A poster at one of Sandy Mohachy’s favorite stores proclaims “Feliz Navidad” and “Happy Hanukkah” but not “Merry Christmas.”
“How depressing it is,” says Mohachy, 62, of Newport Beach. “How can we Christmas shop if the stores aren’t recognizing Christmas?”
Mohachy stands with those fighting what they believe is a conspiracy to abolish Santa, Christmas trees, even the word “Christmas.”
Leaders of a national campaign noisily sounding that battle cry have been met by those who point to Christmas decorations, music, shopping and church celebrations, calling the issue a trumped-up salvo in the ongoing culture wars.
Generals on the battleground include James Dobson, whose motto is “Merry Christmas, it’s OK to say it,” and Jerry Falwell, whose Liberty Counsel is running a “Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign.”
Fox News Channel anchor John Gibson has written “The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought. . .”
Leaders from Orange County’s Jewish and Muslim faith groups say they don’t oppose the recognition of Christmas, either.
“We don’t want anyone’s holiday watered down,” said Sabiha Khan, spokeswoman for the Council on American Islamic Relations in Orange County. “They are all wonderful. . . . A lot of Muslim families like to go out into neighborhoods and see the decorations.”