Another Christmas, and the only thing conservatives will give back this year is more outrage

The “War on Christmas” starts again. This year, to kick off this silly conservative tradition, Starbucks and their new cup design is placed in the cross-hairs. Starbucks has apparently scrapped holiday themed designs on its cups, and instead is just going for red. Seems seasonal enough, but not to conservatives. No, apparently the cup should have Jesus plastered all over it, and that’s why Starbucks is against Christmas.

The “War on Christmas” tradition has run strong since Bill O’Reilly popularized the term years ago. We here it every year; put the Christ back in Christmas! What conservatives always ignore is the fact that the Christmas we know today is essentially a compilation of older holidays with a Christian spin.

No biblical scholar believes Jesus was born on the 25th of December, let alone December at all. We celebrate Christmas on the 25th because of the Roman Catholic Church, and their desire to convert pagan followers of Saturnalia (a festival celebrated on the 25th). Effectively, if one looks at the trappings of modern Christmas, it mainly comes from pagan traditions, Saturnalia and Yule.

It becomes sadly amusing when conservatives cry about people attacking Christmas, when the holiday they get so upset about is essentially an amalgamation of pagan traditions, with only a smidgen of Christian iconography mixed in. In fact, the Puritans of New England banned the holiday we know as Christmas because of these pagan origins.

While this information is useful, the real point here has to do with the season itself. There are many holidays celebrated around this time of year. Obviously this means that we should try and be more inclusive to other beliefs, unless you are conservative, of course.

No one outside of the religion of Christianity should be forced to follow the trappings of that religion. No one stops you from saying “Merry Christmas”, but that doesn’t mean you should stop anyone else from saying “Happy Holidays.” Once again, the central issue here becomes about forcing your religion on everyone else.

Also, last I checked, Starbucks is a private business. They can make whatever policy they want in regards to holiday cups. If Starbucks wants to be more inclusive, then I believe they have a right to be so.

Once again, conservatives get more outraged over a red coffee cup, than with people going hungry. That is the real war on Christmas…


  1. Evangelicals complain that they have been relegated to the margins of American culture. They’re right. They have been relegated to the margins. They relegated themselves to the margins by whining about “issues” such as the design of a Starbucks’ coffee cup.

    Were evangelicals faithful to the mandates of the Bible that they apparently don’t know anything about, they would be, in this season that celebrates the irruption of the Creator into the life of the Creation, seeking out the poor, the vulnerable and the hungry. They would not only be housing and clothing the poor, making the world “safer”—the very word “salvation” means “safe”—for the vulnerable and feeding the hungry, but they would be advocating for the poor, the vulnerable and the hungry. They would be a Voice for those who have no voice.

    Our Sacred Literature says nothing about Starbucks coffee cups or how to properly word a greeting to someone during the Advent and Christmas seasons. It has bigger fish to fry. So should evangelicals.

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