Salvos in the War on Christmas

'Tis the season to be debating whether Christmas is 'under siege' in our pluralist society.

As the winter holiday season once again heats up over whether secularists have conspired to take the religious significance out of Christmas, Beliefnet invited John Gibson, host of Fox News Channel's "The Big Story With John Gibson," and author of

'The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought'


, and Barry Lynn, executive director of

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

, to wrestle with the December Dilemma.

  • John Gibson: Whose Tree Is It, Anyway?
  • Barry Lynn: Conifers Aren't Christian, John
  • Gibson: You're an anti-Christmas Insurgent, Barry
  • Lynn: You're Missing the Forest for the Christmas Trees, John
  • Gibson: Why the Rhetorical Thuggery, Barry?
  • Lynn: Santa's Tuned to CNN, John

    Dear Barry:

    Is a Christmas tree a celebration of religion?

    It's an important question, and I would expect a significant exercise in slithering from you as you respond to it. It's not that you're not a pleasant fellow, or well-spoken, or kind and cordial. You are, in fact, all of those things, but you are also one of my favorite interlocutors on this subject because of the exact trip-wire embedded in the above question.

    As the leader of the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, you are a dogged advocate of the rule that education about religion in schools is ok, but celebration is not. At least I think you have laid out such a rule many times.

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