When reading a much more interesting article at the Touchstone site, my eye fell upon this annoying little gem. (It's an unfortunate fact of blogging that more annoying posts often are better blog fodder than more interesting ones, because the annoying ones make you want to go write a response.)
J. Douglas Johnson, following (he says) Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, is practicing putting eyerolls into type font in response to the question, "Is there a war on Christmas?" And he's looking for an opportunity to do the real eyerolls on someone.
It’s been two years since Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon of All Saints Church in Chicago waylaid one of our parishioners during the Adult Sunday School class for bringing up the war on Christmas. “War on Christmas??” Fr. Pat shot back, “This is no war on Christmas…”
Someone in the congregation raised the topic in hope of coming away with some good fightin’ words, but Fr. Pat only gave him a wry smile and a “oh knock it off” look (a fairly common sight at All Saints during our Adult Sunday School). And then he said: “So the shopping malls won’t let anyone say ‘Christmas.’ Oh big deal. That’s no war on Christmas. Herod killed every first born. Now THAT was a war on Christmas!”
I’ve been waiting two years to use that on someone.
Well, if Johnson is waiting to "use that on someone," I'm sure he'll find the opportunity.
But it's baloney.
And pernicious baloney to boot.
I could make all our eyes fall out trying to follow links detailing all of the incidents (and no I am not talking about the color of Starbucks cups) of the war on Christmas, but in the interests of time, I'll just give three representative ones.
In many of today's public schools, to which for good or ill a majority of America's children are consigned for much of their upbringing, the heritage of Western Christmas music is being stripped from the curriculum. The knowledge of the meaning of Christmas is being systematically erased for fear of the shrieking harpies of tolerance. The beautiful biblical texts relevant to the season are not being read out of fear of legal bullies. A positively Stalinesque ideological purge is going on to expunge the religious basis of Christmas from our children's ken in the schools and to make us treat the very word as a dirty one in our daily interactions. How do you spell "propaganda" and "Orwellian"?
But don't worry. Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon and J. Douglas Johnson assure you that you are a knuckle-dragging buffoon and deserving of a "Puh-lease" if you think there is a war on Christmas. Because...er...the king isn't literally slaughtering your children. Or something.
The king (in the form of bully-bureaucrats and ACLU letter writers) is just trying his hardest to make them ignorant cultural clods cut off from the riches of the very civilization that sustains them and the religion that gave them that civilization. That's all.
Don't you feel a little silly now?