Some observations I made on the Politically Correct of the left "War on Christmas" column in the National Post.
Christopher Beam: The "War on Christmas" is basically over
While U.S. President Barack Obama has decided to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, he has overseen a precipitous de-escalation on another front: the war on Christmas.
The debates that have raged in years past — “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”? “Christmas tree” or “holiday tree”? — have largely quieted down in 2009. While it’s impossible to quantify, there are plenty of pseudo scientific indicators to suggest that, yes, the war on Christmas, with or without quotation marks, is over. Or at least in ceasefire...
Dec 22 2009
Political Correctness (PC) would have us dab all truth with a cotton ball of opaque misery rendering it to obscurity.
I am an agnostic.
I hold all religions with an equal mix of peculiar bewilderment and scorn for their patently absurd claims of being the only way to whatever version of Nirvana lies at the end of life as we know it. The latter is the probable cause of a vast amount of discord in the world throughout history.
Worst of all, however, is the dogma of PC. It is a scourge created by the left to cover their inability to face challenges and search for blandness in the futile effort to have every body feel inclusive and get along.
Having said that I was raised in a country of nominal secularity that has as its foundation a belief in the birth of their God child, Jesus. It is a large part of the culture of this nation and for me it is not a celebration of a particular God but one that comprises a spirit of giving. In other words the meaning transcends a particular religion and becomes part of what we should ascribe to as humans. When you have children to share this spirit with you know exactly what I am saying.
Santa Claus is a pretty secular icon that descended from Christianity. He is actually, to paraphrase John Lennon who discussed the Beatles celebrity, more popular than the Christian God, at least amongst children and marketers.
I was blessed by having children who, like me as a child, got very excited over Christmas and what Santa might bring. I recall the mornings before 6 AM when I could hear their excited whispers emanating from the living room at the carefully wrapped gifts lying under the tree.
These were precious memories and led to teachable moments about gift giving and how it was often better to give than receive. They may not realize that lesson until they have children or have an event that coincides with what was taught to reinforce the notion but it does add value to being human in a non-religious way that is consistent with some of the more benevolent teachings of many religions.
Christmas is a time to celebrate our culture and heritage in addition to a major religious grouping called Christianity. It is a wonderful period that should be celebrated for its spirit and for those of that religious group its religious beginnings. There is nothing wrong with the spirit it represents.
There is everything right with Christmas as a time for reflection and family, the latter the greatest gift of all. Family is our genetic heritage, which we created ourselves. We live on for eternity through them even when we pass away. Perhaps that is our metaphoric eternal life.
Family Courts, however, a part of our government, practice another form of political correctness by marginalizing a parent, in most cases the dad, having them become a visitor in their children's lives. This is done for a variety of reasons most of which have nothing to do with reality but everything to do with social engineering and a new form of patriarchy where the government (nanny state) becomes the new parent and guardian of the mom to satisfy the will of a form of victim feminism, a scourge that puts fathers in the category of drone, whose only role is apparently the person who has the ability to provide economic support.