Announcing VDARE.COM`s War Against Christmas 2007 Competition!

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[Merry Christmas! Actually, we`re not quite ready to
post our formal announcement of VDARE.COM`s eighth
Annual War Against Christmas Competition, which offers
prizes for reporting the most outrageous attempt to
abolish Christmas,
BECAUSE


PETER BRIMELOW

HASN`T FINISHED WRITING IT UP YET. But


here`s
what he
wrote last year—follow the links for the history of this
important new American institution and email entries to us at



christmas@vdare.com
. Don`t forget to go
in through a VDARE.COM Amazon link (like


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Ho!]

The War Against Christmas Is A War On The West

The now-standard

liberal response
to discussion of the war against
Christmas is to

deny that any such war exists.

But that

denial
became harder after Britain`s Daily
Mail
reported on November 1, 2007 that the

Institute for Public Policy Research
, a leading

Labour think tank
, was advocating that Christmas be
"downgraded." Such a downgrading would be part of
an "urgent and upfront campaign" to promote a
"multicultural understanding of Britishness."
[Christmas
should be `downgraded` to help race relations says
Labour think tank
, By James Chapman] This
downgrading would be accomplished by promoting other
holidays at the expense of Christmas: "If we are
going to continue as a nation to mark Christmas—and it
would be very hard to expunge it from our national life
even if we wanted to—then public organizations should
mark other religious festivals too,"
the report
said.

Of course, the type of campaign explicitly advocated
by the Institute for Public Policy Research has been
underway on both sides of the Atlantic for some time
now.

  • The Spokane schools recently
    came under fire for sending out a list of
    "important dates"
    that included "Hanukkah,

    Human Rights Day
    , winter break, the Islamic holy
    day

    Eid al-Adha,
    first day of winter and

    Kwanzaa
    "
    —but made no mention of Christmas.

According to the district spokesman Terren Roloff, [Email]"it
was absolutely an error of omission. In our efforts to
be inclusive, we missed the obvious."
[School
Newsletter Omits Christmas from December `Important
Dates`
, AP, November 30, 2007]

Funny how that keeps happening.

But, of course, that is the real point of what is
mendaciously termed "inclusion"—the
displacement of traditional holidays and cultural
symbols.

  • This year, Oak Lawn, Illinois
    schools temporarily replaced school observances of

    Halloween
    and

    Christmas
    with "Fall Festival" and
    "Winter Festival"
    after a Moslem parent demanded
    inclusion of Moslem observances.

  • And a task force created in
    Fort Collins, Colorado, after a request was made for
    a public menorah display recommended that
    "secular symbols of winter, like snowflakes,

    penguins
    and white lights"
    be displayed
    instead of Christmas trees and red and green lights.

The Fort Collins task force also recommended that if
religious or cultural symbols are displayed, such
"symbols must show at least two religious or cultural
celebrations."
[The
Holiday Display Task Force wants the city to move toward
non-religious, non-cultural displays
Rebecca
Boyle, Greeley Tribune News October 29, 2007]

  • And, of course, the Seattle
    Airport, after temporarily removing Christmas trees
    last year,

    decided this year
    to display a group of trees to
    "reflect the Pacific Northwest environment and
    our diverse community, and convey universal values,
    such as peace and harmony."
    But there are no
    Christmas trees.

According to Aviation Director

Mark Reis,
 [email
him
] "the very traditional, single, iconic

Christmas tree
is not one of the areas we will be
exploring."
[Airport
will celebrate winter, but not Christmas
|
After last year`s holiday hubbub, port strips all
religious symbols from decor
By Kristen Millares
Young, October 19, 2007]

Increased public awareness of the war against
Christmas means that the multicultural bureaucrats no
longer automatically get their way. The Oak Lawn schools
decided, after public outcry, to retain Halloween and
Christmas celebrations. The Fort Collins City Council
bowed to popular pressure and voted 6-1 to keep public

displays of Christmas trees and lights
. This
grass-roots public resistance is certainly encouraging.

However, the Oak Lawn schools also felt obliged to
add a

Ramadan
celebration and the Fort Collins council
similarly felt the need to

create a multicultural display
focused on nine
separate winter holidays at a

local museum.

They may even have been right to do so: local
government should respond to local conditions, and the
Oak Lawn school board and the Fort Collins City Council
are more familiar with conditions in those communities
than any outsider.

But it makes no sense to couple every observance of
the holiday observed by 96% of Americans with
observances of all the holidays that will now be
commemorated in the Fort Collins museum. In fact, as the
Institute for Public Policy Research understands, such
an approach would effectively downgrade Christmas and
draw us closer to the day when
traditional notions of American patriotism
are
replaced by

multiculturalist shibboleths.

