Once again, reality proves that it is stranger than fiction. There is a war going on, but it is not a War on Christmas.
First the facts. A week ago, a satirical website called The National Report printed a fictional piece (designed to look like a real news story) about a (fictitious) school involving one of their (fictitious) teachers. According to the (fictional) story, the school suspended a student for wishing the atheist teacher a Merry Christmas. In the fictional story, the (fictitious) school was named “Argon Elementary” in San Francisco.
Somehow, this story went viral in the conservative blogosphere, and quicker than you could say “Happy Holidays” a school coincidentally named “Argonne” (not “Argon”) in San Francisco became the target of phone complaints, email tirades, and (veiled) threats of violence against the (fictitious) teacher or the (actual) principal of the school. The school had to bring in extra security and the police have increased patrols around the school.
Ironically, another story published earlier in the National Report about (ficitious) “Berkley, Calif.” claiming that a “Berkley Elementary” student was expelled for saying Merry Christmas” to a Muslim teacher didn’t trigger any mass outcry.
And so the myth of a “War on Christmas” continues. And some conservatives get to paint themselves as victims once again.