Christmas trees and manger scenes don't scare me.

"Merry Christmas" doesn't scare me.

What does scare me is that the folks who hold major sway in presidential nominations in Iowa are the same folks who believe Jesus Christ created the universe 7,000 years ago, 9,000 years after human beings domesticated dogs.

There is no war on Christmas, but there is a brewing war on illogical thinking and unjustifiable claims. Hopefully the day will come when a presidential candidate will be justly seen as crazy when he claims he has a personal relationship with someone who died thousands of years previous rather than pulling 10 points ahead of the next guy, whose own imaginary friendships clearly lack the caliber fitting for the most powerful person in the world.

John Gilmore

Salt Lake City