If it’s December, it’s time to talk about the “War on Christmas.”
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly dedicated Monday’s “Talking Points Memo” segment to denouncing what he called a “‘Happy Holidays’ syndrome” propagated by “secular progressives” and “pressure groups like the ACLU.”
As evidence, O’Reilly displayed a flyer for Macy’s “Santa Land” that touts it will help customers with their “holiday wish list.”
“So here’s my question to Macy’s: what holiday is Santa celebrating?” he asked. “The Winter Solstice? The birthday of a reindeer? What?”
O’Reilly might rejoice at the news that champions of Christmas have already scored one victory this season: Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D) announced he would refer to the State House’s seasonal spruce as a “Christmas tree” after opponents protested its traditionally holiday-neutral name.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.