messed up times. And, sadly, this time of year also seems to bring out the worst in people.
For the record, there is no "war on Christmas". This is a phony war conceived by certain folks on the right to stir the pot among like minded people who need something (anything) to be angry about.
I will also be glad to put this silly debate about the color of Santa in my rear view mirror. It must be tough being a black child in America. It's bad enough your teachers are telling you that "we don't need another black president", but you have to be constantly reminded that Santa doesn't look like you, either. I swear Christmas just isn't what it used to be.
Anyway, the "war on Christmas" might be over, but the "culture wars" will certainly continue.
The latest cause célèbre for conservatives is now bordering on the absurd. This guy, Phil Robertson, has become the Rosa Parks of the conservative movement (although I am quite sure that Rosa Parks never made bigoted and ignorant comments about a race or a particular group of people), and he has become a rallying force for all the "God fearing" right wingers who believe that they are under attack from a more secular society at large.
Down in Alabama they are introducing a bill to declare Robertson a "hero" for crying out loud!
"While plenty of conservative politicians have voiced their support for Phil Robertson after the Duck Dynasty patriarch made his controversial comments about homosexual sex, only one is putting words into action. According to The Daily Home, Alabama State Senator Jerry Fielding (R-Sylacauga) is planning to introduce a resolution that would offer Robertson that state’s official and unanimous support.
“Phil Robertson’s family values are shared by the vast majority of Alabamians, who are rightfully concerned by the vitriol aimed at his Christian stance,” Fielding told the local paper. “There’s a clear double standard in the media favoring a liberal worldview. When it’s used to silence and punish Christians for stating their beliefs, that’s when we must defend the rights of individuals to exercise their free speech without fear of politically-motivated repercussion.” [Source]
Don't laugh, they are pushing a bill to save Christmas as well. As if Christmas is in danger of going anywhere. This is all so stressful. A brotha can't even say "Happy Holidays!" without getting the fuzzy eyeballs from some folks. "It's Christmas, damn it! What are you, some kind of Atheist commie?" Well, actually....
"Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) appeared on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning to discuss his new “bipartisan resolution to save Christmas,” which was positively received by the show’s fill-in hosts.
According to Lamborn, H.Res. 448 states that “we should, as a country, protect the symbols and traditions of Christmas and not put up with any attempts to ban symbols and traditions of Christmas.”
I am not buying all of this. I am quite sure that Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty The Snowman will be with us for a long long time.
*Pic from scepticmoney.com