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Letter: ‘War on Christmas’ simply doesn’t exist

‘War on Christmas’ simply doesn’t exist

Fox News is once again trying to create a controversy where none exists. This time it has a heavyweight accomplice, the president-elect of the United States, Donald Trump.

Trump has vowed that “we” will be “able” to say “Merry Christmas” again. Not sure when that was removed from the popular vernacular. The implication is that all of the minority, non-Christian groups in this country have somehow commandeered American Christianity’s favorite commercialized holiday (only slightly ahead of Halloween) by forbidding any mention of it.

My question to all of those offended people: When was the last time you greeted your Hindu friends with a “Happy Diwali” (the festival of lights) or “Have a Merry Sukkot” (the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles) or told your Muslim friends, “I hope you enjoy a peaceful Mawlid al-Nabi” (birth of Muhammad celebration)? I didn’t think so.

Also, since our government is forbidden by the Constitution from establishing or endorsing any one religion, President Obama did not ruin Christmas for you. Further, if your store clerk has to say, “happy holidays,” it is because the corporate office determined that it was in its profit margin’s best interest not to alienate anyone. It is not a criminal conspiracy created by the left.

One other piece of unsolicited advice: If Trump has to board his private jet to travel to your city to “thank you” for your vote, then trots out this type of nonsense, please be aware that he is covering up something more important. He is the master of distraction. Don’t be fooled.

Richard Carter

Cheektowaga

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