If you’ve been appalled by this year’s ever-earlier commercial Christmas creep – the profusion of red and green that bleeds into our lives before the orange and black have even left the shelves – just wait until you see how quickly the war over the meaning of Christmas is heating up.

This year’s first big pre-holiday blow-up comes from atheists who are trying to take the religious edge off this time of year by featuring passages from the Bible and other religious texts that mention slaughtered men, plundered cities, severed heads and eviscerated women. You know, the cheery stuff.

The philosophical and religious wars have caught up with the holiday price wars. Why wait until next month when you can begin your existential debate early?

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