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13 December 2005

The War On Christmas

I don't know how many of you were aware of it, but apparently liberals like me are waging something known as a War on Christmas. I was a bit shocked to hear this. Normally when the Left engages in strategic action, that action is carried out, at least in part, through the use of the Internets. Blogging, e-mail petitions, PayPal donations, these are the radically subversive tools of the New Left. Having not received an email from John Kerry or Howard Dean imploring me to crush the nativity, I didn't realise I was supposed to be doing so. But when both Jerry "the ACLU is trying to stamp out Christianity, though it once defended me" Falwell and Bill "sexual harassment is good for America" O'Reilly say it is so, then it must be so. The time has come for me to start lobbing grenades at Christmas carolers.

The War on Christmas seems to be based on the idea that wishing someone "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" is just one more banana peel littering the slippery slope that is turning the United States from a Christian nation to a soulless secular humanist state. Soon we who are Christians in the United States will be executed on the spot for declaring allegiance to Jesus. After all, it's not like our President, Congress or half the Supreme Court claim to have faith. It's not like many of our schools want to teach Creationism in classrooms. We are nearing the end of our Christian nation.

What it boils down to is that many Christians in this country want to have their cake and eat it, too. They want to be a persecuted minority, fighting the uphill battle to take Jesus to every tribe and nation. They want to be able to have Jesus' words about being persecuted for his sake be true for them. But those words are not true for them. For most of them they never will be. Most of them will never know what it's like to be sodomised with a light bulb simply because they are Christian. They will never be forced to stand naked for hours with black bags over their heads while soldiers beat them and take photographs. They will never be urinated on for Jesus. And most of them are glad for it. It's much easier, much more comfortable, to invent persecution where it doesn't exist, than, say, to face the threat of execution for being a Christian peacekeeper in a hostile foreign land.

But it looks like we're not alone in the War on Christmas. It seems that even our President hates Christianity, which I find particularly interesting. Bush has incurred the wrath of some on the Right for using "Happy Holidays," not "Merry Christmas," on the White House's Christmas cards this year.

"This clearly demonstrates that the Bush administration has suffered a loss of will and that they have capitulated to the worst elements in our culture," said William A. Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. "(Bush) claims to be a born-again, evangelical Christian. But he sure doesn't act like one," said Joseph Farah, editor of WorldNetDaily.com. "I threw out my White House card as soon as I got it."

It's good to know that this is what Farah finds unchristian about our President. Not the blatant lies, not the unjust war, not tax cuts for the wealthy, not skyrocketing national debt, not smear campaigns against political opponents, not pushing to eliminate overtime pay for workers, not blatant disregard for international law, not presiding over the illegal and treasonous leaking of a covert CIA agent's identity, not sweeping cuts to veterans' benefits in a time of war, not rolling back environmental protections, not incessant fearmongering. Nope, it's those damn holiday cards. Good thing we have our priorities straight.

Comments on "The War On Christmas"


Blogger dufflehead said ... (12/13/2005 05:14:00 PM) : 

preach it!


Blogger Marty said ... (12/13/2005 05:50:00 PM) : 

Soooooo true.


Blogger Black Sheep said ... (12/13/2005 07:31:00 PM) : 

Can I get an AMEN! Great post.


Blogger Jim said ... (12/13/2005 08:04:00 PM) : 

I'm glad I don't have to get pissed on for Jesus.

Dude, you had some RHYTHM goin' on in that last paragraph. Woah.

Merry Xmas.


Anonymous zalm said ... (12/14/2005 02:30:00 AM) : 

War is over. If you want it.


Blogger Wasp Jerky said ... (12/14/2005 11:43:00 AM) : 

The war is over, Zalm. An activist judge has cancelled Christmas. We win!


Blogger Marcguyver said ... (12/14/2005 02:01:00 PM) : 

Just curious Wasp, as a fellow Christian, do you ever feel that this country is being slowly undermined by anti-Christian groups with the hopes of removing everything "Christian" from our culture?


Blogger dufflehead said ... (12/14/2005 02:27:00 PM) : 

marcguyver, i know you're asking wasp, but i think that would be a freakin blessing.


Blogger Dan Trabue said ... (12/14/2005 09:05:00 PM) : 

Marcguyver, my answer to your question would be, No.

That's part of Wasp's hilarious and powerful point here. WE ARE the Left and no one has let us know about the plan to kill Christmas or force Christians underground or the kidnapping of the president and his replacement with a leftist doppleganger (that's the only reasonable explanation for the Happy Holidays card).

Which is not to say that there is no intolerance towards Christians, just that in my experience AS A Christian, I'd have to say that there's a lot more intolerance pushed by those claiming Christianity than towards Christians.

Great posts, WP!


Blogger Wasp Jerky said ... (12/15/2005 08:28:00 AM) : 


So far as I can tell, no, I really don't think so. I think there are plenty of individual people who don't like Christians, some of whom do what they can to discriminate against Christians. But that's probably as far as I would that it. Some perverted form of Christianity has always been the dominant culture in this country. So far as I can tell it will continue to be that way for a very long time to come. And that's part of the point. We don't live in the United States of AmeriChristica. We live in a secular democratic republic. It seems to me that a lot of Christians aren't particularly interested in fair play. They want to be able to worship in any way they choose. They just don't want other people to have an equal footing. When other people try to level the playing field, many Christians shout discrimination. Anyone who thinks Christians have it rough in this country should try to live as a Muslim for a few months and see how that works out for them.


Blogger MEP said ... (12/15/2005 08:45:00 AM) : 

God their stupid - they think that Bush hates Christianity b/c he said Happy Holidays? Jeez. Did they forget that some of the people that recieved those cards might be JEWISH or celebrate KAWANZA? Do they really think that Christianity is the only religion that should be important?


Blogger Wasp Jerky said ... (12/15/2005 08:54:00 AM) : 


The supreme irony is that the card also had a Bible verse on it. Seriously.


Blogger ninjanun said ... (12/15/2005 01:53:00 PM) : 

And here's one thing the prez and I are in agreement on: wishing people a Happy Holidays in our holiday letters! You go, Mr. Bush! Way to be tolerant and gracious at the same time.

*of course, I also wished everyone a merry christmas, happy hanukkah, happy solstice, happy festivus, and happy kwanzaa....and I seriously doubt that anyone on my list celebrates anything more than Christmas, but oh well. I hope those other days are happy for them as well. :)


Blogger dufflehead said ... (12/20/2005 01:47:00 AM) : 



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