Source: The Washington Post
On March 28, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "The 'War on Christmas' has morphed into a 'War on Christians.' Last December, some evangelical Christian groups declared that the religious celebration of Christmas -- and even the phrase 'Merry Christmas' -- was under attack by the forces of secularism. This week, radio commentator Rick Scarborough convened a two-day conference in Washington on the 'War on Christians and the Values Voters in 2006.' The opening session was devoted to 'reports from the frontlines' on 'persecution' of Christians in the United States and Canada, including an artist whose paintings were barred from a municipal art show in Deltona, Fla., because they contained religious themes... Among the conference's speakers were former house majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) and Sens. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) as well as conservative Christian leaders Phyllis Schlafly, Rod Parsley, Gary Bauer, Janet Parshall and Alan Keyes. To many of the 400 evangelicals packed into a small ballroom at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, it was a hard but necessary look at moral relativism, hedonism and Christophobia, or fear of Christ, to pick just a few terms offered by various speakers referring to the enemy. To some outsiders, it illuminated the paranoia of the Christian right."