First shot fired in the 2015 War On Christmas:

103151735-Starbucks_Red_Holiday_Cups_2015.530x298Because, Christians? If you’re gonna draw a line in the sand over which NO ONE SHALL MARCH EVER, draw it at Starbucks. And red cups.

There is no other response to this than this: Jesus H. Christ, Christians. Are you kidding? Hunger? Homelessness? General healing all around? None of those issues hold a candle to nondescript red cups? Christians? You embarrass you.

And thanks, Leftover, for the link.

But for another viewpoint entirely, see this debunking of the whole outrage thing. Have we been had?

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  1. Those Christians give the rest of us Christians a bad reputation. There was mention of this, though it was a brief story, in last night’s national news. Really? We have time for this? I’ve got to belief this is coming from a small group of some variety of Christian, and we should stop giving them the mic. I would bet money on most Christians not giving a crap about this.

    1. Oh, we have time for this. It’s good to take our minds off of the Other Really Important Stuff, like, uh…well, I can’t think of anything else because this issue is all-encompassing. We must prepare the manger for the Christ Child!

  2. Clearly some Christians need to scale back their caffeine intake just a bit. Particularly Facebook pastors who fume at a lack of secular symbolism but have no problem with a decidedly non-Christian logo (Siren).

    And then there’s The Donald

    “Did you read about Starbucks?” Trump asked a crowd of about 10,200 during a rally at a convention center on Monday evening. “No more ‘Merry Christmas’ at Starbucks. No more.”

    The crowd booed loudly.

    “Maybe we should boycott Starbucks,” Trump said, having reminded the crowd that the company is his tenant. “I don’t know. Seriously. I don’t care. By the way: That’s the end of that lease. But who cares? Who cares? Who cares?!”

    Trump then hit the crowd with this promise: “If I become president, we’re all going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again. That I can tell you. That I can tell you! Unbelievable.”

    …who should just scale back…period.

    1. “If I become president, we’re all going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again. That I can tell you. That I can tell you! …”

      said the man who exhibits true Christian generosity and humility with his every word and act.

      1. If I get a chance I’m going to stop in and get a Starbuck’s Clown Coffee™ and have them write “Happy Xmas Donald” on it.

          1. I am not connected to social media so I’ll have to send the picture to you to publish…and take the heat.
            I love you, too.

    1. I say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and Mazel Tov and What’s the thing on your arm, you should have that looked at. That about covers it.

      1. …and I’m polite enough that when someone says “god bless you,” I say “thank you.”

  3. RE: Viral outrage marketing

    I don’t think DesOrmeaux debunks anything. Try telling the 10,000 plus at the Trump rally yesterday that no one is “actually outraged” about The War On Christmas®. Try telling Starbuck’s patrons its coffee “actually sucks.” (Except for the French Roast.) The fact that Feuerstein is able to profit from the perennial viral outrage marketing branded The War On Christmas®…like any good ol’ American politician, pundit, preacher or capitalist prognosticator (libertarian or otherwise) is want to do…would seem to be a source of great joy to any free-market, individual-liberty minded capitalist. So I’m a little surprised by DesOrmeaux’s sour grapes.

    Viral outrage marketing is as American as Baseball. It’s how the secular clergy does its business in a free-market, individual-liberty, for-profit oriented society. Feuerstein’s religious outrage may not have been as righteous as DesOrmeaux would have liked, but the emotions tapped and the calculable responses to the ploy, regardless of Feuerstein’s motivation, is very real. It exists. And because it’s based entirely in bullshit, it shouldn’t be ignored.

      1. Well sure.

        Labeling something as “faux outrage” and then refusing to deal with it, on any level, is becoming a defensive tactic employed by America’s credibility-challenged.

        Outrage, whatever or wherever the source, is capital in America. Just as valuable…maybe more so…than any currency. Just ignoring it…well…that’s what happened to the Democratic Party in 2012. Isn’t it?

  4. Is it just me, or do others also think that this whole “War on Christmas” bulls*t would not exist at all if it weren’t for the asshats at Fox self righteously fulminating about it every year for about two months at a time? Granted, others have taken up the call, too, but it seems to me it starts every year with Fox.

    1. Juuuuust something else to keep their devotees worrying about A Big Nothing so they won’t worry about A Big Something.

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