The war on Christmas has been going on for years. Puritans hated the holiday and wanted it banned. There have been other protestant religions that have wanted it banned throughout the years as well because Christ's birthday isn't in the bible. The Catholic view is simply that it is a day that we have chosen to think of Christ's birth. They do note that there are many origins to the actual date of Christmas and that Christ's Mass is celebrated at that time of year even though his birthday was likely at a different part of the year.
It is very interesting to read the history of Christmas and of the battle for Christmas. I recommend a book named "The Battle For Christmas" or the section on Christmas in "Catholic Customs & Traditions: A Popular Guide"
This is from a British newspaper watching all the hoo rah about the "War on Christmas" in America from the part of a third party observer, including debunking of a lot of the misinformation out there. Worth a read:
I think the article is about one company that is incompetent. They don't understand the law they think they are enforcing.
Mostly the war on Christmas gang are pursuing a war on people who want to celebrate holidays generically. But the tree is a generic symbol that predates Christian traditions--so it should not be banned in any public space by anyone with half a brain.
You do realize that there have been several organizations (across Europe) to fight all the anit-American and anit-conservative American bias in the foreign news reports correct? That is why it always makes me laugh when people on here say "oh I don't get my news from America, I rely on all foreign news." It has been proven to be so biased it isn't even worth a look. I did look at your article though. What they claim "never happened" actually did indeed occur so I'm unsure why they are trying to claim otherwise. Other than the fact that it was the tree at the Capital that was re-named not the WH tree, the other stories when researched have proven to be a fact. Sure, AFTER protesting and outcries they came up with some lame excuse to cover up what they did or reverse their decision, they did indeed occur though. I might also add that trying to dispel the War on Christmas and claim it is non-existent is something that particular news rag does every year. If there is no war, why do they feel the need to keep trying to loudly deny it every single year?
Point #2: "A US Texas school district did not ban wearing red and green clothing" Nope. It actually banned bringing red and green plates and napkins to a "holiday" party. I might add, the same district just lost in a lawsuit claiming religious discrimination.
point #3: Gap did not ban the word Christmas. As it turned out, a GAP official said they used the word "holiday" and Christmas is never mentioned, however, they did use the word Christmas in one of their ads. They may not, but there are numerous companies (wal-mart was one) that do. Wal-Mart has since reversed its decision. http://www.wnd.com/2005/11/33364/
The rest are just the same. Those instances did occur though someone got one thing wrong here or there, or they use the GAP because that one was incorrect, when the actual instance of the word being "discouraged" by companies is actually accurate. This is the type of biased reporting you get
Sassysue, have you ever heard of the old switcheroo? Whilst they're banging on about this kind of seasonal rubbish, they are distracting from far more important things. Like what's going on in Palestine for example. Now there's an ironic Christmas story for Christians to get their teeth into.
He is quite obviously doing it out of a sense of political correctness that comes from only one direction...... and Sassy Sue was good enough to prove this does not happen in just one place with one idiot. He was also making them take down manoras so he is an equal opportunity offender.
I'm not saying that it doesn't happen or that people aren't entitled to their opinions. It's just that it's not that important is it? Christmas will always stay as the institution that's it's been for the last couple of hundred years. What you really need to watch out for is Christian fundamentalists. Last time that lot got their mits on the government of England, they banned it and even made eating mince pies against the law. Then after a few years, the English came to their senses and Christmas was restored. The fun police then bought a one way ticket to a far away place. Where was it again?
Certainly not a smart move on the part of the management. Funny when so many born again Christians are against Christmas trees because they are seen as pagan.
However, this does not stop people from celebrating Christmas their own way.. The same with people saying Happy Holidays does not stop people from celebrating Christmas. Or not having nativity scenes in front of court houses does not stop them from putting them on their or their church's property.
Is this really that hard to understand? Liberals will do anything to make the world secular, liberals seem to think Christians/Muslims/Jews are at the heart of the worlds problems. They never see that its their actions that produce problems.
You see guys, this is what comes of making Christmas all about religion. You've all started arguing and falling out. What happened to good will to ALL men? (and presumably other genders. Or perhaps not that would just get you all going again.)
By the way, I was really disappointed that you lot didn't rise to the bait of Christian puritanism ruining Christmas (because some of you were from America). I was joking by the way, the English did invent Puritanism after all.
I don't find a war on Christmas, although there is definitely a war on the publicly funded religious observance of the day. Christmas started as a pagan observance and has, to a large degree, become more and more of a secular holiday over the years.
To have a private company deny a group of residents a christmas tree because the spelling of the word includes the word Christ is foolish indeed, but it is a small part of the backlash of being PC and bending over backwards to placate all religions (plus atheism for you purists out there) at the same time. It can't be done.
Were I a resident there I would vocally encourage every resident to put an "Xmas" tree in their room and let the owners know you are looking for a new place to live. File a complaint. Start a petition, striving for a signature from every resident. Ask Jews, Witnesses or other religions to write a note saying they don't mind. Nip this in the bud before it spreads to cover ever more PC crap as owners try to please everyone at the same time and that goes for every other attempt to curb the observance of a much beloved holiday because "it is Christian". It's not.
anyway...basically i don't give a shite what someone's political stance or religious affiliation is in Canada.....Christmas is a tradition....that can't be taken away from families that celebrate that tradition....as for me these days...bah humbug...but, that's just me right now.....
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