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Watch for this “Put Christ back into Christmas” email … This one isn’t just absurd, it’s Intolerant and Prejudiced

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Life gets busy, and work, kids, kid’s activities, projects, and volunteer jobs all have a tendency to pile up on one another, so lately I have found that unless something REALLY catches my attention, blog posting goes to the bottom of the very long “to do” list. Today however, I received an email that you know must be something special because I’ve decided to take time out to actually sit down and write about it.

Over the last few Christmas seasons, I have observed increasing complaint about the “Christ” being taken out of Christmas. This is the first of those emails I have received this year and I expect I will receive more. While I do not consider myself a Christian, I do have many friends who are. Most of the time I rant a bit about these messages, then I  move on with my life. This one however, I found  most offensive. The “poem” you will see is in the same rhythm and meter as “The Night Before Christmas.” I will post my rebuttal comments to each line in a different color.

Here it is:

YOUR FIRST CHRISTMAS CARD

Cleverly done!!!

Twas the month before Christmas

When all through our land,

Not a Christian was praying

Nor taking a stand.

(Really? ‘Cause Christianity would NOT be at the top of my list of quiet religions. Where were you during the 2012 presidential election?)

Why the PC Police had taken away

The reason for Christmas – no one could say.

The children were told by their schools not to sing

About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.

It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would say

December 25th is just a ‘ Holiday ‘.

(Religion has NO place in PUBLIC education. The PUBLIC is a diverse amalgamation of people from MANY cultures and religions. Migration, Immigration, and the internet are making this a smaller world all the time. If you want your children to have a religious education, choose the appropriate private school, homeschool, take them to church.)

Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit

Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!

CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-Pod

Something was changing, something quite odd!

Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa

In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.

(How DARE they commercialize OTHER religious holidays besides Christian holidays?)

As Targets were hanging their trees upside down

(Is this kind of like hanging crosses upside down? I suppose as a tree hugging Pagan, this should really bother me….)

At Lowe’s the word Christmas – was no where to be found.

At K-Mart and Staples and Penny’s and Sears

You won’t hear the word Christmas; it won’t touch your ears.

(“It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”)

Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-is-ty

Are words that were used to intimidate me.

(I think the person who wrote this is so afraid to move over a little bit to allow the beliefs of others to have a place that he / she feels genuinely threatened. This line speaks volumes, it smacks of fear and hate mongering. Tolerance for this person is a bad thing and that’s what’s so frightening.)

Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen

On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !

At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter

To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.

(Five words… SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE… have to admit however, that the way the author worked in all those names is quite clever.)

And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith

Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace

(The great thing about freedom of religion is that no one is forbidden to worship the way they want, and freedom of speech allows you to talk about it as much as you want. It’s when your rights infringe upon the rights of others that it becomes a problem. This is why we have… SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.)

The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded

The reason for the season, stopped before it started.

(“The reason for the season.”  This particular phrase, gets my hackles up every year. What we know as “Christmas” is a combination of Christianity’s birth of Jesus and the more ancient pagan celebration of Yule. Jesus was thought to have been born in April, the celebration of his birth was moved to December 25 by the council of Nicaea to coincide with the already preëxisting celebrations of Saturnalia and Yule. Trees, Santa, wreaths, gifts, mistletoe, feasting… the whole shebang is… PAGAN!)

So as you celebrate ‘Winter Break’ under your ‘Dream Tree’

(Christmas trees… Pagan! (and do that in a singsong voice) )

Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.

Choose your words carefully, choose what you say

Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS ,

not Happy Holiday!

(Most of the world’s many religions have celebrations of light during this dark time of year. Even Christianity and the birth of Jesus is a metaphorical expression of the victory of light over darkness. This is part of the reason that the Council of Nicaea chose December 25.)

Please, all Christians join together and

wish everyone you meet

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

(and happy Hannukah, and happy Yule, and happy Diwali, and happy Ramadan and happy Kwanzaa… The spirit of the greeting is what matters! You can rest assured that at least I won’t take out my AK 47 and gun you down for saying any of them to me!)

If you agree please forward, if not, simply delete.

Yes, this actually was the last line.

 Most of the time I DO just press delete however, not this time. This particular “Put  Christ back into Christmas” jargonny, wargonny email actively promotes bigotry and intolerance. This time, it needs more than a simple tap of the delete button, it needs an answer, and my answer is this;

how about we just get back to Good ‘ol fashioned “Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward men”.

The Rose Labyrinth Book Review

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The Rose Labyrinth

Cover of "Rose Labyrinth"

Cover of Rose Labyrinth

So, looking for a good summer read I came across The Rose Labyrinth by Titania Hardie at my local “Friends of the Library” bookstore.

It LOOKS really cool, comes in an extra cover slip with the book on one side and a booklet of clues on the other side. It starts off really well with a “DaVinci Code” feel to it, with a focus on symbology and historical figures as part of the mystery, not to mention the Christianity vs Paganism vs Science overtones.

Pulling a George R.R. Martin, she kills off “the main character” after the reader becomes invested in him. The downfall to this technique occurs however when it also happens to be the strongest character, which it is in the case of “The Rose Labyrinth”. While his death is a catalyst for the story, it becomes a fluffy Harlequin Romancy thing after that. The two main characters are sickeningly “gorgeous”, there  is a whole “princess who needs to be rescued by the prince” aspect to it, when the “new” beautiful and  frail, main character, Lucy, has a heart transplant and falls in love with her handsome, seriously sensitive, and knight in shining armor, doctor. (Professional ethics be damned!) The extra characters such as their friends and family are just plain cardboard. The father has a depth of 0 and I kind of cringed every time he came on the scene. He didn’t seem to serve any purpose at all except to maybe add more protective testosterone to the cheesy mix.

I was hoping that the mystery part of it and the clue booklet would help make up for the syrupy romance but was sadly disappointed. I actually attempted to work at the clues but I really don’t think there is any way an average reader could figure any of them out even with access to the internet. I couldn’t do it and I’ve got an armchair interest in symbols, symbology, anthropology and the like. I eventually tired of even trying and just decided to discover the answers along with the characters and sometimes even that was a pretty far stretch. They seemed to have a general knowledge of stuff they really shouldn’t know unless they were anthropologists or something of that nature. Lucy is some kind of documentary film maker, so maybe that is supposed to explain it…

The author makes an attempt at some type of spiritual / mystical depth as Lucy has some connection to the mystery through her new heart, there are a couple of incidences of visions into previous time periods but these are so glossed over that it just makes the whole thing confusing.

In short, the book is a great concept and it could have been epic as a “DaVinci Code / Mists of Avalon” mix.  Hardie should have just done away with the extra pretty packaging and the unsolvable booklet of clues and concentrated on writing the story with depth.