Tuesday, December 21, 2004
The Two Word Controversy
I'm going to say it, so if you're easily offended, you've now been warned.
Turn back now. I'm warning you again.
Ok. You asked for it.
Somewhere, somehow, lawyers at the ACLU headquarters just felt a tremor in the force. They are, no doubt, at this time drafting legal proceedings against the SOTR demanding a cease to all references to holidays of a religious nature.
You laugh, but remember absurdity usually finds its way into the public square.
I grow weary of the unceasing effort made by the Christophobes masquerading as politically correct leftist elites to remove all mention of Christ from Christmas - replacing said reference with terms like "Winter Carnival", "Time of Gifts", and the old standby, "Holiday Season".
As Anthony Browne, a self proclaimed atheist explains, this assault on Christmas is nothing new.
In 1647 Oliver Cromwell cancelled Christmas: no parties, no fun, no days off work. Cromwell's Puritanism was offended by bacchanalian revelry, led by the Lord of Misrule. Each year, town criers went through the land ordering that "Christmas and all other superstitious festivals" should not be celebrated.Reminding the reader again of Browns status as "a lifelong atheist who finds all God stuff embarrassing," he himself appreciates the religious message of Christmas.
The English were outraged. Secret festivities were held, pro-Christmas riots broke out and dozens of Christmas martyrs were jailed. A pamphlet called An Hue and Cry after Christmas was published, demanding that: "Any man or woman, that can give any knowledge, or tell any tidings of an old, old, very old grey bearded gentleman, called Christmas . . . let him bring him back again into England."
The ACLU and like minded self-loathing, guilt-ridden, politically correct liberal elite would have you believe that the mere mention of Christ in a carol, decoration, or other context is offensive to minority religions and thus - in the spirit of never offending anyone on any level - must be discouraged and even outlawed.
Their argument is invalid on its face and any other part of its anatomy. America is the most universally acceptive religious country on the face of God's Green Earth. You want to set up a Kwannza display? Go right ahead. Light the Menorah. Trim the Christmas Tree. Come join the party, there's room enough for everyone. That is the great message of America - one that is truly lost on the self-loathing, guilt-ridden, politically correct liberal elite.
So, dear reader, join me in a little civil disobedience. Its good for the soul. Don't let Scrooge and The Grinch win. If you see any of the Christophobes waging war on Christmas, sing a carol for them. Try Joy to the World, or O Come All Ye Faithful.
Then make sure to wish them a Very Merry Christmas.
Here endeth the lesson.