We live in a predominately Christian area. It's the Bible Belt, so that's no big surprise.
What I am surprised at (shit, who am I kidding, I no longer have faith in humanity) is the bigotry and intolerance that is spewing out of people's mouths during what should be a joyful and festive time of year.
Joyful because people are celebrating the birth of Christ. Joyful because people are celebrating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Joyful because people are celebrating the return of the sun.
Heck, lets just all celebrate that we're alive! What better time to do that than in the dead of winter. Shove a tree in the corner of the living room and put some shiny dangly things on the branches for the cats to bat at, eat and puke up later on the tree skirt that your mother made you fifteen years ago.
|Christmas Cat Vomit in 3, 2, 1......|
|My Natavity. Baby Kitty Jesus. |
Blasphemous? Maybe, but that's what I got.
|Don't have one of these, but heck, they're cool looking.|
|I'll scream for the sun to come back.....but in an area much|
farther south in latitude.
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Solstice! Happy Holidays! Grand Oatmeal Muffin Day! And to everyone who genuinely wishes me a Happy Anything, I will gladly reply with a warm smile and a sincere "Thank you!" I'm not offended that you went out of your way to wish me a good day....regardless if I'm a practicing Catholic, Halakhic Jew, Norse Goddess worshiper, or one of those Flying Spaghetti Monster converts.
|Strange. Why yes. Yes it is.|
But who am I to judge?
Oh. Wait a second. I can't celebrate my beliefs AND trample someone else's rights into the ground at the same time? Well then.
It seems that some of the people in my town cannot play well together. Well, at least not with people who do not believe exactly as they believe.
Last year, our "I'm the mostest, bestest Christian" County Judge decided that he would not allow a "Happy Winter Solstice" banner to be placed on the courthouse lawn. Which would be fine with me as I believe that a government property is not the appropriate venue for ANY type of religious statement or endorsement. Except that he allows a Nativity scene to be placed there.....and even goes around beating his chest that nobody is going to make him take it down. I would think that someone who holds a position in public office should have some comprehension of the laws governing our country. But apparently he missed class the day The First Amendment was being discussed.
So because of his A) Apparent stupidity, B) Blatant disregard for The Bill of Rights or C) His pompous attitude of self-righteousness, the Judge did nothing to address this problem last year. And now, a year later, we're back to the same pissing match over the holiday display at the courthouse.
A display which still only allows a Christian theme. Oh, and Santa Claus. Apparently having a life sized plastic figure of an old fat man and a magical flying caribou is ok, but a sign that says "Happy Solstice" is just too repugnant for him and the other bigoted Christians. (Note I say bigoted, not all Christians....don't get your panties all in a bunch.) So now, because of either A, B or C (see previous paragraph) the County Judge is asking - no - begging for a lawsuit. One that will come out of the pockets of the local taxpayers.
And to make things even worse, there is something of a "reverse logic" movement going on. There is a growing number of Christians who are claiming that they are being persecuted, being denied their freedoms, their rights, that their way of life is being attacked ("their" being the operative word here). Uhm. Let's look at this again. The original request for another religious banner (i.e. not Christian) was denied. The original request did NOT say anything about removing the current displays. The quorum court unanimously voted to again deny any other religious display so the creche is still the only religious display on the courthouse lawn.
Someone, please tell me how the Christians in our town are being persecuted, being stripped of their freedoms, being denied their rights? You can't walk fifteen feet without running into someone who is (or claims to be) a Christian. You can't turn a corner without seeing a Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Mormon or Lutheran church. Every weekend there is some sort of church bazaar or fundraiser or bible study group. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. But I just cannot comprehend this fabricated "War Against Christians" rally. It's like I'm living in Bizarro Land.
So. Can we look again at exactly who is being denied their rights? Who is being persecuted? It certainly isn't anyone of the Christian persuasion in our area. I've made my opinion made known on social media. And I suspect that my inability to contain my outrage at the hypocritical rants from some of them will result in the dissolution of our relationships. Which is sad. Because even though I do not, can not sit silent when this is happening in my town, I know that they are generally good people and will miss their friendship. I just wish that they could see that they are not the only good people and the only people with religious rights.
Now I'm going to see what kind of flaky, buttery goodie I can whip up to celebrate National Pastry Day.
Have a wonderful day! Everyone.