Hot on the heels of Arizona news that one Christian woman was assaulted by another Christian woman in Phoenix because she said “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas” (!) comes a New Jersey report that two men attempted to burn down a “Keep Saturn in Saturnalia” billboard put up by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (to counter a “Keep Christ in Christmas” banner hanging over Pitman’s main thoroughfare). It’s not the first attempt to deface/destroy the FFRF billboard since it was unveiled last week.
I have more sympathy for the various vandals in Pitman than I do for the thug in Phoenix – they’re all expressing a deep intolerance of any message that challenges their narrow view of righteous Christian cultural supremacy, but at least in New Jersey they’re not resorting to inter-personal violence to make their point (so far). I expect the scumbags at Fox News are delighted by what their extended “War on Christmas” rabble-rousing has wrought.
The Supreme Court is winding closer to finally ruling on some of the constitutional issues surrounding the Establishment Clause and displays of Christian symbols in public spaces. I predict that whatever they decide Fox News will reckon that the Supremes cravenly caved to the dreaded “PC police”.
(all news stories found in a brief web-search on “war on christmas”)
I’m an atheist, but when people wish me “Merry Christmas” I don’t snarl at them (does anybody?). I say whatever equivalent to “Thanks! You too!” first comes to mind depending upon how well we know each other’s faith/faithless traditions. The secular/inclusive alternative tends to be “Season’s Greetings” here in Australia rather than “Happy Holidays” (when it isn’t just “Have a good one”), and we don’t have the same relentless rage-storm about a War on Christmas dominating our conservative media platforms, so there’s generally less tension about it anyway, other than a minor undercurrent of annual angst about dwindling church attendance.
I’m winding down my internet activity for a few weeks to enjoy family and friends time, although I’ll still be responding to giraffe alerts etc. So, season’s greetings to you all, may everyone have as much or as little traditional celebration as desired, and hurrah for axial tilt.
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