Catechism

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

X-Mas boycott

There is an attempt amongst the religious right to "take back Christmas". This is expressed in many of today's Age and SMH letters. Objecting to the commercialisation of Christmas, the fundies are organising to raise awareness of the "true meaning" of the holiday (whatever that is, since the day was not celebrated by Christians until the 2nd century CE, and is not dated in the Bible-- Easter is the important Christian date after all).

On the other side of the ideological divide is the Christmas Resistance Movement. These guys seem a lot more militant and left wing.



This is more my style. If you are worried about reaching near-bankruptcy, then consider boycotting X-Mas. Afterall, as the fundies would say, the true gift is love, not a cheap plastic gift from K-Mart.

(Via Red Harvest)

2 Comments:

  • At December 01, 2004 8:15 pm, Blogger Robert said…

    Ha, I was just saying at Currency Lad's place that both the Christians and the Clive Hamiltons are upset by the new meaning of Christmas, and here you illustrate it perfectly.

     
  • At December 01, 2004 10:11 pm, Blogger JP said…

    I guess you would have to say that I'm a fundy here.

    You are right, the real gift is love, not the material present. I haven't researched the history of Christmas traditions, but it is my understanding that the presents we give are symbolic of the love. If it is truly symbolic of real love, then the actual dollar value of the present should be irrelevant.

    The sad thing is when we try to replace the love with more presents. You could take the commercialisation of Christmas as symbolic of a lot of the malaise in our society. Take out the love, try to replace it with money, then blame someone else when it isn't quite as good. This formula has failed our families, our attempts to help the poor, and our relationships.

    The problem isn't the present itself, it's just a creation of plastic / metal / paper / cardboard / fabric. The problem is when we forget the love.

     

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