Isn't Santa's job hard enough without making him worry about political correctness?
(Associated Press photo)
The war on Christmas continues! Or, should I say, "the holidays."
In Sydney, Australia, the city's Santa Clauses have been told to refrain from using the traditional "Ho, ho, ho" greeting, and to replace it with "Ha, ha, ha."
A news story from Sydney says "One disgruntled Santa told the newspaper a recruitment firm warned him not to use 'ho ho ho' because it could frighten children and was too close to 'ho,' a U.S. slang term for prostitute."
Frighten the children? Give me a break! The only thing frightening about this story is the idea that political correctness is running amok! The day that my Santa can't use his traditional laugh is the day the action figures in my manger scene start crying real tears.
Besides, I know Australia is not the US of A, but don't basic freedoms of religion apply to jolly old Saint Nick? Next they'll tell us that Santa can't visit our schools because it would be mixing church and state.
Hey, PC police, keep your hands off our holiday! Why is OK for our school kids to sing a song about dreidls, but Supreme Being forbid that they mention the Christian origins of Christmas.
As John Gibson writes in his book, "The War on Christmas":
"Happy holidays!" Every time a supermarket checker or store clerk greets you with those words instead of "Merry Christmas," you have met another soldier in the war against Christmas.
I know Australia is thousands of miles away, but we need to fight the good fight over there so they don't bring it to us over here.
(Note to Stephen Colbert: If you like what you see in this blog post, I'm available to join your writing staff.)