Monday, November 21, 2005

The war that wasn't

If you listen to the likes of Bill O'Reilly, you would think that there's a massive war being waged by the ACLU and others against Christmas. Yep, according the the right wing blowhard brigade, Christmas is under attack by from Walmart to public schools to town halls everywhere. Yep, in this country run by fundamentalist Christians who are pushing their agenda into every segment of our society, they are actually the victims! That would be a scary story, if it were actually true.
In fact, there is no war on Christmas. What there is, rather, is a burgeoning myth of a war on Christmas, assembled out of old reactionary tropes, urban legends, exaggerated anecdotes and increasingly organized hostility to the American Civil Liberties Union. It's a myth that can be self-fulfilling, as school board members and local politicians believe the false conservative claim that they can't celebrate Christmas without getting sued by the ACLU and thus jettison beloved traditions, enraging citizens and perpetuating a potent culture-war meme. This in turn furthers the myth of an anti-Christmas conspiracy.
The article is at Salon, so you'll need to sit through a quick ad to read it.


Blogger heavenuphere said...

this is hilarious stuff to me.

i was sitting alone working on some song material in my apartment (with the local talk station on for backround distraction) when O' Really went off on this goofy rant about how unfair it is to exclude "Christmas" from the public lexicon. Yet he cited no examples other than stores. Its so petty.
I love the traditional aspects of Christmas but find many of its modern practices quite replusive. I have fond memories of things that have been certainly lost in the have and have-nots modern-age we now live in. I especially remember how books and music made me so happy on christmas that i realized that the whole shopping aspect is way overblown and the real focus should be with basic human interaction, namely being kinder and alot nicer than usual. I guess that makes me a sentimental person, but really, all the materialism gets old and being the ripe old age of 27 i've given up on the hard sell and try to be a more gentle person this time of year, hopefully i can counteract the hard minded mentallity that seems to drive alot of folks day in and out.

happy thanksgiving.

11/23/2005 08:06:00 PM  

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