry with them an "implicit nyahh-nyahh. 'Revolt' makes season a lot less merry, December 23, 2004


"Those who observe Christmas can, should and will always wish one another 'Merry Christmas' with a full and generous heart.  But those who also observe its true spirit will offer inclusive greetings whenever they're not sure."

Oh yeah?

In a 2003 column, Zorn supported the idea of building a facility in Chicago where illegal day workers could gather while waiting for employers to show up.  Plenty of compassion and sympathy could be found for these lawbreakers in that column.

But not a word of either for our own working poor who must compete for those jobs—and their depressed wages.

So much for Zorn's "true spirit" of Christmas and inclusiveness. 

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