Once again, we have cause to celebrate. That is, if you make a living off making it look like liberals and intellectuals are out to get you. Bill O’Reilly, for instance, has made a killing in ratings and advertising dollars pushing the idea that those left-wing zealots out there are attacking Christmas at every turn. But who is really waging war on Christmas? The holiday as we know it has virtually nothing to do with Jesus Christ, the man whose birth is ostensibly the cause for the annual celebration. The fact of the matter is this; the conservative Republican platform is almost exactly opposed to everything for which Jesus Stood.
Jesus was a communist. For those who doubt, I would turn you to Matthew 19:21, where Jesus said “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven.” If that isn’t a promotion of the redistribution of wealth, I don’t know what is. Since those who support the “Christian” right are adamantly against Communism in any form, they are inherently opposed to a system of economics clearly and firmly supported by the man they claim as their savior. The fact that “Black Friday” exists is an affront to Christ and everything he espoused. Which brings us to our next point…
Profiting From Religious Belief
How cynical and shameful it is that we as a society place Christmas shopping on a pedestal to such a degree that our businesses rely on the holiday to make themselves profitable for the full calendar year. The orgiastic spending, and ridiculous debt, faced by millions of people during the Christmas season are exactly the opposite of what Jesus wanted. In fact, I seem to remember that the Jesus reacted with violence at the practice of people who would attempt to make a profit from the faith of others (see Matthew 21:12). If profiting from faith was enough to drive the Prince of Peace into a violent rage, perhaps doing so is not what he would want from us in celebration of his birth.
War, Intolerance, and Greed
The fact is that Jesus preached nothing less than a universal love of all human beings. He was opposed to war, hatred, bigotry, inequality before the law, and everything else you might find the average conservative Republican favoring. Christ showed his preference for universal health care when he healed the poor for free. He showed his disdain for profiteers when he literally kicked their asses in front of the temple, and told us that a camel could go through a needle’s eye more easily than a rich man could get into heaven. He promoted consistent and all-encompassing forgiveness and passivity when he told us to turn the other cheek and never raise our hands in anger (Luke 6:27-31).
The truth is that the conservative Republican platform (pro-war, anti-tolerance, pro-rich) is exactly the opposite of what was preached by the same man to whom they claim to owe allegiance and devotion. If anything, it is this belief structure that has most resembled a war on Christ’s teachings throughout the last several decades. So why then do they continue to decry what they claim is a “liberal war on Christmas?” The answer will follow tomorrow, dear reader. Stay tuned…