A Religious Liberal Blog

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Defense of Christmas?

The US House has just had a lopsided vote to defend Christmas. They did it by resolution, stating how important Christmas was and how great Christianity is as a religion. As a Christian, I'm not impressed.

For one, they identify Christmas with December 25th while ignoring our Orthodox brothers and sisters who celebrate Christmas on Jaunary 7. It may sound nitpicky but for a congress that wants to act as a defender of the faith, some knowledge of that faith would help.

There description of Christians "as those who believe in the salvation from sin offered to them through the sacrifice of their savior..and who, out of gratitude ..commit themselves to living their lives in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Bible"

As a mainline Protestant (and for Catholics), there may be various ways we might talk of how God was in Christ reconciling the world without resorting to judicially imposed sacrafices. And our faith may rely on more than a single text as we seek to live as a people of God.

And I'm astounded by the resolution's language concerning persecution. While Christians around the world (as well as other groups) are routinely thrown in jail, their leaders attacked and even killed this resolution speaks of persecution in the US of Christians?

It makes a mockery of real persecution. It mistakes either the practice of the separation of the church and state in the US or perhaps just the experience of individuals who disagree with Christians as on par with what folks face around the world.

So I read the theology and the statement (after all congress decided to wade into these waters) and find a lot of Christianity is missing from their statement that was meant to give us and Christmas warm fuzzies. I don't think we can handle more of these "defenses"


At 4:21 AM , Anonymous Tim said...

Gee, great. Ever need more evidence of the role of conservative "christianity" in government, that's the one.

Like both your points, well made. Typical right-wing mentality: doesn't even speak for the whole of its religion. Therein lie the seeds of its own downfall.

At 4:39 PM , Blogger miranda said...

Um...Christmas needs defending? Last I checked, the main threat to Christmas was the over-commercializing of it. And, quite frankly, the very thing that is "taking the Christ out of Christmas" happens to be the business interests that support the conservatives moving to "defend" the holiday.


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