Sorry, O'Reilly. Christians started the "War on Christmas"... in the 16th Century

[for the real story on how the "War on Christmas" was born, and the nearly 400-year long ban on Christmas in Scotland, see 1/3 of the way through full article]

The war on the war on Christmas, made simple

A relentless war waged by secular American threatens to do in Christmas claims Bill O'Reilly. It's not a new accusation. In 1958, a John Birch Society pamphlet warned,


"The UN fanatics launched their assault on Christmas in 1958, but too late to get very far before the holy day was at hand... They are already busy, however, at this very moment, on efforts to poison the 1959 Christmas season with their high-pressure propaganda. What they now want to put over on the American people is simply this: Department stores throughout the country are to utilize UN symbols and emblems as Christmas decorations."
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