The newest malarkey from Pat Robertson and The 700 Club

“It’s, well, Christmas all over again. The Grinch is trying to steal our holiday. It’s been so beautiful, the nation comes together, we sing Christmas carols, we give gifts to each other, we have lighted trees, and it’s just a beautiful thing. Atheists don’t like our happiness, they don’t want you to be happy, they want you to be miserable. They’re miserable, so they want you to be miserable. So they want to steal your holiday away from you.”Pat Robertson, on The 700 Club, gearing up for another War on Christmas.


Maybe the real “war” on Christmas can be found in out-of-control consumerism:

Image: pricklylegs


via: TPM

In terms of income inequality and cheap prices at Walmart, “the four Walton’s who rank in Forbes’ list of the wealthiest in the country are worth almost as much as the bottom half of all Americans…. their wealth comes at a price to taxpayers. One study found that California Wal-Mart workers were 40 percent more likely to be on public assistance, which costs taxpayers $86 million a year.”

The protests on Black Friday were an attempt to call attention to how Walmart shoppers contribute to workers low wages — and to their own low pay – by further enriching and subsidizing greedy employers like the Walton family.

Sadly: 

After the protests, will people “now link Walmart’s low prices to ‘a circumstance where taxpayers are subsidizing Walton’s billion dollars of profits‘” — and even if they do, will they even care if they can buy another cheap tv?

Where’s the “spirit” of Christmas in Black Friday?

Christmas traditions: the ‘season of misrule’ and class warfare

Is the Christian Right always wrong?

What Christmas was like before it was “domesticated by the Victorians”: 

Christmas was for many centuries a very politically charged season, defined by inversions of the normal social order. Clement Clarke Moore’s  famous 1822 Christmas poem “The night before Christmas” includes the line “out on the lawn there arose such a clatter/I sprang from bed to see what was the matter.” At the time the poem was written, disturbance on the lawn on Christmas Eve would have been not magical, but threatening, likely caused by drunken youths roaming the neighborhood, demanding gifts from respectable householders. This was an echo of older traditions, also subversive, which saw tenants and serfs demanding gifts and being given law-like powers in this “season of misrule.”

I’ve long been amused by the whole idea that real Christians should be defending “Christmas” in its traditional form. The Puritans banned it – even in England, where the climate and darkness all but demand you get shitfaced around December 21. The embrace of Christmas materialism by the Christian right is about as theologically persuasive as their embrace of the Prosperity Gospel and the torture of terror suspects.

via: AndrewSullivan

Black Friday: the reason for the season!

Peace on Earth: the meaning of Christmas at the Scottsdale Gun Club!

Talk about trying too hard. From the HuffPo:

The Scottsdale Gun Club in Arizona is offering a twist on the annual photo with Santa by allowing rifle-wielding families to pose alongside St. Nick.

On their website, the shooting range advertises the event with a catchy tagline: “Get Your Holiday Picture With Santa And His Machine Guns!”

Both adults and kids are welcome to choose from a variety of armaments — from pistols to modified AR15s — before sitting on Santa’s lap for a photo, according to MyFOX Phoenix.

Peace on Earth is for pussies and libtards when there’s a War on Christmas®. IN YOUR FACE, Jesus — you want to see a real exit wound?

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