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Ah, remember the good old days, when the War the War on Christmas didn't start until after Thanksgiving?

Well, it's that time of year again.

Sigh.

The polemicisphere is getting ready to deliver yet another season of holiday cheer.

Lowe's Apologizes for 'Family Trees' in Christmas Catalog
By Randy Hall
CNSNews.com Staff Writer/Editor
November 14, 2007

(CNSNews.com) - An early skirmish in this year's "War on Christmas" ended on Tuesday when the nationwide home improvement chain Lowe's apologized for referring to Christmas trees in its holiday catalog as "family trees."

Does that make the "War on the War on Christmas" (tm) the war on families?

For the record, here are the number of monthly references to "Christmas tree" in the New York Times over the lest 27 years:

1981-1990: 11 per month (1323 total, 120 months)
1991-2000: 11.5 per month (1374 total, 120 months)
2001-2007: 11.6 per month (957 total, 82.5 months)

Hmmm...I wonder who's winning the war?

Apparently, the memo went out to all the wingnuts, not just CNS, because the Falafel Warrior (tm) is busting out his loofah and getting in on the action, decrying the town of Fort Collins, Colorado for updating its policy on the display of religious symbols during winter.

Ironically, the policy review had nothing to do with Christmas! The effort was launched after the town denied a rabbi's request to display a menorah in the Old Town section of Fort Collins. (h/t: Think Progress)

Not to be outdone, local county Sheriff Jim Alderson tore into the effort:

While the secular progressives have tried to take Christ out of Christmas, supported and bolstered by the ACLU which is waging its own Jihad against Christianity, the majority of Americans, including those living in Larimer County and Ft. Collins, recognize and value our Christian heritage.

He pulls this gem out of his keister:

Let us not forget that the separation of Church and State is a fairly modern creation of the Supreme Court, not the views of our Founding Fathers and certainly not expressly found in our Constitution.

And then he really makes it clear where he thinks all those dang Jews and Muslims should go:

I would love to visit Israel some day. In a Jewish country, I would expect to see symbols such as the Star of David and Menorahs in the public square. In an Islamic country, one would expect to see symbols representing the faith of their nation. Why in America, a country founded on Judaic Christian values, would we exclude symbols of our faith from the public square? Why not display a Nativity scene?

Hmmm. I wonder where he thinks atheists should go?

Originally posted to JedReport on Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 11:04 AM PST.

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