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If you have walked past a television tuned to Fox News in the last month or three, or perhaps watched the Daily Show or Colbert Report play clips from Fox News, chances are you have heard about the War on Christmas. For those who have been blissfully unaware, the War on Christmas refers to the fact that people are saying Happy Holidays not Merry Christmas, or suggesting there should be a non-white Santa, or the Festivus Pole threatens the Christmas Nativity Scene.  Valiant Fox News heroes Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson fight against the secular forces trying to ruin their Christmas. Thus, Fox News claims there is a war going on.

Of course, there is a war going on. In fact, there are multiple wars going on.
 There is a war in Afghanistan, with coalition fatalities currently standing at 149 coalition deaths this year, and 402 coalition deaths last year. Afghanistan civilian casualties are up 23% in the first half of 2013 according to the UN.  

There is a war going on in Iraq, with the civilian death toll from violence between 115,948-127,323, and increasing to half a million lives when factoring how the war affects their lives, infrastructure and access to health care and clean water. The bloodshed continues even after U.S. forces have officially withdrawn.

There is a war going on in Syria, a civil war. It’s probably not as exciting to Fox News as there are no American troops directly involved, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights have put the number of deaths during the 2.5 year-long conflict at 115,000 as of October.

I could go on with examples from across the globe, but the numbers just keep getting more depressing.

I understand why they use the phrase "War on Christmas." Nothing bands together people like a common enemy or cause, especially if they are the underdog or even just believe they are the underdog. Using the word "war" is an emotional hook, a good way to increase viewership, which increases ad revenue. But using it so frequently and frivolously diminishes the horror we should feel when we hear the word. Being told "Happy Holidays" or seeing a Black Santa or a beer can Festivus pole is not even on the same scale as the thousands of people dead, wounded, and scarred both physically and mentally in a conflict, the infrastructure collapsing, being exposed to the elements. When we think of war, it should shake us to the core and make us thankful we do not have to suffer it ourselves.

When the word "war" becomes so blase that we do not feel this visceral reaction, we become insulated from the pain, suffering and sacrifices made by all those who fought and died in conflicts around the world, including our own troops. Troops that Fox News has convinced nearly 65K people to "honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform" like the “Fox News: Support our Troops” Facebook page.

So yes, Fox News, there are wars going on. Real wars in which people are dying, included American troops. So if Fox News really supports the military, not just with a Twitter shout out or a Facebook page but truly respects the hell that people in a war zone have been through and is thankful that they volunteered to keep us safe from that hell, maybe they should consider ending the “War on Christmas” once and for all.

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  •  It's getting bad out there ! (4+ / 0-)

    The evidenece confirming this war is overwhelming and simply undeniable any longer.

    Thousands of nativity scenes, from Maine to California have been destroyed by crazed anti-Christmas mobs with sledgehammers.

    There is hardly a Christmas tree left in New York City after the anti-Christain fascists burned down the large tree in Rockefeller Center. Every other tree on public display has met a similar fate.

    Macy's, in an effort to stop any more of this "tree carnage" has removed all trees, including the artificial ones, no matter how small, from it's display windows. It now uses just photos  of trees instead.

    Several innocent overweight men, who just happened to have white beards were severley beaten yesterday by a mob  chanting "Death to Santa" ..... all Santa's.

    The New York legislature recently passed a law forbidding all Christmas carols from being sung anywhere where children might hear them. It''s now considered a bad influence on minors. A person can be FINED simply for singing one in public. It's not clear if the fines imposed include a lesser amount for merely humming one.

    "Love Is Why We're Here"

    by Paniolo Joe on Mon Dec 16, 2013 at 10:38:39 PM PST

  •  BillO and the other FRWNJs need this war (2+ / 0-)
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    Mark Mywurtz, a2nite

    because their coffers are drying up since there are so many competitors for RW Welfare these days.  Of course, there is a brand of Christianity which depends upon enforcing its worldview upon the rest of us, all the while complaining how they are victimized

  •  since there is no war, it's not up to us. (0+ / 0-)

    por moi, j'ai abandonné il ya des années (faire Bill O'Reilly heureux).

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Mon Dec 16, 2013 at 11:09:59 PM PST

  •  Americans have become so militaristic (1+ / 0-)
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    Another Grizzle

    We are constantly bombarded with messaging that desensitizes us to the realities of war.  The Pentagon does its utmost effort to not portray the consequences, lest their supply of "cannon fodder" dry up.

    And ironically these cowards and opportunists now squawking about their "war on Christmas" closely match the same list of suspects that led in the panic that plunged the US into Iraq and can't wait to bomb Iran.

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 09:02:11 AM PST

    •  Maybe the Pentagon employs the ED ad-writers. (0+ / 0-)

      Between showing fighter jets escorting Santa (protecting him from... something) and using heavy metal in their recruitment ads, it sounds great to be in the Military. And the best part? They don't even need that quiet, fast spoken part at the end that says "Side effect include risk of death, crippling injuries, trauma, and pension cuts."

  •  Will the real Santa please stand up (1+ / 0-)
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    Another Grizzle

    Considering the pan-Eurasian folkloric distribution of "Santa"-like figures, he probably had an origin in prehistoric shamanism.

  •  Well said... (1+ / 0-)
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    Another Grizzle

    but something tells me it's a lost cause.  "War on Christmas" is just what the rhetorician ordered.

    ;-)

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    by a gilas girl on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 11:02:03 AM PST

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