Saturday, December 15, 2007

The War on Christmas BS Continues

I just returned from Eastern Kentucky, that bastion of liberality and diversity-mindedness. While there, I visited one of the small churches that dot the rolling land. No, I did not burst into flames, despite being both Pagan and lesbian (surely one of those should have gotten God's attention).

The church play for Christmas focused on those nasty retailers who say 'Happy Holidays' instead of 'Merry Christmas'. Naturally, the correct conclusion was to remind everyone of 'the reason for the season'. If one looks at history, one sees that the reason was actually tacked onto the season, but that's not what really bothers me about what the church play is teaching these kids.

What I find most troubling is the subtle message being conveyed below the radar: Christians do not have to share, or respect other people.

Forget 'framing' or those other buzzwords being thrown around by the policy wonks. Ask yourself: since when did acknowledging that other people have winter holidays equate attacking Christians? If one of your children claimed that you were attacking him every time you mentioned his brother, or used the phrase 'my children', you'd think he had a serious ego problem. Is this really that different?

In order to get respect, one needs to give it. Yelling and screaming unless everyone else pretends that no other religions, or other winter holidays, exist should be swiftly slapped down for the solipsistic selfishness it is.

By the way, Merry Christmas. I am perfectly fine with everyone enjoying their holidays.

1 comment:

Frank said...

Such crap bothers me too. "Ours is better than yours" is both inaccurate and dreadfully divisive in this eon.

My counter for it has been to do the PC "Happy Holidays" but also ask a lot of questions about the meaning of the holidays. Since I write the liturgies for our church, I tossed in a reference to Jesus' putative childhood, Galilean subversive ministry, and crucifixion as a gentile revolutionary and religious reformer yesterday.

Someone sitting next to me called my hand on the reference to crucixion as having anything to do with the "meaning of Advent and Christmas". Our pastor preached a wonderful sermon about five minutes later with references to "crucifixion". (And neither of us had reference to that "Jesus came to die for our sins" bs.)

So, Happy Holidays and Io Saturnalia, Bleseed Daughter