Thanksgiving Christmas Americanism [Darleen Click]
I’ve been rolling my eyes and gritting my teeth at each new HOW DARE YOU OFFEND ME!! stories of people (usually anti-theists or Leftists) who can’t abide by Americans celebrating Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Nasty polemics dominate anti-Thanksgiving at taxpayer-supported universities — even a professor writes that it is a White supremacist holiday and our Founding Fathers were “nearly identical” to Nazis.
The long march of Bowdlerizing the American public square (and history) of its religious heritage and traditions marches on. From the barring of nativity scenes set up by private organizations to anti-theists claiming an invitation to see A Charlie Brown Christmas is a “violation of civil rights.”
At the heart of this, though, is not a honest disagreement with either history nor Constitutional rights.
This is about destroying the iconography that is distinctly American.
People come together over shared principles and values; but in everyday life, these are reflected and reinforced by our traditions. On the micro-scale, each family has certain traditions and rituals we hand down from generation to generation — it connects us to our past and allows us to connect our children to a family foundation. As a nation, we engage in the same kind of ritual passing of the torch.
Destroy the icons, destroy the traditions and, thus, unmoor the present generation in order to push them in a new direction.
It’s not someone with a grinchy heart that spends years shaking their fists full of lawsuits against beautiful displays of the Christmas season, or mountain top memorials, or school children being invited to watch Charlie Brown.
It’s someone with the full intent of stopping America from being American.
Tags: charlie brown, war on christmas, war on thanksgiving