Monday, December 19, 2005

War And Peace On Christmas

I'm a bit baffled about this "war on Christmas." It seems to be mostly coming from the religious right that resides in the media. Somehow they decide that the shopping season isn't inundated enough with images of Christmas and are somehow offended by some stores that don't use the slogan "Merry Christmas." They are claiming that if someone says, "Happy Holidays" or "Seasons Greetings" that Christians are being shorted in their own celebration somehow.

So what do they do about it? They threaten to boycott stores that don't plaster the "Merry Christmas" signage all over the premises. This is despite these same stores selling Christmas labeled crap in every nook and cranny of the building. On the other hand they don't seem to be offended by Santa Claus, who most certainly has taken over the limelight from Jesus during the holiday season. But that must be because Santa is the chief salesman for the Chistmas commerce.

It goes to show you how much these religious rightys even know about their own prophet. They apparently know nothing about the fact that almost all the Christmas trappings are linked to pagan celebrations involving the winter solstice. The Christmas tree, the wreaths, the holly, etc. are all linked to paganism. A long time ago the Catholic church started meshing the pagan events with their estimate for Jesus' birth in order to get more people to believe in Jesus. Most Christians don't even realize they were paganized into believing that Jesus was born in December. Most Biblical historians don't even think Jesus was born anywhere near December.

But I suppose that reading up on history that isn't written in the Bible is just too much work for these people. I personally don't give one wit if they sing about Christmas at the top of their lungs, but they need to be more informed about their own religion. They also need to understand that corporations don't care what holiday is being celebrated as long as people are dropping bucks into their tills. Many companies don't make a yearly profit until Christmas shopping season.

I was brought up Christian, but in the last few years these rediculous cultural "wars" involving Christianity is frankly turning me off of religion. I wonder if these religious right dictators have ever considered that with their "in your face" religiosity they are probably unintentionally creating people like me that are ready to say "the hell with Jesus." I wonder if that is what their mission really is, to alienate any Christian that doesn't want to be in these wars?

I have a suggestion. Let's rename Chistmas as Santa Time, that would make these religious dictators squirm with rage. After all I see Santa everywhere, he dominates from Thanksgiving until New Years.

So have a Super Santa Time!


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