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Fox News anchor John Gibson sees yet another backlash against liberals' diabolical war on Christmas.

By Alex Koppelman

Published December 19, 2007 7:50PM (EST)

"I hate to say I started this thing that ended up with Mike Huckabee making a commercial with a cross floating around in the background, but I did, and I told you this was going to happen.

"This is what the 'War on Christmas' was all about, though very few people actually read my book to see what it was about.

"I said in that book that it was not a good idea to define religious inclusiveness in our diverse country as including every religion except Christianity ... I was trying to tell people that pushing out of sight the symbols of the religion over 80 percent of the country follows was going to lead to trouble and here it is.

"Huckabee is onto the game. He understands that Christians feel they are being pushed out of the public square. Crosses must be taken down even if one happens to have appeared in a remote bit of desert owned by the federal government. Merry Christmas suddenly became a hostile challenge instead of a friendly season greeting ...

"You thought George W. Bush was an over-the-top messianic Christian crusader that you condemned for the public expression of his faith? Nice going. Somebody just upped the ante." -- Fox News anchor John Gibson, speaking Tuesday about former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's Christmas-themed presidential campaign ad. (If you're interested in the ad, which has been controversial because of its overtly Christian message and what appears to be a floating cross in the background, you can watch it below.)

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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