In Texas, a Preemptive Attack Against the War on Christmas

Categories: Politics, Religion

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For too long, the defenders of Christian liberty in this country have huddled in their bunkers while liberals have launched salvo upon salvo at Christmas, reducing it to a bland and tasteless mush of pan-religious inclusiveness. Bill O'Reilly would scurry into the open from time to time to issue loud, self-righteous declamations, but they were merely reacting, never leaving their defensive crouch.

In Texas, that's changing. This past legislative session, the state Legislature passed the "Merry Christmas Bill," which aims to put Jesus back in the generic "holiday" and "winter" celebrations at public schools by letting teachers and staff members say "Merry Christmas" or set up nativity scenes at school without fear of reprisal. On the website he set up in support of the bill, State Representative Dwayne Bohac cites numerous examples of constituents being persecuted for their religious beliefs.

See also: Texas Atheist Aron Ra Is Deeply Irritated by Houston Rep's "Merry Christmas" Bill

Last December, my 8-year old daughter was very excited about her upcoming Christmas Party at her school. However, she was very confused one day when she brought home a letter from her teacher informing her mother and me that the annual event would now be referred to as a 'Holiday Party' and gave us a set of rules to abide by on the day of the event. We were told that the school was discouraging students from wearing the colors red or green in order to be sensitive to other students, and that the phrase 'Merry Christmas' should be replaced with generic greetings such as 'Happy Holidays' or 'Season's Greetings' on any 'holiday' cards. This may come as no surprise to those of us who have witnessed this trend in recent years, but I can tell you it didn't make a whole lot of sense to our daughter. I guess it's never too early to be forced to teach your child about the absurdity of political correctness.

Armed with the new legislation, the social-conservative advocacy group Texas Values is going on the offensive. This morning, it announced "a state-wide project that will educate and protect the acknowledgment of Christmas in our public schools and ensure our student's [sic] religious liberty."

It's doing this in two ways. One, it's circulating an online petition and asking those who sign to share a summary of the Merry Christmas Law with their school districts. Two, it's monitoring school districts' compliance with the law by crowdsourcing reports on how they're doing.

"No student in Texas should fear exercising their religious freedom at school," the group writes. Instead, they should fear God and praise His only begotten son.


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sclaus
sclaus

www.oktosaychristmastome.com 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

Let me know how all this shakes out.  I'll be spending Christmakwanzukkah on a tropical island.

TheJeremyAdams
TheJeremyAdams

Christmas is one day in a season that last from October 31 to January 1.  From now on I am only saying Happy Monday all week long because that is what this adds up to -- ne day of the season is pissed off because it doesn't get recognition for the other 32.  GET OVER IT.  That stupid fat man stated gracing my TV even before Halloween was here.  The poor turkey doesn't even get a chance any more.  Also, Christmas is not about Christ it is about you emptying you pocketbook at the cash register so your bratty ass kids can complain that the $3000.00 you spent on the little punks wasn't enough.  That offing gi'r'affe, Jeffery, had his "savings book" out on October 15th.


ruddski
ruddski

It's apparent that Christmas has declared war on a few UP commenters.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

While I will never quite understand the anti-Christmas people (and I'm an agnostic, so I could give two shits about the Christ part of it) I'm also quite confused that our legislators have nothing better to do than this. Why does this have to become an issue every fucking winter?

Just-Sharon
Just-Sharon

Christmas is very complicated and as this season rushes its way upon us, we must take a deep breath, and look to the sky and ask Our Heavenly Leader to hold our hand and lead not into The Temptations but to Liver Oz for Heifers. 

As we dip our Holy Snow Gone deep within our own Virgin Harry, remember, it is the motion of the meat not the size of the Ark.  Let us be at one with that   Ruddiski and I want to with every one of you Multiple Daze of Happy & Mary Whore Monering Virgin Vagina and Vaginal Cavities to UHaul and to fall in a good fight.

