See if our Paparazzi cameras caught you or your friends at any recent events around town.
Gov. Bob McDonnell better be careful or he’s going to have Bill O’Reilly breathing down his neck. Witness this itty bitty little entry from the governor’s public calendar next week:
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
5:15 p.m.Governor and Mrs. McDonnell Hold Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony
Virginia State Capitol – Capitol Building
“Capitol Tree?” Huh? What’s that?
Why not “Christmas Tree?”
Time to cue up the phony outrage. . .
Surely you remember the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Wisconsin-based atheists who are battling (and so far winning) against the Giles County School Board over its decision to allow the Ten Commandments in schools.
Well, Giles County isn’t the only rural enclave the FFRF is going after. And some God-fearing public officials in the Lone Star State aren’t taking this lightly. Watch:
So this teacher in Michigan walks into a bar and exclaims, “Gimmee a drink! I just got the ‘gay’ outta Christmas!”
There are congratulations all around. And then one guy says, “Whaddya mean, ‘GAY outta Christmas? ‘ ”
Not too bright. Watch:
Rhode Island’s (formerly Republican) Gov. Lincoln Chaffee made this mistake this year of declaring the state capitol’s annual Christmas tree a “holiday tree” in printed invitations he sent out. This greatly angered the right-wing media, who responded by demanding the tree must be called what THEY want it called. Comedian John Stewart has the story:
And if that’s not enough, Steward formally declares War on Christmas himself, below. Read more »
What do you think Giles County would have done under these circumstances?
Back in the 1980s and early 1990s I worked for The Capital in Annapolis, Md.
Well, my old employer recently ran a story about an entrepreneurial, patriotic, Christian and body-building young woman who was so appalled by store clerks’ use of the greeting “Happy Holidays” that she quit her job and figured out a way to:
1) Put the Christ back into Christmas; and
2) Make some money.
No kidding: This article could run in The Onion almost as is.
Meet Marsha Boggs, and her artificial CHRIST-mas Tree (made in atheist China, of course), which incorporates a giant lighted cross into the tree’s design. She also sells a lighted red, white and blue CHRIST-mas Tree that’s about the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen. Her company’s name is Boss Creations.
From The Capital:
Four years ago when she contemplated how to decorate her Annapolis home for Christmas, she considered integrating accessories that made stronger Jesus statements. Boggs, who says she became a Christian 10 years ago, thought of simply displaying a cross in her living room. Then came the idea that would lay the foundation of her company, Boss Creations.
“Decorating a tree at Christmas doesn’t really do anything for me. It has no meaning for my faith,” she said.
Her brainstorm? Merge the family tradition of the decorated tree with a cross in a design that she calls the CHRIST-mas Tree. The crosses at the center light up, and the trees, priced at $400, come in two color schemes: solid green, and red, white and blue.
And here’s an interesting nugget:
She considers herself atypical of those involved in the debate on the “war on Christmas.” Boggs (who competes in body-building competitions) doesn’t attend church regularly. She hasn’t been to her Bible study in years.
“My life is a ministry for God, so I don’t think he’s upset with me,” she said.
Only in America!
While a great debate rages on this blog over whether a receptionist at a Roanoke County Salem school answers the phone with “Merry Christmas!”, the battles are heating up across all across the country.
And recently the War on Christmas has reached Washington.
First, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, a former mayor of Tulsa, boycotted that city’s holiday parade because they had taken the word “Christmas” out of its name.
From the Tulsa World:
“Last year, the forces of political correctness removed the word ‘Christmas’ and replaced it with ‘Holiday’ instead,” the Oklahoma Republican said. “I am deeply saddened and disappointed by this change.”
News reports indicate the parade happened anyway.
Now an Arizona Republican, Sen. Jon Kyl, has accused a Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (who’s a member in good standing of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) of disprespecting the holiday by forcing senators to work AFTER Christmas (the senate will take that day off). Poor Kyl — he doesn’t want to work!
From the New York Times:
“ It is impossible to do all of the things that the majority leader laid out without doing — frankly, without disrespecting the institution and without disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians and the families of all of the Senate, not just the senators themselves but all of the staff.”
Meanwhile, the American billboard advertising industry, which has never seen the holiday season bump in advertising that mediums such as newspapers and TV traditionally have seen, is laughing all the way to the bank. Read more »
The Christmas decorations were out in many stores before Halloween even began, and yes, Virginia, the battle stations already are being drawn in the phony “War Against Christmas.”
A little more than 45 miles east of the ‘Noke, a “War Against Christmas” command center has been established in sleepy Lynchburg, at Liberty University, which readers of this humble blog already have renamed “Holier Than U” and “Lobotomy U.”
At Liberty, they’re making some lists, and they’re checking them twice, and on them you’ll find out who’s naughty and nice.
Really. No kidding.
They are surveying retailers, publishing “Naughty and Nice” listings, and bashing merchants who don’t have “Merry Christmas” splashed all over their catalogues, advertising flyers and television commercials.
For example, if a retailer makes the mistake of referring to these times as the “holiday season,” woe be unto that establishment. They will be slapped with a “Naughty” rating (Radio Shack, The Gap, and Old Navy already have them).
It’s a signal to ardent Christians to avoid spending money that they haven’t rendered unto Caesar in those establishments.
Already this bizarre behavior seems to be having an effect. For example, as late as last week Dick’s Sporting Goods had made the naughty list for the fourth year in a row. But recently, in a resounding “victory,” the Liberty Counsel reports that Dick’s has knuckled under:
Dick’s Sporting Goods – another 2010 NN success story … this company transferred from three year’s of Naughty status! Vice-Chairman, Bill Columbo, stated the organization has “ … made significant changes from past years, when ‘holiday’ was the dominant theme of our advertising.” Changes to be made will begin almost immediately on Dick’s website that will include the “Christmas” message in time for Thanksgiving Day, TV commercials that refer to the “Christmas Season” and November 28th Sunday inserts that advertise “Christmas 2010” and continue throughout the Christmas Season. Liberty Counsel commends Dick’s Sporting Goods for listening to its consumer base that supports “Christmas,” the real meaning of the Season.
Something tells me this was not exactly what the Catholic Church had in mind when, in 336 A.D. it designated Dec. 25 as Jesus’ birthday in order to co-opt similarly dated pagan celebrations preceded Christmas by centuries.