Sunday, December 25, 2005


Is Anyone Documenting This War on Christmas?

Merry Christmas! (I think you can still say that without being arrested.) Anyway, whether you truly believe there is a cultural war that is undermining the representation of Christmas in government-funded spaces (and Wal-mart, for that matter), or if you believe that the so-called "War on Christmas" -- which was coined for John Gibson's book of the same title, and ignited into a conflagration this year by right-leaning commentators such as Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity -- is simply a diversion tactic, one thing is certain: it's worth documenting on film. In years to come, the film will either be viewed as the record of a watershed moment in the clash of culture and politics in this country or, as a trivial novelty. Either way, it would make an entertaining documentary. I suspect the "war" has just started. This year -- a year in which Gibson's book codified the "battles" of the previous two years, and struck a nerve -- were just the opening salvos of what I suspect will be an ongoing struggle through the end of the Bush administration (or the end of the Iraq War, whichever comes first). Is there a War on Christmas? Perhaps. But wouldn't it be great to hear opinions from both sides? Maybe pepper in the rantings of O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Hannity and (on the left) Randi Rhodes to demonstrate the breakdown in communication on such issues? New battles raged this month. Is there someone out there documenting all of it? Either way it plays out, I am certain this is one for the history books. Wouldn't it be great to see a film intelligently document it? Anyone willing to fund such a project?

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