Friday, December 15, 2006


The War on Christmas

Yes ... it's that time of year again: the time in which all those dirty Jews who killed Jesus, er, all those secular liberals who want to stop people from celebrating Christmas, get to be accused of waging a war on Christmas.

But, hey, according to U.S. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), not only should Christians petition to have creches be displayed on public property (I hope Roy Moore is against this one: don't Christians believe "Jesus is [part of the] Lord", so wouldn't a creche, displaying a graven image of Jesus be in violation, from the Christian point of view, of one of the Ten Commandments?), but we Jews (and even Muslims) should get in on the act (see the end of the article).

So I say -- "why not?" Let's see how those Christians respond if a Satanist group wants to have a plastic sculpture of Satan placed on public property? Heck ... in spite of their hiding behind the term Judeo-Christian ("you keep using that word ... I do not think it means what you think it means"), I noticed the reaction to the Hannukiah at SeaTec ("please Jews -- don't sue us" ... could there have been more bad stereotypes in that whole story?) ... something tells me that, for all that they protest this is only about their freedom to express their faith, considering their faith tells them that they should try and save us from going to hell using any resources that could possibly be available (fair enough considering what they believe, eh?), it really is about creating something tantamount to an un-Constitutional establishment of Christianity, nu?

Nakhon, but they've been trying to whittle away at the establishment clause in bits and pieces for years now. Between Roy Moore and his Ten Commandments Rock, and the Christian evangelism programs in prisons, and the grant-makers turning down non-Christian groups through the OFI, the existence of the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, and all that stuff, they're doing a pretty good job of it.

Chag sameach!
Yep ... what's happening right now is certainly not new.

What strikes me is that, after the OK bombing, Clinton finally used the bully-pulpit to say a choice word or two about the right and, as Michael Moore pointed out, they stifled themselves a bit. I distinctly remember feeling more comfortable as a Jew after a critical point in the Clinton years, but now it's gotten worse.

So much for the "we Jews should vote for GWB 'cause he's good for Israel crowd" ... even if we are to vote ethnocentrically, what about whether he's good for us Jews here, if only as a matter that a vote for GWB was a vote to embolden the nutters.


But Chag Sameach and Shavuah Tov back atya!
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