Staff Writer, DL Mullan
Government / Religion
OMG, there is a War on Christmas! Really...? Where?
Let's give the theory a litmus test.
Are Christians allowed to worship as they please in their private lives? Yes, they are... Are they allowed to buy and decorate Christmas Trees? Oh, sorry, that's a pagan ritual, but yes, they can if they want to. Well, Christians can kiss under the Mistletoe, right? Yeah and that's pagan too. How about Christmas Presents? Borrowed too, but an effective money maker. What about ol' Saint Nick? You're kidding right? His ritual is pagan too!
The History of Christmas gives a detailed analysis of what Christmas past is really like. Some of it is not too pretty. Most of it is of pagan origin.
Who cares about facts? The celebration continues... year after year. Now some media outlets have determined that an imaginary person has created the War on Christmas to demonize the Christian god, religion and its followers.
Let's take a look at the Constitution for a moment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
So in light of this evidence, Christmas is not under attack. The Supreme Court is inconsistent with its rulings and gives no guidelines about the tenets of what is and is not considered the establishment of a state religion. So that leaves people and institutions unable to satisfy a lawful standard and now are subject to the inklings of mass hysteria.
In addition, by historical delineation, Christmas is something borrowed and something blue. The day celebrated was picked out to curb the pagans from celebrating the wrong god. The question becomes: are you celebrating Christ Mass or Saturnalia?
The ancient Greek writer poet and historian Lucian (in his dialogue entitled Saturnalia) describes the festival’s observance in his time. In addition to human sacrifice, he mentions these customs: widespread intoxication; going from house to house while singing naked; rape and other sexual license; and consuming human-shaped biscuits (still produced in some English and most German bakeries during the Christmas season).
Doesn't the pagan rituals above sound all to familiar for this time of the year? At least their celebration was from December 17th to 25th. Americans have to endure an overabundance of public drunkenness and intoxicated driving from Halloween to the New Year.
There are wars against religion in this world. That is not a lie. However there comes a time when a perspective on the war of anything needs to be established.
Take for instance Tibet and Buddhism. Maybe Christians should realize they are not under attack by the phrase: "Happy Holidays" and understand that they could use their goodwill toward men by actually helping another religion out.
Perhaps it's time to consider: Free Tibet.
Wouldn't that be the Christian thing to do?
Your Heathen Staff Writer/Editor
Have a great and wonderful Happy Holiday(s) no matter what you decide to celebrate this holiday season.
Sources: Cornell Law, Simple to Remember, Free Tibet