Friday, December 02, 2005

More culture war nonsense - Part 2

This story from worldnetdaily.com reports that some social conservatives are up in arms, believing that President Bush made a joke at the expense of Jesus during the White House Christmas Tree lighting festivities.

Here what President Bush said as reported in the article:

The lighting of the National Christmas tree is one of the great traditions in our nation's capital. Each year, we gather here to celebrate the season of hope and joy – and to remember the story of one humble life that lifted the sights of humanity. Santa, thanks for coming. Glad you made it.

It seems that some Christians thought President Bush was demeaning the birth of Jesus by saying "Santa, thanks for coming." immediately after alluding to the birth of Jesus in his previous sentence.

They would be right except for the fact that there was a brief pause before President Bush began actually speaking to a man dressed as Santa Claus. Here's the full text:

Each year, we gather here to celebrate the season of hope and joy – and to remember the story of one humble life that lifted the sights of humanity.

<<"brief pause">>

Santa, thanks for coming. Glad you made it. I know you've got a lot of commitments this time of year. By the way, we have a lot of chimneys at the White House if you're looking for something to do.

PEOPLE!!!!! He was talking to an actor dressed as Santa for goodness sakes!

I've been hard on the soccons (social conservatives) over the last few days, however, I have to show a little love to them as some of the folks over at freerepublic.com didn't fall for this faux Christian slam. Way to go.

Still, a few freepers did grumble that President Bush did not mention Jesus by name. Again, people, lighten up.

George Walker Bush is not the President of Jesusland; nor is he the country's elected spiritual leader; nor is he the Pope. He is the President of the United States of America. That means he is the President to ALL Americans. That's right, saint or sinner, Christian or Jew, black or white, male or female, young or old, rich or poor, straight or gay, Bush supporter or Bush opponent, GWB is serving as President to all of them. He can't play favorites, especially in the area of religion.

Isn't it enough that he referred to the birth of Jesus in his comments? This wasn't a church service, this was a civic ceremony. Don't you understand that mentioning Jesus by name in a political, civic ceremony might be interpreted as Christian evangelizing by some, and seen as improper? Do you think it would be a good idea politically for GWB to insert an evangelical message in his statements? Are you so insecure in your own faith that you need the public affirmations of politicians to make you more secure? Do you enjoy trying to rachet up the tension in the "culture war"?

One of the freepers commented that it seems many Christians these days are walking around with a hundred chips on their shoulders, waiting for any little thing to knock them off. I'm sad to say I have to agree with that assessment.

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