Another year, another “War on Christmas” debate.
This year’s complaints? The so-called liberal obsession with the word “holiday.” The National Republican Congressional Committee made the first move when they tweeted out their seasonal t-shirts boasting “‘Happy Holidays’ is for Liberals” with a (middle) finger-pointing “Merry Christmas” printed on the back.
But Fox News, the real barometer of white man persecution syndrome, has taken its outrage to a whole new level. As Jon Stewart puts it, the network’s “sense of persecution is always at its worst this time of year.”
“What is it like to live in that world of pure fear and despair?” he asked in response to clips of Fox News anchors voicing their concerns over the impending “post-American apocalypse” (Stewarts’ words) where people respect all kinds of diverse celebrations and traditions.
Maybe they’re on to something. After all, “how can I enjoy my Christmas when I know that somewhere a little Jewish boy isn’t being forced to sing ‘Oh Little Town of Bethlehem’?”
Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.
Jon Stewart Takes on the 'War on Christmas'