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Letter: Put Christianity back in Christmas

The American Family Association, a Christian conservative organization, declared a boycott against Radio Shack for using the word "holiday" instead of "Christmas" in its advertisements.
I suggest that organizations like AFA put the Christ back in Christianity before waging war against those that use holiday instead of Christmas in their ads.
This Christmas season, many that rely on the SNAP, the federal food stamp program, will have fewer resources to buy food and other basic necessities thanks to the draconian cuts pushed by Republican and tea party congressional representatives. Poor women and children, seniors and veterans will suffer the most.
You may know some of these people. They probably work at a Walmart, McDonald's, Papa John's or some other low-wage business where these workers must make ends meet below the poverty line.
The Republicans are also against the Affordable Care Act, which will provide affordable health care to 48 million Americans who currently have no health care coverage. Also, about 129 million Americans will no longer have to worry about getting health care coverage if they have a pre-existing condition or have their health care coverage dropped if they get sick. Americans can also carry their children on their health care policies until they are 26.
The ACA was a Republican idea supported by the Heritage Foundation and implemented by former Gov. Mitt Romney in Massachusetts. What's the Republican plan now? They don't have any other than to repeal the ACA.
Republicans are also proposing major cuts in housing, veterans assistance and other programs that help the poor. Providing help to the poor in terms of food assistance, health care and shelter is at the core of being Christian. Rather than promoting their phony war on Christmas, the Christian right should first put the Christ back into Christianity by making it a priority to assist the poor with food, shelter and health care instead of cutting this assistance to line the pockets of the wealthy with more tax breaks.
The real war on Christmas is being waged by those so-called Christians in name only who neglect the hungry, the sick and the homeless and promote out-of-control consumerism and commercialism.
David J. Iacono
Westminster

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