Please keep the date of December 15th open. I am plan to plan an even T two celebrate the wreathlease of a new see Dee of Xtionista Musica culled Dip In Jesus, Prays 2 Jeffress Glory Hole, Eye's Blue Yah...ZAh

And May June Bee with Jew Two.

strathound
strathound

Can't we just kill Christmas and get it over with? For the love of all that is holy, Christmas sucks. Forcing people to shop and buy things? That's pretty much the definition of hell on earth. Discuss.

kayo
kayo

Isn't it nice that such a pressing matter as the 'Merry Christmas Bill' can sail through the lege, so that lawmakers don't have to trifle with such plebeian concerns as improving education, lowering property taxes, and reforming the PUC ? 

scerinjen3
scerinjen3

The key to this is that "if you like your current holiday - you can keep your holiday..."

tdkisok
tdkisok

........because Christmas isn't free.

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

Good--now I can go around wishing everybody a happy Dies Natalis Solis Invicti without threat of being persecuted as a "heathen" or "pagan."  Thank you, Texas Legislature!

if6were9
if6were9

"If you wanna go to war, i'll take you to war!"- Tony Montana

ruddski
ruddski

Used to be, the War On Christmas didn't start 'til after the War On Thanksgiving was over.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

If the religious freaks hadn't been such freaks about religion in the first place, the schools likely wouldn't have come up with these ridiculous rules.

No red or green clothing? Even this heathenous homo libtard thinks that's stoopid.

Just let Christmas be the holiday R.H.Macy dreamed up and everybody will be happy.

Santa Claus can bring us x-ray machines and houses in Westchester, and the parade can proceed as planned.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

I'd be wiling to concede Christmas to the Pagans if we could just have Easter.

Just-Sharon
Just-Sharon

@ruddski So apparent.  So very apparent.  Incredibly apparent that Christmas has  declared war.

It is so very apparent that Christmas HAS declared war on a few.  And more to the point a few UP comments and the commenters that make the comments.  You have hit the na na na na nail on the HEAD!  Yep, that is what you did.

JohnSmallBerries
JohnSmallBerries

@P1Gunter "The anti-Christmas people". Those people would fit into a now non-existent phone booth. Another made up persecution scheme.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@TeaBaggingJesus  

Wow.

That's some good acid, and the fact you could actually get the keyboard to work is amazing.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@strathound It's the food, you idiot. The food.

Are you gonna bake in the summer?

Mince meat pie with your bar-b-que?

Fudge and cheese balls and iced sugar cookies?

Spiced cider and mulled wine just don't do it for me by the pool in June.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@strathound  

I celebrate Christmas with some of my family and friends.  We basically spend the day with each other.  If gifts are exchanged, they are token ones at best.  You don't have to commercialize Christmas if you don't want to.

kayo
kayo

@strathound Where do I sign?  I'd wipe Xmas off the map in a heartbeat.  Just a big pain in the ass.

doublecheese
doublecheese

@kayo While I appreciate the sentiment here, those other things are a lot more complicated and spend a lot of time in different committees.  There's no reason not to pass the easy stuff while waiting on the hard stuff to work it's way through.  Otherwise, nothing at all would ever get doe.

hentai.jeff
hentai.jeff

@ruddski No no no, the War on Christmas is only a counteroffensive by Thanksgiving trying to get it's time back. Halloween is weighing it's options.

Daniel
Daniel

@Montemalone  R.H. Macy may have launched Christmas as a commercial bonanza, but you're forgetting who put the REAL heart in this magical season. You know who I'm talking about -- Charles Dickens. 

