Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Bush upsets conservative base with "holiday card"

'Holiday Cards Ring Hollow for Some on Bushes' List

What's missing from the White House Christmas card? Christmas.

This month, as in every December since he took office, President Bush sent out cards with a generic end-of-the-year message, wishing 1.4 million of his close friends and supporters a happy "holiday season."


Washington Post

I am really tired of this debate over the Christmas/holiday season. Christians do not own this season and should not be offended by those who prefer to use the secular or ecumenical term "holiday season". On the other hand, what is the harm in using the term "Christmas tree"? It is what it is.

Edit: The Terre Haute Tribune Star receives flak for use of "Xmas"

4 Comments:

Blogger indygirl said...

I think there is much more value in not alienating people rather than insisting on the word "Christmas." Especially if they truly believed in the meaning. I tire of this debate.

December 07, 2005  
Blogger Ron Franscell said...

From Blogger Ron Franscell at http://underthenews.blogspot.com ...

As if a lurking bid-flu pandemic, Armageddon in the Middle East, and the hurricane carousel in the Gulf of Mexico weren't important enough ... we now have people who worry that the word "holidays" is murk-ifying the righteous Christian concept of Christmas.

Religious conservatives have their panties bunched tighter than an alcoholic elf on Christmas Eve. Why? Because the White House's official 2005 Christmas card doesn't use the word "Christmas" ... which is to say, they think George Bush is afraid to use the word "Christ." "This clearly demonstrates that the Bush administration has suffered a loss of will and that they have capitulated to the worst elements in our culture," said William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

Humbug!

The President of the United States represents a wide spectrum of beliefs, from atheists to Muslims to Catholics to Budhhists to the most devout evangelical Christians. His personal religious beliefs are hardly a closely guarded secret -- just ask the Radical Left. But he leads everyone, and in this case, he's trying to be inclusive, not exclusive.

"The reality is you have people in Beaumont (Texas) that think the United States is a Christian country; it's not," a source recently told my newspaper. "It is a country that is founded on freedom of religion, but the truth is, if you look at what happens at Christmas time, there is very much a sense of Christianity."

Anybody who'd elevate the pathetic "Christmas-vs-holidays" tiff to a major issue -- much less a "war -- needs to go to church for a time-out.

December 07, 2005  
Blogger Moulton said...

It wouldn't be appropriate for our "Bring Them On" War President to feature the Prince of Peace on his seasonal greeting cards.

December 07, 2005  
Blogger rainchic said...

Amen, indygirl. This debate has been going on far too long. I like the mobile phone company's ad "Merry Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah".

December 09, 2005  

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