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21 December 2010

Nina Totenberg: "I Was -- Forgive the Expression -- At a Christmas Party"


She actually felt the need to literally apologize for using this foul expression.

Does anyone think that Nina Totenberg, or anyone in the media or government or academy, would ever say, "I was -- forgive the expression -- at a gay wedding"? No, of course not; they would never give that such a slight, classifying it as an actual vulgarity.

But Christmas? To Nina Totenberg and the alien creatures who have, V-like, infiltrated and captured our key institutions, the word "Christmas" is now on par with a lower-grade racial slur.

The media continues insisting that there is no "War on Christmas," and that the whole idea is a paranoid confabulation of the right to gin up our anger and also gin up fundraising for conservative groups.

Doesn't Nina Totenberg's statement put lie to that spin? Doesn't that reveal that among the self-selecting Culture Leader Class, even the most inoffensive (and secularized) demonstration of de minimus Christian celebration of faith is now an actual social faux pas bordering on insult?

There is no other faith in America suffering from such obvious semi-official discrimination from institutions as the Christian one. Okay, admittedly: Satanists are officially held in the same low regard. But they, you know, worship Satan.

Meanwhile, in England, which is a mere twenty years further down this lunatic road than we, the Red Cross has canceled any sort of overt references to Christmas during the Christmas season. No Nativity scenes, not even Christmas trees, which really don't have anything in particular to do with Christ. It's not as if people have Christmas crucifixes in their homes.

Christmas has been banned by the Red Cross from its 430 fund-raising shops.

Staff have been ordered to take down decorations and to remove any other signs of the Christian festival because they could offend Moslems.

The charity's politically-correct move triggered an avalanche of criticism and mockery last night - from Christians and Moslems.

Christine Banks, a volunteer at a Red Cross shop in New Romney, Kent, said: 'We put up a nativity scene in the window and were told to take it out. It seems we can't have anything that means Christmas. We're allowed to have some tinsel but that's it.

'When we send cards they have to say season's greetings or best wishes. They must not be linked directly to Christmas.

'When we asked we were told it is because we must not upset Moslems.'

Mrs Banks added: ' We have been instructed that we can't say anything about Christmas and we certainly can't have a Christmas tree.

' I think the policy is offensive to Moslems as well as to us. No reasonable person can object to Christians celebrating Christmas. But we are not supposed to show any sign of Christianity at all.'

But there is no War on Christmas, nor any escalating semi-official discrimination against the Christian faith. It's all in your imaginations, Wingnuts.

That Red Cross Christmas Story... is, alas, an evergreen -- the story is actually from 2002 but it winds up being currently dated when you access it in the archives. A lot of people took it to be new; I was one of them. (Someone sent it to me as new, too.)

The Red Cross sorta denies the story in this recent (three day old) statement, but winds up confirming it. They explain that they haven't banned Christmas -- what nonsense! -- bu of course they avoid Nativities and such to avoid offending those easily offended.

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