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December 12, 2005

Fighting the culture war

From the BBC...

[Jennifer Giroux, co-founder of Operation: Just Say "Merry Christmas"] has tapped into a current craze for rubberised wristbands, producing a green and red version emblazoned with the slogan "Just say 'merry Christmas'".

What began as a local campaign has swiftly mushroomed.

She has already sold 15,000 bracelets at $2 each. A further 43,000 are on their way to customers.

"We just wanted to encourage Christians to have the courage to say 'merry Christmas' instead of 'happy holidays'," she says.

"We had no idea that it would tap into a national frustration.

"People are tired of being told not to celebrate Christmas, they are tired of the ACLU. This is just parents saying they want to preserve Christ in Christmas."

My wife has been making a point of saying "Merry Christmas" to employees in all the stores she shops at in order to give them a reason to respond the same way. I'm glad to see people finally taking the culture war seriously. Unfortunately some churches seem to be shifting toward a more secular view of Christmas by not holding services on Christmas morning. I can't imagine a more fitting place to go on Christmas morning than church. As for my family, we'll get up early, open presents, have a nice breakfast, and still be able to make our church's morning service at 10am. Apparently some church's feel Christmas is about something other than Jesus and all that religious stuff would just get in the way, y'know.

From the Salt Lake Tribune...

After noticing how few Salt Lake City businesses mention Christmas in their seasonal window displays, Thomas Corkish took an informal survey last week. Every time the Baptist pastor visited a store or gas station festooned with yuletide greenery, he queried an employee about what they were celebrating.

"No matter who I asked, they'd say, 'We're celebrating the season,' or 'We're celebrating the holiday'," said Corkish, pastor of Anchor Baptist Church in Holladay. "It's almost like people have been asked not to say, 'Merry Christmas.' I've been a pastor for 50 years and I've never seen anything like it."...

"There is a war over Christmas, and the reason for that is that there's a war over Christianity," said Corkish, who blames such groups as the American Civil Liberties Union for making people overly sensitive to the country's minority religions. "They want to give everybody free speech except the Christians."

And this from John Leo...

Some schools have ruled that red and green cookies cannot be brought into class in December because the color combination strongly suggests the divisive sectarian feast day of Christmas. Therefore:

(a) Red cookies may be brought to school. Green ones too. But, please, not on the same day.

(b) A fruit bowl containing just pears and cherries is a serious constitutional matter and should be reported immediately to the ACLU, care of the Christmas erasure desk.

(c) In December, the San Francisco 49ers may not be shown playing the New York Jets, except on black-and-white TV sets.

(d) All traffic lights must be turned off until Jan. 1.

Posted by Danny Carlton at December 12, 2005 05:43 AM

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