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mgc1961 Donating Member (874 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 05:43 AM
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My Favorite War
Well, heres some good news for a change. The Holiday Parade of Lights in Tulsa, Okla., has been saved!

I know youve been worried.

The Tulsa City Council has voted to allow the parade to go forward Saturday night, despite protests against the disappearance of the word Christmas from its name.

Its not entirely clear that the council actually could have stopped it, or even whether the parade ever officially had Christmas in its name. But Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma is outraged.


Read on at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/11/opinion/11collins.htm...

Many of the churches in my neighborhood announce on roadside signs their respective dates for the hanging of the greens. Putting aside the rather violent, though hopefully unintended political image that expression carries, I wonder when another outraged war front will open over their assault on Christmas?

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mgc1961 Donating Member (874 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 06:59 AM
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1. In a related article:
The competition was fierce, but in the end the German Language Association (VDS) managed to sort through heaps of annoying expressions borrowed from English and agree on the most irritating of all: "X-mas."

Roland Duhamel, a member of the association's executive board, said on Wednesday that "X-mas" had won the VDS' annual "most uncalled-for word" competition. The use of the term "Xmas" stands in "stark contradiction," he said, to everything Germans normally associate with Christmas -- including "comfort, tradition, romance, and Christianity."

The German word for Christmas is "Weihnachten," but "X-mas" is used more and more in German advertising. Duhamel said the term's true horror goes beyond that of ordinary anglicisms. Even within English, he said, the substitution of X for Christ is an especially "vulgar abbreviation."


http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,59...
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mgc1961 Donating Member (874 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 07:52 AM
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2. And another:
Tarrant County is the newest battlefront in the War on Christmas.

Or is it?

Just when the fervor was dwindling over atheists' petty publicity-stunt ads on the T, a new O'Reilly-ready Christmas clatter broke out in Southlake.

Chase Bank's gift Christmas tree was missing.

The customer who donated the 9-foot flocked artificial tree said Chase and Political Correctness took it.

But hold up on that hunt for secular devils on Southlake Boulevard.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/12/04/2680143/there-i...
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