Jerry Falwell stopped short of distributing Orwellian “Inform On Your Friends” posters to his minions. But just barely.
For his latest feat, Falwell has put public schools, retailers and other institutions on notice that, if they try to take the X out of Xmas this year, they’ll have to answer to a higher power: the American judicial system.
In other words, he’ll sue their asses.
On Falwell’s command, public schools, retail stores and government offices are now under surveillance. Falwell appealed to his flock to keep their eyes and ears open for what they don’t see and hear. “Season’s Greetings” and “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” won’t do.
Falwell has become a signatory to a new Liberty Counsel endeavor, which, in the spirit of the season, has been given the heartwarming name of the “Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign.” Another neocon lawyer group is running a similar crusade, the “Christmas Project.”
Falwell joined these efforts, in his words, to “resist bullying tactics of the ACLU and others who intimidate school and government officials by spreading misinformation about Christmas.”
Apparently, the ACLU is the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and Jerry’s not gonna take it anymore. He’s got lawyers, and he’s not afraid to use them.
Oddly, megastore Target, which has been under fire for allowing its pharmacists to opt out of filling prescriptions for the controversial Plan B contraceptive, is one of Falwell’s, er, targets. You’d think he’d be lauding them over that, but instead he’s got them in his sights over their alleged ban of the words “Merry Christmas” this year.
Falwell has received indirect support from screeching media figures like Bill O’Reilly, who recently blacklisted stores failing to use that phrase in their holiday promotions, and Ann Coulter, who’s made it known she says those words to everyone she meets just to piss off liberals.
It’s ironic that the neocon set, who earlier this year largely supported legislation by Congress against “frivolous” lawsuits, would wage or support campaigns like this. Left a scalpel inside someone’s head? Frivolous! Forgot to say “Merry Christmas?” See you in court!
Perhaps “hypocritical” is a better adjective.
Watch for the battle over holiday observance to begin soon in a courtroom near you. In the so-called culture war, there can be no peace on earth – even at Christmas.