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Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Rick Perry and the ‘War on Christmas’: Dispatches from the front lines

Two wars on Christmas were almost simultaneously announced. The first was by Jon Stewart, who called Christmas the “aggressor nation.” The second was observed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who released a new campaign ad for his presidential campaign in which he talks about what he says is President Obama’s “war on religion.”

In the ad, Perry says: “You don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.”

No, the army hasn’t started carting of Christmas tress. This U.S. Army soldier is carrying one home after receiving a free tree as part of the annual Trees for Troops program. (John Moore/Getty Images)
Naturally, Twitter reacted in the snarkiest way possible — tweeting a #XmasWarDiary from a battleground strewn with the parts of gingerbreadmen and candy-cane weapons.

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield chatted with Washington Post readers about the War on Christmas. Read up on the battle plans below.

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