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College's Holiday Party Memo Rankles Republicans

'Hostile to students…with Christian and conservative values'

(Newser) - An online memo advising employees at the University of Tennessee to make sure holiday celebrations aren't Christmas parties "in disguise" has put school officials under fire. The memo "Best Practices for Inclusive Holiday Celebrations in the Workplace" has been posted on the school's website by its... More »

Dunkin' Donuts Enters the Holiday Coffee Cup Battle

'Dunkin Donuts isn't run by a bunch of anti-Christmas terrorists'

(Newser) - Another combatant has entered the "War on Christmas (Cups)," as Dunkin' Donuts unveiled its own holiday-themed coffee cup Tuesday, USA Today reports. The New York Post notes that Dunkin' Donuts' new cup—unlike the controversy-stirring Starbucks cup —is replete with Christmas cheer, featuring red and green wreaths... More »

Mad About Starbucks Cups? 'Stop Embarrassing Yourselves'

One reporter thinks conservatives' newest outrage could cost them the election

(Newser) - Katherine Timpf, a reporter at the conservative National Review , has a simple message for fellow conservatives up in arms over Starbucks' new holiday cup: "Please stop embarrassing yourselves." The plain red coffee cup unveiled this month has led to a vocal outcry of "War on Christmas!"... More »

Christmas Is for Jews, Too

Two Jewish writers say they celebrate the holiday

(Newser) - People often try to tell Charlotte Alter that she shouldn't celebrate Christmas because she's Jewish. Her response? "First, mind your own business and leave my gingerbread house alone," she writes at Time . For many, this holiday is about Santa, not Jesus—and who's to say... More »

Merry Christmas: Can We Cut the Power Struggle Already?

Free-speech wars are about power and not very Christian: Michael Gerson

(Newser) - Christmas has become the most wonderful time of year ... for heated political debate, especially of the "War on Christmas" or First Amendment variety. It's "when all the ideologues get a little extra outrage or victimization in their stockings," writes Michael Gerson in the Washington Post . This... More »

War on Christmas Was Very Real— in the 1600s

Boston Puritans banned the holiday

(Newser) - The War on Christmas existed long before Fox News. In the 17th century, it was an indisputable fact: Boston Puritans canceled Christmas for 22 years, and those caught celebrating were hit with a fine, Mental Floss explains. A court order in 1659 warned against "observing any such day as... More »

Palin Taking on 'Scrooges' in New Book

Title: 'A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas'

(Newser) - Sarah Palin's message-broadening campaign is apparently up and running. Her next book, a defense of traditional Christmas values, is slated to hit shelves this November, reports the AP . A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas, published by HarperCollins, will be a critical look at the "overcommercialism" and "... More »

Santa Is a Democrat, Say Voters

No word on Rudolph

(Newser) - Seems the North Pole is a blue state. According to 44% of American voters, Santa Claus is a Democrat. Some 28% say he's a Republican, and another 28% aren't quite sure, finds a survey by Public Policy Polling . And when it comes to the naughty-nice spectrum, Mitt Romney... More »

Stewart Bombs Fox's 'War on Christmas'

'Christmas is so big, it's eating other holidays'

(Newser) - It's that most wonderful time of year when Fox News starts drumming up the case for a "War on Christmas," and Jon Stewart isn't putting up with it anymore. Host Gretchen Carlson asked on air whether she was "nuts" to think the war was real,... More »

Delta Drops Daily Show Amid 'Vagina Manger' Furor

Catholics declare victory

(Newser) - Delta Airlines has decided to pull its ads from the Daily Show, prompting a round of gloating from the Catholic League, BuzzFeed reports. The Catholic League is still angry about a bit last month in which Stewart joked that if women wanted to get Fox News to take the "... More »

Perry's New Ad 'Must Be Seen to Be Believed'

Plus: Mitt finally takes a swing at Newt

(Newser) - To say that Rick Perry's new campaign ad is eliciting some strong reactions may be a bit of an understatement. In the Washington Post , Alexandra Petri writes that the ad—which "must be seen to be believed"—fills her "with despair" and "scrapes the bottom... More »

RI Christians Revolt Over 'Holiday Tree'

Carolers crash tree lighting as Catholics hold competing event

(Newser) - When Scott Walker rechristened Wisconsin’s Capitol "holiday tree" a "Christmas tree," the atheists revolted ; now, in Rhode Island, the opposite is happening. When the governor unveiled the Statehouse "holiday tree," angry carolers crashed last night's tree lighting, interrupting a children's chorus to... More »

'Christmas' Saviors: We're Winning the War

This year, Dick's Sporting Goods is target of boycott

(Newser) - Dick's Sporting Goods gets the unlucky honor of being this year's villain in the “War on Christmas” campaign. The American Family Association has singled it out for a boycott this holiday season because the chain is “against” the holiday, reports Advertising Age . One of its offenses is having... More »

Christian Group Boycotts Gap Over Holiday Ads

Not enough Christ in Gap's Christmas: AFA

(Newser) - A Christian group has launched a boycott of the Gap over its religion-neutral holiday ads. The American Family Association, already ticked off by last year’s campaign, which wished consumers a “Merry Gap-mas,” hit the roof over this year's “Go Christmas, Go Hanukkah, Go Kwanzaa, Go Solstice.... More »

Website Seethes Over Newly PC Christmas Carols

(Newser) - A British website is accusing churches of political correctness after they made changes to age-old Christmas carol lyrics, the Telegraph reports. Vicars say the edits aim to remove gender-specific or racially charged words, but the editor of a Christian site calls it "a festive car crash. Half the congregation... More »

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