Salvation Army Bell Ringer Assaulted for Saying 'Happy Holidays'

It seems some of the Christian soldiers fighting for God in the Holy War on Christmas have decided to treat the ongoing faux-troversy like an actual war and assault those who dare to be a bit more inclusive in their holiday greetings.

How appropriate, then, is it that the first victim of the new War on Christmas should be a volunteer for the Salvation Army.

Kristina Vindiola, a bell ringer for the Christian charity, was collecting donations outside a Walmart in Phoenix, when she greeted a shopper with the words "happy holidays."

"The lady looked at me," Vindiola recalled to ABC15. "I thought she was going to put money in the kettle. She came up to me and said, 'Do you believe in God?' And she says, 'You're supposed to say Merry Christmas.'"

Vindiola says that's when the woman punched her in the arm and casually walked into the Walmart to continue her holiday shopping.

Police were called to the scene, but were unable to arrest the woman due to lack of evidence.

The Salvation Army told the news station it didn't have a set policy concerning the greetings used by its bell ringers, allowing them to pick between "merry Christmas" and "happy holidays" at their discretion.

[screengrab via KNXV]