Location: Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States

I'm an ordained United Methodist minister no longer pastoring churches, a former media producer with skills ten years out of date, a writer trying to sell my first novel, and a sales associate keeping body and soul together working for the People's Republic of Corporate America. I'm married to the most wonderful woman in the world, who was my best friend for 17 years before we married.

Friday, December 14, 2007

On the "War on Christmas"

Once again the puppets of Rupert Murdoch are wailing about a "war on Christmas." It seems that it's suddenly politically incorrect to say "Happy Holidays."

Let's look at this. It was around 70 years ago that the song, "Happy Holidays" came out (theme from Holiday Inn which premiered the song, "White Christmas"). It was around 40 years ago that Andy Williams recorded a song that begins, "It's the holiday season." Yet it's just been in the last few years people have started to take offense.

Now, we have Thanksgiving in late November and a month or so later Christmas. A week after that we have New Year's. In among all that we have Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Now what kind of days are these? They're called "holidays."

So now do we have to go around saying, "Happy ThanksgivinghanukkahKwanzaannewyear and Merry Christmas"? What is wrong with the wish to express Christian good will by wishing your neighbors well during more than one holiday at a time?

And why do they take the season of celebration of the birth of the Prince of Peace and make it into a time of creating an artificial reason for strife? After all this is an overwhelmingly Christian nation. Even the Congress says so. The spineless Congress that can't stand up to the most unpopular president ever and carry out the will of the majority of the American population could pass a resolution affirming Christianity as the majority religion of this country. Schools are closed on Christmas, government offices are closed on Christmas, and even stores are closed on Christmas.

So creating an artificial and non-existent "war on Christmas" must indicate some underlying motive. What could that be?

First, it could be a distraction from the commercialization of the season about which many of us have been complaining for at least 40 years. I don't think I need to say anything more about that, because everyone has heard everything there is to say about that.

Second, it could be a distraction from the war on the Sabbath that the corporate masters of these mouthpieces carry out all through the year. People buying and selling on the Sabbath, which the Bible condemns, is a staple of the American way of life the way it has evolved over the past 50 years. So to keep people from looking too closely at that they say, instead, "Look over there!" So they invent a controversy over wishing your neighbors well for a cluster of holidays at once.

Pay attention.


Blogger Tom said...

The war on Christmas is very real.

For example, no one is upset when I wish them Happy New Year on January 1st despite the fact that the New Year is celebrated at various times during the year by other cultures and religions (Jewish New Year, Chinese New Year, etc.).

Also consider that retail stores usually require Christmas sales in order to show a profit for the entire year. Despite the fact that their very survival as a store depends on Christmas they refuse to use the word in their signage. In my local mall there is probably 100 stores. In December of 2006 I walked all through that mall looking for the word Christmas in store signage and windows. I only found it in the window of "Bath and Body Works" which was celebrating "The Pefect Christmas" and Starbucks which was selling "Christmas Blend" coffee. Doesn't that make you scratch your head??? 98 store that depend upon Christmas for their very survival and yet are unwilling to even have the word appear anywhere in their signs?

Jesus Christ is still a scandal and rock of offence.

January 6, 2008 at 10:17 PM  

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