Those assailing Christmas are, generally speaking,
the same people who cheer on the mass immigration that
is transforming the West and approve of other aspects of
what has been

termed "cultural Marxism"
—the systematic
attempt to demonize the West and discredit Western
traditions. But, because of its religious origin,
Christmas has an additional enemy, an enemy motivated by
a hatred of God as well as

a general hatred of the West:
the embittered
atheist.

Thus, Harper`s Magazine in its December issue
chose to prominently feature a piece, by David K. Lewis
and Philip Kitcher, [Email]
arguing that belief in God is inherently evil, and
likening a Christian who lives a good life to a neo-Nazi
who admires Hitler but does not himself engage in
genocide. [And
Lead Us Not
, (subscriber content)]

But the leading confluence of the war against
Christmas and embittered atheism this year is
unquestionably Hollywood`s decision to observe Christmas
by releasing

The Golden Compass
,
a movie based on the first
volume of British atheist Philip Pullman`s fantasy
trilogy for children.

Lest there be any doubt what

Pullman`s objective
is, he told the

Washington Post
in 2001
that "I`m trying to undermine
the basis of Christian belief"
and the Sydney
Morning Herald
in 2003 that "My books are about
killing God."
[The
shed where God died
By Steve Meacham, December 13, 2003]

Pullman, in fact, is the perfect representative of
today`s
multicultural
, post-Christian Britain: contemptuous
of the literary tradition in which he writes, filled
with hatred for the basis of his civilization, and
advocating the displacement of traditional morality by
unbridled sexual license and an assortment of PC
platitudes.

Pullman has dismissed

The Lord of
the Rings
,
the greatest of all fantasy novels and one of the
monumental creations of the 20th century, as


"fundamentally an infantile work"
and a
"trivial book."
He has described C. S. Lewis`
much-loved Chronicles of Narnia as


"morally loathsome,"
and even lobbied against
making the
Narnia
books into a movie, telling

the BBC in October 2005
that Lewis` tales were "a
peevish blend of racist, misogynistic and reactionary
prejudice."

And Pullman, like so many of the angry new atheists,
has a deep hatred for the institution that did more to
create the West than any other: the Catholic Church. He
named the villainous organization against which his
heroes battle "The Magisterium"—the name

used for the teaching authority
of the

Catholic Church
—and dismisses

Tolkien
precisely because he was a Catholic. Pullman
told MTV on November 1, 2007 that The Lord
of the Rings is "trivial"
because “For Tolkien, the Catholic, the Church had
the answers, the Church was the source of all truth, so
`Lord of the Rings` does not touch those big deep
questions."
[`His
Dark Materials` Writer Starts Fantasy-Book Beef
,
By Jennifer Vineyard, November 1, 2007]

There was a time Hollywood observed Christmas by
giving us

"It`s a Wonderful Life"
and

"Miracle on 34th Street".

Now instead we get atheist propaganda disguised as
children`s literature.

Despite his own efforts to prevent Lewis` stories
from being filmed, Pullman is quite upset at the

Christian critics
of his film, describing them as
"nitwits."
In fact, the "nitwits" are those
who embrace the world view of Pullman and the British
think tank that wants to "downgrade" Christmas,
those who

dismiss our past
as

"reactionary"
and "racist"
and "misogynistic," and who seek to tear down
Christmas and all other traditions rooted in
Christianity.

There is, unfortunately, no doubt that such values
are now ascendant in Britain, and that such values are
gaining currency here.

But nations which embrace such values die, even as
Britain is dying today. In 2006, 207,000 Britons

emigrated
, the highest number since before World War
I, when Britons had a vast empire to emigrate to. And a
BBC poll in 2006 showed that over half of Britons have
considered emigrating in their lifetimes.

A
variety of factors
have most likely

prompted
this enormous number to consider leaving
Shakespeare`s

"scepter`d isle."
But there can be no doubt that
the War Against Christmas, and the broader war against
the West of which it is a part, plays a role.

The reader comments to the Daily Mail
piece on "downgrading" Christmas contained many
comments from those who had left Britain, or were
planning to do so.

  • One reader

    wrote from Birmingham,
    "I just can`t wait to
    get out of this appalling country…. This sounds like
    the sort of drivel we had foisted on us 10 years ago
    in Birmingham when the council tried to replace
    Christmas with

    Winterval
    ."

  • A reader residing in China
    wrote, "A sinking nation with no sense of
    national pride—glad I left."

Multicultural drivel and a loss of national
pride—that is what we have to look forward to if the War
Against Christmas, and the concomitant war against the
West, succeeds.

Christmas is a beloved and popular festival, with
tremendous

cultural, historical
, and

theological
significance. It has brought joy to
millions and harm to no one.

As we are learning from

Britain,
a country that cannot summon the will to
defend Christmas is unlikely to summon the will to

defend much of anything else of value.

That is why the war against Christmas is so
important—and why those waging it do not want even to
admit it exists.



Tom Piatak
(email

him) writes from Cleveland, Ohio.