(a spin-off of the You might be an athiest thread) Every year at Yuletide, the local thumpers get irritated with our paper for using "Xmas" in small headlines. Last year, we recieved a lovely letter from a supposedly educated man calling us Satanists (sorry, I'm NOT Christian) and hateful. A local Lutheran pastor, the Rev. Mike Malone, wrote a history of Christian persecution that explained that Xtian came FROM CHRISTIANITY. X means "Christ" as a title, not a negation of him. X was often seen in rooms where early Christians met, and is assumed to be equivalent to the fish symbol. Please, don't make wars where there are no warriors. THe United States is 80 pecent Christian, according to recent surveys. A powerful majority cannot be persecuted by a minority.