The news article of the day is the story, Falwell fighting for holy holiday: He’ll sue, boycott groups he sees as muzzling Christmas Falwell is dubbed an “Evangelical Christian pastor” — three titles which are now so tainted it seems nobody may ever really want to claim them. Again, this is the kind of christian I’m not. This is a caricature at best. Okay, here goes with a quote from the beginning part of the article:
Falwell has put the power of his 24,000-member congregation behind the “Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign,” an effort led by the conservative legal organization Liberty Counsel. The group promises to file suit against anyone who spreads what it sees as misinformation about how Christmas can be celebrated in schools and public spaces.
Fanning the Yule log of discontent against what the Liberty Counsel calls “grinches” like the American Civil Liberties Union are evangelical-led organizations including the 150,000-member American Family Association. It has called for a boycott of Target stores next weekend. The chain’s crime, according to the group, is a ban on the use of “Merry Christmas” in stores, an accusation the chain denies.
On his show last week, Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly offered a list of other retailers that he says refuse to use “Merry Christmas” in their store advertising.
In signing on to “Friend or Foe” this month, Falwell urged the 500,000 recipients of his weekly “Falwell Confidential” e-mail to “draw a line in the sand and resist bullying tactics of the ACLU and others who intimidate school and government officials by spreading misinformation about Christmas.”
Standing on the other side of that sand line are religious, liberal and secular organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League, whose national director, Abe Foxman, recently bemoaned the religious right’s efforts to “Christianize” America.
“And [American Family Association President Tim Wildmon] isn’t worried if they offend people who aren’t Christian.” Yeeesh. Sorry, but this is offensive to everybody. In fact, if it doesn’t offend you, something’s probably quite wrong with your offense-o-meter. Can they really not get it through their thick skulls that it’s utterly bent logic to insist on Christmas being celebrated as they want it celebrated by crying about constitutional freedom, while ignoring the freedom not to celebrate? “That they’re doing this in the name of religion is very, very sad,” [ACLU national director of Freedom of Religion and Belief program Jeremy] Gunn said. “It would be one thing if they’re talking about consumerism of the season or something, but they’re not.” Point well taken, Jeremy.
The same news article says, “The issue is a dilemma for the Anti-Defamation League, too. It commissioned a poll last month of 800 adults, 57 percent of whom said Christianity was under attack. Among evangelicals, the figure was 76 percent.” This causes me to start to wonder if American Christianity has now officially become some type of cultural cancer that’s gotten so twisted away from its original purpose that it’s now going to start eating away it its own foundations.