Sunday, December 15, 2013

A War on Christmas

Is there a war on Christmas? By this time of year, whether or not there is a war on Christmas, at least the war over whether there is a war on Christmas is on. Here's a few samples:

* Not all Christians believe there is a 'War on Christmas' -- "A number of evangelicals distancing themselves from those concerned that the department store greeter said 'Happy holidays', instead of 'Merry Christmas'."
* To those who say there is no war on Christmas -- "The war on Christmas is really part of the larger war on Christianity and it concerns me that smart people like Rev. Scott and Evans don't seem to get that."
* A Review of The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse than You Thought -- "Gibson wants you to know that for those who direct the war on Christmas, there’s no difference between the popularized, secularized, beat-you-over-the-head-with-it commercial Christmas and the most profound religious understanding of the birth of Jesus Christ."
* Is there a War on Christmas? -- "Matters who you ask, on what day."

Though some people seem to deny it, these things do happen, as when these adorable little carolers told not to sing outside Winco. But is this a vast anti-Christmas conspiracy? I doubt it. One side might spin it as an anti-Christmas issue, while others might spin it as a safety issue. And on it goes.

Some companies want to be PC and not "appeal" to the Christian aspect of Christmas. Many employees simply don't know how to properly respond to certain situations. There are the atheists that are against any Christian notion of Christmas. Then again, there are Christians who don't believe the Bible teaches Christmas either.

In Paganism, Holidays and X-Mas. Tis the Season for Angry Christians Dan Barnes gives what I believe is very good advice (though I don't agree with all his op-ed piece):

"Please let's not shout and yell at the poor Wal-Mart greeters if they say 'Holiday'. They are just trying to be nice.  Those of us with Jesus in our hearts should be able to do the same." There is a time and place for citizens to oppose encroachment on what they hold important.  Fussing at someone who is simply trying to be nice to you isn't one of them.

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