Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas Season has officially begun. Being of sound mind and body, I decided not to partake in the madness of Black Friday. As a matter of fact, I make it a point to stay away from any shopping area during the Thanksgiving weekend. If the right-wing news media wants to show rioting, they just need to show up at places like Wal-Mart and film the raucous behavior of the shoppers.
Now that the madness of Black Friday weekend is over as well, most of us will settle back into our lives. We will begin to make our “wish lists” for gifts we hope to get. And, we will eventually head to the malls and do our shopping, if we don’t shop online. Again, personally I prefer to shop in local stores rather than online. I try to purchase from local stores and only go to national stores when I can’t find what I want at local merchants. I prefer spending my money in my community, where I hope it will stay.
As we move along during this festive season, the right-wing will begin its obnoxious rantings about how Christmas is under attack. The Self-Anointed Prophet Bill O’Reilly and his cronies will begin their “War on Christmas” in earnest. We will hear how it is offensive to wish someone Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. Even though Christmas is not the only holiday celebrated at this time of year.
O’Reilly will pontificate about the true meaning of Christmas and how the left is trying to do away with Christmas and with Christianity itself. He will wail about how you can no longer have the government pay to put up religious scenes on public property. He will cry about how other religious groups can put up displays next to Christmas displays in parks as long as they pay for them. You see, it is all a conspiracy created by the President to make America a heathen country with no religion, or worse yet, a Muslim country.
The Conservative Christian Cult will join in the chorus of complaints. They will wail about how LGBT groups are making it difficult for “normal” people to celebrate Christmas. They will tell us that allowing LGBT people to raise children is an aberration that is killing religion and Christmas in the country.
The right-wing of the Republican Party will have their own versions of how those “others” are killing our family values and our traditions. Christmas will be high on their list of things that those “others” are trying to eliminate. We will hear time and again how the U.S. was “founded using Christian Principles” by our Founding Fathers.
All the time, these people will be wailing against everyone who is not what they consider to be a “real Christian” but rather a “Christian In Name Only”. The right will be wailing against everyone who is not in their camp. They will scream about anything they feel is a slap to their beliefs.
The questions we should ask ourselves though is what are these people actually trying to get done with their “War on Christmas?” Are they really afraid that Christmas is going away? Are they really afraid that Christianity is going away? What are they really afraid will happen?
We will be able to answer those questions simply by looking at what they have and are trying to pass as legislation. They have passed, and are still trying to pass, legislation that would allow you to discriminate against anyone you wish simply on religious grounds. They passed legislation, and took a fight to SCOTUS to keep “religious companies” from having to include birth control in their medical plans.
They have been passing legislation with the sole intent of making abortion illegal. They are telling everyone that if a woman gets raped, she must have “invited” the rape by her actions. They have fought legislation that increases the penalties for domestic abuse and child abuse. They have, and will continue to introduce legislation that will force their religious beliefs on the rest of society. They call this “freedom of religion” all the while denying others their religious freedom.
What these people are actually doing is making the divide in our country even bigger. They are preaching to the older generation (unfortunately, my generation) about how life used to be and how things are changing. As a result, their quiet little lives are under attack by all of those “others” who are out to get them. The problem is that the older generation is falling for their gimmick. They all seem to have forgotten about the changes we fought for in the 60s. They fell into their own little world and basically checked out of society. They lost their dreams and their Christianity. Yes, hippies were mostly Christian.
As a result, the very people who fought for social change in the past, are now the ones afraid of change in the future. The Cult and the far right-wing wackos are taking advantage of this amnesia to take over the country and form their little theocracy.
Our country was founded to be a secular nation. “The government shall endorse no religion” is very prominent in the First Amendment. Freedom of Religion means we all have the right to live our lives believing in any religion we choose. Or, to live our lives NOT believing in any religion at all. And, with no fear that the government will interfere with those rights.
Which brings us back to the celebration of Christmas by Christians. If the Cult and their lackeys on the far right are against religious beliefs they do not agree with, are they really Christians? If they believe that discriminating against someone they consider to be “sinful” is legal, don’t they go against Christian teachings? If they believe that their wealth is the result of god favoring them, doesn’t that go against Jesus saying “give up all you have and follow me?” If they are against the social safety nets that help the most needy in our society, doesn’t that put them at odds with “whatever you do to the least of you, you do to me?”
So, when the Cult ramps up their rhetoric about the “War on Christmas” and the “War on Christianity” remember it is they who are the real attackers of both. They are the ones who claim to be Christians but defy all of the Christian teachings. Sorry, but the Cult is anything but Christian. They are anything but Americans, either. Their real Christmas Wish is to have enough power to make America a white, Cult country where everyone else is a second-class citizen. In their power-hungry, crazy thinking, that is celebrating the real meaning of Christmas! After all “Peace On Earth” and “Goodwill Towards All” are just left-wing words against the real spirit of Christmas.