‘Tis the season to talk a bunch of baubles
Google ‘War on Christmas 2014’ and you will find a raft of reports about vinegary American atheists working their godless socks off to squeeze all the cheer out of the festive season, and trash all that’s ‘holy’ about lickle baby Jesus’ birthday.
Here, from The Blaze (dated Dec 1), is just one of dozens:
Atheists are bringing their annual war on Christmas to the south, where a new billboard campaign takes direct aim at the Christian holiday.
American Atheists, an activist group based in Cranford, New Jersey, launched numerous billboards Monday featuring a little girl and her mock letter to Santa.
At first glance, the text appears to be a direct response to vast majority of American Christians who embrace at least some of what the Bible recounts about Christ’s purported divinity.
Consider that a 2013 poll found that 77 percent of US citizens believe that Jesus was resurrected, with a separate poll finding that nearly 70 percent of the nation believes Christ is God or God’s son.
American Atheists claim, though, that the billboards — on display from December 1-24 — targets:
In the closet atheists who are pressured to observe religious traditions during the holidays. Even children know churches spew absurdity, which is why they don’t want to attend services. Enjoy the time with your family and friends instead.
That was from American Atheists President David Silverman who added:
Today’s adults have no obligation to pretend to believe the lies their parents believed.
The billboard appears in numerous southern cities, including Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, St Louis, Missouri, Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin — locations intentionally selected “to be near schools and churches”, according to American Atheists.
During past Christmas seasons, American Atheists has taken its anti-Christmas message to New York City’s Times Square, among other locations. Last year’s Times Square billboard asked, “Who needs Christ during Christmas?” then answered: “Nobody”.
And American Atheists’ 2012 “Keep the Merry! Dump the Myth!” featured an image of Santa with a photo of Jesus suffering on the cross. The “merry” corresponded to the traditional Christmas mascot, with “myth” presented beneath the Christian savior’s picture, clearly in reference to Jesus’ death.
The 2011 campaign featured Jesus, Satan and Santa and the group’s 2010 message also called the Christmas story “a myth”.
Apparently bored by Christians grizzling about the “War on Christmas” in the UK, the media here appeared to to be underplaying the subject this year. Tabloid tales, according to Gaby Hinsliff in the Guardian:
Seems to boil down mainly to changing taste in greetings cards and parents being denied the inalienable right to watch their kid singing Little Donkey, preferably with a tea towel on its head. Well, except in the 13 out of 14 schools where they still can.
Her op-ed was aimed at devout Christian Dr Liam Fox, below, who served as Defence Secretary between 2010 and 2011. He declared that British society must not shy away from its own beliefs or traditions such as saying “Happy Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays”.
In an online video message, Fox said Christmas is:
A time of hope and renewal, a central part of our religious belief.
Fox started his message by talking about religious tolerance – saying:
It lies at the heart of any truly civilised society. But, because we tolerate and respect views different to our own, that does not mean that we have to apologise for our own beliefs, traditions or culture.
He said he seeks to remember the birth of Jesus at Christmas time and will wish everyone, “of all religions and none”, a “very happy and peaceful Christmas”.
Earlier, the Voice of Christians Persecuted in the UK – the Christian Institute – revealed that many of the UK’s local councils were abandoning the true meaning of Christmas in their Christmas cards.
Many of the messages offer variations of the phrase ‘Seasons Greetings, while some simply wish people ‘all the best for the festive period’.
Institute Director Colin Hart slammed those councils who ignored Jesus in their cards, but commended others who had:
Chosen to shun the saccharine sentiment of ‘Happy Holidays’ for Christmas cards that celebrate the coming of Jesus.
The CI reported that ahe survey, of 2,000 families, commissioned by campaign group Christmas Starts with Christ, revealed that a third of children aged between ten and 13 do not know that Christmas marks the birth of Jesus. The poll also found that only ten per cent of adults can correctly state four facts about Jesus’ birth.
On BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback show Simon Calvert, spokesman for the Institute warned about secularists who want to “wipe out Christ from Christmas”.
The birth of Christ is a cause for deep joy not PC inflicted embarrassment. The Scrooge-like approach of some councils to take Christ out of Christmas is a denial of the wonderful truth of the Christmas story as well as an affront to this country’s Christian heritage. This has all the hallmarks of another attempt by publicly funded bodies to airbrush Christianity out of public life.
Of the 191 councils who supplied details of their official Christmas greetings, 27 per cent are not sending cards, reportedly due to budget cuts.
An additional 17 per cent are sending cards which do not even have a passing reference to Christmas.
Hat tip: Ernest Jackson (Council Christmas cards)