1. Religion & Spirituality

Discuss in my forum

Austin Cline

War on Christmas is Driven by Abortion and Gay Rights

By December 25, 2012

Follow me on:

Traditionally the War on Christmas has been blamed on atheists and secularists. I guess we aren't hated enough any more because now the War on Christmas is also being blamed on abortion and gay rights. At least, that's what Imus in the Morning producer Bernard McGuirk said recently and Bill O'Reilly agreed with him.

Santa Claus, 1880
Santa Claus, 1880
Photo: Transcendental/Getty

Bernard McGuirk's "reasoning" (if you can call it that) is instructive: abortion and gay rights are responsible for the War on Christmas because supporters of those things want to destroy traditional Christianity and that's best achieved through undermining the Christian holiday of Christmas.

MCGUIRK: The war on Christmas is very, very real, and if you ask me, in addition to some grouchy misanthropic heathen atheists it has to do - at the root of it - with two things - abortion and the gay rights agenda, because Christianity is against those things. It's subtle but that's why it's so pronounced in recent years.

O'REILLY: Hundred percent agree. I absolutely agree 100% that the diminishment of Christianity is the target and Christmas is the vehicle because the secularists know the opposition to their agenda (legalized drugs is in that as well) comes primarily from the Judeo-Christian traditionalist people.

Source: Towleroad (via: Hullabaloo)

In effect, McGuirk's argument is one of pure paranoia: they are all out to get us and will do anything they can to damage us and/or destroy what we value. Therefore, anything which appears to diminish or undermine what I like must be part of a larger conspiracy orchestrated by those whom I hate because all they ever think about is new ways to destroy me.

December 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm
(1) DavidABrooks says:

Do these people ever realize that atheist, gays, abortion rights activists and others they deem hateful to Christmas celebrate the holiday season just as much as they do? But I guess fabricating a war on Christmas is part of their persecution complex.

December 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm
(2) Ernie says:

The only people that are concerned about a war on Christmas it seems are on FOX news and those that watch it. I wouldn’t know about it otherwise. Where I live people are just enjoying the holidays and wishing each other well however they see fit.

December 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm
(3) Gerald Vanderhoff says:

Damn, they’re on to us. Guess it’s back to contaminating their precious bodily fluids.

December 30, 2012 at 3:32 am
(4) Borsia says:

The War on Christmas is only being fought by the likes of these two and their followers. I don’t know of any atheist, gays or pro-choice advocates who are engauged in the battle.

So where did Christmas come from?
“Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of Saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 17-25. During this period, Roman courts were closed, and Roman law dictated that no one could be punished for damaging property or injuring people during the weeklong celebration. The festival began when Roman authorities chose “an enemy of the Roman people” to represent the “Lord of Misrule.” Each Roman community selected a victim whom they forced to indulge in food and other physical pleasures throughout the week. At the festival’s conclusion, December 25th, Roman authorities believed they were destroying the forces of darkness by brutally murdering this innocent man or woman.
In the 4th century CE, Christianity imported the Saturnalia festival hoping to take the pagan masses in with it. Christian leaders succeeded in converting to Christianity large numbers of pagans by promising them that they could continue to celebrate the Saturnalia as Christians
The problem was that there was nothing intrinsically Christian about Saturnalia. To remedy this, these Christian leaders named Saturnalia’s concluding day, December 25th, to be Jesus’ birthday.”
(excerpt from LAWRENCE KELEMEN)

So if a battle has ever been waged it has been done by the Christians themselves. They are in that never ending battle against truth and honesty.

December 31, 2012 at 3:48 am
(5) Chris the unbeliever says:

It is only when an organiation/state/empire feels weak, vulnerable and is on the decline that it starts lashing out at all around blaming others for its own failings.

I am content for Christianity to focus on us evil atheists or abortionists or gays as the reasons for their own decline because it will mean they will not notice their own failings until it is too late.

Throughout history emipres looked as though they fell because of attacks from ouside but at their height most empires could easily have defended against those attacks. They fell because they were already in decline and there was in-fighting and they were arrogant. Christianity is dying and its leaders are too arrogant to see this.

Leave a Comment

Line and paragraph breaks are automatic. Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title="">, <b>, <i>, <strike>

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.