Thursday I told you about trouble for Wal-Mart. Trouble from an employee who told a customer not to worry about Wal-Mart using "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" because:

One: Christmas is drawn from Siberian shamanism, which is another way of saying it's nothing but a bunch of witchcraft.

Two: The colors of Christmas come from a hallucinogenic mushroom.

Three: Other Christmas symbols have been lifted from various other ancient customs, mostly having to do with pagan religions of Celts, Goths, Visigoths.

And four: The Christmas tree came from people who worshiped fertility gods.

So Christmas is a pagan day of gobbling mushrooms that make you high and bowing down to a god of sex. That's nice.

Wal-Mart authenticated the e-mail.

But then they promptly fired the employee who wrote it — the guy who thought this was a cute way to treat Christian customers who shop at Wal-Mart to celebrate Christmas.

And Wal-Mart apologized.

I predicted this would all happen.

I was right. Though I think Wal-Mart moved even faster than I expected.

By the way, the company hasn't backed down totally. It's still "Happy Holidays" at Wal-Mart because only 85% of its U.S. customers are Christian, which isn't enough to bring "Merry Christmas" back.

This is the stuff I've been talking about in my book "The War on Christmas."

I can pretty much guarantee that Wal-Mart's difficulties here start with the diversity committee in the human resources department.

H.R. departments are obsessed with diversity. They've even talked themselves into believing this is a religiously diverse country. It is most definitely an ethnically and racially diverse country, but it is most definitely not religiously diverse.

In surveys where people are asked to identify themselves by religion, 84 percent of Americans say Christian. The second biggest group at about 10 percent is 'no religion' and then there are all the others: Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, etc.

The diversity committees don't like to talk about that fact unless it's to say that kind of supermajority is bad, and diversity techniques can make it better by suppressing the influence of the largest group and inflating the influence of the small groups.

Now people are fighting back. And it's all in my book "The War on Christmas."

By the way, I'm having a book signing Saturday, November 11 in Fairfax, Virginia, at Borders at 2 p.m. See you there.

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