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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 08:52 PM

War on Christmas? Sign this Minister Up!

While I am signing up to help in a War on Christmas, I'm not on, what by default gets called, the "non-Christian" side. I'm also not signing up for the side that news pundits falsely purport as the "Christian" side. If anything, I'd make the argument that the dominant face of Christianity, as it is seen on television and promoted through news programming, is itself far from what Christianity is supposed to be. It is a sort-of white-washed, sanitized version of Christianity that every year presents an increasingly cleaned up version of the Christmas story to the viewing public.

You see, the baby we remember this time of year was not part of the dominant culture the way the religion he started now is. The religious stories that were told in those days were told under the shadow of the dominant culture. They were stories of oppression and hardships, stories of overcoming unthinkable odds, stories of hope for a people living in times and cultural positions that, quite frankly felt hopeless.

But today, our stories are told from places and positions of power. Today, Christianity is the dominant culture. So, instead of story of a olive skinned middle-eastern, unwed, pregnant mother, who was seen as little more than property, giving birth to what the world would surely see as an illegitimate child who was wrapped in what rags they could find and placed in a smelly, flea-infested feeding trough in the midst of a dark musky smelling animal stall, we end up with a clean, white-skinned European woman giving birth to a glowing baby wrapped in impossibly white swaddling clothes and laid to rest in a manger that looks more like a crib than a trough in the midst of a barn that is more kept and clean than many of our houses.

So, "War on Christmas?" Sure, sign me up. I'm pretty sure I'd prefer the elimination of what our modern "celebration" has become to the increasingly white-washed version we hear every year.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-sandlin/war-on-christmas-sign-minister-up_b_2259843.html

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UrbScotty Dec 2012 OP
standingtall Dec 2012 #1
xmas74 Dec 2012 #2

Response to UrbScotty (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 02:33 PM

1. There is no war on Christmas


Especially from Liberals. The only ones I here regularly speak out against Christmas is a small group of religious zealots. I am well aware that no where in the bible does it say Jesus was born on Dec. 25, but we know he was born, and therefore there is nothing wrong with celebrating his birth.

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Response to standingtall (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 11:17 PM

2. I understand where the OP is coming from.

There is a war on Christmas but it's not the one we hear boo hooing about. The war is from the crass commercial culture and the idea that the holidays are now about spending orgies instead of contemplation, about living a positive example for our families and our communities.

We've all forgotten. That's OK- those who scream the loudest about it have no idea what it really is about either.

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