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Paul Giorgio: Is There Really a War on Christmas?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

 

Forget about the phony 'War on Christmas' and let us treat each other with love and respect this holiday season, believes Paul Giorgio.

About this time every year, the religious and radical right comes up with this notion that there is a war on Christmas. Why? Because some large retailers choose to say Happy Holidays rather than Merry Christmas. Scant proof if you ask me.

A Phony War

This phony war only exists in the minds of Bill O’Reilly, Fox News and the far Right. Last week Bill O'Reilly had Sarah Palin on touting her new book about the phony war on the Christmas holiday.

America is a different place than it was when Bill O’Reilly was growing up. We are not the white Christian nation that we once where. I went to a grammar school that was about 95 % Catholic. I don’t think Catholic schools even have numbers that high anymore.

This latest furor started because allegedly Radio Shack, the mainstay of America’s malls decided to wish shoppers Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. Maybe the radical right only thinks that Christians buy gifts or go shopping during the holiday season.

In fact the Jewish Festival of Lights-Hanukah began this year on Thanksgiving and always occurs around Christmas time. Kwanzaa, an African American holiday also occurs around the same time as Christmas. All three observances have a gift giving tradition of some sort.

Dividing America

So why does the right have to manufacture this phony war? Well in Sara Palin’s case, it is crass commercialism-she needs to sell books in order to stay relevant. O’Reilly and Fox do it for ratings, which translates into higher dollars for ads and the religious right does it to fill the pews.

But the political right does it for a different reason-they do it to divide people. If you think your belief system is under attack, you are more likely to believe other stupid things that the right tries to feed you.
As proof that there is no war on Christmas, I offer you this. On Friday December 6, 2013-President Obama and his family lit the “National Christmas Tree”.

Holiday Traditions

American is still a majority Christian nation, so for most of us Merry Christmas is appropriate. I still enjoy all the Christmas traditions of my Italian American youth; I even still enjoy watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” “White Christmas” and even that modern classic –“A Christmas Story”

But others may not. They have traditions of their own that are just as important to them as my families are to me. A Jewish child receiving gifts during Hanukah and eating Latkes is important to that child and the parents.

The traditions of Kwanzaa, although, only 50 years old are as important to African Americans who celebrate it, as Christmas is to me. Some people may even celebrate that uniquely American TV holiday-Fetevus. This holiday was created by George Costanza in the hit TV series Seinfeld.

But seriously, in this time of celebration and joy, let us treat each other with love in our hearts. Christians need to head the angels’ refrain-“Peace on Earth and Goodwill towards Men”

During this season try this simple polite way of greeting your friends. If you know they are Christian you can wish them a Merry Christmas. If you know they are Jewish, you can wish them a Happy Hanukah. If you are not sure what religion they are, try wishing them Happy Holidays.

It’s simple and it is polite. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

 

Paul Giorgio is a longtime Democratic Party Activist who has worked on numerous campaigns. He was a Lead Advance Person for President Clinton & Vice President Gore. He was Deputy Director of Special Events for President Clinton’s first Inauguration. He has been elected a delegate to numerous Democratic National Conventions and recently served as one of President Obama’s representatives on the Platform Committee. In 2013 he was chosen as a Presidential Elector. He is the President of Pagio, Inc., publishers of Pulse Magazine, Vitality Magazine and Worcester Medicine.


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Killary Klinton

"Paul Giorgio is a longtime Democratic Party Activist who has worked on numerous campaigns. He was a Lead Advance Person for President Clinton & Vice President Gore. He was Deputy Director of Special Events for President Clinton’s first Inauguration. He has been elected a delegate to numerous Democratic National Conventions and recently served as one of President Obama’s representatives on the Platform Committee. In 2013 he was chosen as a Presidential Elector. He is the President of Pagio, Inc., publishers of Pulse Magazine, Vitality Magazine and Worcester Medicine."

Resume' shows Pauly is just another typical left-wing hack who lives in the make believe world of MSNBC.

Credibility = ZERO

KK

Remember Benghazi 2012 when four Americans died and Hillary Clinton told congress - What difference does it make?

