Rush Claims the left wants to destroy Christmas, Ignores the Fact That Most US Liberals Celebrate It
Here’s the audio from Media Matters of Rush Talking about the Left’s “War On Christmas” which I can prove beyond reasonable doubt does not exist.
Okay, Than Mr. Limbaugh why do so many people On the American Left Celebrate Christmas? These don’t look like people who “hate Christmas”
President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Celebrated it.
Christmas First Families: Clinton 1995 via whitehouse.gov
See that big Christmas tree in front of the capital building only a few years ago?
Senators argued over Christmas and no it wasn’t over whether or not we should celebrate it, but whether or not they should stay to get more important work done. Via politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com
Wow looks like Obama and his family really “hate” Christmas. Why aren’t other liberals complaining if they really want to destroy the holiday, eh Rush?
The first family with children dressed as elves, who are or were patients at Children’s National Medical Center. via nydailynews.com
Also why do we hear about things like this
Happy Holidays From the Democrats. No matter What Holiday You Celebrate and that includes Christmas
The Senate Democrats have also set up a “Capital Christmas Tree Webcam”
CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE WEBCAM via democrats.senate.gov
Hardly sounds like the left has an anti Christmas agenda does it?
Of course many leftwing non Christians Americans don’t celebrate Christmas, but that hardly constitutes a war on Christmas by the left or even those leftists that don’t celebrate the holiday. You’d then have to also ignore the small number of conservative Americans who also don’t celebrate Christmas. Rush and the “War On Christmas” nonsense have been debunked yet again, as if it hadn’t been already. I could have even done a much better job if I wanted to really take my time with this.
This is a few days old, but still a big *facepalm*
The old urban legend about a school banning red and green is back, this time directed at an elementary school in Texas.
An elementary school in Frisco, Texas is believed to be the first in the state to violate “The Merry Christmas Law” after they banned Christmas trees and the colors red & green from an upcoming “winter” party.
Except, no they didn’t. From the same article, just five paragraphs down:
The school district released a statement to myfoxdfw.com noting:
“The school was unaware of this and it was not an official PTA correspondence either. There have never been any limitations on what students wear, what they bring to share with their classmates on party days … what greetings people exchange with each other.”
But hey, why let a little thing like reality get in the way.
Here’s the schools offical statement from their website: friscoisd.org
‘Tis the season to war upon Christmas. In Bellevue, Kentucky, however, the war isn’t church vs state or even Christians vs everyone else.
It’s church in-fighting on display.
BELLEVUE, Ky. —A decades-old holiday tradition is at the center of controversy.
Churches in Bellevue are saying no to the nativity scene procession.
The pastor organizing the annual event is having trouble getting other congregations on board this year.
He believes part of the issue is that his church accepts gay members.
With the star of Bethlehem shining bright on Fairfield Avenue, Bellevue’s nativity scene has a new home in front of St. John United Church of Christ.
Mayor Ed Riehl explains that after 42 years in a community park, the display had to move off of city-owned property
But the other churches in Bellevue aren’t pleased about the change.
“We welcome everyone, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, and he felt so strongly about this that he said to me, we don’t feel like you follow the teachings of Christ,” Rev. Keith Haithcock said.
Haithcock said that as an openly gay pastor, it hurts that another Bellevue congregation will not participate in the procession because of his beliefs.
Out of the five churches in Bellevue, St. John is the only one participating in the procession.
It’s almost that magical time of year, where Americans engage in vertical food distribution, cheer the Cowboys getting in the end zone, and trample over one another in their quest to celebrate the birth of the flat screen TV. It’s also a time where mega corporations are supposed to be somewhat less a-holes. Well, maybe not if you’re McDonald’s. McDonald’s, in partnership with Visa, runs a financial planning website with a very Hallmark-y message for its low paid employees: eat smaller meals and sell those annoying Christmas gifts on Ebay.
Just when you thought McDonald’s learned its lesson after previously urging its employees to seek food stamps, the purveyor brightly colored crap that’s bound to not make your colon “not love it” appears to have simply tweaked its message. The McDonald’s website cares so much about your well-being, it doesn’t want you to waste your time eating a full meal. After all, who has time for that in these stressful times.
But what should we do about the upcoming holidays, ever-so wise McDonald’s website?
McDonald’s pays you enough to invest in a lovely one room dog house, so they certainly know how you can manage debt. Just in case you were thinking of either buying or receiving presents this year for Christmas, don’t. You work for McDonald’s; you should he happy enough. With that in mind, the McDonald’s website wants you to stop your complaining and sell your stuff on Ebay.
