War Against Christmas 2003 Competition [III]: “We Were Here First.”
“Christmas will return again,” we wrote last week
our War Against Christmas 2003 competition.
And it is indeed returning—albeit against ferocious
- Lalia Sullivan writes us from
editor of our local small-town newspaper
Lake Oswego Review]
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.`
the editor an email congratulating him for his good
another], and I got a response that my
`letter` will be published. A small victory—but it all
- Another reader reports from Australia. Australia
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
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
have an opportunity to learn from the cultures they
brought to Australia.
we were here first, our framework was in place because
of all of the efforts of previous generations.
Our framework is what made it possible for all those
people to come, and we should never be afraid of it.`"
to keep the Christ in Christmas,” By Sophie Morris,
Melbourne Herald Sun, December 3, 2003.]
- Ann Koopman writes from Bozeman, MT:
linked to your Christmas info from
Izzy Lyman`s Homeschooling Revolution blog. THANKS
SO VERY MUCH for what you`re doing.
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.
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
one the President lights. That is,
miraculously, still called the
National Christmas Tree. Whew!
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.
reader sent us the
Anti-Defamation League`s press release [“ADL
Offers Schools Guidance for Negotiating the `December
9:30:00 AM] and commented
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
- Roger Chaillet, an old friend, writes:
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
- A reader reports a correct canine Christmas:
night on the Food Channel I saw a commercial from
A couple had just bought their dog gifts and the woman
mentioned it would `be his first holiday.`
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.”
Irving (no, not that David Irving) sent a news
“To ward off any potential protests, Phillipsburg [NJ]
Postmaster Victor Lopez said his post office will not be
putting up Christmas decorations this year.
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:
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.
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
over decorations prompts decision to go `neutral` By Jeff Schogol, The [Easton, PA]
Express-Times, December 04, 2003]
- A reader writes from Cedar Rapids:
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.”
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
next on the list!
- A New York reader is fighting back:
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.)
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."
them wrong! If you don`t want to wait in line,
you can order it online here.
let Washington know you are watching them by
asking why the stamp is so hard to find.
shame we have to do this every year, but that`s the
culture we live in. Merry Christmas!”
- And a reader pointed out that the
Thomas More Law Center
is also fighting back. It is suing over the New York
City school system`s amazing non-denominational fatwa
denying the “historical fact of the birth of
of Jesus Denied By New York School System to Justify Ban
on Christmas Nativity Displays, Nov 11, 2003].
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.”
ingenious argument: If the Nativity never happened, then
the New York Schools Board can ban Christmas! But
Ramadan and Hanukkah need not be banned.
really can`t make this up.
Ramadan goes back to the
prophet Mohamed, definitely a
historical figure, (and
a historical figure). Hanukkah dates from the
reign of the pagan ruler Antiochus IV, in 167 B.C. (see
Book of Maccabees, in the Apocrypha).
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,
familiar? It sounds almost as if, rather than
commemorating the persecutions of Antiochus Epiphanes,
the New York School Board wants to repeat them.
lived to regret his evil ways.
York City school system (and some other grinches) might
profit by his example.
firstname.lastname@example.org —marked “Christmas Competition`!