Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press, or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Friday, December 8, 2006


Well, it's official. The Christmas Season... excuse me, I mean the non-demominational winter religious holiday season, has officially begun. Christmas-whoop, I did it again, I mean non-demominational winter religious holiday-sales are starting up in retail stores again, Holiday carols are being sung almost non-stop on my favorite radio stations, Winter Festival decorations are springing up all over the place, my family's getting on my case for me to make my Annual-Season-of-Giving Wish List, and the US Postal Service has mailed out flyers letting everyone know when to mail their gifts so they arrive in time for the non-demominational winter religious holidays.

Being politically correct is a pain in the @$$.

Seriously, what's the big deal with political correctness? Okay, I agree that calling someone with Down Syndrome "retarded" is rude and inappropriate, but some of the crap out there is just plain ridiculous! My family and I celebrate Christmas, okay? You don't like it, then don't come over for dinner on December 25. But don't tell me I can't set up a Nativity Scene or sing Christmas carols on my front yard. Again, if you don't like it, then don't look at it. I don't have a problem if you're Jewish and you put a Menorah on your front lawn. Do unto others, remember?

I think that Bill O'Reilly and John Gibson are right: there is a war against Christmas. Don't believe me? Think about it; how come we get of for other religions' holidays, but Christmas gets called "Winter Break?" How come many towns have passed ordinances banning the display of Christian holiday symbols in public places but have not done the same for other religions?

Okay, before I go any further, DO NOT use the commenting board to blast Bill O'Reilly or John Gibson. You can voice your disagreement with our views, that's fine, but any name-calling, insults, or other forms of flaming will get your comments deleted. You've been warned.

Most of the excuses I've heard for getting rid of Christmas symbols, the religious ones at least, is because "we don't want to offend people who practice other religions." Really? Well, in my experience, there are two kinds of religious people: those who genuinely practice religion and those who profess that they practice. It's the latter category, and they're not really being religious, that take offense at Christian symbols so that they can try and prove that they're Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, or whatever. And it's those people who really get me steamed.

Bottom line:

You don't like Christmas? That's fine and dandy with me. Just don't try and keep me from celebrating it.


Anonymous said...

when i saw your "whoop, i did it again" i started singing the britney spears song. Why? Because i grew up with that stupid pop music and i just can't get it out of my system.

*lights something on fire*

I'm flaming!

emma said...

merry Christmas andrew!

and yes i know it's early.

Jeff said...

They changed it to "Winter Break" 'cause people were complaining about not getting off for Hanukkah, etc. It used to be "Christmas Break". As for the public display, no one really has public displays of other religions that much. And...let's see...I don't know about you, but I get annoyed when people start putting up Christmas decorations right after Halloween. Or anytime ridiculously before Christmas (like, more than 2 weeks or so). Then again, I'm not Christian...

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, I didn't know I OFFENDED YOU by making you call winter break "Christmas Break". I'm also sorry if we get off for Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana, because, ya know, those days are only the "Holiest of Holies".

Yom Kippur, I might add, is TWO days, but we get off for the second one. This holiday is considered the most holy day in the calendar, and we get one day off for it.

We also don't get off for ANY of our other holidays, including Passover, Sukkot, Simchat Torah (I might add we had ERB testing on the first two days of Simchat Torah, even though work is prohibited on these days), or Shavuot (work is also prohibited on this day as well). Among other religious holidays we don't get off for includes Bhudda Day (the most important Bhuddist Holiday) and Ramadan.

For Christmas, we get off upwards of FIVE days, even though it isn't Christ's actual birthday.

Furthermore, there isn't a law against setting up a nativity scene on your lawn. If someone prosecutes you for setting one up on your lawn, I'd be more than happy to help you defend yourself for the right to worship in whatever manner you choose. In fact, I'm more than happy to defend a minister who wants to roam the streets of his town and preach his message (in fact, the ACLU recently DID defend a Tennessee minister who wanted to do just that). Holiday Horns plays ONE song that isn't a christmas song, and i'm not complaining about that.

I'm insulted, however, when my barber tells me to have a Merry Christmas and asks me if I got my tree yet.

When I answer "well, I'm actually Jewish", she said "oh, well when is," and I quote, "YOUR THING?"

My point is this, Andrew.

If you spend one day as a Jewish person, you'll know how it feels, with all the lights and the blow-up santa clauses and the christmas specials.

you'll see, then.

there isn't a war against christmas.

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