Sunday, December 21, 2014

Happy Holidays... Oh What The Heck, Merry Christmas, Texas!

                Texas has passed a new law that ensures its residents are free to use the holiday greeting of their choice- “merry Christmas,” “happy Hanukkah” or “happy holidays.” Amazing.
                According to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the legislature wanted to make sure that students can exchange traditional holiday greetings- and display Christmas trees, menorahs and Nativity scenes at school as long as more than one religion and a secular symbol are included- without fear of sparking a lawsuit. Those crazy, right-wing zealots! How do they get away with this stuff- in America of all places?
                Why the need for the law? State Representative Matt Krause said, “It’s unfortunate we got to a place where we had to have a law that says it’s ok to say, ‘Merry Christmas’, but we started to see no Christmas trees, instead holiday trees, and people couldn’t sing ‘Silent Night’, changing the words to ‘cold night.’”
‘Cold night’ isn’t a neutered, unemotional, ‘inoffensive’ replacement of ‘Silent Night’, in this case it is  very nearly the antithesis of it.
                A winter party held last year at a Frisco elementary school banned any mention of Christmas and prohibited Christmas trees as well as the colors red and green. You banned those ultra-religious colors red and green? That should have made everyone see red. What if black was included, or yellow? Would that have been ok? What if the green was meant in tribute to Islam? Banned colors?! Colors? What’s next, we ban the numbers 9 and 7?
                Many say the law wasn’t needed. “I think it’s stupid,” said Terri Burke, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Texas. “There is no ‘war on Christmas.’ There’s no need for this law.
                “It is just such frivolity,” she said. “There are important things for the Legislature to work on, and this isn’t it.”
                Like what, Terri? Making sure abortion is legal? “There is no ‘war on abortion’, Terri.”

                And, by-the-way, God had a choice. He chose a birth…that we all may live.

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