War Against Christmas 2003 Competition [III]: “We Were Here First.”

WAR
AGAINST CHRISTMAS 2003 COMPETITION
[I] [II]
[IV] [V]
[VI] [VII]
[VIII]
[IX] [X]
– See also: War Against Christmas

2002,
2001,
2000.

“Christmas will return again,” we wrote last week
when introducing

our War Against Christmas 2003 competition. 
And it is indeed returning—albeit against ferocious
opposition.

  • Lalia Sullivan writes us from
    Lake
    Oswego, OR:

“The
editor of our local small-town newspaper

[the


Lake Oswego Review
]

finally
after about five years  took the City Council to task
for referring to the `Holiday Season` and  lighting of
the `Holiday Tree,` and that the newspaper will from now
on  not follow  suit and will return to calling it the 
`Christmas Season` and the `Christmas  Tree.`  

I sent
the editor an email congratulating him for his good
sense

[send
another
], and I got a response that my
`letter` will be published.   A small victory—but it all
counts.

(Karen W. Sorenson has coverage of this in the

city council

at

council@ci.oswego.or.us
.)

  • Another reader reports from Australia. Australia
    has


    religious freedom
    (and no Established Church)
    but it doesn`t have the judicially-invented
    “separation of Church and State”
    that has been
    imposed on the U.S.  Still, one day an American
    politician will say something like this!

“Political correctness is killing Christmas – at least,
that`s what the

[federal]

Howard Government
reckons.

“On the eve of the festive season, Multicultural Affairs
Minister [VDARE.com note:!!!]
Gary Hardgrave has called on schools and kindergartens
to set up nativity scenes, throw Christmas parties and
remember the story of the birth of Christ.

`We
should get out there and flaunt it rather than having
people retreat from it,` he told The Australian…"A
lot of kindergartens and schools and businesses have
decided they have to ban things because they might
offend others, and they`ve got it completely wrong."

As for
celebrating the Jewish festival of Hanukkah or the
Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr at the end of Ramadan, Mr
Hardgrave said that was a choice for each school to
make.


Defining multiculturalism as built on a bedrock of
Western Christian values and traditions, the minister
said input from other cultures was welcome but this
occurred in a framework established by past generations.

“`Our
culture, our tradition are something that has attracted
people from all around the world to come and live here
and be part of,` he said.

“`We
have an opportunity to learn from the cultures they
brought to Australia.

“`But
we were here first, our framework was in place because
of all of the efforts of previous generations.

[VDARE.COM italics!]
Our framework is what made it possible for all those
people to come, and we should never be afraid of it.`"

["Appeal
to keep the Christ in Christmas
," By Sophie Morris,
Melbourne Herald Sun, December 3, 2003.]

  • Ann Koopman writes from Bozeman, MT:

“Howdy
from Montana!

“I
linked to your Christmas info from

Izzy Lyman`s Homeschooling Revolution blog
.  THANKS
SO VERY MUCH for what you`re doing.

“It
almost broke my heart recently to read in our local
paper that the National Holiday Tree was coming through
town.  Cut in Idaho, it`s being transported across the
country and stopped for viewing in Bozeman, Montana,
last Sunday afternoon. 

“For as
long as I can remember, we`ve watched Presidents `on the
mall` in Washington, ceremoniously lighting the national
CHRISTMAS tree.  What other `holiday` would he be
recognizing while lighting a decorated tree?”

Even here, this bad news is almost good news. The tree that passed
through Bozeman was the U.S. Capitol`s Holiday Tree—not
the

one the President lights
. That is,
miraculously, still called the

National Christmas Tree
. Whew!

It`s not clear why the Capitol Holiday Tree has to be more
politically-correct than the Bush White House—no
mean feat
. But there`s a Capitol Holiday Tree

website
, so
you can

ask
.

The website

claims
that “Correspondence of 1919 in the
records of the Architect of the Capitol indicates that a
holiday tree was purchased that year.”


Er, no. In 1919, there wasn`t a “holiday tree” anywhere in North
America. Only Christmas trees.

On other
fronts, of course, the War Against Christmas rages as
ferocious as ever:


“The
ADL`s description of Christmas as a `December Dilemma`
should at least win the competition in the best
euphemism for Christmas category.”

(Interestingly, the ADL contrived to avoid using the
dreaded word “Christmas” anywhere in its
release.)

