It's that time of year again to declare the war of "them against us". We have the war on drugs, the war on terror, and like every year for so many years it's hard to keep track, we have the perennial war on Christmas. This is the war where a vocal minority of extremist Christians, threaten to boycott those businesses that don't commercialize Christmas in the way that those extremists demand they do.
They insist, "You will say Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays, or we will destroy you financially!" My, how Christian.
The war on drugs has failed because you can never jail every drug user and expect the problem to go away. Legitimate studies show that education and counseling is cheaper and works better than draconian punishments every time. The war on terror is being used by some fear mongering politicians as a way to infringe on liberty and to pump tax dollars into the military industrial complex corporations. Despite the Bush administration's claim that police actions are inferior to the military option, except for Iraq, every single terror attempt thwarted to date, worldwide, has been stopped by police investigations and actions, not the military.
As for the War on Christmas, the majority of decent Christians are aware that December is literally packed with the celebrations of many different faiths and are capable of sharing the holiday season.
For those few Christians who yearly declare they are fighting a war on Christmas and wave their credit cards in the air like swords of doom, I ask one thing -- at what point do you actually begin to practice what Jesus preached?
I think it's about time intelligent Americans revolted against misplaced efforts, fear-mongering, and selfishly childish hysterics and religious bullying. I propose a war on stupid wars.
Rick A. Mullins