We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
How can anyone hate Jesus, whose message of love transformed, and challenged, the world?
Every year we go through this, and it is wearing me out. But I guess that's what the ACLU and their ilk intend to do: to attack the culture on multiple fronts with their endless supply of lawyers, and wear us down, break our hearts, and fill us with despair. Instapundit found this open declaration of war on Christmas.
Our Bird Dog did a gentle defense of Christmas the other day, which I appreciated. Do the haters know anything about Jesus, or what he preached to us all, Jews and gentiles alike? Why not find out? The American Princess has this to say:
"If we want to show respect for other religions as a society, we need to acknowledge outrightly the traditions and honor of their cultures, not simply try to homogenize the society into an atheistic or secular banner. Give them their due, their 2%--don't force us into a conglomeration of non-descript individuals.
Of course, conformity is central to liberalism. The idea that we are all the same and should all be exactly the same is the foundational principle of the Workers movment. Its the second verse in Imagine, and its scary.
"As Feder suggests, it is not the "religious right" that is seeking to transform this country. In the America to which Jews flocked, homosexuals could not marry one another, the Ten Commandments were publicly displayed, and our coins said "In God We Trust." If liberal Jews wish to reverse all of this, it's their right to try -- that's one of the things that makes our country great. But to demonize those who want to preserve the traditional social, moral, and religious arrangements strikes me as vicious and not very smart."
Paul didn't quite say "Love it or leave it," but almost. Would I move to Israel and tell them to remove their menorahs, and to shut up about Moses? Or to Uganda and tell them to get rid of their god and all of his strange minions so we aren't "offended"? Let's get a little "tolerant" and respectful here.
As the Princess points out, Christian niceness and tolerance and accommodation makes Christians relatively easy to roll over, manipulate, and get the better of. We are taught to turn the other cheek. To all of you Jesus-phobics and Christian-haters, I beg you to find some other place to create an atheistic, tradition-killing paradise. Maybe Russia - woops, that didn't quite work out - maybe consider Saudi Arabia, Uganda, France or Mongolia. Or is the anglophone world the weakest in spine, the most tolerant, and thus the best target for your plans?
And thank you heartless souls for leaving us alone in the future. We've had enough. The ankle-biting is just too intolerant and cruel, and just plain annoying. A push-back should not be necessary, but we have had it with lions in the Colosseum. Been there, done that. Enough with the lions.
I have a better idea: learn about Christ and his message to the world, and understand and respect this powerful message, even if you don't accept it. If you have a better and more holy message, lucky you. Cling to it, but leave me alone.
I do care what the Bushes have on their Christmas card. I feel he should share more of his personal faith (which I don't doubt) because of the good example it would set. Ditto for his recovery.
I must confess that occasionally I have sent out generic holiday cards when they were the prettiest in the 90% off selection in the card store on December 26th (for the next year). But I am not rich, famous, or in any way a role model for anyone.
I always send out real Christmas cards, in recent years.
Wouldn't it have been great for the Bushes to have sent out a card with a stable and star, and the caption "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not..."?