I caught part of this on Immaculate Heart Radio this morning:
2008 Worst Grinches
When will they learn they can’t stop “Christmas from coming?”
By Dan Gainor and Colleen Raezler
Christmas has been called “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” but it also brings out people who have “hearts two sizes too small” and whose heads aren’t “screwed on just right.”
That’s right, Grinches.
The Culture & Media Institute used its annual Grinch-o-Meter to rate some of the year’s high-profile attacks on Christmas, as well as some spirited defenses of it. It’s like a “naughty and nice” list for 2008.
Grinches appeared in various forms this year. The Grinchiest of all used the Christmas season to launch full-fledged attacks on Christianity. Politically correct Grinches tried to make Christmas as inclusive as possible by making it something other than “Christmas.” Clueless Grinches showed good intentions but didn’t quite spread Christmas cheer. (“The three best words to describe you are as follows and I quote: ‘Stink!’ ‘Stank!’ ‘Stunk!’”)
- Playboy magazine made an unlikely entrance into the Christmas fray by depicting its December cover girl as the Virgin Mary in the Mexican version of the magazine. According to Reuters, the issue hit newsstands on Dec. 1, just in time for the annual pilgrimage to the shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Predictably, Playboy issued a statement that said, “Playboy Mexico never meant for the cover or images to offend anyone” and offered its “sincerest apologies.”
Depicting the mother of Christ as a porn-star: 10 Grinches, plus two.
- On the West coast, Washington state Governor Christine Gregoire allowed the Freedom From Religion Foundation to place a sign near a nativity display in the state capital building. “At this season of the Winter Solstice may reason prevail,” read the sign. “There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”
It took a blizzard of phone calls instigated by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly for Gregoire’s office, in conjunction with Attorney General Rob McKenna’s office, to issue a statement that said in part, “the U.S. Supreme Court has been consistent and clear that, under the Constitution’s First Amendment, once government admits one religious display or viewpoint onto public property, it may not discriminate against the content of other displays, including the viewpoints of nonbelievers.”
Dan Barker of the Freedom From Religion Foundation said during an appearance on the Dec. 4 “Fox & Friends” that the nativity scene represents “hate speech” and “a direct attack on good human values.”
The Freedom from Religion Foundation also placed billboards in Washington and Wisconsin that proclaimed, “Reason’s Greetings.”
Allowing disrespectful signs to be placed near Christian displays and labeling the nativity scene “hate speech” are direct attacks against Christmas.
Calling the Nativity Scene “hate speech”: 10 Grinches.
Gregoire hiding behind the First Amendment to allow attacks on Christmas: 9 Grinches.
- On November 18, the American Humanist Association, an organization that promotes “trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead,” started to run ads on Washington, D.C. Metro buses. The ads stated, “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake.”
AHA’s Editorial Director Fred Edwords defended the $40,000 ad campaign, telling the Associated Press, “Our reason for doing it during the holidays is there are an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of non-theists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion.”
Edwords used the generic term “holidays” in his defense. But by quoting a line from “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” the AHA is clearly targeting Christmas.
Using a beloved Christmas song in an ad attacking Christmas: 10 Grinches
- While there’s some dispute about who was present at the birth of Christ, it’s reasonable to think president-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were probably not in attendance. That minor fact however, has not stopped Italian craftsmen from creating Nativity figurines in the Obamas’ likeness. (“What a great Grinchy trick!”) Other figurines include politicians such as French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Depicting modern-day politicians as Nativity figures: 8 Grinches.
More at the link: cultureandmediainstitute.org/eoc/2008/2008-Grinch-o-Meter2.pdf
DON’T DESPAIR: There are also some GOOD examples (“angels”) which finish the article on a happy note.