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Note from Dan: The following is by regular poster J.M. White.
“Dear Whiners About The Fictional ‘War on Christmas’:
‘They’re taking the Christ out of Christmas,’ you cry!
Good. He doesn’t belong there. We put him there. We put Him there because after the conversion of the Roman Empire to Christianity, people were still celebrating the pagan winter solstice holiday (one of the most important pagan holidays of the year). So, we stole the tree and the wreath (and the gifting, too, really) and just about all the other things that we could steal from the pagan holiday and, presto-change-o, magically transformed it into a celebration of Jesus’ birthday.
Considering that the shepherds didn’t field their flocks at night in December and that the Romans didn’t take censuses in the winter time (the reason for Joseph and Mary coming to Bethlehem), there is virtually zero chance that Jesus was born anywhere in or near the month of December. It’s far more likely that he a was a summer or late fall baby. Sorry, kids – you’re being lied to by the very people who damn liars to eternal hellfire.
Don’t start whining to me about ‘tradition’, because you lose there, too. There is actual evidence that the winter solstice celebration preceded Christ’s arrival by thousands of years, so the pagans win the tradition angle by default. Basically, the entire holiday has been bastardized by the church, not from it. Read more »
Like retailers who begin putting out Christmas decorations after Labor Day, the “War on Christmas” crowd is mobilizing earlier this year.
First out of the gate was Sarah Palin, who well before Thanksgiving (the traditional launch of the War on Christmas season) started promoting her “protecting Christmas” book. That opens with a recipe (Christmoose chili — get it?) that’s useless for anyone who lives south of northern Minnesota. And it will be increasingly useless as global warming continues to kill off the moose population in North America.
In other words, it’s got a devious meta-theme, with which she’s built increasing irrelevancy into her work — just the kind of thing we’ve come to expect from dear Sarah. By the way, she’ll be here in Roanoke in person promoting it (Barnes & Noble Valley View Mall) on Pearl Harbor Day, which is about a real war.
The other War on Christmas skirmish this week concerns the U.S. Postal Service and some holiday stamp advertising they have done recently. The Blaze, The Washington Times and of course Fox News are all in a tizzy.
It seems the ad promotes a Kwanza stamp, and a Hanukkah stamp, and a Gingerbread House stamp — but horrors! — not a Christmas stamp. The fact is, there are plenty of Christian religious-themed stamps available — the outrage is that they are not featured in the most recent ad. Thus, it’s part of the “War on Christmas.”
To understand how silly this is, let’s discuss it in terms advertising theory — specifically, in the fast food industry. Read more »
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?