Tuesday, December 12, 2006


The True Spirit of Christmas?

In a heartwarming tale of Christian love, a Rabbi was subjected to "odious" and anti-Semitic telephone calls and emails because he had the temerity to suggest that a Menorah be erected in a government airport where a dozen Christmas trees were being displayed in public buildings.

When the Port of Seattle Commission reacted hysterically (or, perhaps, cynically) by removing the Christmas trees when Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky suggested a possible suit, the proverbial excreta made intimate contact with the air moving equipment. As the Anti-Defamation League reported:

The Port of Seattle's decision and the adverse and incorrect publicity that followed has led to a surge of anti-Semitism, including hundreds of hate mail messages directed against the rabbi who sought permission for the menorah display.
Patricia Davis, president of the Port Commission, admits that the Rabbi "never asked us to remove the trees; it was the port's decision based on what we knew at the time."

Not waiting to know anything, numerous people, who will inexplicably go on thinking they are good Christians, rushed in to vent the ugliest imaginable sentiments in the name of the "God of Love."

One Christian with the good sense to be embarrassed, brought up a typically insightful take by Mohandas Gandhi:

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

What I don't get is what is so terribly Christian about a tannenbaum? Isn't decorating an evergreen a good ole pagen tradition?

Ferrous Patella
And, if memory serves, it was a tradition only made popular in the English-speaking world in the mid-19th Century by Prince Albert.

But the mouth-breathers who spread hate in the name of Jesus probably think that there was a Douglas fir in that manger and a Walmart around the corner where the Magi stopped to pick up their frankincense and myrrh.
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