The Christian Broadcasting Network aired a commercial today to promote its "Merry Christmas" stickers that it wants people to publicly post in response to Americans and companies who say, "Happy Holidays."
According to RightWingWatch.org, after the ad aired, "700 Club" host Pat Robertson announced there was a "war on Christmas" (video below).
Robertson's co-host told him that some stores do not allow their employees to say, "Merry Christmas," but rather, "Happy Holidays."
"Christmas is nice," said Robertson. "It's a season of goodwill, and I'll tell you those merchants make about one-quarter to 40 percent of their total year in Christmastime."
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"Whether they're Arab, whether they're Jewish, whether they're atheist, whether they're whatever, they better get behind Christmas," advised Robertson.
"The holidays don't bring in the green, but Christmas does," added Robertson.
However, the Bible never mentions anyone celebrating the Christmas holiday, noted Christian theologian and pastor John MacArthur.
According to BiblicalArchaeology.org:
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The most loudly touted theory about the origins of the Christmas date(s) is that it was borrowed from pagan celebrations. The Romans had their mid-winter Saturnalia festival in late December; barbarian peoples of northern and western Europe kept holidays at similar times. To top it off, in 274 C.E., the Roman emperor Aurelian established a feast of the birth of Sol Invictus (the Unconquered Sun), on December 25. Christmas, the argument goes, is really a spin-off from these pagan solar festivals.
According to this theory, early Christians deliberately chose these dates to encourage the spread of Christmas and Christianity throughout the Roman world: If Christmas looked like a pagan holiday, more pagans would be open to both the holiday and the God whose birth it celebrated.