"War" on Christmas, and other Assorted Seasonal Amusements...
For full disclosure, I am an unabashed theist of the “born again Christian” variety.
A little song to start (you know the tune):
Tis the season we Christians get pissed-off,
fa-a-la-a-lah (and so on)…
cause all the Hell-bound atheists hate Christmas, (chorus like before).
Now they buy billboard ads, saying we’re fools (fa-la-la thing again)…
Let’s give em love(not anger) to show them Truth…
fa-a-la-a-lah, etc. (CORNY!)
December 7, Pearl Harbor day... so war (I 'spose) is appropriate subject matter. Among the news of the day, we have billboard ads about the nation purchased by atheists, dissing Christmas ("season for reason", as opposed to "Jesus, reason for the season"... clever those atheists). However, as the aforementioned unabashed theist of the “born again Christian” variety... I find the atheist is a strange sort: he(she)often as part of their argument, rails against the "injustice" of God who does not exist, then (exclusively) claims to be of "rational and reasoned" mind! Try as I might, I can’t calculate their “math” (what is "justice" and "reason" in a random meaningless universe?)... it just DON’T ADD UP, such is the paradox! While dismissing all theistic faiths, they appear (from my humble observations) to have particular animus towards Christianity... go figure? The so-called “war” on Christmas continues and is ongoing as a subset of the disdain against all who subscribe to the “maker theory”… see Psalm 139 in the (alleged) Holy Bible for further detail.
In many of their ads and arguments, our atheist friends claim one can be “good” without God… true but, they must borrow their concept of what’s “good”. In the USA, the definition most observe (IMHO)… is of Judeo-Christian origin. Ya know the one (we suppose) delivered by God Somebody… in the (alleged) Holy Bible, the ancient document of which some find interest.
What’s funny (as in sheesh not ha-ha) and our great conundrum is how to be “good” when in the non-believer(aka: Law of the Jungle) world, there IS NO universal standard of what’s “good”? The Muslim Jihadist thinks it’s “good” to slaughter the infidel (folks like me) in large numbers for Allah… (I humbly must disagree with that standard). In Genesis 3:5 the Serpent beguiles Eve (and Adam) with the seductive promise that, once they eat of the “fruit on the tree of knowledge” they will "be as God, knowing good and evil". Turned out to be (partly) true as Adam, Eve (and all after) became sovereign souls… little “g” gods as it were ("knowing good and evil" only by THEIR definition). So in the pursuit of “good” we have up to six billion+ potential concepts of what’s “good”. Consensus becomes an issue… as many (if not most) of these ideas of “good” are in sometimes violent conflict with others… proven to be a bit of a problem! We have (at least) 10,000 years of history confirming this sad fact!
The (potentially sad) irony of our existence is we ALL, be we theist, pagan, New Ager and/or atheist are STUCK with an ultimate act of “faith” in our earthy sojourn. We must accept that a “miracle” of some kind occurred in the dim recesses of the past. One (hopefully with an explanation) that gave rise to all that is known as “us”… (and without “us” the rest doesn’t matter)! We actually know very little about this phenomenon we call the “known universe”... but we speculate much! The human condition has the (sometimes cruel) desire to figure stuff out… in fact it drives us NUTS. IMHO, the even BIGGER irony (and cruel to some) is, it only CAN make sense if there is creator God. The cosmic lawgiver who has defined the universal standard of “good”. But in His(her/its) generosity (and/or malice depending on one’s point of view) we mere mortals are permitted our own opinions. (Genesis 3:5 again).
The prime argument by the atheist is there "no evidence" of God's existence in the "known" universe (DNA is not good enough?)... as a rule I would conclude the atheist demands "proof" on his/her terms... God must submit to their will, not the other way around. I offer prominent and militant Richard Dawkins as exhibit "A".. But he hedges his bets a bit in the title of his article, then rambles on incoherently.
Merry Christmas, Festivas for the Rest of Us and Happy Holidays (however defined)... to all!
P.S. Jutsa few references for further study:
Psalm 2:1 - Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
Psalms 14:1 - The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
Romans 1:22 - Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools
EVERY WHO DOWN IN WHOVILLE LIKED CHRISTMAS A LOT,
BUT THE GRINCH, WHO LIVED JUST NORTH OF WHOVILLE, DID NOT.
THE GRINCH HATED CHRISTMAS THE WHOLE CHRISTMAS SEASON
NO ONE KNOWS WHY, NO ONE KNOWS QUITE THE REASON.
IT COULD HAVE BEEN THAT THE GRINCH WAS JEW,
BUT HE WASN’T THE GRINCH SIMPLY HATED EACH WHO.
HE HATED THEM ALL SINCE THEY ALL SEEMED SO HAPPY
AND THE GRINCH’S POOR LIFE WAS COMPARATIVELY CRAPPY.
THE GRINCH WAS AN ATHIEST, GAY, AND A COMMIE
(SOMETHING HE’D LEARNED FROM HIS DAD AND HIS MOMMIE).
