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December 15, 2005

What is the proper greeting this holiday season? What should retailers say? The Government? What should you say?
Here’s a terrific article on the Fox News Propaganda Campaign to rouse up Christian hate on this issue: How the secular humanist grinch didn’t steal Christmas

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  • Ed from NY January 5, 2006 12:40 pm

    Rosa Brooks: The O’Grinch factor (sorry, Dr. Seuss)
    Rosa Brooks,
    The Whos down in Who-ville
    Were a tolerant lot:
    Who Christians, Who Muslims — a Who melting pot.
    Who Hindus! Who atheists! Who Buddhists, Who Jews!
    Who Confucians, Who pagans,
    And even Who Druse!
    The Who First Amendment’s Establishment Clause
    Said, “No crèches in courts,” and the Whos loved their laws.
    Because somehow … they worked. The Whos rarely fought,
    Mostly, each Who did just what he ought.
    Every Who down in Who-ville
    Loved the Consti-Who-tion a lot.
    But the O’Reilly, who lived up in Fox-ville,
    Did NOT!
    The O’Reilly DETESTED the Who Consti-Who-tion,
    He thought it was some sort of liberal pollution.
    Now, please don’t ask why, for I really don’t know.
    Perhaps it had something to do with his show.
    It could be that his head wasn’t screwed on quite right.
    Or it could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
    But I think that the most likely reason of all
    May have been that his RATINGS
    Were two sizes too small.
    Well, whatever it was, bad ratings or tight shoes,
    He stood there one Christmas, just hating the Whos.
    “They’re so multicultural,” he sneered, “and wherever they’re from,
    They lack the good sense to just launch a pogrom!
    There’s no Who ethnic cleansing, no Who Inquisition,
    If this PEACE can’t be stopped, I may lose my position.
    Those sensitive, tolerant Whos! It’s quite grating.
    I must think of something to fix my show’s ratings!”
    Then he said with a smirk, “I know just what to do
    To destroy all the joy in the land of the Who!
    I think I can end that PC Who peace.
    This year, not one Who will enjoy his Roast Beast!
    “Here’s just how I’ll do it:
    I’ll tell each Who Christian
    That the liberal Whos have devised a new mission
    To take away Christmas!
    To mock and destroy
    Till no little Who Christian is left with a toy!
    And when secular Whos — most likely Who Jews —
    Attempt to deny it? Why,
    I’ll just SPIN THE NEWS!
    “I’ll bluff and I’ll lie; I’ll sow seeds of mistrust.
    Soon they’ll form battle lines into
    Who ‘THEM’ and Who ‘US,’
    Based on which Whos prefer
    To sing out, ‘Merry Christmas’
    And which Whos say, ‘Kwanzaa!’
    Or ‘None of your business!’
    “They’ll get so confused and so MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD
    That they won’t even notice the way
    They’ve been HAD!
    They’ll be so busy squabbling
    They won’t notice the war!
    They won’t care if Who rich
    Start to trample Who poor!
    “Forget torture, and terror, and taxes and health!
    They’ll waste all their time on some red-hatted elf.
    “And the Who Consti-Who-tion?
    They’ll stretch it or burn it!
    If it came as a gift, they would try to return it!
    “The Who Christians will think that they fight the good fight,
    They won’t know that they’re puppets of the Fox-ville Far Right.
    They’ll forget all that DRIVEL about faith, hope and LOVE
    And say ‘Merry Christmas’ with a sneer and a shove.
    “But I? I will prosper! My ratings will soar,
    And maybe at last they’ll forget I’m a BOOR.
    Then for every Who Christmas tree
    A most fitting adornament:
    My O’Reilly MUG on the tackiest ornament!”
    … And what happened then?
    Well, the rest’s up to you.
    But I know what I’d like this holiday season:
    A little less NOISE and a little more reason.
    So Who Christians! Who Buddhists! Who Muslims! Who Jews!
    WHOever you are, just say NO to Fox “News”!
    If you don’t want to lose the whole Who Consti-Who-tion
    It’s time to reject the Far Right Revolution.
    So turn off O’Reilly and everyone shrill,
    Let’s have some peace
    And old-fashioned GOODWILL.
    Rosa Brooks, an associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, wrote this for the Los Angeles Times.

  • Holly McWreath December 23, 2005 9:37 am

    Dave G.–you become part of the problem when you share your fear and nothing else but the pessimism of your heart and your concentration on the evil intent of others–there is a solution and it begins with you seeking to understand what innocence still resides in the minds of men and coming to an altar of common ground in offering to alleviate the desperation of evil doing–a gift donation has been made in your name to The Eternal Optimists–Merry, Merry Christmas!!!