Merry Christmas! And If You Don’t Like It…
I’ve had it. I’ve absolutely had it with a culture that now has people policing their own thoughts and language to the point where they are hesitant to say the word “Christmas” during the Christmas season. I don’t know how serious this woman was being, but I’m going to assume that it wasn’t a total joke. I’m going to assume that on some level she really did feel the need to preface her unavoidable use of the word “Christmas” with “forgive the expression.”
It was probably a simple mental macro that went something like this: “It’s the 21st century. We can’t assume people are Christians. In fact, if I speak about Christmas as if it were a national holiday in a mostly Christian nation, some leftist will hire a team of lawyers to make my life miserable. But I need to use the word, so I’m going to cover my butt.” All of that in the blink of an eye, as the result of relentless pressure and reeducation by the anti-Christian academic and media establishments.
Now I turn to Mark Shea, who prides himself on navigating between what he thinks are the extremes, the radical secular left and the supposedly “fundie” right, Catholic and Protestant. In this post he complains about the “Christmas Inquisitors” who are supposedly just as offended by the absence of religious terms and images during Christmas as the secularists are offended by their presence, and both need to chill out. Well, that isn’t going to happen. And let me tell you why.
First of all, seemingly little things matter. Seemingly little things add up. There is quality, and there is quantity. When quantities reach a critical mass, they transform qualitatively. When you add up enough little incidents, enough little setbacks, enough little unbalanced and one-sided compromises, eventually they add up to one massive defeat. You reach a point at which there are no inches left for you to take a step back into, when you are finally up against the wall or the sea, and you have no choice but to fight. We aren’t there today, but we’re being pushed there, and we aren’t pushing back hard enough. The Christmas battle is one of many fronts in the culture war that we cannot afford to lose. If there is no Christian culture, there is no Christianity.
You think it’s too much. You’re rational, you’re calm. Maybe you attended Jon Stewart’s “Restore Sanity” rally. Maybe you think you’re a conservative and you thought David Frum’s patronizing sham “No Labels” was a good idea. Maybe you think that the people out there who hate Christianity, who hate children and treat pregnancy as a disease and a threat to the environment, who hate home schools and private schools and want to corral the children you do have into government-run pornography sessions called “sex education classes” are reasonable and rational and clam like you.
Well, I hear Eichmann was clam as he gave the orders to gas the Jews. I hear that some of the men who pulled the levers and turned the spigots that released the gas into the chambers did their jobs very calmly. That’s why the philosopher Hanna Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil”, and yes I’m aware that the phrase has been used to the death to the point where it has become banal, but you need to hear it again and again because most of you still associate evil with growling monsters and flames and men with thin mustaches who rub their hands together after they tie the helpless girl to the railroad tracks.
Oh, there he goes, comparing people who have a problem with “Merry Christmas” to the Nazis. Don’t we have enough of that in our society? Well, I’m not comparing them in any way other than the banality of their evil. No, acting like a fascist psychopath to try and silence a simple religious phrase or make people feel guilty about it is not the equivalent of acting like a fascist psychopath who actually murders thousands or millions of people. But it’s on the same spectrum, and it’s time you wake up and understand that. Only a fascist psychopath has a problem with the phrase “Merry Christmas.” Only the victim of a fascist psychopath hesitates before using the phrase because images of persecution and lawsuits and ridicule flash through their mind before the words come out.
Well, let me say it a few times. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas.
Oh, and Kwanza is a fraudulent non-holiday. Thank God for freedom of speech. And if you think I’ve gone too far, that the idea that Christians are being persecuted in Western society is a delusion, then you might want to check out what Pope Benedict had to say about Christophobia in Europe.
But he reserved his strongest words for Europe, where the Church says it is under assault by some national governments and European institutions over issues such as gay marriage, abortion and the use of Christian religious symbols in public places.
I didn’t put those issues on the same level – this publication did. And while abortion and gay marriage are graver matters, symbolism is very important as well. If you don’t think so, you need to get off your high horse, descend down into the world that the rest of humanity lives in, and understand the importance of public symbols and displays. America is only a decade at best behind Europe when it comes to aggressive secularism, moral degeneracy, and the liquidation of the family.