‘Tis the Season to be Silly—
It’s predictable that the paranoid and media-focused fundamentalist Christians roll out this silliness each year at about this time. Much like Winnie the Pooh, a bear with very little brain but not nearly as lovable, Sarah Palin is a human and the poster child for nonsensical inanity. She and Rush Limbaugh bloviate to the far corners of cloud-cuckoo land about the “War on Christmas.” They ring Pavlov’s bell, and the true believers respond as expected.
So what is The War on Christmas about? Too many fundamentalist Christians believe that America (and perhaps some European countries) is removing Christmas and Jesus the Christ from the culture. As they seem to see it, such phrases as “Season’s Greetings” and “Happy Holidays” are evidence of a conspiracy. Let’s look at some facts.
- America is not a Christian nation. One of the founding fathers, John Adams, explicitly stated this in writing.
- The First Amendment to the Constitution states that all religions and none are to be protected. The fundamentalist Christians seem to fail to realize that the First Amendment protects their rights, too.
- Assuming, arguendo, that the biblical Jesus actually existed in the flesh, there is no doubt that Jesus was not born at Christmas. Best estimates by biblical scholars conclude that he was born sometime between April and late September.
- Early Christians “borrowed” the Winter Solstice celebration from the pagans that predated Christianity in order to assure the success of the new religion.
- Both the Jewish Hanukkah and the African-American Kwanzaa, a harvest celebration, occur at the same time of year. Agnostics and atheists both eschew religious holidays (except for the time off…if they get time off).
- Commercial interests such as Macy’s or The Gap and many others sell to people of all religious faiths and none, so a Christmas greeting favoring just one faith excludes people of other belief systems. The small gap between the Christian, Jewish and African-American holidays would require an expensive and foolish change of advertising messages during the holiday season. It just isn’t practical from a business standpoint not to mention the discrimination involved.
So, there is no War on Christmas, just an effort to get America to climb aboard the fundamentalist Christian political bandwagon.
Happy Holidays, one and all!