Holy day pre­vails: War on Christ­mas, and Chris­tians win­ning.

There’s a war on Christ­mas, and the Chris­tians are win­ning it

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Kelly Rid­dell

At a rally in Wis­con­sin last week, Pres­i­den­t­elect Don­ald Trump de­buted a new podium plac­ard cap­tioned: “Merry Christ­mas, USA. Thank You Tour 2016.”

Mr. Trump stood in front of six lit Christ­mas trees and vowed — much like he had through­out the cam­paign sea­son — that Amer­i­cans would be able to say Merry Christ­mas again.

“When I started 18 months ago, I told my first crowd in Wis­con­sin that we are go­ing to come back here some day and we are go­ing to say ‘Merry Christ­mas’ again,” he said. “Merry Christ­mas. So, Merry Christ­mas every­one. Happy New Year, but Merry Christ­mas.”

Lib­er­als dis­miss the idea of a “War on Christ­mas,” and cov­er­age of it in the ma­jor news­pa­pers and broad­cast news is vir­tu­ally non-ex­is­tent. When the topic is broached, it’s of­ten to put down the idea, or to mock it.

The New York Times wrote this week: “There is no ev­i­dence of an or­ga­nized at­tack on Christ­mas in the United States.” said the “an­nual uproar is based on `sto­ries that only some­times even con­tain a grain of truth and of­ten are com­pletely false.’” Ex­cept that’s not true. This year, once again, there are plen­ti­ful ex­am­ples of the left look­ing to di­min­ish or ex­tin­guish the pub­lic cel­e­bra­tion of Christ­mas.

In a park in Boca Ra­ton, Florida, a mid­dle school teacher set up a satanic pen­ta­gram dis­play next to the town’s na­tiv­ity scene and meno­rah. Above the pen­ta­gram is a sign that reads: “In Satan we trust. One nation un­der An­tichrist.”

De­spite protests from the com­mu­nity, lo­cal of­fi­cials can do noth­ing about it be­cause it sits in a “freedom of speech zone,” the Palm Beach Post re­ported. The teacher will also go un­pun­ished be­cause he set up the dis­play in his free time. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama — who has pushed trans­gen­der bath­room laws onto the na­tional stage — hasn’t had a Christ­mas card in any of his eight years as pres­i­dent that said “Merry Christ­mas.” In­stead, all of his cards have fea­tured “Happy Hol­i­days.”

In con­trast, The New York Post pointed out Ge­orge W. Bush’s Christ­mas cards’ in­cluded Bi­ble verses in them. Ear­lier this month, an In­di­ana town had to re­move a cross from its Christ­mas tree, be­cause the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union filed a law­suit, al­leg­ing the Latin cross on the town’s square tree vi­o­lated the es­tab­lish­ment clause in the First Amend­ment.

Pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties are also fret­ting about Christ­mas — and how their stu­dents may per­ceive and be of­fended by the hol­i­days.

Mis­souri State Univer­sity is­sued a list of “hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tion guide­lines” to its stu­dents that warned it would “gen­er­ally be in­ap­pro­pri­ate” to dis­play items such as a cross, the na­tiv­ity scene, draw­ings of the baby Je­sus or Mo­hammed, and the Bi­ble or the Ko­ran in com­mon ar­eas of the univer­sity.

“Im­ages that seem neu­tral to some

Chris­tians have de­cided to fight back, af­ter long be­ing un­der siege by the left’s cul­ture war.

may be ex­pe­ri­enced as re­li­gious by oth­ers with dif­fer­ent tra­di­tions,” the school wrote.

As re­ported by Cam­pus Re­form, a con­ser­va­tive higher-ed­u­ca­tion watch­dog, Marquette Univer­sity omit­ted the word “Christ­mas” from its an­nual tree light­ing this year — af­ter pre­vi­ously hav­ing an­nounce­ments that re­ferred to the event as a “Christ­mas tree light­ing” that was fea­tured as a “bless­ing” to “cel­e­brate the start of ad­vent.”

Last year, Har­vard Univer­sity had to is­sue an apol­ogy af­ter it gave its stu­dents “hol­i­day place­mats for so­cial jus­tice,” that spelled out lib­eral talk­ing points so its stu­dents could com­bat their con­ser­va­tive fam­ily mem­bers dur­ing Christ­mas break.

The Amer­i­can Fam­ily As­so­ci­a­tion has put to­gether a re­tailer list of “naughty or nice” com­pa­nies that use or ig­nore the word Christ­mas in their ad­ver­tis­ing. Among the naugh­ties this year are Barnes & Noble, Victoria’s Se­cret and Best Buy.

But the tide is turn­ing, and noth­ing sym­bol­izes that bet­ter than Mr. Trump’s vic­tory. Chris­tians — who turned out to sup­port Mr. Trump by an 81 per­cent mar­gin — have de­cided to fight back, af­ter long be­ing un­der siege by the left’s cul­ture war.

Bill O’Reilly, who has con­tin­u­ally fea­tured the “War on Christ­mas” on his Fox News show, de­clared last week that the war has “ba­si­cally been won” by con­ser­va­tives, and that now, it’s just “a cleanup op­er­a­tion.”

And he may be right.

Last week, along with Mr. Trump’s Merry Christ­mas tour, a Texas judge or­dered a school district to re­store a Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tion that in­cluded a bib­li­cal verse re­cited by Li­nus in the 1960s TV spe­cial “A Charlie Brown Christ­mas.”

A nurse’s aide De­dra Shan­non had put the dis­play on her door, which de­picted Li­nus say­ing, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Sav­ior, which is Christ the Lord... That’s what Christ­mas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

Af­ter an hour-long hear­ing, Judge Jack Jones ruled that the door dis­play should be put back up with an added line: “Ms. Shan­non’s Christ­mas mes­sage.”

IL­LUS­TRA­TION BY GREG GROESCH

In it, the Times quotes the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Amer­i­cans United for Sep­a­ra­tion of Church and State, who

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