The 'war on Christmas'

Wisconsin State Senator Leah Vukmir scampered on the “War on Christmas” bandwagon this weekend in a column in the Capital Times, vowing to shop at stores that say “Merry Christmas” instead of “Seasons Greetings” or “Happy Holidays.”

Vukmir hopes to become next year's Republican U.S. Senate nominee in Wisconsin. If she wins, she'd face incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, at the polls in November 2018.

The born-again Christian said that she “will continue to make a point of noticing those companies who are willing to take a stand during this Christmas and frequent them when possible.”

Then, in an amazing act of chutzpah, she assumes she knows how all Jews feel: “I sincerely doubt those celebrating Hanukkah would take offense to being wished Merry Christmas.” And she wrote this during Hanukkah!

How does she know how every single Jew feels about being wished a Merry Christmas?

Has she done a survey?

Or has she's taken a sample (I bet it’s a small one!) of her friends who are Jewish?

Well, speaking as one Jew, I know many Jews who get offended by it, and I myself occasionally get offended it.

But what offends me more are those crass politicians who try to score cheap points by pounding this “Merry Christmas” nonsense in a country where we’re supposed to have a separation of church and state and no official state religion

Matt Rothschild is executive director of the  Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. WDC is now in its third decade as a champion for clean and open government in Wisconsin, where people matter more than money.

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