Charges that Jews are behind the “War on Christmas” are beginning to be made directly. The president of Liberty Counsel, a conservative religious group, stated on Fox last year that a Florida mayor was conducting a vendetta against a nativity scene at least partly because he “apparently is Jewish.” When a Jewish caller to Mr. O’Reilly’s radio show objected to Christmas in the schools, and said that he “grew up with a resentment because I felt that people were trying to convert me to Christianity,” Mr. O’Reilly responded. “If you are really offended, you gotta go to Israel.”
The tenor and topic of the national discussion is becoming markedly more dangerous as the Bushies and neocons and fundamentalists falter in their pursuit of total power. This kind of nascent anti-Semitism can and must be squashed. President Bush should condemn these people for turning Christmas into an opportunity to toss anti-Jewish language. It’s garbage and has no place in this country.
Sure, Bill O’Reilly and his ilk can say these things and is free to, but let’s call bullshit on this racist crap. The rest of us, patriots to the American principles of tolerance that make this country great, need to express constantly and loudly our disapproval. O’Reilly should lose his Fox show and try to find work with the nearest neo-Nazi radio network; unless he already works at one, that is. It’s up to Fox to draw a line against racism, too.
UPDATE: WSJ.com – Bush Stems Erosion in Support, Though Americans Remain Unhappy, buried in this report about President Bush’s still dismal public approval ratings (he’s doing great on public disapproval, scoring 55 percent disenchantment), is this:
One other encouraging note for conservatives: by 42%-25%, Americans say store clerks should greet shoppers with “Merry Christmas” rather than “happy holidays.” Some on the political right have criticized the trend toward “happy holidays” at some retailers as a diminution of Christian celebration of the season.