War on Christmas? :Christopher Hitchens vs. Tim Wildmon of American Family Association

I am not going to offer any of my views, but I just wanted to share the following:

John Brummett in his article,  ” ‘Happy holidays’ is no war on Christmas,” noted, “If someone is warring against Christmas in America, then someone is losing his war big-time.”

Christopher Hitchens makes the same point (as quoted on Arkansas Times Blog):

If you take no stock in the main Christian festival of Easter, or if you are a non-Jew who has no interest in atoning in the fall, you have an all-American fighting chance of being able to ignore these events, or of being only briefly subjected to parking restrictions in Manhattan. But if Christmas has the least tendency to get you down, then lots of luck. You have to avoid the airports, the train stations, the malls, the stores, the media and the multiplexes. You will be double-teamed by Bing Crosby and the herald angels wherever you go. And this for a whole unyielding month of the calendar.

 

I realize that I do not know what happens in the prison system. But I do know what happens by way of compulsory jollity in the hospitals and clinics and waiting rooms, and it’s a grueling test of any citizen’s capacity to be used for so long as a captive audience.

I once tried to write an article, perhaps rather straining for effect, describing the experience as too much like living for four weeks in the atmosphere of a one-party state. “Come on,” I hear you say. But by how much would I be exaggerating? The same songs and music played everywhere, all the time. The same uniform slogans and exhortations, endlessly displayed and repeated. The same sentimental stress on the sheer joy of having a Dear Leader to adore. As I pressed on I began almost to persuade myself. The serried ranks of beaming schoolchildren, chanting the same uplifting mush. The cowed parents, in terror of being unmasked by their offspring for insufficient participation in the glorious events…. “Come on,” yourself. How wrong am I?

Tim Wildmon’s below:

Christmas Is What Made America Great | Debate Club |

By TIM WILDMON

, President of American Family Association

December 22, 2011

About Tim Wildmon:

Tim Wildmon is the president of American Family Association, a national organization promoting the Judeo-Christian moral value system.

If Jesus Christ had never been born, there would be no United States of America. If Jesus Christ had not been born, I would not be writing this column and you would not be reading it. Christmas is the reason we Americans live in the greatest country in the world.

[See pictures of the White House Christmas decorations.]

In 1950, President Harry Truman gave a speech to the Attorney General’s conference. This is what he said: “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and Saint Matthew, from Isaiah and Saint Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days…”

If Jesus Christ had never been born, there would be no Christmas celebration. The American economy depends on people buying other people Christmas gifts each year. That is why the idea of “holiday” shopping is so ridiculous. No one buys gifts to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. The kids don’t run downstairs at 5 a.m. on New Year’s morning. Overwhelmingly, Americans exchange gifts with friends and family precisely because it is Christmas. Ask American retailers and they will tell you–it’s the most wonderful time of the year. It is hypocrisy of the highest order for retailers to make their living from Christmas sales, and yet be too politically correct to even acknowledge that fact in their advertising, pretending that people are “holiday” shopping. Who are they trying to kid?

[See the latest political cartoons.]

Christmas in America has always been special. Christmas is the only religious holiday that is also a federal holiday. That is why it is so offensive to see an obvious attempt by secularists to remove Christmas and replace it with some generic “holiday” celebration. We see the governor of Rhode Island changing the name of a Christmas tree to a holiday tree. Last year in Tulsa, the annual Christmas Parade was renamed Winterfest. Examples like these are popping up more and more every year as liberals fret over offending some tiny minority out there.

This is all about getting rid of our country’s Christian heritage in the name of multiculturalism and political correctness. “Don’t offend non-Christians,” is the argument. Well, what about vast majority of Americans, Christians, who are offended by those trying to get rid of the true meaning of Christmas? The truth is, as President Truman said, one cannot appreciate America without appreciating our Christian roots. And Christmas is a part of celebrating our Christian roots.

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