As the author of the book "The War On Christmas," I've grown accustomed to the yearly war on the war on Christmas, of which David Von Drehle's Dec. 24 op-ed, "The Christmas truce," is but one example.
For the record, and because no one really read the book in the first place and now it is impossible to find so virtually no one can read it any longer, let me just say that it was a success for the following reason: At that time (2005), we had seen a yearly procession of news stories recounting how this school district or that city hall or yet another county administrator or park supervisor had declared Santa, Christmas trees, the singing of "Jingle Bells," the colors red and green, wreaths, mission bells and candy canes to be violations of the separation of church and state and were forbidden in publicly owned buildings and parks.
This was and is absurd. These offices of petty government seldom if ever consulted Supreme Court decisions on what was and wasn't a religious symbol and instead submitted to yearly bullying letters from the American Civil Liberties Union. And, by the way, the worst offender of all, which I pointed out in the book, was a famous Midwestern law school that removed a Christmas tree and damn well knew better.
The above listed Christmas tokens are not and have never been religious symbols. Because of the fracas caused by the book, and owing to lawyers willing to step up to defend the display of Santa and Christmas trees, etc., the yearly parade of forbiddens has largely faded into memory.
Yet every year since the publication of the book, I note with dreary resignation the march of ritual declarations from faux-outrage liberals that there is not and never has been a war on Christmas, and you only have to look at the nearest mall or tune in to Sirius XM Radio to prove it.
Fine. Wallow in self-satisfaction.
But if children are no longer being told Christmas cookies are banned from school, that red and green decorations are verboten, that Santa and elves and sleighs are symbols of Christian privilege and therefore must be banished from school hallways, classrooms and children's plays and instead condemned to the gulag of the malls, then there has been some progress from the dark winter months of the war on Christmas.
And for that? Unlike former president Barack Obama, I never expected a "Thanks, Gibson." But a cease-fire order to editors who approve these ritual denunciations every Christmas season would be nice.
John Gibson, Valley View, Tex.
I hate to disabuse David Von Drehle and his history-challenged editors of their politically correct, anachronistic reading of the origins of Christianity, but the Jewish baby who was "born . . . in abject poverty and hailed as a king" was born in — wait for it — Judea, not "Palestine," as asserted in Von Drehle's Dec. 24 op-ed.
The name Palestine, or rather Syria Palaestina, was applied by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 130s A.D., some 140 years after the birth of Jesus, in an attempt to erase the reality of the millennium-old connection of the Jewish people to the Holy Land. Hadrian's propaganda ploy could be ripped from today's headlines — and apparently also from The Post's editorial pages, where the denial continues.
Donald Rindler, Potomac