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The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought Paperback – October 31, 2006

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"Mr. Gibson deserves great credit for calling attention to a growing problem."
—Michael J. Gaynor,

"John Gibson, gutsy anchor of Fox News’ The Big Story, is to be commended for titling his latest book The War on Christmas, for as Gibson shows, the attempt by certain groups to prohibit Christmas displays is not simply an academic difference . . . but a desire by anti- Christians, to stamp out of society any reference to Christmas."
—Rabbi Aryeh Spero, Human Events Online

"Gibson’s book is an interesting read for all of us who are concerned that our rights to practice our faith in daily life are being eroded to such an extent that we must hide behind closed doors to celebrate a traditional holiday."
—Stephen Strang

About the Author

JOHN GIBSON hosts Fox News channel’s The Big Story with John Gibson, a one-hour program that provides in-depth coverage and analysis of the day’s major news. He’s a former anchor and reporter for NBC News, CNBC, and MSNBC, and the author of Hating America. Gibson is an anchor for Fox News.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel Trade (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595230289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595230287
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,116,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Fairweatherassult on December 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
I felt inspired to write this review since James Ray -- the Catholic apologist who's fond of dressing in Indiana Jones knock-off utility vests -- said anyone writing a 1* review of this book must be a liberal secularist.

Actually, I'm just a reader who appreciates properly researched, documented, and argued political discussion. Instead, what we have here are garrulous, self-important anecdotes supposedly indicative of a massive cultural zeitgeist out to persecute Christians in America. The dark, evil cabal of the Secular Elite have amassed all of their resources for one insidious purpose: to stop you from saying "Merry Christmas". According to our writer, it's not just a skirmish, a conflict, it's a *war*. Cue the hysterics! Man the canons!

Honestly, the one thing to recommend this book is its case study in self-righteousness compared with paranoia. Don't worry, you can still say "Merry Christmas". I'm not your mortal enemy because I happen not to say it.
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211 of 252 people found the following review helpful By P. Vogel on December 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Since I'm a Canadian, I'm probably not wired into the discussion that seems to be happening here. There seems to be two problems being argued here in the reviews:

1) The current legal decisions that public money can not be used to fund any particular religion. This is an ongoing area of dispute as governments at all levels attempt to determine what constitutes an establishment of religion.

2) Various non-government organizations attempting to use as inclusive a term as possible.

Since the first item is legal issue that depends on the way that the US Constitution is read and affects how governments spend tax dollars, it doesn't have much to do with what the greeter at Walmart says. And that, it seems, is where the current discussion is focussed.

And I'm not clear what the fuss is. I agree, some things are dumb: It's not a "Holiday Tree", it's a "Christmas Tree" just like "Turkish candy" and "French fries" are what they are called.

However, at the risk of pointing out the obvious: Walmart is not a Christian organization. Nor are governments--people are Christians, not organizations. It's not surprising then that, as a business rather than a Christian organization, Walmart might choose to greet customers with a term that includes as many of their customers as possible.

There also seems to be a misconception that people avoid saying "Merry Christmas" because they don't want to offend others. Let me use an anology: My mother brought me up to show good manners and respect to others. No one who uses "Happy Holidays" is suggesting that others will be offended by using "Merry Christmas" (at least, no one with a brain).
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116 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Exactly. on December 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
For the dominant (as high as 90% in some estimates) religion in a Country with religious freedom to complain that it's being oppressed is absurd. These people should visit the middle east to find out what religious persecution REALLY is. Tell the mourning widow of a Sunni (killed because of his religion) how rough you've got it because the person paid to greet you as you enter a retail boutique doesn't deign to mention your particular religion by name. What a bunch of crybabies.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Gary Bridgman on November 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
Puritans (proto-evangelicals) banned Christmas altogether in England (1647-60) and Massachusetts (1659-81) because the Bible doesn't tell us to celebrate it. It wasn't normally observed in the United States, except by Roman Catholics, Episcopalians & Lutherans, until sometime after publication of Dickens' _A Christmas Carol_, which doesn't mention Jesus at all.
The only exception was the Northeastern U.S. tradition of groups of young men going from house to house demanding alcohol and food. "We won't go until we got some, we WON'T go until we got some, so bring it out HERE!"
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85 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Reverend Aaron on December 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book, on the surface, is mostly just funny. The sort of alarmist and paranoid stuff that usually I'm limited to getting while reading some survivalist magazine at the old used bookstore, talking about how we all have invisible barcodes on our hands, a handy feature that the government will use to find and kill all of the Christians from the comfort of black helicoptors soaring in the blood-red sky. In other words, hillariously awesome. But, taken with more than a grain of salt, and applying a little bit of thought to the piece as a whole, a more interesting thesis comes forward. Basically, this book is a perfect example, illustrating the complete bankrupcy in the very idea of the state. The republic is dying, and it is killing itself from within. Not because of the imagined evils of some phantom anti-christian army nor is it because of the whacky Christians forcibly converting everyone to their extremist religion. But somewhere in there, the absurdity comes out. That we would have people throwing a fit because some shop clerk at told them "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" at the cash register is beyond all comprehension. You've got fundamentalist-types freaking out because someone told them "Happy Holidays," and angsty 13-year old atheists freaking out because someone told them "Merry Christmas." Both of you- grow up. No, Christianity shouldn't become the state religion, contrary to the wishes of the fundies; and no, any word involved with any religion shouldn't be banned from being spoken in any public school or office. The most amusing part is the idea that Christmas is "becoming" secularized. Maybe this guy has been living in the Third World or something, but Christmas has been one of those commercial holidays for a long time, more than just the last couple years.Read more ›
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