Those imagining a "War Against Christmas," those claiming nativity scenes belong on government land, or condemning the phrase "Season's Greetings" for not adequately conveying the idea that the holiday season is all about Jesus Christ, Your Personal Lord and Savior, who are they, exactly?This, kiddies, is what we call deliberate exaggeration.
Why, they are the very same people who try all year long to make this nation even more of a one-faith theocracy than it already is.
At least, I hope it was deliberate. But let's let Mr. Steinberg finish stating his case:
A lot of folk would be less anxious about religious trappings in December were the other 11 months of the year not spent grimly fending off the advances of faith, battling whether the school science curriculum should be shredded in the name of Christianity, or women stripped of the right to control their own bodies, or a particular form of prayer be thrust back into the public schools.I think Mr. Steinberg is wrong. There is a "War Against Christmas" and for evidence, I need only turn a few pages further in his own newspaper.
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Bottom line: There's plenty of Christmas without the government underwriting the holiday. "Save it for church" might sound harsh at this festive season, and were it not required as a year-round mantra, we wouldn't need it so much now. But we do.
From the "Quick Takes" column in this morning's Chicago Sun-Times:
A local council in East London has banned Christmas decorations in its office because there is the "concern that people might hurt themselves" while hanging the decorations.From yesterday's "Quick Takes" column:
News Item: Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus are removed from a manger scene in a St. Albans, W. Va., park on legal advice from the city council.On the other hand, I am amused by the people who are offended that some retailers don't mention "Christmas" in their Christmas advertising. What do they want? Commercialism? Charlie Brown was afraid of commercial interests appropriating Christmas -- is that now a goal of some conservative Christians?
News Item: St. Nicholas is banned from Vienna kindergartens because a large man with a beard might "create fear" in small children.
Moreover, not only do I think there is a "War Against Christmas" -- I think Christmas is losing. I have stood in the vestibule of my parish church, after Mass on Christmas, greeting my neighbors, saying "Merry Christmas" and too often getting "You have a nice holiday, too" as a reply. I always want to (but never actually do) shout, "Hey! I was at Mass with you! I won't be offended if you actually say Christmas."
At least no one says, "Seasons Greetings." At least no one I've ever heard.
But that's just one example of how deeply the anti-Christmas PC Police have penetrated our consciousness.
What I don't know is who's on the other side of this "War Against Christmas."
The worst part -- for me -- is that I'm forced to take sides with the pro-Christmas faction when, by nature and temperament, I tend to have much more in common with this guy:
To which I can only say, Bah Humbug!