War Against Christmas Competition 2002 [V]: Happy New Year (Gregorian Calendar)!
Also see: War Against Christmas 2001
The winner of VDARE.COM`s annual War Against
Christmas Competition will be announced on Twelfth Night
– when, in much of the English-speaking world, Christmas
decorations are traditionally taken down.
“Three cheers for Peter Brimelow`s War Against Christmas
Competition. Make that ten cheers – at least. But
isn`t it really just a Battle Against Christmas, just
one battle in the War Against Christianity?
have just finished a short book on Alexander the Great,
a nice little summary, but with an utterly disgusting
twist: Alexander wasn`t born in 356 BC, oh no, it was
356 BCE, that is, 356 years Before the Current Era.
Centuries later the Roman Emperor Caracalla visited
Alexander`s tomb in Egypt. And when was that? Well, it
was in 215 CE, meaning 215 years after the beginning of
the Current Era.
“Who decided on these
obnoxious terms, BCE and CE?”
The fascinating thing about “Before Current
[sometimes “Common”] Era,” of course, is its flagrant
Christophobia. At least the “Happy Holidays” ploy
has the rationale that other winter religious holidays
exist (or have been
invented). But there is no “Era” that is “Current” –
or “Common”. The only purpose of this maneuver is to
avoid even an indirect mention of Christ.
Many Americans, beguiled
by the diversity-is-strength crowd, have no idea how
intense this minority aversion to the majority religion
can be. An old friend,
Michael Monastyrskyj, provides this gem:
Warns Against Saying Merry Christmas,” by
Toronto Star, December 28, 2002. In a
Christmas Day message, the Khalid Bin Al-Walid mosque in
Etobicoke warned that congratulating non-Muslims on
their festivals "is like congratulating someone for
drinking wine, or murdering someone or having illicit
sexual relations and so on."
The Star reporter worked hard to find Muslims
who multiculturally disagreed. But her interviews made
plain that the mosque`s congregants did not.
The establishment is definitely feeling the Christmas
heat. Several correspondents sent Christmas-purge
stories from the mainstream media, for example the
Washington Times (“Christmas
Fails PC Test In More Public Schools,” by Ellen Sorokin
and Vishali Honawar, December 20, 2002).
round-up came from Joe Kovacs of WorldNetDaily
For some reason, the clumsy attempt by the British
Red Cross to
bar Christmas trees from its shops on the absurd
grounds that it would offend Muslims (that`s Red
Cross. C-R-O-S-S! Hello? Hello?) attracted much
attention from American readers.
British, Canadian and
Australian examples are especially interesting
because they come from countries where there is no ban
on government support of religion – in fact, in Britain
there actually is an Established Church (aargh!). The
law is not really the issue here. It`s the
kulturkampf – and that rages throughout the
Mickey Cassock writes:
Sometimes I wonder if the conquest of “Holidays” over
Christmas isn`t partly the result of lazy reporters. Is
there an easier story to write? Begin with a headline
that condescendingly assumes your readers live in a
Eurocentric bubble and will be surprised to learn the most commonplace facts about our cultural
diversity. (Harriet: "Dear, it says here that Christmas
is `not the only` holiday in town." Ozzie: "Well, I`ll
be! What will they think up next?")
Then go call up your local public school, shopping mall
or state agency and ask the administrators the usual
leading questions. Fill in the rest with blather that
demonstrates your obvious moral superiority to anyone
not as informed about the new "Holidays."
Not only is there almost no work involved, your editor
is sure to publish your story in a prominent place for
fear of creating the impression that he is one of those
backwards types who mistook twenty-first century America
for a part of western civilization.
And Cassock provides
Here on the Holidays in Cincinnati
(“For holidays, schools`
focus on `inclusion`”, by Jennifer Mrozowski,
December 9, 2002.)
Here on the Holidays in Pittsburgh
(“Holidays provide lessons
in diversity,” by Kellie B. Gormley, Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review, December 5, 2002).
Here on the Holidays in New York.
(“Not Everyone Celebrates the
Holidays With a Tree,” by Karen J. Bannen,
New York Times, December
Here on the Holidays in Texas.
(“Christmas is Not Only
Holiday in Town,” by Wade Cameron, KTRE.COM, December 7,
Hmm, sounds like that
Mexican government publicist that Joe Guzzardi found
same pro-amnesty op-eds on gullible local editors
has been multiple-messaging again!
December 30, 2002