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On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart fixed his cutting gaze upon the right wing's noble battle to halt the War on Christmas, "even though it is not in any way threatened."

"How can I enjoy my Christmas when I know that somewhere, a little Jewish boy isn't being forced to sing 'O Little Town of Bethlehem'?" Stewart wondered aloud in mock outrage. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin understands the concern, of course—it's the subject of her latest book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.

Not that Palin wants to do away with other faiths altogether. "In my family, we have the Menorah out through December on our kitchen table," she said in a recent interview. "I want to teach my children about the Jewish faith." 

Stewart responded by kindly clarifying several things about the Jewish Festival of Lights: "While I appreciate the gesture, Jews don't actually just leave a Menorah out for the month of December." Also, he informed the Palin kids, "this is not a Menorah":

Stewart then turned his attention to Bill O'Reilly, who's taken a more aggressive front in waging war on Christmas's enemies, blasting Macy's for saying Santa Claus is "here to help you with your 'holiday wishlist,'" rather than naming Christmas explicitly. "Macy's isn't Christmasy enough for you?" Stewart demanded. "The one that looks as though someone ejaculated tinsel all over it?"

Not that Christmas's brave defenders have any issue with such capitalist displays. "I love the 'commercialization' of Christmas because it spreads the Christmas cheer!" Palin gushed.

Which, Stewart snidely pointed out, means there's a new enemy of Christmas in town: Pope Francis, who has made ample headlines in recent weeks with critiques of commercialism.

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