The American Family Association’s annual Naughty Or Nice list of companies is out. And as always, the annual renewal of War on Christmas panic is an opportunity to revisit how quick conservative organizations are to sell out their own purported values when the opportunity arises for them to get some publicity by doing so.
First, the measure of whether a company is pro-Christmas is hilariously divorced from any theoretical Christian values or expression of the Christmas spirit, and determined solely by marketing. “BLUE: An AFA ‘5-Star’ rated company that promotes and celebrates Christmas on an exceptional basis,” the list’s key explains. “GREEN: Company uses the term “Christmas” on a regular basis, we consider that company Christmas-friendly. YELLOW: Company refers to Christmas infrequently, or in a single advertising medium, but not in others. RED: Company may use “Christmas” sparingly in a single or unique product description, but as a company, does not recognize it.”
The only stated value, in other words, is how much retailers talk about Christmas. By this metric, a porn company, or one that kills Bengladeshi child laborers it’s stolen from their families as part of its production process, could issue a statement declaring its belief that Christmas is the most important holiday of the year, slap the term “Christmas” on all of its products, and earn at least a Green rating (though in the former case, the AFA would certainly step in to intervene). The AFA is ostensibly a Christian organization, but the way it determines what counts as naughty or nice rewards effectively companies for how intensely they commercialize the birth of Christ.
That potential for hypocrisy gets even clearer when we look at the list of “Companies For ‘Christmas’” in detail. Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Kmart, Macy’s, Kohl’s, J.C. Penney, and Toys R Us all get passing grades from the American Family Association. They’re also stores that are opening at 6PM on Thanksgiving Day to jumpstart their Black Friday sales, a grotesque invasion of the commercial spirit into a day that’s supposed to be a celebration of America’s beginnings, and has historically been a nearly-universally observed holiday that gives families times together. That’s not even to mention the ongoing campaigns to win better treatment and wages for Walmart workers, an issue that an Ohio Walmart tacitly acknowledged in holding a food drive to supplement the pantries of its own needy employees.
Then, there are the companies that count as “marginal.” They include Uncommon Goods, which donates $1 per purchase through the Better To Give program to charities of consumers choices, including anti-sexual assault organization RAINN and City Harvest, which fights hunger in New York City. The company also tries to limit its catalogue distribution and use sustainable paper for those it does mail as part of forestry conservation efforts, and sells sustainable, recycled, and organic products. Apparently responsible consumerism doesn’t count for much in the AFA’s book, even though there are growing conversations about Christian imperatives to conserve.
To hear activists on the Christian right tell the story, the conservative Christian American—especially the male conservative Christian American—is the most oppressed, victimized person in the country, and perhaps the history of the world. It’s all utterly disingenuous, of course: painting themselves as victims creates a cover to actually victimize other people, usually by imposing their fanatical religious views. Here’s a rundown of various ways Christian conservatives paint themselves as victims, and who the real victims actually are.
1) The issue: Whether or not states should ban “gay conversion therapy” for minors who cannot, by definition, give their consent.
Who the right claims is being hurt: Christian parents whose supposed “freedom of religion” requires that they be allowed to try to force their kids to be straight. Matt Stave of the Liberty Counsel denounced banning this practice, calling it a “slippery slope of government infringing upon the First Amendment rights of counselors to provide, and patients to receive, counseling consistent with their religious beliefs.”
Who is actually being hurt: LGBT youth, whose actual rights to be themselves are being threatened by parents whose poor parenting decisions are tantamount to child abuse. Gay conversion “therapy” isn’t therapy in any real sense; actual therapy is about helping people become whole and well, which can only be achieved by gay and queer people by learning to accept their sexuality for what it is. These programs don’t actually convert anyone, something that even prominent “ex-gay” organizations finally had to admit. At best, they shove young people into the closet. The American Psychologial Association came out against gay conversion in 2009, and cited its use as a contributing factor to depression and even suicide.
But even if therapists did “convert” young people from gay to straight, that would not justify these programs. Religious freedom is something an individual possesses; if a young person decides to reject her parents’ religious teachings on sexuality, that is her right. Gay conversion non-therapy is not just an assault on young people’s right to wholeness, it’s an assault on their right to determine for themselves what religious beliefs to hold.
2) The issue: The new HHS regulations requiring insurance plans to cover, without a copay, an assorted list of preventive care, including contraception.
3) The issue: Businesses and the government taking an inclusive or even secular approach to the holidays. The right objects to a wide range of inclusive or secular behaviors, from governments sticking to secular expressions of the holidays season (Santa and Christmas trees instead of nativity scenes) and businesses that stick with greetings like “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”
4) The issue: Schools leading students in prayer, whether it’s the teachers or the students offering the officially sanctioned prayer. The Supreme Court bans it all.
