Here's a note from a reader regarding the Answer Man's ironic use of the phrase "War on Christmas" in a recent column:
Why is everything (or at least so many things) a “War On?” “The War On Drugs!” “The War On Poverty!” “The War On Terror!” “The War On [insert favorite item to rally against]!”
You recently mentioned “The War On Christmas!” Excuse me? Where is this “war?” Where are the weapons and battle plans? Where are the casualties? Aren’t we carrying things a bit too far? What is the obsession with war? I saw a bumper sticker some years back that said “Fight Racism!” I wondered: Do we shoot people who have low tolerance for others who are different from them? Bullet sales would soar. I’m waiting for a bumper sticker that says: “Fight the War On Violence!” Kill people who are not peaceful, right?
Did you REALLY say “the war on Christmas?” Or were you just referring to soldiers on the battlefield on December 25th? Otherwise, it seems like a systemic cultural issue. We might need to fight the war on turning everything into a war on!
The A-Man responded to this reader and said the reference was intended as a joke. The guy responded:
Truthfully, I take this with a grain of salt. However, the war on everything does concern me to some degree. As far as the war on Christmas, I believe the Christians are waging more of a war on themselves than anybody else. Most of what they seem to want to save originally had nothing to do with Christmas, and much of it would have once been considered blasphemous.