A Celebration of Oppression – The AFA “Christmas” Campaign Claims KY

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Santa Hat Atheist

There’s some nice alliteration in the title there!

Remember that ridiculous American Family Association “God’s Gift” save Christmas campaign I wrote about in September? This just in from Tim Wildmon:

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear did not like a Christmas tree being called a Christmas tree. So he changed it. According to the Associated Press, Gov. Beshear recently decided the tree on the Capitol lawn in Frankfort, for 2009, should be called a “holiday” tree.

American Family Association immediately went to work against the forces of political correctness who wanted to remove the word “Christmas” from the Christmas season.  Within hours, we sent an email alert into the Bluegrass State asking our 38,370 AFA Action Alert friends to call and e-mail Governor Beshear.

Within days, thousands of phone calls and emails had flooded the governor’s office, urging him to reverse his decision.  As a result, the governor issued a statement saying the tree would immediately and henceforth officially be called a “Christmas” tree.

Yeah! In your face, “holiday” people. Christmas is here to stay! Screw you Jews! Take that Muslims! Go to Hell atheists! Kentucky is for Christ! Kentucky is for Christ! Kentucky is for Christ!

Sometimes the fundamentalists just give you stuff to work with. They are PROUDLY “working against the forces of political correctness,” which can only mean they are celebrating political incorrectness. They will not stop until they can stamp every aspect of society with their Christian stamp of privilege.

The best part of it all is the fact that decorated trees were not originally a Christian tradition. This relatively fair article about the governor’s original change to “holiday” bothered to address that nuanced detail:

Beshear spokeswoman Jill Midkiff said the terminology is intended to be inclusive.

“Obviously, to Governor Beshear and the first lady, who are both Christians, it is certainly a Christmas tree,” Midkiff said. “What is important is to remember what this time of year is all about — family and caring for those less fortunate.”

Using the term “holiday tree” typically is intended to avoid offending people who are not Christian, said Paul Simmons, an ethics professor at the University of Louisville. And he said “holiday tree” is the more fitting description, considering the tradition started out among pagans and was later blended into the Christian celebration of Christmas.

“It really is a more generalizable symbol,” Simmons said.

But nooooOOOoooooo. So many Christians complained that they weren’t being catered to that now they will be.

Let’s get a reminder courtesy of Allan Johnson and Peggy McIntosh of what privilege is, just so we’re sure that this fits:

…privilege exists when one group has something of value that is denied to others simply because of the groups they belong to, rather than because of anything they’ve done or failed to do.

Christians getting their holiday exclusively recognized by state government for no reason other than they bothered to cry about it?

Sounds like Christian and religious privilege to me.

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There are 2 Comments to "A Celebration of Oppression – The AFA “Christmas” Campaign Claims KY"

  • Jen Galbraith says:

    A Christmas Tree by any other name still smells as pine-y and eventually becomes a fire hazard, right?  People waste far too much time and effort changing the name of a tree to and fro.  You’d think they’d have more important things to worry about!

  • Will says:

    What is wrong with these people? It just drives me up the wall when they say things like this:
    “American Family Association immediately went to work against the forces of political correctness who wanted to remove the word ‘Christmas’ from the Christmas season. ”
    It’s completely insane. There is no force above attempting to impose a ban on the word Christmas; people and organization who try to be more inclusive simply choose to adopt it on their own. Conversely, our dear old loonies at the AFA demand that the word “Christmas” be plastered everywhere, and they intimidate and threaten and harass anyone who dares to refrain from doing so.
    Human nature promotes an us-vs-them stance, and the fact that they view the world as a cheap melodrama doesn’t help much either. Still, you’d think they would have enough sense to notice the conspicuous absence of any actual “enforcers” of political correctness.
    Tangentially, I always find it ironic when people describe themselves as “politically incorrect.” “Political correctness” really means nothing more than “caring what effect your words have on other people,” so really, “politically incorrect” is just the politically correct way of saying “a total douchebag.” When someone says that sie’s politically incorrect, it just means that sie is willing to be politically correct, and not act all douchey – but only when it comes to hirself. Pretty fitting for these culture warriors, I’d say.

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