Just wondering. In Philly for the last few years City Hall hosted a German corporation’s “Christmas Village” gift-shopping platz… but only with time, ie, this year, did people start complaining about the word Christmas in the name and signage.
The Religious Right considered free-market businesses’ attempts to embrace/sell to as many of their customers as possible at this time of year — even their fave Walmart — “a war on Christmas,” when if anything it’s been an expansion of Christmas! After all, IIUC Hanukkah used to be a relatively minor Jewish observance, until it got Christmased-up under “Gentiles'” cultural influence. Kwanzaa? Thanksgiving? New Year’s? Little Christmas/Epiphany/Los Tres Reyes? St. Nick’s Day (Dec. 6)? Even, yes, neopagan Winter Solstice.
Taxpayer-funded public schools (of all kinds) and government real estate are a true problem… but I guess there’s only one time of year when they want gummint on our backs!!!
Just one more thing: The Establishment Clause has nothing to do with people “feeling left out” — the Framers left out many people: women, renters, slaves, Blacks, Indians, Halfbreeds, Mulattoes, Tories…. Catholics, Jews, and pacifists barely got in under the wire! No, the Framers were no bleeding hearts. The Clause is about barring government from the religion business, and barring religion as such from the government business. That’s all.
So, what gives? Well, I don’t know how typical certain self-appointed Orthodox spokespersons are of the U.S. Religious Right, but I’m afraid some of my co-religionists seem to almost be looking forward to an anticipated Roman-style persecution here, or perhaps Commie-style. I just hope they remember what they tell Muslims: You’re only a martyr if you die, not if you kill, for your faith! Also, I’m not sure it counts if you’re actually “persecuted” for Heretical politics or economics, and not for the real o/Orthodox Faith. Real Catholic Orthodoxy teaches us not to go out of our way to seek martyrdom or persecution. And think of those you’ll get “persecuted” by association, who might not actually share your personal “belief” … LIKE ME!
BTW the first “war on Christmas” on these shores was waged BY “CHRISTIANS,” namely the Puritans of Massachusetts, who opposed all manner of “merriment” on the day as not only immoral and irreverent, but …
wait for it …
CATHOLIC!!! (Or as they’d’ve said, Popish.)
Anyway, how many Christmas Warriors / Martyrs do you think will be in church next Saturday? No, not easy Friday night, but early Saturday morning! Sure: PUT THE “MASS” BACK IN “CHRIST-MASS”!!!!!