During this year’s election campaign, Donald Trump promised at his rallies that we would be hearing ‘Merry Christmas’ once again were he to be elected. Now that Trump is set to move into the White House next month, David Kyle Johnson writes that Trump leading his troops into a ‘War on Christmas’ could be a very dangerous thing indeed—both […]
While for many, the holiday season is a time of joy, for some it is filled with frustrations over gift-buying for friends and family, David Kyle Johnson, author of The Myths that Stole Christmas, argues that the common wisdom that Christmas is good for the economy is wrong and that seasonal spending actually makes the economy worse by inflating the […]
Earlier this year some southern states passed bills aimed to protect those who display Christmas scenes and symbols, and use the term ‘Christmas’ at public schools or government buildings. David Kyle Johnson argues that the arguments in favor of these laws are poor, and that while the First Amendment protects the ‘free exercise’ of religion, it also prohibits government establishment […]
As the holiday season continues, so does commentary on the supposed ‘War on Christmas’. David Kyle Johnson looks at the recent history of Christmas controversies, including the claim made this month by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly that Santa Claus “just is white.” He argues that the War on Christmas is a fiction, invented by Fox News, to promote a […]
Controversy over public religious Christmas displays in America is fueled by differing beliefs regarding Christmas and American history.
The so-called “War on Christmas” has become an annual feature of the holiday season in the U.S., with much of the debate centering around religious displays on publicly-owned property. David Kyle Johnson argues that this cultural conflict is fueled by disparate understandings of Christmas and American history between religious conservatives and secular progressives. He concludes that research into the pagan […]