Posts tagged War on Christmas
Posts tagged War on Christmas
First, this is not The Onion.
And I thought Fox News was all like “Jesus is the reason for the season so put Christ in Christmas because it’s CHRISTmas BLARRGH!”
Guess I missed something…
So he did:
Rick Perry doubled down on his religion-based attack of President Barack Obama Wednesday, saying the president was preventing students from celebrating Christmas in schools. But just last year, Perry issued a holiday statement as governor of Texas that omits any mention of the Christian holiday.
In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Perry said Obama and the political left were waging a “war on religious traditions,” including preventing students from praying in schools and having Christmas parties.
"What we’re seeing from the left, of which I would suggest to you, President Obama is a member of the left and substantial left-of-center beliefs, that you can’t even have a Christmas party. You can’t say a prayer at school," Perry said in an interview airing on CNN’s "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
But in a holiday statement to troops issued by his office on Dec. 22, 2010 and posted on the governor’s website, Perry fails to mention Christmas at all, sticking instead to more general terms like “holiday season.”
"More than 2,000 years ago, a child was born to two faithful travelers who could find rest only in a stable, among the cattle and the sheep. Christ’s birth made the angels rejoice and attracted shepherds and kings from afar. He was a manifestation of God’s love for us…
And this holiday season, let us reaffirm our commitment to each other, as family members, as neighbors, as Americans, regardless of our color or creed or faith. Let us remember that we are one, and we are a family.
So on behalf of Malia and Sasha and Michelle and our grandmother-in-chief, Marian — I wish you all the happiest holiday season, the merriest of Christmases. God bless you all, and may God bless the United States of America.”
Huh. Funny that - Obama seems to be a little more into Christmas than Perry suggests. I’m so shocked.
(h/t to S.P. on Facebook for leading me to the CNN article and cracking the “Scumbag Perry” joke.)
Rick Perry, in his new campaign ad entitled “Strong”
It’s not often that you get gay-baiting, hooray military, AND “War on Christmas” buffoonery in one 30 second message. That takes some kind of, uh, talent.
This quote from his ad is wrong, though. The pew on Sunday is about the only place you’ll hear about this issue. Just in case you missed it in the campaign spot, Perry helpfully puts it in a banner ad over the video:
With all the problems this country faces economically, it’s apparently the Obama administration’s war on religion that’s keeping America from being great. Okay then…
Let me say this: I know of nowhere in this country where a child is prevented from praying at school. I know a child or teacher leading others in prayer, with mandatory participation, at a public school is unconstitutional. And when Perry says War on Religion, that’s code for Christianity, because I didn’t see him taking a stance against Rep. Peter King’s witch-hunt against Muslims. No one stopped Perry from holding his pray-a-thon or from issuing an official proclamation from the governor’s desk imploring Texans to pray for rain this year.
And this War on Christmas bullshit needs to stop. This message ticks me off the most in this video. I walk into Wal-Mart. Are there menorahs? No. Big, 20-foot Christmas trees in the front entrance and decorations throughout the store. Let’s keep in mind December 25th marks the only religious-based federal holiday. Just for funsies, here’s how the University of Wyoming explains Christmas to international students:
December 25, Christmas: The major holiday in this country, Christmas began as a Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is now a widely celebrated day of feasting and gift giving. A mythical figure, Santa Claus, is said to visit the homes of sleeping children on the night of December 24 and leave gifts for them. All state and federal offices are closed.
I don’t see anything decorating the front lawn of the Albany County Courthouse other than Christmas decorations. In fact, the city pays for a synchronized light show with both secular and religious carols:
It’s not different elsewhere, either. Search the Google and you’ll find many displays similar. No one is going to come to your house from the Obama administration and take your nativity. Also, it’s still called the National Christmas tree:
Oh, and remember Obama’s 56 states gaffe? Maybe he was referencing the 56 states and territories of the U.S. Just sayin’
So in summary, there’s no War on Christmas, Obama is not waging a war on religion, gay people aren’t infiltrating the military to stop your kids from praying in school, and Rick Perry just slammed the door on his way out.
It seems local theocrats are determined to convince us that America was founded as a Christian nation and continues to be a Christian nation to this day. No amount of history and reason will convince them that their viewpoint cannot be sustained historically, theologically or politically.
Never mind that the founding fathers spoke of a generic God and rarely, if ever, mentioned the Christian God, Jesus Christ. Never mind that the Constitution commands a strict separation of church and state. Never mind that the deism of the founding fathers is not the same as evangelical Christianity.
Let’s grant the theocrats their position for a moment. Every president in my lifetime has professed to be a Christian. Virtually every member of Congress professes faith in Jesus Christ. Even at the state and local level Christianity is the de facto religious faith.
We are a nation dominated by the Christian religion. That’s why it is so amusing to listen to evangelicals complain about the “war on Christmas.” There is no war on Christmas, any cursory reading of a newspaper will show. Jesus is everywhere this time of year. Evangelicals continue to wage the culture war, out to stop every action they deem sinful. Fear the gay. Fear the atheist. Fear the liberal. Fear the socialist. You get the picture — fear, fear, fear.
Christianity is the God of American culture. Every community has multiple Christian churches. Ohio state government and local government in northwest Ohio is dominated by the Republican Party, and we all know that GOP stands for “God’s Only Party.” The truth is that Christians own this country, lock, stock and barrel.
Since it is quite evident that Christianity is the dominant religion in America, and since most of our governmental leaders are card-carrying Christians, it is right for us to ask exactly what has Christianity given us as a nation?
War, torture, homophobia, amoral capitalism, economic collapse, the destruction of the working class and punitive political policies that punish and hurt the poor.
I could go on but space is limited. It is quite clear that the Christianity of this Christian nation of ours is quite antithetical to the teachings of Jesus. The Jesus of the Bible was much more like a socialist than a capitalist. Jesus loved the poor and disenfranchised. If Jesus were alive today I suspect he would have a lot to say about this modern, bastardized Christianity that permeates America.
This is an excellent letter to the editor by Bruce Gerenscer, an ex-evangelical minister. It appeared in my hometown newspaper, The Crescent News. Bruce is a wonderfully wise man and an inspiration.
I;m glad I live in a country where I can tell you to STFU.
I love how this person, clearly a Christian, says “I don’t find it offensive!” Good, I was SO worried that you Christians would find some other bullshit reason to be all offended and victimized.
I keep seeing similar shit popping up in my news feed too. Yeah, we’re so lucky you “allow” us to bah humbug your savior. It’s like you expect us to be gracious or something…
I’m an atheist. Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, whatever. It’s all the same. If you are honestly, openly wishing me a happy time, I like you, and I will smile and wish you the same.
However, if I say, “happy holidays,” and you respond with a snappy “merry Christmas” as if you are correcting me, then I’m going to look at you as if you kicked a puppy. Most likely, you are a judgmental asshole who needs to get over him/herself.
I went to Wal-Mart earlier, and wished the elderly cashier a Happy Holidays. She narrowed her eyes at me and nearly growled, “Merry CHRIST-mas!” Just like that, Christmas as two words. I told her I was Jewish and left her stuttering. I was already irritated after driving across town in a foot of snow to buy cat food. That just made my day, right there.
I’m not really Jewish, but this supposed War on Christmas is really getting on my nerves like it does every year. It doesn’t exist. Suggestions from my friends included telling her I celebrate Kwanzaa, preaching about the FSM, and wishing her a Happy Boxing Day. I like this one from my buddy Josh: “I probably would have ended up saying something like ‘Yes, Christmas. Because that hippie Jesus stole the spotlight from Mithras.’”
So spread the joy this holiday season. I will.