So I was reading this ridiculous article about the country "spiraling downward to the left" and the perceived Christmas flap over at Foxnews.com, that bastion of misinformation. I am so freaking sick and tired of hearing about liberals being unchristian and atheistic and pagan etc etc. What is the big deal about whether or not Merry Christmas is said or written in public places? Since when is hanging junk on buildings a sign of Christianity? Is that what Christmas is about? No. We're supposed to remember that the savior was born at some time in history and celebrate thusly. There are no dictates in any religion as to how the celebration should be accomplished.
The best Catholic biblical scholars ascertained that Jesus was probably born around September 11, 3BCE. The infancy narratives are myth according to them too. Early Christian fathers wanted to get in on some Winter Solstice action and figured that Christmas would fit in nicely. There is nothing wrong with this symbolism. It's lovely. Let's move on.
What should Christians be doing at Christmas and in general to live the Christian life?
Since I was raised Catholic, let's look at the Corporal works of mercy.
To feed the hungry;
To give drink to the thirsty;
To clothe the naked;
To shelter the homeless;
To visit the sick;
To ransom the imprisoned;
To bury the dead.
The corporal works of mercy come from Jesus in Matthew 25. "Then he shall say to them also that shall be on his left hand: Depart from me, you cursed, in everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels . For I was hungry, and you gave me not to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me not to drink. I was a stranger, and you took me not in; naked, and you covered me not; sick and in prison , and you did not visit me", etc.
There you go. That is Christianity in a nutshell from Jesus himself. Now do liberals or conservatives exemplify these values? Both. In government which party exemplifies these values? Not the current Republican party at all. Who voted for this current government. They say that they are religious Christians! At Christmastime, wouldn't it be prudent to live these values more than worrying about Christmas decorations or Happy Holidays vs Merry Christmas? Republicans are worried that people aren't shopping enough. Well raise the goddamn minimum wage and bring the damn jobs back to America, why don't you?
And another thing from the faux news article:
"I think the businesses and the schools have just gone too far; this is the final straw," says Institute president John W. Whitehead. "It's supposed to be a time of, what, peace and freedom and fun. And they've kind of made it into a secular ... kind of gray day."First of all asshole, you are off on Christmas. If it's a gray day, then it's your own fault. Public schools are public. Send your kids to religious schools if you don't like it. Go to church. I'm not going back to Israel because it's dangerous there and I was born here.
In my church, according to the advent calendar of events, there is some sort of pageant, Christmas carol sing along, food drive, visit to old folk home thing, children's play, nativity re-enactment, church decorating party, prayer vigil, dinner dance, etc etc going on almost every day for the month of December and up until January 6th. Why the hell would I need anything else? This guy should spend more time at church. Church is what invented Christmas. Who cares what stores do? Stores are businesses. They do not care if you have a Merry Christmas. They care if the CEO's and/or stockholders have a Merry Christmas.
What is our Christian country doing for the 96% of people who celebrate Christmas which is by the way not really a holy day. Easter is the biggie. Not much. Check this out. Does this jive with the corporal works of mercy?
In only four of the nation's 3,066 counties can someone working full-time and earning federal minimum wage afford to pay rent and utilities on a one-bedroom apartment, an advocacy group on low-income housing reported Monday.Nice, huh? And here in NY, Pataki who vetoed raising the minimum wage which is a paltry $5.15 was finally overridden but it still sucks. It's going to a whopping $6/hr. Where I live and I kid you not, I personally know people who live in their cars. And they work. A studio apartment in this area goes for about $800/mo. Our utilities are astronomical. You cannot live here on less than $40,000/yr.
Our Christian nation is creating homeless people, poor people, hungry people, thirsty people, dead people, sick people and imprisoned people through our government which caters to the rich and to big business. It's not liberals who are ruining Christmas. It's not liberals who are ruining Christianity. Taking care of those less fortunate has always been a cause of liberals and it is a value that is written in their hearts.
Yeah, Christmas is under attack, alright. Christianity is under attack too. By Pseudo-Christian fascists.
Keep killing those terrible Iraqi's we were supposed to liberate. Take away everything New Deal that helped American's collectively. Make more bombs. Build more prisons. Alienate more countries. Starve more families, but be sure to pretend that you are against abortion and keep saying you stand for Christian values and families as long as it's your own family. Take care of your own Christian ass. Let's just see if anything is done about abortion by the Republicans. I will bet that absolutely nothing is done because there is no money to be made by banning or restricting abortion.
Merry Fuckin' Christmas