Monday, November 21, 2005

How the Grinch Appropriated Christmas


"Winter Wonderland" isn't specific enough for some people, and saying "Happy Holidays" is just plain rude:

Evangelical Christian pastor Jerry Falwell has a message for Americans when it comes to celebrating Christmas this year: You're either with us, or you're against us.

Falwell has put the power of his 24,000-member congregation behind the "Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign," an effort led by the conservative legal organization Liberty Counsel. The group promises to file suit against anyone who spreads what it sees as misinformation about how Christmas can be celebrated in schools and public spaces.

The 8,000 members of the Christian Educators Association International will be the campaign's "eyes and ears" in the nation's public schools. They'll be reporting to 750 Liberty Counsel lawyers who are ready to pounce if, for example, a teacher is muzzled from leading the third-graders in "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing."

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On his show last week, Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly offered a list of . . . retailers that he says refuse to use "Merry Christmas" in their store advertising.

Link (via the Huffington Post). So I get to either support Jerry Falwell and Bill O'Reilly by celebrating Christmas on their terms or not celebrate it at all? I choose (c) none of the above.

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Image credits: Adoration of the Magi by Heironymous Bosch, Dutch c.1510.


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