Unhappy Holidays

I have this theory that fundiegelical Christians are so wrapped up in the War On Christmas, not because of what the holiday represents Biblically, but because it’s the one time of year when they aren’t culturally out of step with the rest of an increasingly secular country. Or perhaps more accurately, it’s the one time of year when even secular America is in step with them.

And having people say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” or demands that a menorah share space beside a traditional Nativity scene in the public square encroaches on that last little square of cultural real estate that they can call theirs.

Kinda makes me feel sorry for them in a way.

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8 responses to “Unhappy Holidays

  1. As Mr. T used to say, “I pity the fool.”

  2. Mary Wilson

    And here is a quote that may say it all: Michelle Bachmann, in her going-away speech from Congress said this: God gave Moses the 10 Commandments so America will be rich”. In a warped way, she is on to it!

  3. Which is why Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. Matthew 6:19 and
    Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. Luke 12:33

    and his followers, the ones who knew him did
    And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Acts 2:44-45

    Problem with “christians” is that they took all of the Christ out of Christianity.

    The War on Christmas is just the Bachman right making hay of the stupid obsessions of people with things like public displays related to what is a Christian holiday. It’s an opportunity given to them by people who had rather stupid priorities. All of the major Civil Right legislation, including making discrimination against religious minorities illegal happened in an America where city governments had manger scenes on their property and other such horrors. It was always a stupid side show in which atheist puritans handed the right wing media things to rail against and appeal to peoples’ emotions. Which, by the way, has worked out a lot better for them than it has for the left. If we didn’t give them hay over unimportant stuff, they couldn’t have made bricks with it.

  4. ThresherK

    I know some real Christians.

    I mean “real” in two ways: sense that they keep the kind of faith, hope and chairty I was raised to believe in (although I gave up the church decades ago), and they’re Catholics or mainline Protestants who attend services.

    This is the time of year I treasure their friendship and their works. I drop the offhand comment about “keeping charity for its own sake” and the anecote about the little old lady whose one copper donation was more than the rich man’s burlap sack with the dollar sign on it, because she had so little and yet gave of herself willingly.

    Why “offhand”? Well, I don’t want to explicity tell them that they’re the antidote to the Michelle Bachmanns out there. These people I know are liberals and conservatives, and I don’t talk much politics mixed with religion to these folks, yet somehow I hope they know that I know.

    These good people are helping keep my little corner of Suburbia USA safe for the idea of what Christianity can be. Even an agnostic like me appreciates that.

    • ThresherK

      And it’s funny but I don’t know many of these same people to complain about how the folks like me get a space in the public square for the other symbols of Hanukkah, Festivus, and such. I guess they’re too busy leading their lives to worry about total domination, or maybe I just don’t spent much time around the hardcore Fundies by the dint of geography and self-selection.