Friday, November 21, 2008

From Radarsite: A Christmas Message to all Retailers, Large and Small

A message from Radarsite: This is a simple message to all of you who plan on making money on us this CHRISTMAS Season, whether you are multi-million dollar automobile manufacturers or small time candy makers. If out of either misguided conviction or simple cowardice you continue to ignore or obfuscate the foundational Christian significance of our great American tradition of Christmas do not expect our business. If you honestly believe that you can skirt around this (now-thorny) issue by using code words for Christmas, such as 'this holiday season', or get away with saying 'Season's Greetings!' in place of 'Merry Christmas!' you may indeed protect yourself from lawsuits from the ACLU, etc., but you will not get our business. You can't have it both ways anymore. You cannot do away with Christmas and at the same time expect to make money on it.

We will not allow some small militant minority to take away all of our great and significant American traditions, not without a fight. We are getting ready for the battle once again this year, and you will not get away with this monumental theft unnoticed.

This year, some of you, such as Wal-Mart, have already made their decisions to honor this special day by calling it what it is: 'Christmas'. These are the retailers we will reward. Others, Best Buy, Ace Hardware, the major American auto manufacturers, etc. are already asking us to buy their products or shop at their stores for the 'holidays'. Why on earth should anyone buy a new Lincoln for their lover for some unnamed 'holiday'? Which holiday are we talking about here, Columbus Day? Groundhog Day?

This is (still) a free country and you can make whatever decision you want. However, know this, some 80% of America is Christian -- and most American Jews have long ago come to acknowledge this fact and accept Christmas in the spirit of good will, whether or not they actually celebrate it -- and if you choose to ignore this majority of Americans and for selfish reasons decide to throw in your lot with that small vocal minority who are determined to forever alter the character of this great nation then you will suffer the moral and financial consequences.

This Christmas Season will be different than the previous ones. This time, we are wide awake and we are watching you. As I write this there are many sites coming back online who are devoted to this single cause, and they are growing every day. You have grown accustomed to having it both ways, but not this year. If you cannot find the courage to openly honor this very special day, if you cannot find the decency or the will to even utter the words "Merry
Christmas!" you will not get our money. The decision is yours. - rg

A postscript: Well, the very first comment I received to this article was negative. A defense of the denigration of Christmas on the grounds that it has become nothing but a commercial enterprise. If this is what the commenter thinks of Christmas, if this is all that Christmas really means to them, then to me this just reveals the paucity of their soul and I feel sorry for them. The commercialization of Christmas has been a contentious topic of conversation since I received my first boxed set of Gene Autrey six-shooters in 1945. But to use this as an excuse to do away with this great Christian celebration of Christ and joy and giving is inexcusable. Christmas means different things to different people, but to a majority of us Americans it means a great deal, and it always has. It's a very special time for special feelings and special memories. For me, it is simply irreplaceable. And to smother it or completely alter its meaning for the sake of appeasing some fanatical permanently disgruntled minority is totally unacceptable, and we just won't let this happen.
You've been messing around now with our deeply-held convictions of the sacredness of human life and the nobility of traditional marriage, you've attempted to dishonor our fundamental patriotism and attempted to rewrite our honorable national history. You have been zealously teaching our own children to hate us, and removing God from every aspect of our culture. And now you want to take away our Christmas. Well you're not going to do it. And if you write in comments here in defense of this effort to expunge everything that is good and decent and clean from our American heritage I will simply delete you and smile while I'm doing it. - rg.


  1. Well done, Roger! Another direct hit, right between the eyes. I tried to vote for it at RCP, but they've locked me out.

    Shane has a real zinger up at Take Our Country Back. He found a politics/history/economics test and its very revealing statistical results. Check it out!

  2. Your message was important and beautifully expressed. Together we can spread the word that it's not only OK to say "Merry Christmas", it's vital to do so.

    Thank you.

    (By the way, I concur about the Jewish non-issue. None of my Jewish friends object to public expressions related to the joy of Christmas).

  3. This is a wonderful way to start the season: just know up front that you will acknowledge my celebration of Christmas if you want my money for purchases used to celebrate Christmas.

    This IS the attitude we need.

    I live in a very red state and all the clerks everywhere say Merry Christmas, regardless of company policy.

    Merry Christmas Roger.

  4. It's about time the "tolerant" began showing "tolerance." If they don't want to do Christmas, don't do it. If they want a "Happy Holidays," have it. But, we want "Merry Christmas" and it doesn't hurt anyone in any way imagineable.

    Its been Merry Christmas for more time than we have been alive, so show your infamous "tolerance" and leave Christmas alone.

  5. I visit Spirit Daily often and they have their 2008 "Naughty and Nice" store list out out--those stores who indulge in Christmas and those who are pc. Here's the link to the pdf:

  6. What a pleasure to read this - and it was wonderfully snarky, too! :) It's just how I felt when Sea-Tac (Seattle) Int'l Airport took down all its HUGE decorated Christmas trees some years ago because one single person complained and threatened to sue the airport. Of course, within a few days, all the trees went back UP again because so many travellers passing through the airport complained over the trees' absence!

    Since we just can't please everybody all of the time, why don't we just stick with, yes, those established, tried-and-true traditions?

    MERRY CHRISTMAS, Roger, and to all who might stumble across this post:)

  7. I have made it a point, every time I go shopping during the Christmas season, for the past several years ... I ALWAYS say "Merry Christmas" to employees in the stores, and 99% of the time, they reply with a "Merry Christmas to you too". It warms my heart.

    Debbie Hamilton
    Right Truth

  8. Tired of being called racistNovember 22, 2008 at 3:53 AM

    You could just ask what year this is.

    This is year 2008 of what?

    Since the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.

    And to constantly use the year 2008, the current year in the Gregorian Calendar, we are acknowledging the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.

    Doing away with Christmas and using Happy Holidays may be their goal, but we still have the year reminder.

    To use 2008 and do away with Christmas is moronic, that's the nicest way I can put it.

    What are going to do next? Change to Chinese years?

    Enough already.

    What I don't get is the following.

    It says 'Separation of Church and State', NOT 'Separation of Religion and State'.

    The Declaration of Independence specifically states the existence of a 'Creator'.

    To believe in a 'Creator', you're acknowledging a God.

  9. Roger,

    God love ya for taking up the fight to remove Christ from Christmas.

    I have voted up your article over at Real Clear Politics AND I have cross-posted your article on my blog.

    May God bless you this Thanksgiving Day and MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS my courageous and patriotic friend.


    What a wonderfully written article. I always say Merry Christmas when I am shopping and the few times the person says happy holidays back always make me so sad....because these are the same people that won't put out an American flag on the fourth of July either. It's about saving our great American traditions.
    Stay tuned to my site this next week...I am going to start my Christmas specials....

  11. While I do not celebrate Christmas (Hanukkah is my holiday), I have never had a problem with people wishing me a Merry Christmas.

    And although I send out Season Greetings Cards to my friends, I get a smile on my face when a friend sends me a Christmas Card.

    It is the joy of the season that the words "Merry Christmas" brings to us. And if you are Christian, it is a time for you to remember (as in the words of Charles Dickens): He who made the lame walk and the blind to see.

    So when given the greeting of "Merry Christmas" I will wish you then a "Happy Hanukkah" and a Joyous New Year.