Thursday, December 08, 2005

War On Christmas II: The Christmasing

'Tis the season to be jolly.

Unless you're William A. Donahue or Joseph Farah, that is.

From the Washington Post:

This month, as in every December since he took office, President Bush sent out cards with a generic end-of-the-year message, wishing 1.4 million of his close friends and supporters a happy "holiday season."

Bush's card also included a snippet from the Bible, invoking the blessings of the Lord for all. Because we live in a country full of crazy people, the President's good-hearted, yearly gesture provoked this reasoned response:

"This clearly demonstrates that the Bush administration has suffered a loss of will and that they have capitulated to the worst elements in our culture," said William A. Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

Bush "claims to be a born-again, evangelical Christian. But he sure doesn't act like one," said Joseph Farah, editor of the conservative Web site "I threw out my White House card as soon as I got it."

Allow me to repeat that for Mr. Farah: He threw out his card as soon as he got it. A card sent to him by the President of the United States. Why? Because it didn't say "Merry Christmas."

That seems sane*.



At 8:42 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Thanks for that clarification. *


Wow that makes it easier!

At 10:45 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

Doesn't it, though?

All future posts here will come with helpful emotive clarifiers.*


At 11:12 AM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

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At 11:13 AM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

That would be great.*

* Denotes detached amusement.

At 11:35 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Some people need this in real life.

At 1:49 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

All this talk about religious wars, and no discussion on how the Narnia movie, along with the books, are purportedly conversion mechanisms to turn us all into Christians?

At 3:24 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

That wasn't Jack's purpose.

At 3:26 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

Of course not. But that has not stopped numerous people from decrying it as a subversive attempt of getting Christianity into the minds of babes...

At 3:43 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

My turn for an exaggerated yawn*.

Lewis' religious predelictions notwithstanding, the novel's allegory isn't exclusive to Christianity.

The concept of death and resurrection predates Jesus in pagan faiths which either directly or indirectly influenced Christianity depending on your point of view. The "gods" Attis, Mithrais, Adonis, and Osiris all died and "rose again" to save their people. Osiris in particular is notable for rising on the third day.

More important to me is whether the movie's any good and the consensus seems to be that, yes, it is. As a Potter/LOTR fan, Nizz, you should enjoy the film.

*(With tongue planted firmly in cheek, of course)

At 3:52 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

Are you kidding? I'm pumped for this film. I should have probably placed the * - [sarcasm] thing, but thought it would be self-evident. Nevertheless, I'm excited for this film, and couldn't care less if the film was entitled: "Nizzle, Do The Right Thing and Join the Christians"

The battle scenes seem to liken themselves to a sort of LOTR meets the Bronx Zoo. Can't wait for that.

And the magic. And the good versus evil. This movie has Nizzle written all over it.

I was merely venting my frustration with those who cannot merely enjoy a movie with potentially alegorical references to religion without worrying that the sole purpose of its placement is for conversion.

That sort of nonsense gets Nizzle's panties in a bunch.*

* Nizzle has not, nor will he ever, wear "panties." In fact, Nizzle does not even refer to womens' underwear as "panties." He rather refers to them as "womens' undergarments." It is unlikely, however, that the phrase "Nizzle's womens' undergarments..." would have worked quite as well as the aforementioned phrase.

At 4:34 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

N, as long as you wear some sort of undergarment (preferably one that locks) we're all good.

And this movie has em all a -tingle.

At 5:15 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Well, then our panties are concurrently bunched. Our figurative, heterosexual, pseudo-panties.

They're all bunched.

I was just looking for an excuse to throw Osiris and Attis into a comment.

At 5:17 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

And Nizzle's Women's Undergarments has quite the alliterative ring.

I believe I'll compose a song with it.

At 7:05 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

I wonder if someone's ever tried to trademark it or copyright it.

Meanwhile, Codemorse, you've got to call me. Making a big decision for future employers this weekend and I need your wisdom.


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