The Shouty Woman

December 8, 2006

War on Stupidity

Filed under: Politics — by Lucy @ 4:57 pm

There’s a brilliant article in today’s Guardian about the mythical ‘War on Christmas’ (an American idea that someone seems to have imported here) and why it’s actually a load of bollocks:

 “”We’re not going to have a war, we’re going to have the appearance of a war,” says the cynical spin doctor in David Mamet’s screenplay for the 1997 movie Wag The Dog, about an imaginary conflict created to whip up support for an ailing president. But he might equally have been talking about the 2006 war on Christmas – a war that tells us much about the growing politicisation and sense of entitlement among religious groups in Britain, but which turns out to have been almost entirely invented.”

Why are these people so unsure of themselves, and of their faith, that they have to fabricate attacks on it? I’m an atheist – some might say a militant one. My beliefs – in the importance of science, in gay rights, in the status of women as something other than walking incubators – are attacked all the time by the religious right, but I am sure enough of what I believe to withstand these attacks. It seems that the Christian ‘Anti-PC’ brigade are not that strong.

If you believe that Jesus was the son of God, go ahead and celebrate his birth. Put up a nativity scene, go to church, wish people ‘happy Christmas’. Contrary to what you may think, you will not be arrested by a hastily-assembled police force of left-wing secular liberals (what would they do, anyway? Force you to read the Guardian until you change your ways?). In fact, many of these liberals will be celebrating Christmas along with you. Even I, the evil, amoral atheist, have a Christmas tree in my living room.

So, to conlude, get over yourselves. There is no War on Christmas (the capital letters seem to be obligatory); no sinister cabal of lefties and Muslims waiting to pounce and confiscate your nativity scene. Your beliefs are as respected as those of any other religion. Now, if you could do me the courtesy of respecting my beliefs…

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5 Comments »

  1. >an American idea that someone seems to have imported here

    Oh lor’, I’m sorry to hear it…

    Comment by belledame222 — December 9, 2006 @ 3:00 pm |Reply

  2. Oh, christ. Ha, I am a comedy genius.

    Seriously, if there’s one good thing about France it’s the official separation of church and state. It drives me up the wall that these people who base their lives on books written thousands of years ago and who create an imaginary friend so they don’t have to deal with real life, think they deserve some massive say in our country. They don’t, they’re sexist and homophobic and I wish they’d just keep their religion to themselves: believe in God, fine, I’ve no problem with that, but don’t force all your dictates on the rest of us.

    Comment by laura — December 10, 2006 @ 3:59 pm |Reply

  3. What can you expect from a group of people that think they’re being persecuted in living in a country that acknowledges other religions exist?

    Comment by Veronica — December 10, 2006 @ 10:24 pm |Reply

  4. yeah, we’re supposed to have an official separation between church and state, too; it’s just, you know, bunch of people making paper airplanes out of the Constitution and most everyone else going, problem? what problem?

    so.

    Comment by belledame222 — December 13, 2006 @ 5:17 am |Reply

  5. Ah. Some people are sad that they are not encapsulated in a cultural bubble. On the other hand, many who do not have the tools to think for themselves feel as if their justification for existence was being taken away by those who do. The war on Christmas is less a fabricated sense of one’s being attacked and more a sense of one’s becoming psychologically vulnerable, as various aspects of faith are shown to be less valid than previously felt.

    Comment by Jennifer Cascadia — December 23, 2006 @ 11:26 am |Reply


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