Monday, December 25, 2006

The War is Over: At Least for This Year

I have blogged about the bogus "War on Christmas". I must sadly report that this year's battles are over and the religious right has won. Not that there ever was a real war, however, the war profiteers have once again been successful.

According to an article from the Los Angeles Times on the Christianists have once again filled their war chests from gullible but sincere good folks that believed their happy horse shit.

The MONEY quote:

"The American Family Assn., a conservative activist group, has rung up more than $550,000 in sales of buttons and magnets stamped with the slogan "Merry Christmas: It's Worth Saying."

Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit law firm affiliated with the religious right, has taken in more than $300,000 with its Help Save Christmas Action Packs. The kits include two buttons, two bumper stickers and "The Memo that Saved Christmas," a guide to defending overt religious expression, such as a Nativity scene in a public school classroom.

Also for sale through conservative websites: Christmas bracelets, tree ornaments and lapel pins intended to send a defiant message to those who would turn December into a multicultural mush of "winter parties," "seasonal sales" and "Happy Holidays" greetings.

Christmas warriors can also download — for free — lists that rank retailers as either "naughty" or "nice," depending on how often their ads refer to Christmas rather than a generic holiday."

And wait, wait, here's more:

"Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Assn., said he was delighted with the revenue from "War on Christmas" merchandise, which supplemented the ministry's $13-million annual budget. All 500,000 buttons and 125,000 magnets were sold out by early December. "It was very successful for us," Wildmon said.

Liberty Counsel too rated the sale a success. "It did help with donations, but more than anything else, it helped with exposure," said spokeswoman Robin Bryant. She said the group had added many names to its mailing list for future fund drives. "It just ballooned," Bryant said.

In fact, the fundraising went so well that the religious right plans to branch out. Next up: the War on Easter."

Oh, great! The false prophets are looking forward to Easter profits.

What ever happened to the true meaning of the celebrations of Christ's birth and His resurrection?

Dear, Jesus! Save us from your followers!

(H/T to Crooks and Liars)


1 comment:

Jon said...

Even my wife got caught up in this mania. She told me we should only shop at Walmart this year as they are the only store that says "Merry Christmas". We had a talk about it, and she now understands. What's more, she feels silly for having fallen for this mindset.