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Continued: Readers Write: (Dec. 2): China's muscle, human trafficking, mining, holiday terminology

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CHRISTMAS

Some perspective on the supposed ‘war’

On Nov. 26, I read — with enjoyment, as usual — Jon Tevlin’s column (“It’s beginning to look a lot like (shh) Christmas”). I’ve long been embarrassed at the antics of some of my fellow Christians (for example, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck) who claim to be victims of persecution because some shop merchants use the phrase “happy holidays” and government buildings don’t display manger scenes.

Later, I read about a series of (failed, fortunately) car bomb attacks in Belfast, apparently aimed at shopping and tourist activity near an outdoor Christmas market. “The people who attacked Belfast want to wreck Christmas,” the city’s mayor was quoted as saying.

Here in the United States, Christians are free to shop ’til we drop — from exhaustion, not bombs — and to celebrate the season unmolested in any number of churches, theaters and concert venues, from Black Friday through the twelfth day of Christmas. So here is my holiday greeting to Ms. Palin, Mr. Beck and their fellow hysterics: For God’s sake, grow up.

ANNE HAMRE, Roseville

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