My pick for my eighth favorite Christmas song is a funny little ditty written and sung by Wisconsin’s own alt folk Rocker Mary Karlzen. It makes fun in a very nice and decent way how atheists sometimes go overboard when it comes to Christmas.
It starts with:
It’s that Holiday time of year again. I guess I can’t say Christmas. Someone might get off of their butt and I want to be politically correct.
Political correctness really started taking off in the 1990s. It went away for a while and came back with a vengeance over the last 10 years. It is the idea that we can’t say or do certain things because we might offend people. A college student dressed up as a sexy Indian for Halloween and she is verbally attacked. Or should I say Native American? We have safe spaces in universities where people are protected from any language that might be offensive to them. Bill Maher’s invitation to Berkeley is denied because he said some “politically incorrect” things about Muslims. I think he says some “politically incorrect” and offensive things about Christians. But he has a right to say them.
Some are offended when people say, “Merry Christmas”, or if there is a Christmas tree in the State Capital. You don’t shut speech down by trying to force people to be politically correct. You put your own symbols up.
It’s the Holiday time of year again and the Nativity scene is looking sad. We didn’t want to piss off the neighbors or make anybody mad. So we stuck a Bret Favre bubblehead where the baby Jesus should lay and remember when we could say Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays.
But while the PC thought police can go too far, and I do believe that they have pushed too far, Trumpism is a backlash to that. There is such a thing as decency. And Trump has crossed that Rubicon from politically incorrect to indecent long ago.
Talking about women as sex objects is not being politically incorrect, it is being sexist and crude. Saying that most of illegal immigrants are rapists is not politically incorrect, it is a slur and racist.
Yes, most of the deadliest terrorist attacks in the world were committed by Muslims. There is Islamic terrorism and to deny that is to be politically correct but to say that most Muslims want to kill us is not politically incorrect but flat out wrong. I know I am going deep in this blog but I am sick of offensive hateful speech being called politically incorrect when it is racist, sexist, xenophobic, and not funny at all.
But what is funny are these lyrics:
It’s Holiday Time of year again and the kids are out caroling. But we didn’t want the atheists on the block to sue us over what they sing. So it’s Joy do the World Ain’t Dogs Fun and We Wish You A Merry Krispy Kreme. And remember back when you could say Merry Christmas not Happy Holidays
I do believe that sometimes atheists go to far. Sometimes it seems that Bill Maher and Franklin Graham feed off off of each other. They both show the same disrespect and borderline hate to the other side.
If you don’t like a nativity scene, add a menorah or a free thinker’s plaque. I believe that the answer isn’t less speech, it is more. And while I wouldn’t say there is a war on Christmas, I do believe that some atheists would love it if Christians would just go away.
I view the public square as a table. Fundamentalists want to control and own the table. Atheists want to kick all Christian away from the table while many Christians like me, just want a place at the table to speak, to share our faith when appropriate, and to listen, and to be me. And my faith is an important part of me.