Monday, December 12, 2005

Christmas; if anything ever needed attacking...

By now many of you have seen news coverage (mostly on FOX News) about the attack on Christmas or the "War on Christmas", being waged every day by secular interests in the US. I've lost count of the number of commenators and religious leaders who have their panties in a twist over how communities and businesses have started down playing Christmas celebrations and the very phrase, "Merry Christmas."

Frankly, this is a really great smoke screen to divert your attention away from issues that really are news. For instance two Republican leaders and a very high level aide have come under investigation recently for doing some very nasty things.

We can't pay attention to those things however, because that would be promoting the "criminalization of politics." It's better, apparently, to tell every one that their sacred, time honored, tradition of buying their family love is at war.

Some organizations have gone as far as boycotting businesses that discourage their employees from saying "Merry Christmas." Fine, these employees have to say "Happy Holidays." Anybody notice the roots of the word "Holiday." Looks a lot like Holy Day to me. It couldn't have many come from the Old English words halig and deay, meaning holy and day, together denoting "religious festival" and "day of recreation"?

There are so many Holy days right around now that, perhaps businesses and individuals just want to make sure every one feels comfortable. I live in New York and I learned quick that, at least here, Happy Holidays makes real sense.

Are their real concerns that Druids celebrating the solstice have some how infiltrated Walmart and are slowly subverting Christmas? I doubt it. It's more likely that this droning about Christmas helps keep us asleep. Helps us to forget that their are people who have taken advantage of the US internally and externally. Helps keep our attention from securing safety, securing our future and securing our freedoms.

Requiring stores and your neighbors to wish you a Merry Christmas because it's your holiday sounds to me like the tantrums three year olds give in toy stores around this time of year. Noisy, prolonged and, in the end, completely pointless. If you want to find an oppressed community in this country don't look at the Christians. If there is one group that has money, organization and representation it's the Christians.

I think it would be better to look towards the Fecalists, the wonderful people have been persecuted since their inception. Let us at least pause and give thought to their beliefs for this holiday season, two of their holiest days; Ponderous and Riddance. On Ponderous Day they are called to think and discuss "If a Bear shits in the woods and no one is their to smell it, does it have an odor?" And of course the celebration of Riddance in which they are asked to "Shit or get off the pot." Both of these have absolutely nothing to do with the "War on Christmas", except that they too are full of crap.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Dan said...

And the funny thing is, now when I say "Merry Christmas" to someone, I'm a bit concerned they'll think I'm some sort of crackpot on a jihad to defend Christmas... when all I really want to say is "I hope you have a good time..."

Friday, December 16, 2005 1:42:00 PM  
Blogger Epictetus said...

I agree with the Fecalists. At least then way we can all say "Have a really shitty Christmas!" to each other and no one will be offended.

Friday, December 16, 2005 3:41:00 PM  

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