5) The issue: Gay marriage.
BURT PRELUTSKY writes in World Nut Drooly:
I never thought I’d live to see the day that Christmas would become a dirty word. You think it hasn’t? Then why is it that people are being prevented from saying it in polite society for fear that it will offend?
Why, after 60 years, is the city of Santa Monica, Calif., no longer allowed to erect its traditional crèche in the palisades overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and why is the governor of Rhode Island insisting on calling the state’s Christmas tree a holiday tree?
Schools are being forced to replace ‘Christmas vacation’ with ‘winter break’ in their printed schedules. At some major retail chains, the word is verboten, replaced as a matter of policy by the generic Happy Holidays. Carols, even instrumental versions, are verboten in certain locales. All across the country, grammar schools are banning Christmas pageants.
And then he sez:
I am getting the idea that these self-righteous secular Jews won’t be happy until they pull off their own version of the Spanish Inquisition, forcing Christians to either deny their faith and convert to agnosticism or suffer the consequences.
You can read the entire screechy diatribe at wnd.com (WARNING: This link goes to a site that is run by delusional stupid crazy people. You may lose brain cells.)
The mind boggles. I thought it was supposed to be Muslims and their “stealth Sharia” who were leading the War Against Christmas! There is so much wrong with this diatribe that I don’t even know where to begin. Let’s begin with the hysterical claim that wishing somebody “Happy Holidays” is the equivalent of burning somebody to death in an auto-da-fe. Uh, no it’s not.
Also, nobody is even being FORCED to say “Happy Holidays.” It’s just a generic greeting, like “How are you today?” People who say “How are you today?” are not expecting a full run-down of your medical condition.
Now is is possible that some people are concerned that public funds or public space are being designated for religious objects that are not inclusive of many citizens. At the same time, the same “conservatives” who are in such horror of a “War on Christmas” also complain that the White House is spending too much money of holiday decorations during a time of recession and unemployment and OMG a Blackity Black Man is President!
I can look all around and see Christmas symbols everywhere! My favorite TV shows are either pre-empted for Christmas specials, or else have a Christmas episode, but it is very rare to see a TV program that has a Hanukkah episode. Which reminds me, “South Park” has not done a Christmas Special since the infamous “Woodland Critters” episode. I haz a sad!
Homeowners in Hudsonville, Mich., have been singled out for displaying what an anonymous letter-writer calls “pagan” lights and decorations on their properties.
On Wednesday night, residents of Vintage Drive found a letter attached to their mailboxes suggesting that anyone with Christmas lights or decorations should re-think their beliefs, because Christmas displays honor the “Pagan Sun-God” and do not pertain to the birth of Jesus, according to ABC News affiliate WZZM.
The letters start out on a friendly note, with “Hi Neighbor, you have a nice display of lights.” But the self-described “love note” quickly changes tone, explaining how the “pagan tradition” of putting up lights began.
“I laughed because I think it’s ridiculous that people would get upset over Christmas lights,” said Danette Hoekman, who received the letter.
Besides speaking against holiday lights, the note claimed that the use of mistletoe, wreaths and yule-logs were in no way representative of Christmas.
Those who received the letters said they do not know who wrote them.
“It’s a sin to judge other people and to tell people that if they have Christmas lights they are pagans. We’re not pagans, we go to church regularly, my kids go to the Christian school,” Hoekman said. “I think next year we should put on a huge display!”
Man, this whole War on Christmas is getting confusing.
Right on cue, the right-wing media this month has been waging its annual battle to convince faithful followers that religious-hating liberals are at war with Christmas, and that once again Obama is leading the charge to demean the holiday. The evidence for those charges has always been non-existent, but the allegations, like holiday fruitcakes, keep coming.
More problematic though, is what happens when the First Family opens the White House for the season to thousands of visitors and the residence resembles a Hollywood-like Christmas wonderland?
If you’re former Los Angeles Times blogger Andrew Malcolm, you flip the script and denounce the Obamas for celebrating the Christmas season too robustly; for going overboard in a thoughtless manner.
You can’t make this up:
The economy may be weak, unemployment strong and the first family soon to vacate the White House for another half-month of vacation in Hawaii. But the Obamas have gone all out in decorating their house this year, including a nearly quarter-ton gingerbread White House.
They have also installed 37 different Christmas trees. Thirty of the trees are live, or were, including one nearly 19-feet tall from Wisconsin. Seven of the three dozen Christmas trees are artificial or homemade including, of course, one from recyclables.
See, forget all those claims about trying to rub out Christmas all together. According to the new fevered spin, the Obamas are actually rubbing people’s faces in the Christmas season and flaunting the decorations.