...yesterday, when some shopkeepers said "Happy Holidays" to me and I said "Merry Christmas," I had the disgusting feeling that we had just engaged in a political argument!
That's how I feel about it, too. Unfair suppression of Christian expression does happen in our country, but this "War on Christmas" is beginning to take on a very Jesse Jackson poor-oppressed-me identity politics feel.
Ann also links to a very angry, bitter column by Christopher Hitchens, which includes this interesting note:
...it was exactly this paganism and corruption that led Oliver Cromwell—my own favorite Protestant fundamentalist—to ban the celebration of Christmas altogether.
I believe he's referring to the materialism of the modern Christmas season, and the use of pseudo-pagan symbols like trees. I have no idea if that's historically true. Steve? Tee Bee? Al?