The “War on Christmas” Cries Overshadow The Daily War On Christ—By Christians


I’ve avoided blogging or even responding to the “Starbuck’s War on Christians” thing right now, because, quite frankly it’s too early to get my head into “Holiday Mode.” I lost my brother on Christmas Eve 20 years ago this very year, and it’s still a difficult time for me. I really don’t like to think about Christmas until after Thanksgiving at least, and I try really hard to tune out the bombardment as much as possible, it’s just too triggering for me. (Yes the irony of a minister who dislikes Christmas is not lost on me.)

But I can’t help it, this one is just too stupid to believe, and does belong in the “Stupid things my fellow ‘Christians’ say” file.

Once again the fundamentalist right nutjobs who kidnapped Christianity a long time ago are claiming religuous persecution because a multinational corporation didn’t adorn their coffee cup with the usual pagan symbols they normally do, such as, you know, mistletoe, Christmas trees, wreaths, yule logs etc.

If you aren’t aware, most of the symbols of Christmas (and Easter too) were co-opted from Pagan traditions, the same “Pagans” they later persecuted. And the same Pagans these types of “Christians” rail against come Halloween time.

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You can read about the Pagan co-opting of Christmas here.

So instead of, I don’t know, feeding the homeless, trying to fight poverty, adopting orphans, and not being a pain in the ass they are getting their panties in a twist again with  some more made up divisive  nonsense, and totally ignoring, as this article from “Think Progress” points out all the Christmas products Starbucks IS releasing in honor of the big money grabbing sacred holiday season.

I guess this one finally trumps the Katy Perry “Maximum Evil” Superbowl Performance As Harbinger Of The Anti-Christ one in terms of idiocy (and at least more coverage.)

I’m really not going to say much more about this right now. I’m going to once again let John Pavlovitz do it for me, as he so eloquently so often does.

(At some point, I will do a piece on REAL religuous persecution going on right now in the world, including REAL instances where Christians are actually dying right now for their faith… And where there is little outrage even by the “Starbuck Christians” over it.) Yes there is real religuous persecution going in, yes, there is real Christian persecution going on… But chillin, this ain’t it.

I am going to post my “Christmas Message” from last year though… You’ll have to click it to read it probably.

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broken ornament‘Tis the season to claim persecution…

Our yearly Christian obsession with the supposed “War on Christmas” began early this season, with this week’s viral video of the Starbucks rant by self-proclaimed car seat prophet Joshua Feuerstein and the ensuing social media sideshow.

This certainly won’t be the last of such claims, and though a mystifying multitude of the faithful rushed to amen Feuerstein’s rather meritless accusations over the past few days, one of the most refreshing elements of this week has been the number of good-hearted people who refuse to be fooled and drafted into a phantom battle.

They know that there isn’t a war on Christmas waged by non-Christians, as much as there is a war on Christ by Christians—and it’s been that way for a long time now.

To those who’ve been paying attention for the past few decades, American Christianity has become more politicized and commercialized than Jesus would ever have desired. It’s been…

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About revcopado

Rev. Michael F. Copado is an ordained Unity Minister (Unity School of Christianity class of 2003) and a graduate of Unity’s Urban Ministerial School in Detroit. He has served at or spoken at Unity/New Thought churches in Michigan, Missouri and Florida. He was the founder of the Center for Positive Christianity in Wellington Florida, and helped found the Spiritual Life Center of Midtown Detroit (now Spiritual Life Center of Ferndale.) He is one of the officiants of Wayne State University School of Medicine’s annual interfaith memorial service for those who have donated their bodies for medical research. He is an accomplished retreat leader and small group facilitator. He was a regular facilitator of men’s workshops and retreats such as “Man Alive” and for the Detroit Men’s Wisdom Council, and Men of Today (the Men’s group of the Church of Today, in Warren Michigan.) He has also been involved with “The Living Course,” “Taking It Lightly,” and the “Bamboo Bridge” weekend workshops. His 6 week course, “Knowing God, Knowing Ourselves, and Knowing Each Other” was a featured course at Unity Village Chapel, the main worship center at Unity Village. He also has worked at the Silent Unity Prayer Ministry, and was a contributor to The Daily Word magazine. He is a passionate advocate for Marriage Equality, a women’s right to choose, physician assisted suicide, as well as racial and gender equality. He is also a firm believer in healthy human sexuality, and sexual education, having assisted in the human sexuality curriculum at Wayne State School of Medicine and facilitated the online “Sex and Spirituality” discussion for several years on Rev. Michael is available in Michigan for preaching/public speaking, retreats/workshops, as well as weddings, commitment ceremonies, memorials and divorce/separation rituals.
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2 Responses to The “War on Christmas” Cries Overshadow The Daily War On Christ—By Christians

  1. Bonnie says:

    I’ve kind of seen the anti-Starbucks propaganda on this imaginary War on Christmas. I haven’t read any of the articles and claims and don’t plan to.

    The defense cries on the War on Christmas has to stop. There has been and always will be people who don’t believe in Christmas. if there is a war, it’s the people who don’t want it shoved down their throats or shamed for not believing in God and Jesus. It’s push back from people who don’t want cherry-picked portions of the Bible imposed on our government and social mores of all people that live in this country.

    To invent this Starbucks hysteria is absolutely ridiculous. Why are these people making up such claims instead of going out there and being Christ-like?


    • Bonnie says:

      Okay, I broke down and read the story about this latest claim on the War on Christmas. It started with some loud-mouthed yahoo who is pissed that Starbucks is branding its Christmas spirit with plain red cups — no reindeer and no “Merry Christmas” printed on the cups? Why is anyone giving this Jesus T-shirt-wearing, gun-toting idiot the time of day? Why doesn’t he make his point by going out and doing something Christ-like … you know, like helping to feed a family that doesn’t get a traditional Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner (or a decent meal any day of the year) or buy a kid a Christmas gift that otherwise wouldn’t get one?


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