This month, as in every December since he took office, President Bush sent out cards with a generic end-of-the-year message, wishing 1.4 million of his close friends and supporters a happy “holiday season.”
Many people are thrilled to get a White House Christmas card, no matter what the greeting inside. But some conservative Christians are reacting as if Bush stuck coal in their stockings.
“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 A. Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.
Bush “claims to be a born-again, evangelical Christian. But he sure doesn’t act like one,” said Joseph Farah, editor of the conservative Web site WorldNetDaily.com. “I threw out my White House card as soon as I got it.”
In other news, Robert George wonders if Bill O’Reilly will boycott Bush.
By the way, last night Bill was fulminating about a Los Angeles Times column which claimed that he was calling for a boycott of stores which use the “Happy holidays” greeting instead of “Merry Christmas.” Oh no, of course he hasn’t. He has merely written that if stores don’t use the word “Christmas,” “I’m shopping elsewhere.” Oh, and his website has a helpful list of various companies’ Christmas policies. So that viewers and readers can decide for themselves, you know.
That’s right. No calls for a boycott at all.
Update: Here’s Foamy the Squirrel on the Christmas controversy, weighing in on the O’Reilly/Gibson side, more or less. (Warning: language.) Yes, it’s funny, but I think it misrepresents the issue. Right now, it’s not the secularists with objections to Baby Jesus figurines who are whining, bitching and making a fuss over imagined slights; it’s the Christmas warriors who somehow discern evil intent in the innocuous phrase “happy holidays.”