It has become an annual occurrence during the holiday season. Yes, of course putting up the “Christmas” trees, decorating our homes with lovely “holiday” lights as usual, but I’m referring to the annual round of political misinformation that always happens this time of year; when my conservative friends, instead of spreading goodwill to all, spread the “we have to say Happy Holidays and not Merry Christmas” nonsense. It amazes me how they twist this bit of religious hokey pokey around so that it appears liberal thinkers are actually behind its origin. The truth is that it wouldn’t even be mentioned if conservatives didn’t keep bringing it up.
I recently received one of those e-mails we all get, you know the ones, based on half truths and misleading opinions attributed to celebrities that we are supposed to pass on to others. I never believe any of them, never pass them along, but occasionally do a quick check into their validity. This one was supposedly said by Ben Stein, an actor/speech writer (what a combo) who happens to be Jewish. It begins by stating that the White House, for the first time this year is calling Christmas Trees, Holiday Trees. That is the first mistruth; the White House, nor anyone associated with the White House, including the President, did not say that.
The message goes on to include a commentary written by Ben Stein in response to that mistruth. Parts of the commentary are actually true, and were written by Mr. Stein, but in fact were written a few years ago as a general opinion on how our society spends too much time worshipping celebrities instead of God, or any Supreme Being. In the commentary he also writes, “where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica (in reference to Nick and Jessica Simpson, two well known celebrities at that time) and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him? That part of Mr. Stein’s opinion is missing from the e-mail message and is replaced with a section about Billy Graham’s daughter and another referring to terrorist attacks, Madeline Murray O’Hare, and Dr. Benjamin Spock. Those sections were not written by Ben Stein and probably aren’t true.
The bottom line is that this is America, and if you want to say “Merry Christmas”, say it. Oh, and the White House/President calls Christmas Trees, “Christmas Trees”, but if they wanted to call them “Holiday” trees, I could care less. I try to be a good christian, and I do beleive in God. If you aren’t christian or don’t beleive in the same God as I do, or don’t beleive in God at all, that’s your business and your right; here in America. I’ll still wish you a Merry Christmas.