Monday, December 05, 2005
America's War on Christmas
How many of you reading this are already sick of all the talk about Christmas in the media? The monkey nut shells were still on the floor when the TV and radio were saturated with Christmas ads. Well, those of you whose patience has run out are not alone and may find a spiritual home in America of all places. The past few years has seen another front emerge on the issue of political correctness in America. The US has seen an anti-Christmas movement emerge, that seeks to remove Christianity from the public domain at Christmas time. The 'War on Christmas', as Fox have wittily dubbed it, is a lefty secular movement that wants to remove the images and mentions of Christ from Christmas. Its another aspect of the "its cool to attack/slag Christianity" vibes that are widespread at the moment. The stated motive behind it is to protect those who may be offended by Christian and Christmas imagery in the public domain. Unsurprisingly Fox see it as an attempt by the left to completely secularise society and thus pave the way for the introduction of gay marriage, the legalisation of narcotics, euthanasia etc. There have been various examples of the Anti-Claus brigade across America in the past few years. Nativity scenes have been banned from public viewing. Stores don't sell Christmas trees anymore, they now sell Community or Holiday trees. The issue has even been address by US Congress. Staff members have been forbidden from wishing customers 'Happy Christmas' and instead told to wish them 'Happy Holidays'. This story is a nice example of what's being going on. A local US postal centre have discontinued the issuing of classic Christmas stamps with the Madonna and child. In past years large retail stores, such as Macy's have refused to advertise Christmas, (although having done some research I've discovered that Macy's are again advertising Christmas this year, but other major stores still aren't). Is nothing in this world sacred anymore? Is this an attempt to get some measure of revenge for the whole "Freedom" fries incident back in 2003? The whole incident shows the hypocrisy of the left when it comes to political correctness. The left will only tolerate the beliefs, culture and traditions of minorities in society. For some reason there's a deep-rooted guilt running through their veins. Nobody can criticise a religious group or religious belief unless its Christian. Unsurprisingly there has been somewhat of a backlash against the Anti-Claus bridage this year. As Jewish comedian Jackie Mason (co-founder of the Pro-Christmas movement Jews against anti-Christmas defamation) recently pointed out pornography and rapping about killing and prostitution are protected by freedom of speech laws, and yet these people are out there trying to get Christmas out of the public domain!! I wonder is this politically correct effort going to reach our fair shores in the coming years? I say back off and leave Christmas alone.