War On Christmas Deniers

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    Missed this story... can't post the link 'cause I'm still figuring out the new version of Explorer...

    THEY CALLED A COP TO MAKE KIDS STOP SINGING CHRISTMAS CAROLS!?

    Silent night for fear of offending Jew
    By Catherine Elsworth in New York
    Last Updated: 1:41am GMT 16/12/2006

    A school choir was told to stop singing carols at a show featuring a Jewish ice skater because officials feared she would be offended.

    The Rubidoux High School Madrigals in Riverside, California, broke off in the middle of God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman at a rink where Sasha Cohen, a US Olympic medal winner, was performing in front of fans.

    Staci Della-Rocco, the director of the choir, said she complied with the request by a city council employee and police officer to silence the children because "I didn't want to have a big old huge scene in front of my kids".

    advertisement"This request was simply made by a staff member who was attempting to be sensitive to the celebrity guest, without considering the wider implications... or consulting with her supervisor for guidance," said Belinda Graham, the city development director.

    Cohen, 22, however, was "stunned" to learn the choir had been ordered to stop singing on her account, her mother said.

    The 2006 Olympic silver medallist is half-Christian and "celebrates everything" at this time of year, said Galina Cohen. "Sasha was stunned. We both thought the voices were just lovely, they were doing such a wonderful job. Christmas carols are part of celebrating the holiday season."

    Ron Loveridge, the mayor of Riverside, has apologised to the choir. He called the incident "unfortunate".
     
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    His Honor can show his true sorrow by FIRING the person or persons responsible for this debacle.
     
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    Oh good grief. An overly sensitive individual wishes to halt songs about Jesus for the sake of a Jewish guest and you act as though the sky is falling. The right wing cries for the heads of the leftist people who make mistakes but when a right-winger makes a mistake an apology should be enough. The double standard is stunning. Anyway, you will find what you want to find and blow events out of proportion but, all things considered, there is no real war on Christmas. Here is something for you to chew on.

    http://dir.salon.com/story/news/feature/2005/11/21/christmas/index_np.html
    The right-wing crusade against the liberal "war on Christmas" is great for rallying the troops. Too bad the war doesn't exist.
     
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    I'd point out that it wasn't the half-Jewish skater who made the request to stop the singing. It was a silly judgment call by someone who actually celebrates the holiday.

    Kinda goofy, really. But goofier still to think this is part of any imaginary War on Christmas. :cuckoo:
     
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    Geez, Matt, I thought you'd be happy that I am learning how to react like a true lib. The real stunning hypocrisy is how you don't like the calls for firings when the tables are finally turned.
     
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    You are right about Sasha, she isn't the problem here.

    I've said this before on the board, but I'll repeat it here. No, it's not a war on Christmas. It's a war on Christianity, and Christmas is just one of the more obvious skirmishes.
     
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    http://dir.salon.com/story/news/feature/2005/11/21/christmas/index_np.html

    In fact, there is no war on Christmas. What there is, rather, is a burgeoning myth of a war on Christmas, assembled out of old reactionary tropes, urban legends, exaggerated anecdotes and increasingly organized hostility to the American Civil Liberties Union. It's a myth that can be self-fulfilling, as school board members and local politicians believe the false conservative claim that they can't celebrate Christmas without getting sued by the ACLU and thus jettison beloved traditions, enraging citizens and perpetuating a potent culture-war meme. This in turn furthers the myth of an anti-Christmas conspiracy.

    Bottom Line: There is no war on Christianity. There is no war on Christmas. There are merely some isolated incidences of extreme “political correctness” blown way out of proportion by the reactionary religious right.
     
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    Those who deny the war on Christmas are cheered as cheeky.

    Those who deny the Holocaust are... put in jail.

    Were you saying something about double standards?
     
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    You're comparing your paranoid fantasy that there's a "war on Christmas" with the holocaust.

    You really are sick. I hope you find help someday. I'll pray for you. (Bet that would REALLY piss you off).
     
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    Perhaps you can explain to us the correct proportion in which to deal with

    Explain extreme “political correctness” while you at it.
     
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