Anti-Christmas Fever Abounds

Catholic League president Bill Donohue released these remarks today on the latest round of anti-Christmas incidents:

"Like most Jews, Olympic skater Sasha Cohen is not offended by Christmas carols. But that didn't stop a government employee from trying to protect her. While Cohen was skating at a rink in Riverside, California, a high-school choir started singing ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman,' immediately sending Michelle Baldwin into orbit. She summoned a cop and got him to institute a gag rule: he ordered the choir to stop singing. Baldwin maintained that because Cohen was Jewish, she would be upset by the carol. But she never bothered to ask the skater if she objected. As it turns out, Cohen couldn't have cared less. As usual, those who say we must be careful not to offend non-Christians at Christmastime are the ones who object to Christmas — not those whom they falsely claim to represent.

"Like Baldwin, Sandra Byrne, principal of an elementary school in Delray Beach, Florida, has a need to show how inclusive she is. That's why she has no Christmas tree, nativity scene or menorah in her office. Instead, her spot is adorned with teddy bears wearing sweaters. Moreover, only ‘winter parties' and ‘winter celebrations' are tolerated. ‘We're very careful about this,' she says. No doubt she is.

"Here's another example of anti-Christmas fever. In a Detroit suburban school district, they've instituted a quota system on religious songs that can be sung at school concerts. That's right, only 30% of the songs at Howell Public Schools can be religious. It's not certain whether the choir director will be fined or imprisoned if a multicultural monitor finds that 31% of the songs are religious. We recommend incarceration.

"After Pope John Paul II visited Cuba in 1998, Castro made a good-faith gesture by allowing Cubans to celebrate Christmas again. Maybe we should hire Fidel to talk to these madmen."

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  • Guest

    Maybe our counterparts in the world would not be so offended if the Christians actually celebrated Christmas during the Christmas season. When the decorations go up right after Halloween, I become rather weary of the season myself. If we Catholics could refrain from saying Merry Christmas until Advent was over, it would bring a greater meaning to the season as well as show the world that Christmas means the birth of Christ not a marathon shopping spree and lighting contest.

    All we need to do is claim back the season, celebrate it within the season, and stop giving into the secular interpretation of the season.

    Blessed Advent!!!

  • Guest

    Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ only with Christmas-to-perhaps-Epiphany? (Advent ends only with the solemnity of the Nativity, you know.) Rather severe, isn’t that?

    I agree on decorations – stores may go hog-wild promoting their most hopefully-successful season of the year. The rest of us can wait to find out we need bulbs no earlier than the day after Thanksgiving.

    I remain your obedient servant, but God’s first,

    Pristinus Sapienter

    (wljewell or …

  • Guest

    You know, the most beautiful CD of Christmas songs I own (I think my stack is 12 high) is the one done by Neil Diamond. I guess they didn’t bother him too much either.

  • Guest

    To steal a line from J.R.R tolkien

    Merry Christmas .. what do you mean by Merry Christmas

    Do you mean I hope you have a Merry Christmas
    it will be a merry Christmas
    You shall have a Merry Christmas weather you want to or not?

    What do you mean Merry Christmas.

    If one is saying I hope you have a Merry Christmas when it comes then it is an approriate greeting prior to the end of advent.

    If one is saying I hope you are having a Merry christmas when it is upon us that too is fine.

    It is probably better not to insist that people will have a merry christmas weather they want or not. I could see how that might upset someone.

    Perhapse we should simply be more explicit in our the use of our traditional greetings and instead say what we mean?