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Twas the month before ChristmasWOW. Who knew that prayer and freedom of speech were suspended every November! Is that all in honor of it being the official month of elections? And that poor, cowardly Christian Right, bullied into not saying a thing! Who would have thunk it?
When all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying
Nor taking a stand.
See the PC Police had taken away,How many hours are kids in school per day? Can they only sing in school? Not, perhaps, in places like churches? At home? In the shower? So sad, this pervasive restriction on vocalization.
The reason for Christmas - no one could say.
The children were told by their schools not to sing,
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
And, additionally, this is a pile of crap. My very PUBLIC HS choir performed Pater Nosters and Te Deums and any number of songs with what you might call sacred content. For that matter, we did the same in middle- and in grade-school. And, yes, we even had Jewish singers participating in choir! Nobody raised a freaking EYEBROW! This is a phantom issue.
It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would sayOK, here’s a big time stretch to connect recognition of diversity in schools, to commercialization of the season, to those oh-so-scary “fringe” holidays like Ramadan (which moves by about ten days every year, Jer, depending on moon phases: it was August 22 this year, so in your quest to equate it with Christmas, you lose big time) and Kwanzaa, and then to political activists whose influence Jeremiah fears.
December 25th is just a “Holiday”.
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!
CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod
Something was changing, something quite odd!
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.
Understand the basics, Jeremiah. Many worldwide faiths have celebrations on or near the Winter Solstice, so the generic “Holiday” is most appropriate for most people in most public settings. You want to have Christmas up the wazoo…well, presumably, YOU have a church to go to that caters to that. But you sound like you’re advocating Nativity scenes in synagogues, for crying out loud! Believe what you like as fervently as you like – it’s still just good manners and common decency (qualities which you seem to lack) to show some basic respect for the faiths of others, especially when so many diverse celebrations cluster around a certain time of year. Get it? Jesus wouldn’t want you to be RUDE, and that is what you are doing. CHILL, yes?
As Targets were hanging their trees upside downThe upside-down trees thing, yeah, is a stupid and funky trend. But why should it offend you? You DO know that the whole concept of the Yuletide evergreen is essentially Pagan in origin, and certainly has nothing to do with events in ancient Judea? And as for your disdain for corporations that refuse to pander to your preferred wordage? Easy solution. Don’t shop there. Or get yourself elected to the Board of Directors of Lowe’s, K-Mart, Staples, J.C. Penney and Sears, and change the policy by fiat. I won’t hold my breath on that last.
At Lowe's the word Christmas - could nowhere be found.
At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears
You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.
Funny how the fundie right is always up in arms about their own free speech, but just as eager to dictate to other individuals and companies what they can/should say and how they should say it.
On the other hand, Jer, I guess we can all send you gift cards for Wal-Mart in your stocking, since they seem to have escaped your Christian Correctness shit list. I’ll throw in $1.29. You could do with some Tic-Tacs.
Inclusive, tolerance and Di-ver-si-tyAh, the good old days. I remember when Christianity presented itself as inclusive, tolerant and diverse. Now those are words from which today’s “Christians” cower. Very sad. And as to the list of “reindeer,” I think the selections reveal something about the rather dated provenance of this poetic effort. Old news, Jer. Old news.
Are words that were used to intimidate me.
Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!
At the top of the Congress, there arose such a clatterYet again, with mingled déjà vu and weariness and impending dread…what about the doctrine of separation of church and state, and that government shall establish no religious test, do you so persistently fail to understand, Jeremiah? Talk about Jesus in public as much as you want! Do you see anyone shutting down your all-but-readerless blog? Nooooo. If you “spoke not a word,” then that’s your own fault and your own responsibility. (And, actually, you haven’t. You’ve been quite vocal. Not that anyone has noticed, but free speech doesn’t equate to a guaranteed audience, even when your topics are “salvation and grace.”) But don’t whine and moan if the Presidential podium and the Speaker’s chair in the House of Representatives aren’t turned into an evangelical pulpit for your own personal views. You might as well come right out and admit it, Jer. You have no interest in or understanding of democracy per se. What you want is theocracy, a dictatorial wolf dressed up in the lamb’s clothing of representative government. What you want is your way or the highway, disagreement with or challenge of your viewpoint squashed. You want a Christian facsism that would far outstrip the “fascism” of which you accuse your adversaries.
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace
The true Gift of Christmas was given then discardedOh, those latte-sipping liberal elites, too special to sling back a common cup of Maxwell House with the likes of your Joe The Plumber(s). I wondered when they would make an appearance. True to form, Jer does not disappoint.
The reason for the season stopped before it had started.
So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Holiday Tree'
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Choose your words carefully, choose what you sayYes. Because the season of peace on earth and good will towards humankind is all about the SHOUTING.
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holidays!
Please, all Christians join together andFine. You gonna stone anyone who responds with “Happy Holidays”? Because you seem awfully hung up over a minor issue of wording as opposed to overflowing with the joy and warmth and common cause with your fellow man that is supposed to imbue your spirit at this time of year. But, hey. Anger and bile are far easier than are compassion and empathy. I recommend the latter, Jer, but I’m not at all sure you would recognize them if you saw them, even out of the most minute corner of your eye.
wish everyone you meet MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Christ is The Reason for the Christ-mas Season!And, for the timing and reason for the “season” – aka, WINTER – I take great pleasure in referring you to the old Germanic festival known as Yule, the Pagan origins of which were appropriated by Christianity as a way to placidly convert old believers to the new faith without too much upset. And I trust you also DO know that the Biblical references to the shepherds out looking over their lambs at the time of this miraculous birth would have been, you know, in the SPRING? Not exactly a time for "deep and crisp and even" snowfalls and such?
I notice that one of the etymological descendants of “Yule” is our present-day word “jolly.” I doubt that, or its adjunct, “joy,” is much in play around your house at this festive and reflective season, though, Jeremiah.
You try to talk a good game for your particular flavor of Christianity. But I find it, and you, singularly lacking in genuine joy.
Good luck with that in 2010.