December 08, 2005

Political Clout?

Still think that the "Religious Right" is running things in the US? Still think that evangelical Christians have all kinds of political muscle? Well try this on for size:

We can't even influence the White House Christmas card. Excuse me -- holiday card.

While everyone is up in arms about the "War on Christmas"(tm), the White House (where George W. "What a Fine Born-Again President" Bush lives) sends out a Christmas card that wishes everyone a happy holiday season.

I personally have no problem with this. It is, after all, a season of many holidays. There are a LOT of holidays crammed into the space on the calendar between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, so calling it the holiday season is completely correct and accurate in my own humble opinion.

But haven't we been complaining about this? (And by 'we' I mean evangelical Christians in general, specifically those whom the rest of the world consider our "spokesmen") Yet "our President" isn't on message. We can't even get him to change. How much political power do we really have? Or are we all finally ready to admit that the GOP treats us like the crazy rich aunt that nobody admits they're related to until she's got presents to hand out.

We have a lot more to be concerned about this year. There are better places to spend our resources. I don't like the idea that companies are putting policies in place that don't allow employees to say "Merry Christmas" to people, but I can't change people's stupid misunderstandings of the word tolerance. What I can do is share the truth of Christmas with as many people as I can, in the knowledge that this truth can transform lives.

And I can wish everyone I see a Merry Christmas.

Posted by: Warren Kelly at 06:09 PM | Comments (1) | Add Comment
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1 I wonder if folks realize that Sammy Davis, Jr could have celebrated every holiday in the mix and not contradicted himself. Thanksgiving obviously, Hannukah (he was Jewish), Christmas (culturally and historically), and Kwanzaa (an African harvest festival). I get most frustrated when I hear, "I'm not shopping at Target anymore," but they never call Target and ask them to justify the decision or register a complaint. Like their $250 is going to make a difference...

Posted by: Marty Duren at December 10, 2005 06:29 AM (+70VZ)

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