Christmas wars enrich some advocacy groups

Merchandise sales support conservative organizations
For conservative Christan groups, the hot gift last month was a weapon for fighting back in the “War on Christmas”—be it a button, a bumper sticker or a legal memo with information on the topic.

The Mississippi-based American Family Association said shortly before Christmas that it had sold more than 500,000 buttons and 125,000 bumper stickers bearing the slogan “Merry Christmas: It’s Worth Saying.”

The Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal aid group that boasts a network of some 900 lawyers standing ready to “defend Christmas,” says it has moved about 20,000 “Christmas packs.” The packs, available for a suggested $29 donation, include a three-page legal memo and two lapel pins.

Liberty Counsel, a conservative law firm affiliated with fundamentalist Jerry Falwell, says it has distributed for free 16,000 legal memos on celebrating Christmas.


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