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28 November 2005

 

Another Fake War

Seasons Greetings,
Come on people. Really? Doesn't this get a little tired after awhile? Christmas isn't going anywhere. It's not under attack, at least not by anything more dangerous than the forces of commercialization/capitalism (which has been ramping up its attack for over 100 years). I'm not religious. I celebrate Christmas. Why? What better message do little children need to hear than, "it is better to give than to receive." Christmas is about giving. So this year, Mr. O'Reilly, and Mr. Hannity; could you give us something? How about a break from this worn out rhetoric.

Anything instead of this wannabe activist crap;

We continue our reporting on which American stores are using "Christmas" in advertising this Christmas season and which are not. So far, here's the list. Again, our litmus test is which operations are using the greeting "Merry Christmas" in their advertising and which are not. OK, using -- you can see JCPenney's, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Dillard's. Not using, there they are. Now, Kohl's, still giving us a hard time, but their advertising has been all "Happy Holidays" so I don't know what they want. The company says the clerks are free to say "Merry Christmas." Yeah, OK, that's nice. Again, this investigation is designed to spotlight retailers who have knocked the word "Christmas" out of the Christmas season. We're not too interested with the word "merry." Don't really care about "merry." On the toy store front, here's what we found out. Toys "R" Us simply is not going to answer our questions, so we assume that means they're not using "Merry Christmas." Not using for sure, KB Toys and FAO Schwarz. But FAO Schwarz says that their people in the store can shout "Merry Christmas" as loud as they want.

Ya, wonder why they wouldn’t want to pause on Black Friday to talk to a bunch of asshats?

Since we are on the topic of religion, let me mention that after taking a quick glance around the internets I’m getting the feeling that I’d chose wisely when my wife and decided which movie we’d take turns watching with our eldest daughter( there’s no taking an 18 month old into the theater). Melessa took her to see the new Harry Potter flick, and I get to take her to see The Chronicles of Narnia.

I received the series, the whole seven book set, from my Aunt Marcia for Christmas. I realize there are religious undertones to the story. I understood the symbolism even as I devoured the pages back in fourth grade. The Stone Table, The Cross, not to big of a leap, even for a ten year old. I loved the books. There is nothing wrong with spirituality, for the most part there is nothing wrong with Christianity either. After you scrape the Robertsons’ and Dobsons’ off. I wish both sides, because there are transgressors on both, would read the following

Freedom From Religion vs. Freedom of Religion

" Forcing people to accept some particular idea or adhere to behavioral standards from someone else’s religion means that their religious freedom is being infringed upon." "Freedom from religion does not mean, as some mistakenly seem to claim, being free from seeing religion in society. No one has the right not to see churches, religious expression, and other examples of religious belief in our nation — and those who advocate freedom of religion do not claim otherwise." "What freedom from religion does mean, however, is the freedom from the rules and dogmas of other people’s religious beliefs so that we can be free to follow the demands of our own conscience, whether they take a religious form or not. Thus, we have both freedom of religion and freedom from religion because they are two sides of the same coin."
Happy Holidays, and have a Merry Christmas!

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