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Thursday, December 08, 2005
      ( 12/08/2005 06:22:00 AM ) Bill S.  

DISPATCHES FROM THE [INSERT SCARE QUOTES HERE] WAR – The Daily Show had a primo segment last night on the O'Reilly crowd's so-called war against the so-called War on Xmas. Apparently, the Factor recently snarked against Jon Stewart and friends' "secular agenda," pulling up a mild clip featuring Samantha Bee and a joke about separation of church and state. Thing is, the clip was over a year old, a point that TDS hammered home by bringing on a very pregnant Bee, popping out of the same outfit that she'd worn in last year's segment. The Fox news mouth was working to put the godless heathens at "Secular Central" in the forefront of this escalating faux conflict, but time was not on Bill's side. Of course, now that Stewart has gone on the air to ridicule the Factor's inept attack on their Christ-less enemy, I expect we'll see footage from last night's show on the Factor. These people are clearly quite shameless.

Stewart made a point on the show that I've long also considered. With the holiday season starting earlier and earlier (hell, we were seeing Xmas shopping ads in October), even many American Christians think of the time 'tween the last Thursday in November and January first as a package deal: Thanksgiving leading into Christmas/Hanukkah leading into New Year's. From this perspective, simply saying, "Happy Holidays" is an efficient way to capture the entire spirit of seasonal celebration – and what's wrong with recognizing holidays that are meant to celebrate several varieties of human hope? The gifts of comradeship and recognition of our personal blessings, the promises of our own potential for improvement: these are the messages imbedded in our "secular holidays." If ya ask me, they're also worth celebrating . . .
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