- Holidays and Celebrations
In Case You Haven't Heard, There's A War On
We are fighting a war here on American soil. There's no sound of gunfire, no bombs, no IED's.
Medics aren't treating battlefield wounds, no medals being given out for valor in the face of the enemy.
There's no bloodshed. No widespread death and destruction.
Still, there is a full-scale war being fought.
THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS
It erupts this time every year: Atheists, radical groups and generally miserable people get together and launch one full-scale assault after another. No one is immune from attack: cities, businesses, schools, churches, men, women and schoolkids are all legitimate targets in their eyes.
Their goal is the complete and total eradication of Christmas and all it's symbols and meaning.
A time of peace, joy and hope is becoming a time of threats, intimidation and lawsuits. They attack the Christian faith and those who observe it's most significant holiday demanding it be outlawed and replaced with "Winter Holiday", "Solstice", "Festivus" or nothing at all.
Even a simple children's tale of Santa Clause is under attack.
Woe betide the town that strings up lights and signs reading, "Merry Christmas."
They will sue a church to have the Nativity taken down, go apoplectic at the sight of a Christmas Tree in the town square.
Scrooge? No...Ebenezer Scrooge was really a nice old man deep down in his soul.
The Grinch? No...Even he turned out to have a heart after all.
These people? They have no soul. Ask 'em...go ahead, they'll tell you they don't.
Ask 'em about a heart while you're at it. They'll tell you it is an organ that pumps blood to the body. They will completely miss the point (or twist it to make themselves feel superior).
Neither do they have lives. The vast majority are simply out for their annual fifteen minutes of fame.And of course, our "unbiased" media are more than happy to give it to them.
They suffer no injury, no pain and agony that isn't of their own making, they haven't been financially ruined or permanently disabled by Christmas. Yet they will sue anybody they think they can shake down for a couple of million bucks, claiming they suffered some emotional trauma at the hands of those awful people who put up a Nativity, a Cross, a Christmas Tree or (gasp) greeted them with "Merry Christmas."
This sort of thing doesn't even qualify for political correctness: It's just plain old-fashioned meanness and hatefulness.
These people claim to be "free thinkers" and oh-so-tolerant of people of faith...so long as that faith is not Christian. They're quite tolerant of everything...Ramadan, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Pagan rituals, Satanism, NAMBLA...just not Christmas. They're all for free speech...just don't disagree with 'em, mention God or greet 'em with "Merry Christmas." Doesn't sound so free thinking and tolerant to me...how 'bout you?
What the hell is wrong with people?
I have asked this question before, and have yet to receive a coherent answer, so I'll ask again: Just how damn insecure do you have to be?
Among my friends I count Atheists, Agnostics, Jews, Muslims (no, they're not all terrorists), Democrats, even a couple of Hindus. Most of my Atheist and Agnostic friends are- simply put- embarrassed by the actions of their particular groups. They actually enjoy the Christmas Season.
They realize there is a secular side of Christmas, not connected with religion in any way. They do not begrudge the religious side, or those who practice it. They will tell you it is in fact, a beautiful story.
My Jewish friends will greet me with "Merry Christmas," and I will respond with "Happy Hanukkah." It's the same with my Muslim and Hindu friends.
Why do you think that is? Do you think it's because we're intelligent enough and civilized enough to recognize and respect each other's beliefs , even though we may not share them? Is it because we all share the same wish: "Peace on Earth, good will toward men?" Especially during a time of war.
We like to think so.
Maybe you don't. Maybe you're just so damn miserable in your own life you just can't contain yourself and need to spread that misery as far and wide as possible. If you ain't happy, ain't nobody gonna be happy...is that your problem, bunkie?
Y'know, if I don't like a TV show, I don't watch it, but I don't try to stop you from watching it. If I don't like a restaurant, I don't eat there, but I don't try to keep you from going there. If I don't like a politician, I don't vote for him, but you can if you like. I don't throw a hissy-fit at the sight of a Synagogue or a Mosque. If I don't share a particular faith, I don't observe their holidays. But I do not try to prevent those who do from observing them, and I wish them well out of respect.
Wanna tell me what the hell is wrong with that idea?
The solution is simple: If you don't like Christmas don't observe it, but don't try to ruin it for those of us who do. If you can't stand the sight of the Nativity or a Christmas Tree, if you hate the sound of "Merry Christmas," ignore it all, just like I do you for eleven months out of the year.
You'll find we wish you well, anyway
If you're so emotionally fragile and insecure that Christmas just causes you fits, has you foaming at the mouth or huddling in a dark corner of your house lest you be violated in some way, may I suggest that there is probably an appropriate counselling program to help you deal with it?
No doubt, there is probably some emotional train wreck of an individual out there that'll want to take me to court over this...go ahead, I'm damn near bankrupt anyway and all you'll get out of it is a 1985 Ford F-150 that needs a base plate for the carburetor (Holley 650 single-pump) before it'll go anywhere, two little dogs that probably won't like you and a cat that'll ignore you 'til she's hungry.
But I digress....
MERRY CHRISTMAS, AND GOD BLESS US ALL- EVERY ONE!
Oh, and one last thing: Welcome home and job well done to our troops coming home from Iraq.
For those still serving in Afghanistan, give it your best every day, stay safe, and come home as soon as you can...you got folks waitin' on ya.