Art West

I would like to air a grievance.

Please, man, check your facts. The spelling is "Festivus" and in the Seinfeld episode it is George's father, Frank Costanza, who created Festivus for the rest of us.

Kendall Svengalis

Giorio's resume tells you all you need to know. Reading the inanities of a left-wing political hack attack "the religious and radical right" is amusing, particulatly coming from one who worshipped at the Church of Al Gore, high priest of the phony church of Global Warming, or uh,,,climate change. Particularly amusing is claim that the right only wants to divide people. It is Barack Obama who is the most divisive president in modern American history. His idea of unity is for everyione to hop on the fascist bandwagon of government control.

John Onamas

"Season's Greetings" is a very old way of saying happy holidays, going back to the 19th century. Was there a war of Christmas then?

Sammy Arizona

The conservative rubes on the Right have "invented" way to many loony, phony wars to list here, including, but not limited to, The War on Christmas, The War on Guns, The War on Religion, The War on Masculinity, The War on Christians, The War on Femininity, The War on Catholics, The War on Conservative Women, The War on Easter, The War on Santa, even The War on The Easter Bunny.....LOL
Every year, it seems like the Christmas Warriors have to search harder and harder to find something to be upset about. Their usual method is to take some small incident, omission or innocent phrasing (using "holiday" instead of "Christmas," ) and spinning it up into a faux outrage
The "war on christmas" is a myth perpetrated by right-wing morons and Tea-Party rubes
Happy Holidays to all...Sammy in Arizona

Never forget... 1983 Reagan disarmed the Marines while ordering them into Beirut, 241 Marines died needlessly.

Art West

Hope you enjoy your Holiday Tree over there in Arizona, Sammy!

Walter Miller

As usual, an interesting variety of opinions.
In this case, I strongly disagree with Mr. Giorgio. This is a much bigger issue here than just a "War on Christmas".

In fact, you would have to have been living in a cave the past 10-15 years (or the pot capital of America; Colorado)not to see the aggressive tactics of committed secularists to remove any and all references to religion in our society. For those, such as Mr. Giorgio, who see no threat from this campaign, I guess it's no big deal.

For many, who believe society has benefited greatly from the historical tenants religion has contributed to the establishment of our nation, feel otherwise.

The issue of Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays is a direct by- product of this unyielding assault. There are deeply rooted historical traditions that have been, and remain, very important, to the overwhelming majority of American citizens. Christmas being at the top of the list. And the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ is the reason the majority of Americans celebrate this "holiday"!

By the way, the word holiday is simply a derivation of Holy Days.
I'm certain this will also add to the angst of the secularists!
But as they say; it is what it is.

Wouldn't it be nice if the spirit of Christmas was what we're all talking about and how much better the world would be if we all embraced it?

Sammy Arizona

Pardon me, for omitting the righties phony and nonexistent, war on marriage, war on the constitution and the
loony.... war on boys...LOL
Happy Holidays to all...Sammy in Arizona

Never forget that Mr Hollywood, Ronald Reagan, sold some of our most sophisticated weapons to Iran, (Iran-Contra Scandal) then funneled the cash to the Contras, a right-wing terrorist group who's tactics included murder, rape, beatings, kidnapping and disruption of harvests.
Both the arms sale to Iran, and the money laundering were felonies at the time.... and still are today.
Though Dick Cheney's Haliburton-Blackwater still deals with Iran, through off-shore entities

G Godot

Every year the seething leftys come out of the woodwork to DENY that they are doing what they do so well. They throw in a good dose of name calling to add to the holiday cheer they spread so liberally. Merry Christmas to all you you.

G Godot

BTE Haliburton holds MANY contracts issued by the Oblamer administration. Too bad they didn't do the Healthtax website.

JOJO MONKEY

Tara is great! and Helen Glover should be on WPRO..need more firebrand women on talk radio! stations will probably pick up a whole new crop of listeners and shift the dynamic into more a exciting format. WPRO should match the radio version of the high profile women that are breaking new ground on fox/ cnn / mslsd/rt/ etc etc.smart and insightful.




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