Monday, September 11, 2006

Personal Aside: Want to Be Big-Hearted? Wish the ACLU Merry Christmas!



This is what I said on my Sunday WLS-AM show. Let’s all be Christian and wish the American Civil Liberties Union a Merry Christmas by sending it a Christmas card. Here is the address: ACLU…125 Broad Street…18th Floor…New York, New York 10004.

Send a card that expressly wishes Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays or anything neuter like that. After all, the ACLU is working hard to drive all vestiges of Christmas from the public square and by spending 39 cents you can brighten up its sad, dark little world. No crudity now. It’s Christmas, you know?

If this thing can catch on across the country, two tons of Christmas cards would freeze their operations because they won’t know if the envelopes were regular mail carrying checks. Before you seal the Christmas card tell them to leave Christmas alone. Tell them there is no such thing as a “Holiday Tree.” It’s a Christmas Tree. What better way to spend 39 cents? Recommend those on your e-mail lists do it, too. And tell the ACLU Tommy sends his best wishes along.


  1. My devout Aunt Helen always sends holiday, birthday, seasonal, and saint's feast day Mass Cards from the Poor Clares - Now, that would be touching.

  2. Tom, we've been going to the ACLU offices to sing Christmas carols for the past 20 years or so. Just ask Comrade Scheidler. We used to sing the most teeth grindingly (for them) religious ones, eg. Silent Night, Away in a Manger, Adeste Fidelis, etc. and sometimes carried a portable nativity scene. They tried one year to put a good face on it, even offering us cookies through clenched teeth which we politely and with exagerated jolliness refused thinking they might be laced with arsenic. Later they just tried to have us barred out.

  3. Tom,

    If you go to the Urban Legends website at, and you'll see that you've been snookered on the whole ACLU Christmas Card scheme.

  4. After reading the link David Graf provided, I thought of a better idea: Get on the ACLU's mailing list; then, send them Christmas cards using their postage paid reply envelopes. You probably won't shut them down, but you'll at least help the US Postal Service earn more money from the ACLU, while providing employment to the temporary workers the ACLU will have to hire to handle the added volume.