I’m getting annoyed by the continued braying from those social conservatives who are in a panic over the “decline” of Christmas. The terrible threat they seek to fight is the menace of people being polite to strangers during the holiday season by saying something along the lines of “Happy Holidays” instead of the correct “Merry mas.”
The latest installment (h/t Ed Brayton) comes from Rep. Henry Brown (R-S. Carolina “First in Treason”) and 74 Co-sponsors including Dan Burton, Mike Pence, and Mark Souder (but not, apparently, Steve Buyer), via H.Res 951. The Resolution expresses “strong disapproval” of attempts to ban references to Christmas. It does not describe any of the bans which so threaten Christmas.
However, by way of explanation, Rep. Brown offers this:
In an explanation of his resolution to the Christian Broadcast Network, Brown noted that, “we’re in a troubled world,” so “we can’t lose sight of our deep faith by some how or another diminishing the value of Christmas.”
The main threat to Christmas, Brown contents, is the use of the term “happy holidays” rather than an emphasis on “Christ and Christmas.” In an interview with Fox Business last week, Brown lashed out at the use of “happy holidays.”
Once again, this is a small but vocal subset of Christians who feel absolutely compelled to mark the public sector as their territory. It’s of a piece with the folks who demand Christian prayers to open legislative meetings, want the Ten Commandments and Nativity scenes on government property, and generally want to entwine their religion with public events. It’s not about their own individual relationship with God. Rather, it’s about trying to force a particular relationship between our society and God or at least ostentatiously display the primacy of their version of religion.
I know it gets them votes, but I’d sure be happier if politicians stayed out of the culture war nonsense. (Pigs flying will probably happen sooner.)