HE DIDN’T MIND WINTER SOLSTICE OR KWANZAA
BUT THE “CHRIST” NAME IN CHRISTMAS DROVE THAT GRUMPY GRINCH GONZA.
BECAUSE JESUS TAUGHT LOVE, GOODNESS, MORALS, AND SUCH
THINGS THAT THE GRINCH DIDN’T PRACTICE THAT MUCH.
BUT YOU KNOW THAT OLD GRINCH WAS SO SMOOTH AND SO SLICK
THAT HE THOUGHT UP A PLAN AND HE THOUGHT IT UP QUICK.
THIS YEAR NO SANTA SUIT, NO TASTY ROAST BEAST
NO TRUSTY DOG MAX OR CRASHING THE FEAST
NO MORE BROODING IN SILENCE, NO CINDY LOU WHO
NO…. THIS YEAR THE GRINCH WOULD CALL the ACLU .
SO THE GRINCH GRABBED HIS CELL PHONE, HE GOT ON THE HORN
AND CALLED ON THE MOST VILE LAWYERS E’ER BORN.
ATTORNEYS AMORAL, AGGRESSIVE AND MEAN
WHO WORK IN THE WHOLE “HATE AMERICA” SCENE.
AND YES ALL THESE LAWYERS WERE ALL CLOSET COMMIES
(SOMETHING THEY’D LEARNED FROM THEIR DADDIES AND MOMMIES).
AND THOUGH THEY WERE BAD FROM SHOELACES TO FACES
THEY’D ALL BECOME RICH ON A CONTINGENCY BASIS.
THEN HE CALLED MICHAEL NEWDOW, WHO REALLY HATES GOD
AND SOME MUSLIM LAWYER NAMED TAWFIQ HADAD.
WITH HIS DEVILS IN PLACE AND READY TO SUE
THE GRINCH NOW WAS READY TO SCREW EVERY WHO
ALL THE WINDOWS WERE DARK, QUIET SNOW FILLED THE AIR
ALL THE WHOS WERE ALL DREAMING SWEET DREAMS WITHOUT CARE.
WHEN HE CAME TO THE BRIGHT LIGHTS RIGHT THERE ON THE SQUARE.
THE GRINCH SAID, “THIS BANNER SIMPLY MUST GO
IT SAYS ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’ IT CLEARLY SAYS SO.
I DON’T BELIEVE IN THIS JESUS CHRIST FELLOW.”
THEN THE ACLU GUYS ALL STARTED TO BELLOW,
“THIS BANNER’S ILLEGAL, INTOLERANT, INTRUSIVE.
THE WHOS MUST REPLACE IT WITH SOMETHING INCLUSIVE.”
SO THE BANNER CAME DOWN AND THE WHOS HAD SOME MEETINGS
AND PUT UP A NEW ONE THAT SAID “SEASONS GREETINGS.”
WITH THE BANNER NOW HISTORY, THE GRINCH STARTED ON
THE SWEET MANGER SCENE ON THE CITY HALL LAWN.
THE ACLU GUYS SAID, “THIS TOO MUST GO.
PUT A KWANZAA DISPLAY UP RIGHT THERE IN THE SNOW!”
MIKE NEWDOW THEN SAID,"WE'VE GOT THESE WHOS OVER BARRELS,
SO IN ALL THE WHOS SCHOOLS WE'LL ELIMINATE CAROLS!
AND WHILE ALL THIS WAS HAPPENING WHAT DID THE WHOS DO?
WHY THEY DID NOTHING BUT CRY BOO-HOO-HOO
WE DON’T HAVE THE MONEY. WE DON’T HAVE THE TIME.
THE COURTS ARE AGAINST US. IT’S SUCH A TOUGH CLIMB.
I GUESS WE’LL JUST LUMP IT. THIS MUST BE OUR FATE.
AND THEY CRIED AND THEY WHINED UNTIL ALL WAS TOO LATE.
THEN THE GRINCH AND THE LAWYERS RAN RAMPANT THROUGH TOWN.
TEARING EVERY REFERENCE TO JESUS CHRIST DOWN.
NOW ITS MANY YEARS LATER AND CHRIST IS ALL GONE
AND THE WHOS ARE ALL WONDERING WHERE DID WE GO WRONG.
OH, SURE, SANTA'S STILL THERE WITH HIS REINDEER AND ELVES
BUT AS THE WHOS SNOOZED THEY LOST PART OF THEMSELVES.
WITH CHRIST GONE FROM CHRISTMAS THE SPIRIT LEFT, TOO
AND LEFT A BIG, GAPING HOLE IN EACH SOUL IN EACH WHO.
AND WHAT OF THE GRINCH, NO, HE, STILL IS UNHAPPY
BUT IT MAKES HIM FEEL BETTER NOW THAT EVERYONE’S CRAPPY.
SO, NOW CHRISTMAS TIME’S JUST A MEM’RY FOR WHOS
WHO LET IT ALL GO TO THE ACLU’S.
With apologies to Dr. Seuss