War Against Christmas 2004 Competition [VII]: What “December Dilemma”? etc.

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AGAINST CHRISTMAS 2004 COMPETITION
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[VI]


[VIII]


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[XIV]



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[XVI]



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See also: War
Against Christmas


2003
,


2002
,


2001
,


2000


It is almost embarrassing.


Americans are so terrified of spiritual incorrectness
that just preparing for religious holidays has
become an affliction.


It even has a name
:
The

December Dilemma
.


We`ve had several emails regarding this “dilemma.” 
For example, one reader asked “Where`s the dilemma?”


Originally, the December Dilemma referred to
“interfaith marriages”
between Christians and Jews.
Specifically, how those households should
celebrate the holidays.


Onlypunjab.com, “the internet destination for Punjabi
people around the world,”
has even published a

December Dilemma Survey
of 199 interfaith families.
Interestingly, the survey suggests the dilemma is a
misnomer:   


These
findings are significant because they dispel the common
perception that interfaith families find the December
holidays to be especially difficult.”


Side note:  So the dilemma by and about whom the dilemma
was created is not really a dilemma and the dilemma I
have is that there was a dilemma in the first place. Ok,
got it! 


But of the entries concerning the DD (I just can`t write
it out anymore), not one dealt with the possible
concerns of a private family. There were corporations,
schools, government entities, cities and states.

One reader sent a link to the New Jersey Bar Association
website and an article titled


“The December Dilemma: The Constitutionality of Holiday
Displays”

by Karen M. Spring.


Ok, the title alone had me laughing.  Is there anything,
anything, in the Constitution regarding holiday
displays? Or even just the word holiday?


Umm, NO!!!


Spring writes:


“By allowing occupants
of government buildings, such as courthouses, government
offices, and public schools to put up holiday displays
that have a religious theme, like a Nativity scene, it
may seem that the American government is endorsing and
supporting the Christian religion. A Muslim member of
the community might be upset by such a display because
his or her faith is not being publicly acknowledged,
whereas the Christian religion is.”


Where exactly is upsetting Muslims considered
unconstitutional? Iran?



  • Target Stores
    is back in the VDARE.COM email bags
    for its contributions to the War on Christmas.


Here`s an entry that places the decision by Target to
cancel their support of the Salvation Army in
perspective.


Target—which, remember, is a private institution and not
constrained by any church and state nonsense—has a
rather odd policy for community outreach. 

1.     
Salvation Army Bell Ringers, Not OK

2.     
Chicano Exhibit, OK


From
Target`s website:

“To honor the long, rich history of Chicanos in America, Target
is sponsoring CHICANO, a groundbreaking exhibition that
recognizes the many facets of Chicano life.”
[Exhibition
Celebrates Chicano Culture
—you will need to scroll
down the page a bit.]

A
traveling exhibit, Chicanos in America is a
five-year commitment by Target to showcase well,
Chicanos in America.


Maybe I can save you a trip by summing up the exhibit:
They are Chicano and they live in America.

  • More on Target:
    Margaret Taft writes:

Target
claims to have banned the Salvation Army bell ringers
because of a blanket non-solicitation policy.  I have
shopped regularly at the Target in Culver City
California for several years.         

There
are always always at least two solicitors out in front
requesting donations for various charities. On Saturday,
December 4th, there were two charity solicitors there.

If
Target has a blanket non-solicitation policy then
why are these charity solicitors always out in front of
the Culver City Target?  Or was the non-solicitation
policy invented solely for the Christmas season?


This famous London wax museum revealed a nativity scene
which features Posh and David Beckman as Mary and
Joseph.


Oh yes, they went there.


She is the former Spice Girl and he is the famous soccer
player for England. (p.s. and, of course, even in wax
they are unearthly beautiful.)  And they weren`t the
only cast members:


[T]he
nativity scene which also features…Tony Blair, the Duke
of Edinburgh, and President George Bush as the three
wise men.”


Blasphemous, of course. But also satirical 


What else explains that lineup of Wise Men?

  • Some good stuff:

  • Congratulations to
    our friends at ProjectUSA (whose Craig Nelson sent us
    one of our best

    entries
    in 2000) for daring to make this frank

    Christmas
    appeal.


Bryanna Bevens [email
her] is a political consultant and former chief of staff
for a member of the California State Assembly.