  • Roger Chaillet, an old friend, writes:


“The
Coca-Cola two-liter bottles have a drawing of Santa
Claus drinking a Coke, together with the "Holiday 2003"
bordering the top of the label. No mention of Christmas
at all.”


Check out
the Coca-Cola Corporation`s

Holiday Website
. You can send a “Holiday
Card
,” with pictures of Santa, and no mention of
what Holiday Santa usually comes out for.
[email
Coca-Cola
]

  • A reader reports a correct canine Christmas:


“Last
night on the Food Channel I saw a commercial from
PETsMART

[contact
them
].
A couple had just bought their dog gifts and the woman
mentioned it would `be his first holiday.` 



“I have
never known anyone in the non-TV world to use that
expression for Christmas.  The dog is obviously more
intelligent than the company or the advertising agency.”

  • David
    Irving (no, not that David Irving) sent a news
    story that

To ward off any potential protests, Phillipsburg [NJ]
Postmaster Victor Lopez said his post office will not be
putting up Christmas decorations this year.


 `The
reason is, last year we put decorations up, and you want
to take a guess what happened? People complained,` Lopez
said. "So I figured this time I`d play it neutral.`”

But at least one Phillipsburg resident has instinctively grasped the
point: Christophobia is offensive:


“Crystal
Hummer said the postmaster`s ban on Christmas
decorations is an affront. All Americans celebrate
Christmas in one way or another according to their
religion, she said.


"`If
you`re in this country, you definitely know how we
celebrate our holidays. And if you don`t like it, well,
I`m sorry, then go back to your own country,` Hummer
said.”

[Feedback
over decorations prompts decision to go `neutral`
 By Jeff Schogol, The [Easton, PA]
Express-Times,
December 04, 2003]

  • A reader writes from Cedar Rapids:


“This
year, for the first time, my wife and I received Happy
Thanksgiving cards from our financial advisor and a
state conservation organization that we support.  My
expectation is that we will not be receiving holiday
greetings from them.”

To some
Christmas cowards, this might seem like a good idea. If
you can get your cards out of the way in November, you
won`t have to explain why you`re sending cards in
December.

But
Thanksgiving`s

next on the list
!

  • A New York reader is fighting back:

“It`s
that time of the year again – meaning it`s time to go
hunting for the Madonna and Child Christmas stamp to use
on your cards and packages. If the USPS sticks

true to form
this year, the stamp will be
unavailable in USPS vending machines, which tend to
feature only the inoffensive "Frosty the Snowman"
stamps. Thus, patrons who want the actual Christmas
stamp are forced to wait on a long line to buy it—IF
they even know about it. (I NEVER see the stamp
advertised, and it is hard to find on the USPS website.)

“Call
me paranoid, but I think the USPS does all this to
ensure that no one even knows about the stamp. Thus, it
can renew its mid-90`s effort to kill it by claiming
"there`s no demand for it anymore."

“Prove
them wrong! If you don`t want to wait in line,

you can order it online here.

“Also,
let Washington know you are watching them by

asking why the stamp is so hard to find
.

“A
shame we have to do this every year, but that`s the
culture we live in. Merry Christmas!”


“New
York`s legal briefs disputed the claim that the Nativity
scene depicts a historical event, and that this event is
the basis for the celebration of Christmas.”


The
ingenious argument: If the Nativity never happened, then
the New York Schools Board can ban Christmas! But

Ramadan and Hanukkah
need not be banned. 

You
really
can`t make this up.

Hmm.
Ramadan goes back to the

prophet Mohamed
, definitely a

historical figure
, (and


what

a historical figure). Hanukkah dates from the
reign of the pagan ruler Antiochus IV, in 167 B.C. (see
the

Book of Maccabees
, in the Apocrypha).

Antiochus
prohibited

public worship of God, and set up his own idols

in the Temple. He "wrote to his whole kingdom
that all should be one people, and that all should give
up their particular customs.”(I Maccabees,


41, 42
)

Sound
familiar? It sounds almost as if, rather than
commemorating the persecutions of Antiochus Epiphanes,
the New York School Board wants to repeat them.

Antiochus

lived to regret
his evil ways.

The New
York City school system (and some other grinches) might
profit by his example.

Send more
entries to

witan@vdare.com
—marked “Christmas Competition`!