I usually leave my family of origin out of my blogs. We don’t see eye to eye on much, politically, but we generally have loving relationships and try not to argue too much about anything. Every now and then, though, something comes up.
I was at a function once with my family, and my brother got miffed that he heard some country club member say “Happy Holidays” to the hired Santa Claus as his daughter was hopping off of his lap. “Look around, there’s Christmas trees! This is obviously only for Christmas!” he said.
I pointed out that Christmas trees were evergreens decorated to celebrate the winter solstice originally, and that this was a big pagan rip off, anyway.
What I wanted to say was, “Do you really think if Jesus showed up for his second coming right now, then he’d be concerned what some shmoe in plaid pants is saying to a fake Santa Claus at a country club that still doesn’t let in black people in 2008? You DO realize there are starving people in this world, right? What kind of priorities do you think Jesus, He of Christmas, really has?”
Well, with a hat tip to Ed at Dispatches from the Culture Wars, we get more insight into what some people think His priorities are:
Fred Phelps and his buddies with the “God hates fags” church, the one that protests at Iraqi war veterans funerals, wants to get in on the religious expression battle at the Washington Capitol. He wants to put up this:
Nothing like talking about priest rape to make you feel like it’s time to celebrate Peace on Earth! Happy birthday, baby Jesus!