Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Christian nutball website condemns retailers for using the word “holiday” instead of “Merry Christmas” in true Bill O’Reilly nutball fashion
A closer look reveals they are in on the conspiracy as well. They use the word “holiday” too!
by Larry Simons
December 9, 2009
It appears that Bill O’ Reilly isn’t the only nut out there who is absolutely certain there is a grand conspiracy to kill Christmas. A website created by an organization called Focus on the Family Action [a branch of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family] called standforchristmas.com has taken a stand against "evil" liberals in America.
These liberals are part of a clandestine operation to infiltrate national retail stores, posing as CEO’s, managers and even regular employees. Their plan is to eliminate Christmas once and for all by using a single word to subliminally control the minds of millions and millions of retail shoppers in order to divert their attention away from Jesus Christ.
That word? “Holiday”
The purpose of the website is to provide a list of national retailers and allow visitors of the site to offer feedback as to which retailers are Christmas ‘friendly’, ‘negligent’ or ‘offensive’.
Here are some examples of the feedback left under certain stores:
The GAP [which has the highest % of ‘offensive’ comments]
Comment Date: Dec 4 2009 12:23 PM
Comment: ...Christmas is a Christian holiday - one where first of all we celebrate Christ's birthday and secondly we come to spend our hard earned money in gift giving. ...Rethink this blessed holiday and get on aboard with correct advertising.
Comment Date: Dec 4 2009 4:04 PM
Comment: I've been watching their 2009 TV ads about gift shopping and so far all I've seen or heard was "Holiday" this and "Holiday" that. No mention of Christmas or printed word of it. Remember, there would be no "Holiday" if it weren't for the birth of Christ, ergo "Christmas", therefore Christmas shopping, gifts, trees, cards, etc.
What is interesting about the above K-Mart comment is the fact that in reality, there is ZERO evidence that December 25 is the birth of Christ. In fact, December 25 is actually the pagan celebration of the unconquered sun [sol invictus] at the winter solstice. Get it? "Unconquered sun"/unconquered Son......Jesus was the unconquered Son.
According to absoluteastronomy.com, “The Romans held a festival on December 25 of Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, "the birthday of the unconquered sun." December 25 was the date after the winter solstice with the first detectable lengthening of daylight hours.” So, you see, December 25 was a pagan celebration that had nothing to do with the birth of Jesus and everything to do with astrology.
Absoluteastronomy.com also states, “The date for Christmas may also bear a relation to the sun worship. According to the scholiast on the Syriac bishop Jacob Bar-Salibi, writing in the twelfth century":
"It was a custom of the Pagans to celebrate on the same 25 December the birthday of the Sun, at which they kindled lights in token of festivity. In these solemnities and revelries the Christians also took part. Accordingly when the doctors of the Church perceived that the Christians had a leaning to this festival, they took counsel and resolved that the true Nativity should be solemnised on that day." (cited in Christianity and Paganism in the Fourth to Eighth Centuries, Ramsay MacMullen .Yale: 1997, p. 155)
The first recorded use of the word "Christmas" was in 1038 when a book from Saxon England used the words "Cristes Maesse" in it. So, what did Christians call Jesus’ birthday from 33 AD until 1038 AD?
The most astonishing thing about these "war on Christmas" lunatics is that they spend all of their time and energy being angry about the fact that they believe the word "Christmas" is being purged from society, but they care nothing about the facts about the origins of Christmas; that it is celebrated on December 25 because Christian leaders in the 4th century wanted to convert large numbers of pagans to Christianity and in order to do so, promised the pagans they could still celebrate their pagan ritual [Saturnalia] as Christians on December 25.
Saturnalia, according to the website simpletoremember.com is described as follows:
"Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of Saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 17-25. During this period, Roman courts were closed, and Roman law dictated that no one could be punished for damaging property or injuring people during the weeklong celebration. The festival began when Roman authorities chose “an enemy of the Roman people” to represent the “Lord of Misrule.” Each Roman community selected a victim whom they forced to indulge in food and other physical pleasures throughout the week. At the festival’s conclusion, December 25th, Roman authorities believed they were destroying the forces of darkness by brutally murdering this innocent man or woman."
Why aren't the nutballs from Focus on the Family more outraged that the celebration of Christmas on December 25 evolved from a week-long pagan festival of lawlessness, orgies, vandalism, drunkeness and murder?
Not only are people like Bill O’ Reilly and the buffoons from standforchristmas.com embarrassing themselves for vilifying people for choosing not to say “Christmas” when there’s no proof whatsoever that Jesus was born on December 25, but standforchristmas.com and the Focus on the Family websites use the word “holiday” as well!
The following paragraphs are taken from the standforchristmas.com website:
"We soon discovered that citizens across the nation were growing dissatisfied with the tendency of corporations to omit references to "Christmas" from holiday promotions. Many said they preferred to patronize retailers that recognized the reason so many Americans exchange gifts at Christmastime."
"Millions upon millions in our nation deeply value the great truths of Christmas and the holiday's inspiring place in American life and culture. We hope you will take a moment to "Stand for Christmas" by sharing feedback about your Christmas shopping experiences."
"this time-honored holiday, Focus on the Family and Focus on the Family Action began to speak out on the issue in 2007."
The following stories are found on the Focus on the Family website:
"Celebrating the Holidays"
"Holidays and the in-laws"
"Creating Memories and Managing Holidays"
"Mandie and the Holiday Surprise"
I guess it’s perfectly OK for Christians to use the word “holiday”, but when others use the word, they are devil-worshipping, liberal heathens that are trying to destroy America’s traditions.
On the contrary, it’s religious nutballs like the people at Focus on the Family who are hell bent on destroying this country with their imaginary conspiracies and their total lack of knowledge of basic history. To top it all off, they further embarrass themselves for using the same word [“holiday”] in which they condemn others for!
Hell, Christians do not even have to pick up a book and read the history behind the date for Jesus’ birthday. They could watch “Zeitgeist” or even “Angels and Demons”. Tom Hanks’ character, Robert Langdon, mentions briefly that December 25 was the pagan celebration of the unconquered sun.
watch the clip
Or, they could even get the truth from a cartoon, The Boondocks
Oh, that’s right, I forgot, “Zeitgeist” and Dan Brown’s books are of the devil…..my bad. Cartoons....evil too!