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The War on Christmas Hits Texas

The war on Christmas has made it to the state of Texas. By which I mean that a Christian right group in Texas is trying desperately to raise money by making people afraid of the entirely mythical war on Christmas. My friends at the Texas Freedom Network have the text of an email they sent out:

No student in Texas should fear talking about Christmas at school or exercising their most basic religious liberty rights. Ever!

But sadly over the last few years, we have seen a growing level of hostility and mistreatment of Christmas in the public square and in our schools. Led by secularists, atheists, and taxpayer funded lawyers, and bowing at the altar of political correctness, the attacks on Christmas have increased to unprecedented levels.

Make no mistake — the War on Christmas is a key front in the radical movement to remove all religious expression from the public square. And ground zero for this battle has been public schools across the U.S., including right here in Texas…

You see, the battle in our schools is the battle for the future of Texas. The other side knows if they can remove all religious expression from our schools, they can indoctrinate the future generation of Texans to their worldview that has no place for God.

Really? Is that the best you’ve got? The John Birch Society was doing this 55 years ago and they were able to tie it into the anti-UN conspiracies:

“The UN fanatics launched their assault on Christmas in 1958, but too late to get very far before the holy day was at hand. They are already busy, however, at this very moment, on efforts to poison the 1959 Christmas season with their high-pressure propaganda. What they now want to put over on the American people is simply this: Department stores throughout the country are to utilize UN symbols and emblems as Christmas decorations.”

Which never happened, of course. Just like wingnut dystopia predictions never actually happen. Which just proves the conspiracy all the more.

Comments

  1. a_ray_in_dilbert_space says

    Yeah, we’ve had some of these tea-party assclowns waving flags and hanging banners over I-95 during afternoon rush hour north of DC. They started out hanging signs calling for resistance to the “tyrant Obama”. Lately they’ve switched to the War on Xmas crap. I make sure to salute them 1 finger at a time as I go by–as much for screwing up traffic as for their paranoid screeds.

  2. peterh says

    “… [schools] can indoctrinate the future generation of Texans to their worldview …”

    Thought that was the job of the churches. But they seem to be shirking their duty while complaining that other institutions aren’t allowed to do their dirty work.

  3. raven says

    The fundies have done with their imaginary War on Xmas what they did with everything else about their cult religion.

    Turn it into a marketing scam.

    There is no indication what that group of scammers will do with the money they collect to fight their War on Xmas. Probably spend it on themselves one way or another. Fundies don’t have holidays. They have Wars on Holidays. Which they turn into scams for themself.

  4. raven says

    Speaking of Holiday Wars, my local school district doesn’t celebrate any religious or even vaguely religious holidays any more.

    They lost the War on Halloween and now have some sort of generic Harvest party. Some schools have a Holiday tree, some don’t even have that. And Easter has always been right out anyway. I don’t know what they do for St. Valentines day.

  5. iknklast says

    The day students in Texas aren’t able to pray, wish each other Merry Christmas, or wear silly garments (some of which are quite cute, mind you) will be the day the proverbial hell freezes over. Christmas is alive and well in Texas schools and everywhere else. Just because there are a few places where schools have been prevented from endorsing Christmas officially does not mean it isn’t present. But, hey, the truth never stopped these guys on anything else.

    I have no problem wishing my students Merry Christmas as they leave for the semester if they wish that to me; otherwise, I’ve never had one fly into a rage over Happy Holidays. This didn’t bother anyone until some fox news jerk decided to boost his ratings by making people froth at the mouth over it. After all, what does holiday mean anyway? Holy Day. That’s still pretty Christian, if you ask me, but has the benefit of acknowledging other religions, as well.

  6. Scr... Archivist says

    What is the point of the “War on Christmas”? I’m hoping someone can explain it.

    If it’s only about rating and selling books, I can understand it.

    I can even understand it if it’s just about scaring people into thinking that major retailers and the government, especially local government, should sponsor Christianity (with lawn decorations, usually). Since a lot of Americans love Christmas, the holiday might be a good hook to pull them to the Right’s side, or so the warriors might think.

    But I have to ask if there is more to it than that.

    Is the Right also making a big deal about the Christian part of Christmas itself to convince us that if we celebrate it at all we’re actually Christians? Is this part of their “Christian nation” fraud, “proving” that we’re all really believers even if we won’t admit it?

  7. Loqi says

    Leave it to the religious right to go to war on the side of an old, fat white guy who keeps an entire race of people as slave labor in a workshop.

  8. says

    Scr… Archivist, it’s not Christmas if you can’t force all the little Jewish and Muslim and [other] kids to walk past a manger scene in the lobby of their public school. That is the reason for the season.

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