Has the War on Christmas Intensified This Year?

Are modern-day Grinches intensifying their efforts to crack down on the Christmas spirit? Well — that depends on who you ask. While many believe wholeheartedly that atheists, among others, have waged a full-out war on the holiday season, others contend that the “War on Christmas” is a manufactured controversy.

Regardless of what one thinks, though, it’s hard to deny that bizarre instances seem to keep popping up all over the country. Yesterday, the Blaze brought you a report about Christmas carolers who were booted from a U.S. Post Office branch. And we’ve covered a number of incidents surrounding attacks by atheists on nativities (here’s one in Texas and another in California).

Has the War on Christmas Intensified This Year?

Here’s another example of anti-Christmas sentiment, as described by CBN News:

In the nation’s heartland, the city of Tulsa, Okla., referred to by some as “the buckle of the Bible belt,” recently took the word ‘Christmas’ out of it’s annual holiday parade.

In response, several churches organized their own Christmas parade and scheduled it at the exact same time as the city-sponsored event.

“People were singing because they were talking about Christmas and how great it was and it was pretty fun to watch,” parade watcher Chloe Tunnell said.

Considering these events, many, including CBN, are contending that the War on Christmas is worsening and that “modern grinches” are, indeed, intensifying their “efforts to take Christ out of the holiday.” Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly has joined the chorus (as he does every year) of those speaking out this Christmas season against attacks on the religious nature of the holiday.

Below, see a special report that provides an overview on this year’s “War on Christmas”:

In the video, one atheist can be heard saying, “I think it’s about time personally that people who don’t have any religion and don’t believe in God get a little bit of a voice.” While many would argue that everyone has a right to be heard at Christmas, some claim that atheists are more intent in stripping the season of references to Christ than ensuring they have an equal playing field for self-expression.

What do you think? Based on what you’ve seen so far this year, has the War on Christmas intensified? Take the poll:

(H/T: CBN News)