First known casualty in America’s 2013 ‘War on Xmas’ turns out to be a Salvation Army member

YESTERDAY, beneath our report of companies to steer clear of if you’re a Christian bigot, one commenter, Charlie from the US of A asked:

…Did they give up on their idiotic ‘war on Xmas’ already? Or are we going to get more of that horse shit as well?

No, Charlie, they haven’t – and in Phoenix, Arizona, this weekend, it turned violent! Ironically, the victim was a Salvation Army bell-ringer who had the gall to wish a shopper “Happy Holidays”. Kristina Vindiola claims in this report that a woman hit her outside a Phoenix Walmart after offered her greeting.

Kristina Vindiola. Photo:/abc15.com

Kristina Vindiola. Photo:/abc15.com

The lady looked at me. I thought she was going to put money in the kettle. She came up to me and said, ‘Do you believe in God?’ And she says, ‘You’re supposed to say Merry Christmas,’ and that’s when she hit me.

Vindiola says the woman struck her on the arm and then went inside the store. She reported the attack to manager who then called police. Shoppers quizzed about the incident said they understand how some people can get offended. Said one woman:

I’ve finally gotten used to ‘Happy Holidays’ and it’s a ‘Happy Holiday’ or a ‘Merry Christmas,’ I’m good with either one.

Another, who works for a public school district said she says “Merry Christmas” to most people. But:

At work when I’m sending emails and to be politically correct it’s ‘Happy Holidays’ because we’re supposed to.

A third said:

I’m a Christian and that is what it means to me, you know it’s a celebration of Christ’s birth.

Apparently, not everyone agrees with that, and the bell ringer who said she was assaulted now plans to take legal action. The Salvation Army says it doesn’t have a policy as to what its bell ringers should say, they can say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” Phoenix police looked at surveillance video but didn’t have enough evidence to arrest the woman accused in the assault. Meanwhile Bodie Hodge of Answers In Genesis, the group that runs the Creation Museum, recently authored a book about the “War on Christmas” and has created a “War On Christmas Insider Team” to help people defend the allegedly imperiled holiday. BodiHodge_webBanner Hodge was a guest this week on the American Family Association’s show Today’s Issues and told the told the comical AFA head Tim Wildmon and research director Ed Vitagliano about the mindset of supposedly anti-Christmas agitators. The wingnut then argued that non-Christians shouldn’t even take any days off of work when religious holidays come round.

If you thought about it, a secular, atheistic worldview, you know they don’t want Christmas. Well, why don’t they go up and say, ‘I want to work on Christmas and I don’t want time-and-a-half and I don’t want any of those holidays because that implies there is some God out there that’s holy that makes a day special. Consider a weekend. A weekend is a Christian thing, God created in the six days, he rested on the seventh, the Lord resurrected on the first day, that’s a Christian thing. These guys should say, ‘No, we should work all the time’ and work like the bees till you die. They should have no days off, the whole concept of work and rest is a Christian thing. Within their own worldview they have no basis for it, they have to borrow that from a Christian worldview, so they borrow it and they try to corrupt it.

Rightwing Watch points out: Of course, it was actually the Puritans and not those menacing secular humanists who forced people to work on Christmas. Hodge and the AFA team might also want to check with their favourite Religious Right historian, David Barton, about whether the two-day weekend is a Christian concept, as Barton claims that the Bible commands people to work six out of seven days.