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What Ails Us at Christmas Time?

Christmas is fast approaching and I am pleased to say my shopping is done and courtesy of several online retailers I have successfully avoided the stores.

Truth be told I get morose around the holidays.  Christmas seems to me to be neither a convincing religious holiday nor a pleasurable secular one and the societal “script” feels as if we’re supposed to be happy even if happy is the last thing we feel like being.  Between the conservative Christians whining that there’s a war on Christmas and that people are trying to prevent them from enjoying their religious festivities and the relentless drumbeat of corporate America trying to convince the rest of us we should bankrupt ourselves in a quest to buy the perfect present, the season seems more dreary than joyous. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why does Bill O’Reilly hate Jesus?

It’s true. Bill O’Reilly has joined the War on Christmas. He has published his “Holiday” Quiz (horrors!) in Parade magazine as a contest in which the winner will receive his new book.

I took the quiz. One answer I found interesting: “Puritan leaders in [state] fined anyone caught celebrating the holiday because they considered it to be an a ‘dishonor to God.’ Puritans considered Christmas to be a pagan holiday.” Hear that, Senator Buttars?

Here’s the link if you want to take the quiz. Caution, it is very long and tiresome. I scored “Not Bad”. I don’t remember any questions about Jesus.

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“Christian nation” rhetoric – historically, legally and religiously wrong

In the D-News, LaVarr Webb spouts the usual nonsense right-wing Christian nation claims”:

As for Buttars stating that the United States is a “Christian nation,” any sensitive soul who wants to read some sort of insult into that can get offended if they wish. A majority of people in this country are Christians, so in that sense the U.S. is a Christian nation.

Webb misses the point. Read the rest of this entry »

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Happy HOLIDAYS, Senator Buttars, and I mean that

What pressing matters will take up the valuable time of our busy legislature this session? Taxes? Schools? Roads?

How about war? As in, the war on Christmas.

State Senator Chris Buttars is declaring a war on the ‘War on Christmas’. He’s sponsoring a resolution encouraging retailers to embrace Christmas in their promotions rather than the generic “holidays.”

Sen. Chris Buttars wants Utah’s Legislature to declare its opposition to the “war on Christmas.” [snip]

“It would encourage the use of ‘Merry Christmas,'” Buttars said of the non-binding statement that is still being drafted. “I’m sick of the Christmas wars — we’re a Christian nation and ought to use the word.” [snip]

Now you’re expecting me to make the obvious comment on the “we’re a Christian nation” thing, right? Well, I don’t think I need to. The stupidity of that statement stands all on its own.

Who else thinks it’s a good idea?

“I think Christmas is a wonderful holiday,” said Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo. [snip]

While Bramble believes that America is grounded in Judeo-Christian beliefs, part of that thinking involves tolerance of other faiths, he said.

“I don’t find it offensive when someone says ‘Happy Holidays,’ ” Bramble added. “What is offensive is if we’re embarrassed to say ‘Merry Christmas.’ “

I’ll be blunt. It pisses me off that our legislators waste time on such ridiculous non-issues. If they are so lacking in serious issues as to have to resort to this, then maybe we can cut back on the legislative session and save some taxpayer money. Yeah, right.

In fact, is pisses me off that I wasted time writing about this! Bah, humbug!

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