Happy Holidays: Creating Common Ground in the "War on Christmas"

This article analyzes the "War on Christmas" that is often a seasonal theme in FOX News coverage and some conservative Christian/Family organizations. The authors apply concepts from Jurgen Habermas to diagnose the controversy. This analysis reveals that much of the controversy can be trac...

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Published in:Journal of religion and popular culture
Main Authors: Olsen, Richard K. (Author); Morgan, Julie W. (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2009]
In:Journal of religion and popular culture
Year: 2009, Volume: 21, Issue: 3
Online Access: Resolving-System
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Summary:This article analyzes the "War on Christmas" that is often a seasonal theme in FOX News coverage and some conservative Christian/Family organizations. The authors apply concepts from Jurgen Habermas to diagnose the controversy. This analysis reveals that much of the controversy can be traced to the unclear status of the salutation "Merry Christmas." They then use the work of Pearce and Littlejohn to explore possible solutions and offer a sample dialogue to model how readers of this article may become agents of peace in this controversy.
ISSN:1703-289X
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.3138/jrpc.21.3.001