War Against Christmas 2000: The Winner!
Happy New Year!
by Peter Brimelow
Twelfth Night and the Feast of
the Epiphany on January 6 is the traditional end of
Christmas. VDARE also brings to an end its War Against
Christmas Competition for 2000-2001. Many
thanks to all who entered. Things might get better –
but we`ll probably see you next year!
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Late, but better than never – my
entry: National Public Radio`s Christmas Day
“greeting” to its listeners: “Merry
Christmas to those who are celebrating it.”
Here`s a late entry, from none
other than Dubya`s
“Governor and Mrs. George W. Bush Wish You a
Happy Holiday Season and Peaceful New Year.”
From [WITHHELD BY REQUEST]:
I was in a store with (real)
Christmas decorations last week in Maryland – the
Chinese supermarket in Rockville. And even in English!
In contrast, the Giant and Safeway only recognized
[VDARE`s restaurant critic John Brimelow comments: Generally. I have
noticed Indian restaurants also displaying Christmas
decorations. In the Asian cases, ethnocentricity
seems to lead to polite respect for the traditions
of others. Domestic Indian newspapers I read in the
course of business refer to Christmas as a time
marker quite freely.]
readers commented on the Queens NY post office greetings
board snapped by
The funny thing is that at least
3 of those languages ARE saying “Merry
Christmas”. It`s the English version that`s
From: Michael Stapleford email@example.com
If it`s any consolation, at least
the greeting in Vietnamese translates
as,”celebrat (ing) the birth of God” (not
Jesus, though, sorry).
Better than the generic substitute, at least.
because the War Against Christmas is not exclusively
a religious phenomenon – it is a political and
cultural phenomenon, aimed at the abolition of
And what about the chorus teacher
who was teaching the children the `classic` (?) Xmas
song, `Walking in the Winter Wonderland`.
She would not allow the children to sing the
words `Parson Brown` (Christian symbolism), but
substituted the words `happy clown`. Isn`t that silly?
now – the winner!
You want egregious anti-Christmas
Well, for excessive moral
relativism, I think the ACLU`s
comparing Jesus to Hitler qualifies:
Witold Walczak, executive director of the Pittsburgh ACLU, told the Post-Gazette
that the ACLU would probably challenge the action in
court if the commissioners follow through with their
“It is a sad day because this battle was fought by the
county and lost,” Walczak said. “It`s
unfortunate that they want to inject religion
into public life again because it creates a lot of
divisiveness and bad feelings.”
that if the commissioners declare the courtyard to be
a public forum, they must allow all displays,
regardless of the organization or the content.
“Come Hitler`s birthday, the Nazis are going to
have every right to put up a swastika,” he said.
has a different approach to these things:
Day, 1999 – Catholics in Nanguan Machi Village were
arrested and fined the equivalent of 60-$120 for
holding an illegal Christmas worship service in a
Eve, 1999 – Three Catholic leaders and a 12 year old
girl were detained in Liangzhuang Village, Hebei
Province, and beaten with electric batons for holding
an illegal Christmas Eve service. Injuries sustained
caused the need for hospitalization.
[But “It Can`t Happen
Farrahkan, not trying
to be ecumenical, said: “The true meaning of
Christmas is heathen, vain, ignorant, backward, white
pagan worship and idolatry.” – November 16, 1994,
Bethel AME Church, New Haven, CT.
[My question is, “Why is an
African Methodist Episcopal Church inviting Farrakhan
to speak at all? “]
Stephen Smith in an article
in First Things
Magazine recently quoted Tinsley Yarborough as being
horrified at the insensitivity of Justice Rehnquist:
bench, Rehnquist could be “pompous.” And he
is insensitive; for example,
despite an objection lodged by sixteen law clerks he
persisted in a court
tradition of holding an annual Christmas party that
included offensive features
such as “a large Christmas tree, a tape
recorder playing Christmas music, . . . and the
singing of carols.”
This would be charming if
Rehnquist`s court weren`t always closing down other
On a positive note, NORAD is
still keeping up their 44-year tradition of tracking
Santa on his journey.
They seem to have no shame about
this Christmas tradition. The only thing that worried
me is that it meant that Clinton had the capability to
shoot Santa down before leaving office.
The US Capitol has a
“holiday tree”, rather than a Christmas
tree, displayed here
on the webpage of Senator Tom Daschle (D-S. Dakota). “Happy
Holidays from Senator Tom Daschle!! (On
Daschle, on Prancer, etcetera.)
And Hamilton, Ontario, refusing
requests for a Nativity scene, has affixed a picture
of the Grinch to the doors of City Hall.
[The Hamilton Spectator –
Friday, December 22, 2000]
Hall tone-down opposite of tolerance By
The good citizens of
Hamilton deserve to be congratulated for the salutary
lesson they taught…
want $2.95 Canadian for the whole article.)
There`s a worthwhile essay on the
death of Christmas by Chesterton, which I attach.
VDARE summary of Chesterton:
Christmas is dying – and will never die.
January 6, 2001