Friday, December 09, 2005

Its a Christmas Tree, Dumbass!

Over the years, especially working in education, I have become accustomed to the trend to de-Christianize the Christmas holiday (or should I start calling it a Holy-Day which is where the word originates, wait till the secular liberals realize that).  This year, however, takes the cake in the perversion of the Christmas holiday.  Under the guise of being “inclusive” schools, municipalities and retail outlets have begun discriminating against the 80% of Americans who celebrate Christmas.  

Taking this to the extreme, some Lowe’s stores began marketing “holiday trees” rather than Christmas trees.  Now I don’t know about you, but I love to see a nicely decorated Hanukah tree, or a Douglass fur decked out for Ramadan.  

WHEN A commotion erupted over the fact that the 48-foot white spruce installed on the Boston Common -- an annual gift from the people of Nova Scotia -- is identified on Boston's official website as a ''holiday tree," the city's commissioner of parks and recreation sided firmly with the critics. ''This is a Christmas tree," Antonia Pollak declared. ''It's definitely a Christmas tree."

What kind of new stupidity is this?  Changing your greeting to “happy holidays” to include Jews, Muslims, Hindus or whatever other group you can imagine is one thing, but to rename a Christmas tree a holiday tree in the guise of inclusion is insane.  I don’t see stores selling menorahs as holiday lamps.  Why then, in the name of inclusion, must the name Christmas be taken off what is perhaps the most recognizable symbol of the holiday?

However, the insanity doesn’t end there.

Sometimes the secularizing impulse goes to laughable extremes, as when the elementary school play is titled ''How the Grinch Stole the Holidays" or when red poinsettias (but not white ones) are banned from city hall. Sometimes it springs from clanging ignorance, as with the New York City policy that prohibited the display of Christian nativity scenes on public school grounds, while expressly allowing such ''secular holiday symbol decorations" as Jewish menorahs and the Muslim star and crescent. And some of it is fueled by anti-Christian bigotry or sheer misanthropic bile.

And how insulting is it for Muslims or Jews to have their holidays labeled as secular celebrations?  Yet again, in a misguided attempt to get a nice liberal warm-fuzzy, the knobs have insulted and discriminated against more than 90% of the population.

So where does it end?  When are we going to stand up and stop groups like the ACLU from trying to expunge any hint of spirituality or religion from our society?