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Letter to America: Americans keep the Christ in Christmas

Regulars | By Philip Delves Broughton | January 2018


A British clergyman’s son, living in Connecticut, admires their faith

About ten years ago, the American cable TV host Bill O’Reilly launched an attack on companies he felt were waging war on Christmas by not wishing their customers a ‘Merry Christmas’, but ‘Happy Holidays’ or some such.  O’Reilly, always a shouty and dubious exemplar of Christian behaviour, has since been defenestrated after multiple accusations of sexual harassment and tens of millions of dollars paid in settlements. Since then, the President has taken up the theme. He recently told Christian activists in Washington, ‘We’re getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people don’t talk about anymore. They don’t use the word Christmas because it’s not politically correct. You go to department stores and they’ll say “Happy New Year” or they’ll say other things... Well, guess what? We’re saying “Merry Christmas” again.’  Donald Trump is technically a Presbyterian. But his ‘spiritual counsellor’ is a Floridian Pentecostalist named Paula White. Like Trump, she...

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