It is thanks to him that we endure a month and a half of mawkish, remember-the-wonder-of-childhood treacle each year (though I suspect some kind of dentists' organization may have been involved, too). FOR JESUS CHRIST'S SAKE, ENOUGH ALREADY.

observist
observist topcommenter

@Montemalone   Yes - there's a large contingent of Indians where I work, and they have a Diwali celebration to which all non-Hindus are welcome.  It's all very fun and happy, and no non-Hindus take offense to being wished a "happy Diwali" and don't feel their own religious observation has been compromised.

observist
observist topcommenter

@bmarvel  The schools arehaving a "winter" celebration pretending it's not a  "Christian" celebration, which, in turn, is pretending it's not a pagan solstice celebration.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@Montemalone @strathound  

Although Christmas dinner with fried chicken, smoked meats (sausage, brisket, ham), potato salad, cole slaw, corn on the cob, peach cobbler with ice cream; and, ice tea, lemonade and beer to drink does sound mighty tasty.

leftocenter
leftocenter

Fudge and cheese balls sound terrible...

strathound
strathound

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul @strathound That's a great idea. I think I would really love the season if our family did it this way. As it stands, every single Christmas, I want to call in sick for the month and go find a doomsday prep shelter and just hide until it's over. I love the music. I love the cold weather. I love that we take time to be with friends and family. Wish that's what it was about. I cannot stand the feeling of guilt I have if I don't spend at least $100 on each member of my family. Maybe I own that guilt. But I feel substantial pressure from society to be this way. If I try to break the tradition, I'm told that I'm a grinch and hate Christmas. Well ... guess that's the case. Looking forward to Arbor Day.

kayo
kayo

@doublecheese @kayo Fair point, doublecheese, but to me the Merry Xmas Bill is more like 'the stupid stuff' than 'the easy stuff'.

ruddski
ruddski

Endless wars, the cycle of violence that is America's bitter straw that broke broke the camel's nine yards.

ruddski
ruddski

Skippef the Red Ryder Enlightenment?

Oxtail
Oxtail

As I am more of a Summer person, I am offended by this. My advocacy group seeks to have legislation passed that bans cold weather. Its a drain on the economy and causes global warming.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@observist @bmarvel I've just never seen the point in celebrating winter. Maybe up in Colorado where you can ski, or in Minnesota where winter is actually pretty. But in Texas, where it's just cold and miserable and dark? Forget it. I'll wait for the Spring Tornado Festival. 

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@green_eyed_lady9 @bmarvel Green-Eyes. On the contrary, Easter falls when it does because, historically, the crucifixion of Christ is believed to have occurred on Friday, the day of preparation for Jewish feast of Passover. His Resurrection -- Easter -- was Sunday -- three days in the tomb. So, Easter is determined by historical Gospel accounts, not by some Pagan festival. That Passover itself may have dated back to a much earlier Pagan tradition is possible. But the Church did not "take over" this festival because of its association with pagan feasts. It was simply going by the Gospels.

I have no interest in debating theology with you. But historically, you are incorrect.       

leftocenter
leftocenter

@RTGolden1 Nothing gets by you RT... facetious...but as I read it, it sounded like they were together...need some commas lol

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@strathound @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul  

It just  depends upon how you set your goals.  It takes different people different amounts of time to realize just how powerful and strong marketing schemes are.

As I have a mixed religion marriage, my wife and I often joke about when are we going to put up the Channukah Bush.

Oxtail
Oxtail

It's also killed more people than religion. At least a quarter of all deaths in the world occur in winter every year.

observist
observist topcommenter

@Oxtail  Winter causes global warming... nice one.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

@Oxtail Meanwhile, I am a winter person. My group is seeking a ban on heat and the summer. The summer is a drain on all Texan's pocketbooks due to the extreme electric bills required for air conditioning to maintain life. I declare war on summer!

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@bmarvel @observist If your dad refuses to buy a snowblower, there isn't much to celebrate about winter in Colorado either.

observist
observist topcommenter

@bmarvel @observist  I think the idea is to have a celebration to lighten up the second-crappiest time of year in Texas.  (The first-crappiest being summer, of course)

observist
observist topcommenter

@bmarvel @green_eyed_lady9  

"Passover itself may have dated back to a much earlier Pagan tradition" 

Yes this.  Just happens to fall within a week or two of the spring solstice ~ March 21.

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