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Gail ‘The Grinch’ Collins

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In her opinion/book review post, “Cultural War Games,” New York Times contributor, Gail Collins, sniffed at the idea that there is such a thing as a War on Christmas. To her, it’s really just the “seasonal victimhood” game social conservatives like to play during Christmas. Sure, there may be a few instances of “alleged secular assaults” by anti-Christmas atheists, but they’re far too few and minor to make a fuss over. Certainly not enough to warrant writing a book on the matter, right, Sarah Palin?

Oh, but Gov. Palin has written a book on the matter which according to Ms. Collins, " makes it both best-selling and instantly passé." I may have also heard that Ms. Collins once referred to another author’s best-selling book about Christmas as passé. Unfortunately, Mr. Charles Dickens is not available for comment and alas, I cannot verify that story.  Ms. Collins, to her credit did seem to read Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas unlike some other reviewers of Gov. Palin’s previous books. I use seem in the sense that it appears that Ms. Collins was, at a minimum, able to utilize her copy and paste commands to pull out selected portions of Gov. Palin’s book in order to make sarcastic remarks about them. Well done. That college degree paid dividends for her.

Ms. Collins states that Good Tidings and Great Joy is “a rather small book, but it still needs a lot of filler,” which is a remark that would be better suited to describe Ms. Collins’ post. Her filler consists of sophomoric insults flicked at Gov. Palin’s fondly remembered family anecdotes. Such Christmas spirit. Stripped of its filler, “Cultural War Games,” leaves behind a half baked argument that because “approximately three-quarters of the American population is Christian, it seems highly unlikely that anyone will be in danger of forgetting that Dec. 25 commemorates the birth of Christ,” so calm down and eat your turkey and play your football, you seasonal victim-hoodlums.

With recent stories like Christmas trees being banned (along with the colors red and green) at a school in Frisco, Texas, it’s a wonder people haven’t forgot the reason for the season. There hasn’t been a lack of trying from Christmas Scrooges. The trees, lights and religious decorations used to express the celebration of Christmas makes it an easy target to pick at by these  Scrooges, but Gov. Palin writes that the War on Christmas is “the tip of the spear in a larger battle to secularize our culture and make true religious freedom a thing of America’s past.” Ms. Collins scoffed at that and in doing so missed the big point being made by Gov. Palin. This war is hardly seasonal, and that fact was driven home last week when news broke that the US Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, challenging the contraception mandate embedded in Obamacare. Ace of Spades puts his finger on the crux of what Hobby Lobby and Conestoga are pushing back against:

All this stuff is about birth control, something that can be had for $100 per year, or less, of course. So the question is not about money or denying "benefits;" the benefits, tangibly speaking, are trivial.

It’s about coercing one culture — a traditionalist, religious one — to accept the dominance of another culture — "progressive," secularist.

These cases may induce less teeth grinding than out right banning of Christmas trees and red and green, but they are part of the same theme of making Americans feel like they have to either sneak around with their religious beliefs or compromise them. So when Ms. Collins writes that "[t]he holidays are for everyone: nearly six weeks of assorted celebrations, many of them simultaneously sacred and secular," why does it seem to many that the secular gets favored over the sacred? That’s a question Hobby Lobby and Conestoga would like to know as well. It’s unknown how The Court will rule on these cases, but I hope Ms. Collins’ isn’t too put off by the fact that their discussion of religious freedom won’t arrive around Christmastime. I do expect Gov. Palin will have some thoughts on that discussion. She has, after all, written a book about it.

Merry Christmas, Ms. Collins.




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  • CliffNZ

    I have lost count of the people I had never heard of until Sarah Palin came on the scene. It seems some of them are at pains to discredit the idea that there is a war on Christmas. In fact they are going out of their way to argue that it doesn’t exist. Well done, Sarah – whatever you tweet, write, speak or post gets out there, is repeated. It influences thinking, raises awareness and changes the dialogue – and that is what her detractors hate the most.

    • lyndaaquarius

      I think Gail Collins is inadvertently helping promote Sarah Palin’s message.She’s so anxious to assert her imagined superiority that she leaps into the fray and ,as a result, helps Sarah Palin get the word out. So because Governor Palin’s message is so vital,I thank the not too bright Gail Collins for all her help.

      • MaMcGriz

        Spot on, as usual.

        • lyndaaquarius

          thank you.

          • MaMcGriz

            Thank you. Your posts are like clear water and fresh air.

  • indemind

    Thanks Michelle, the AweSome TexMex…. Excellent Post

  • Bean Counter

    Well done.

  • John_Frank

    Excellent post Michelle. Thank you!

  • RedDaveR

    Thanks Michelle. Merry Christmas!

  • Palinpower

    I thought Gail Collins was dead. I used to read her in the early 90’s. She must be an old crank.

    • senator20526

      My Great Grandmother was a big fan of Ms Collins……lol

  • MaMcGriz

    Ms. Collins might want to invest in a red vest or scarf…..something Christmassy to balance out all that green.

    Envy is not exactly her best color.

  • MarkRNY

    "Seasonal Victimhood". This coming from a Leftist apparatchik (an extremely low level apparatchik) who’s a minor member of the Leftist/Statist machine that invented the Victim racket/professional Victim–whether it’s based on race, gender, religion, lack of religion or species (I might be able to buy "aesthetics" btw)–and that would shrivel up and croak like a cockroach in the sun without it. Victimhood’s their bat’s sonar! Take it away and they’d be flying into cave walls.

    This is when you know you’ve struck a Leftist nerve–when they accuse you of doing what they do (and by extension admit what pathetic pieces of crap they are for doing it) and then tell you it’s not happening. This shows the central importance of both the Message and the messenger– "Sarah Palin wrote a book defending Christmas!–Attack it!".

    “Approximately three-quarters of the American population is Christian, it seems highly unlikely that anyone will be in danger of forgetting that Dec. 25 commemorates the birth of Christ,”

    Hey Gail–only 3% of the Russian People were members of the Communist Party but they ruled with an iron fist. A tyranny of the fringe is not only possible, it’s historical and it’s perpetual. It’s Default! It happens when the courts, the media and the cultural tsars are monolithically in lock step (or Goose Step) and when the People don’t fight back. It’s what this nation was founded to prevent.

    We’re awake now Gail! (can I call you Windy??). Your boy Barry–the greatest boon to Conservatism since Ronald Reagan–did that. You can’t lull us to sleep anymore with this crap. You can just bore us to death.

    Way to go OMM. Great article.

  • friskyness

    Gail Collins…….WHO?

  • Jose R. Gonzalez

    Rhymes with Grinch…

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