There is no real “War on Christmas.” Like the holiday itself, this was just a made-up marketing ploy. In this case, it was one invented by Fox “News” for ratings and fear-mongering. The idea was to find any case they could find where public institutions were choosing or being politically pressured to promote multiculturalism instead of promoting the establishment of any particular religion (you know, like it says in the Constitution), and then claim that it’s all just an elaborate conspiracy by the liberal devils to organizae in an elaborate plot to steal Christmas.
But since then, atheists and other secularists have chosen to have some fun with it. And that seems to be what the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) had in mind with their latest ads that will be going up on 100 buses in Seattle:
I have to say that like numerous other ads brought to us by the FFRF, I’m not a big fan of this one. While I’m all for aggressive challenging of religion, I don’t think public ads are the place for it, especially not during the holiday season. I prefer the ads that say things like “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone”, “Beware of Dogma”, “Imagine No Religion”, and “A million New Yorkers are good without God.” And during the holidays, I particularly encourage a more inclusive message such as the Tree of Knowledge display from the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia, where the covers to numerous religious, philosophy, and atheist texts were hung on a large tree. Once again, this one just seems in poor taste and fairly impossible to defend, especially at this time of year.