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12/17/2005 03:16:00 PM | Nathan Empsall

So a friend posted his thoughts about happy holidays/seasons greetings vs. merry Christmas on his own blog. I replied, and I feel compelled to put my reply here, as well. Suffer my wrath now.


THANK GOD FOD BILL O'REILLY. WITHOUT HIM THIS ENTIRE WORLD WOULD COLLAPSE; HOW DID WE FUNCTION PRE-FACTOR?!?!?!?!?!

Yeah, did you hear? He says he personally is the ONLY reason the ACLU and George Soros won't destroy our lives. Nutcase man with a whackjob show, but we already knew that. My own thoughts:

1) There is no war on Christmas. If a billionare and a world famous organization like the ACLU wanted an all out war, they'd have it. This is O'Reilly and his crowd shamelessly plugging for ratings. Honestly, claiming all Christians are offended by the pleasentries of Happy Holidays? This crowd is a bunch of shameless money-grubbing idiots.

2) The few who really do go out of their way to avoid "Merry Christmas" are idiots. Taking nativity scenes and school-approved wishes or whatnot away, I can understand and even agree with, but the songs should stay in the pageant - music has an artsy tradition as much as it does religious. But the random people on the street afraid of offending someone? If they're offended, let them deal with it, that's their problem. I celebrate Christmas, so I wish you a merry Christmas. If you celebrate Christmas, then don't wish me a Happy Holidays, wish me a merry Christmas! If you celebrate Chaunaka, don't wish me a HappyHolidays, wish me a Happy Chaunaka! It's not a holiday menorah or a holiday fast, it's a Chaunaka menorah and a Ramadaan fast, so it's not a holiday tree, either! An e-mail of mine on the subject was read on CNN. The way to celebrate diversity (on the personal level, not necessarily the school level) is to put all these religions on an equal independent footing and admire them all, not throw them in one big pot and mix 'em up so you can't tell the difference.

The fringe extremes on both sides of this debate that like to make themselves out to be mainstream are all IDIOTS. Hoo-boy, you got me started.

AND ANOTHER THING. I have INTENTIONALLY left out Kwanzaa from my rant; it is NOT equal to Christmas! So stop pretending, all ye phony pretenders! It's a CULTURAL thing, and Christmas/Chaunaka/Ramadaan are all SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS THINGS!!!! Kwanzaa is cool, but it's an arbitrarily invented man-made event like Labor Day or the fourth of July, NOT like a holy day!

ARG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! WHY ALL THE INSANITY?!?!?!?!?

So. With that, I wish you a merry Christmas.



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