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Friday, December 23, 2005

Merry Fucking Christmas

Posted by on December 23 at 12:51 PM

George W. Bush got into some trouble with his “base” earlier this month when he neglected the “reason for the season.” From the Washington Post:

…as in every December since he took office, President Bush sent out cards with a generic end-of-the-year message, wishing 1.4 million of his close friends and supporters a happy “holiday season.”

Many people are thrilled to get a White House Christmas card, no matter what the greeting inside. But some conservative Christians are reacting as if Bush stuck coal in their stockings.

“This clearly demonstrates that the Bush administration has suffered a loss of will and that they have capitulated to the worst elements in our culture,” said William A. Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. Bush “claims to be a born-again, evangelical Christian. But he sure doesn’t act like one,” said Joseph Farah, editor of the conservative Web site “I threw out my White House card as soon as I got it.”

Well, it looks like George is trying his damndest to make amends. Check out this over-the-top, Jesus-Mary-and-Joseph, can-I-get-an-Amen mass email Bush sent out today:

Christmas 2005: A Message From The President

‘Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel’ which means, God with us.  - Matthew 1:23

More than 2,000 years ago, a virgin gave birth to a Son, and the God of heaven came to Earth.  Mankind had received its Savior, and to those who had dwelled in darkness, the light of hope had come.  Each Christmas, we celebrate that first coming anew, and we rejoice in the knowledge that the God who came to Earth that night in Bethlehem is with us still and will remain with us forever.

Christmas is a season of hope and joy, a time to give thanks for the blessing of Christ’s birth and for the blessings that surround us every day of the year. We have much to be thankful for in this country, and we have a responsibility to help those in need. Jesus calls us to help others, and acts of kindness toward the less fortunate fulfill the spirit of the Christmas season…

Laura and I send our best wishes for a blessed and merry Christmas. 


That ought to keep the Christers quiet until Monday.

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Even Jerry Falwell was satisfied with the somewhat secular Christmas card this year. (It had a secular photo on the front and wished Happy Holidays, but it also included a psalm.) If Jerry is fine with it, then who are these nutjobs who are bitching and moaning? I have a feeling that they will never be happy unless the White House sends a Bible to every Muslim and Jew on its recipient list.

Despite the other holiday versions, the fact remains that they are religious. So many secular Americans are left out by these greetings. Even if Bush covers all religious bases, it feels a little like the Establishment Clause is being violated.

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