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.
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 grabbingsacred 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.
‘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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