Cultural Warrior

Ken Jennings on how the right has ruined Christmas (via the Friendly Atheist):

At the store this morning, I was appalled to feel deeply conflicted saying “Merry Christmas” to the cashier. I was suddenly seized by the suspicion that it’s starting to be impossible to wish someone merry Christmas without sounding like a good ideological soldier.

Huw Richardson wroted this on December 18th, 2007

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2 Responses to “Cultural Warrior”

Fr. Ernesto
December 19th, 2007 at 8:06 am

Hmm, that sounds something like blaming the victim for wearing inappropriate clothing.

Look at the two choices that “progressives” have given conservatives. Choice A requires that Christians give up their holy day and let the secularizing trend that began in the early 1900′s continue. That is, let a religious holy day be remade into what it is not, a sort of rest time with good wishes.

Choice B says that if it remains religious, then we must wipe any mention of it out of stores, schools, and maybe we should just go back to work and not have paid holidays during that time. (Hmm, lest you think I am exaggerating, that has been the choice in any of several countries already.)

Many of us are going for Choice C. Christmas is a Christian holy day that crossed into the general culture because the culture was, at least, nominally Christian. Quit trying to change it, deny it, stop it, restrict it. Live with the idea that this is the way in which the culture developed and just plain “quit it and live with it.”

There are now developments in the culture with which Christians have to live. But that does not mean one has to roll over every time a “progressive” decides that it is “oppresive” to have one’s cultural traditions.

P.S. No, and you cannot legitimately argue that Christians should then not argue but let it all go by in love. I remind you that even Jesus got angry when inappropriate parts of the culture made it into the temple. Forcing secularism into the Incarnation sure seems to be close to that.

December 19th, 2007 at 8:35 am

“you cannot legitimately argue that Christians should then not argue but let it all go by in love.”

Actually, I can. When Christians live up to Jesus’ standard of eg: not selling icons or books in the back of churches – just as legit as those who sold sheep, I’d also expect them to yield in love, stop fighting, resist not evil, etc.

And I think the intrusion of all the pagan customs makes Christmas the cultural intrusion?

But all that aside, I think the writer was complaining about the ranting of the right having made him feel like being tagged as a cultural warrior. “If I say this someone will think I’m making a Statement”.

I agree with him. I can not count the number of time in my life I’ve said, “Christian, yes, but…” and had to explain the but with “not like the people you hate”. The louder they rant the more I feel inclined to be someplace else.

The Gospel reports negatively on those who feel ashamed of Jesus… it never says anything about feeling ashamed of the dweebs and dorks who misuse his name to their own glory and the detriment of the faith.