The Case for “Merry Christmas”

As I’ve made it clear in past writings, I’m a strong orthodox conservative Christian. I say “Merry Christmas” to everyone during the Christmas season at risk of potentially offending someone who might prefer being wished a “happy holidays.” Something as pure and wholesome as celebrating Christmas has been under attack for decades by the left for its alleged lack of inclusivity. While a very large majority of Americans celebrate Christmas as a national and/or religious holiday, many still find themselves on the fence about whether they should say “Merry Christmas” or “happy holidays”. I assure you that the benefits of wishing Merry Christmas to someone far outweigh the negative consequences.

Prominent Jewish conservative figurehead Dennis Prager of PragerU lays out why the “war on Christmas” isn’t a mere fabrication of the paranoid conservative mind. As Prager rightly points out, leftists are campaigning for the secularization of America as a whole. That’s why they strive to secularize traditional Christmas greetings because they understand how culture is impacted through deceptively changing language. Slowly removing Christmas from the vocabulary of the culture will result in a more secularized culture. I have friends who don’t identify as Christians yet happily celebrate Christmas because it is an embedded American tradition. Like Dennis Prager, they celebrate Christmas because it’s recognized as an American holiday while not celebrating it as a holy day. At the same time, Prager doesn’t disregard the religious significance of the holiday to Christians. He recognizes the sacred meaning of Christmas among those that claim a Christian worldview.

Allowing the incremental secularization to chip away at how Christmas is viewed and celebrated would be a great disservice to our country. Christmas is a period of time where reflection, giving, love, and reconciliation are often present in our minds. For Christians, the theological significance of Christmas plays through our hearts and minds as we read through the nativity story in the gospels. We all seem to find something to be thankful for when the story of Christmas is present in our lives. The term ‘holiday’ doesn’t carry the same weight as ‘Christmas’ because it doesn’t have the same transcendent meaning.

Disguising ‘Merry Christmas’ with ‘happy holidays’ at the same time of year we always wish people a ‘Merry Christmas’ is a leftist ruse. People who attempt to claim that wishing someone ‘Merry Christmas’ is insensitive to the minority of people who don’t celebrate Christmas fail to recognize the importance and permanence that Christmas has played on a global scale for much longer than they’ve been alive.

Since leftists typically campaign on the basis of “tolerance”, you’d think that tolerance would be charitably extended to the majority of individuals who enjoy the Christmas season and would like to be wished a “Merry Christmas.” Sadly, the limit of tolerance is breached the moment opposition is encountered in too many instances. For the leftist, it would be tolerant to remain politely neutral and not say anything other than “thank you” when someone kindly wishes them a ‘Merry Christmas.’ I’m sure many leftists do behave in this way but there are those that campaign against Christmas fervently enough to cause the switch from ‘Merry Christmas’ to ‘happy holidays.’

The case is simple. The only reason ‘happy holidays’ is a thing is because of Christmas. We know that ‘happy holidays’ is a code word for ‘Merry Christmas.’ It’s time to take the mask off this secularized terminology and start fully embracing Christmas again by wishing our family, friends, neighbors, and strangers a “MERRY CHRISTMAS” again.

 

 

The Leftist’s Deceptive Language

Words should have real meaning. As controversial as it may be to a leftist, it is a reality that shouldn’t be denied. Altering broadly accepted definitions of basic words for political purposes is a weapon the left has successfully wielded against their opponents with great success. The real beneficiaries of these alterations are few and the consequences have devolved a culture into a state that is accepting of behaviors considered barbaric and backward by any standard definition. I’ll examine three examples to demonstrate what I mean.

The biggest and most vital threat to our society is the trash heap the pro-abortion movement has left the English language in. A human is now a ‘clump of cells.’ The killing of an unborn child is now a ‘right.’ They embrace the term ‘reproductive rights’ rather than ‘abortion’ because the latter sounds too ‘murdery.’ They cloak their language to soften the emotional blow and hide their moral misdoings. After all, they call it ‘pro-choice’ because they want to convince you that this choice is morally equivalent to choosing whether to purchase chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Meaning, they are trying to deceive you into thinking there is no moral weight behind killing a child by veiling their language with softened words and launching emotionally driven campaigns that attempt to convince you that the unborn aren’t humans worthy of protection.

Transgenderism is another delusion-riddled campaign aimed at deceiving society through the means of changing language. Their contention is that gender and sex aren’t biologically linked to any meaningful degree. They contend that you can determine your own gender based on your feelings while sex is a biological attribute. Factually speaking, gender is not malleable and is inextricably connect with your sex. Your DNA is established at conception, which determines the sex of the child. Each sex has physically and emotionally distinctive attributes that make them unique. This has always been the case for thousands of years since the beginning of human civilization, and no biological or psychological change has influenced a marked change in the makeup to our species to make our gender evolve in a manner the LGBT community would have you believe. While there is no doubting the fact that a very small number of individuals suffer with gender identity struggles, enabling their delusion isn’t wise, loving, or helpful. If you broadly enable delusion enough, society will begin to accept delusional behavior as a norm. That’s what we’re seeing within this movement where well-intentioned people are being berated for calling someone the wrong pronoun. LGBT advocates find themselves in the position of calling conservatives, “homophobes”, “transphobes”, and the like for not agreeing with their behavior. This has silenced particular businesses and prominent cultural icons and bullied them into unneeded disingenuous apologies for the sake of appearance. These social justice warrior LGBT types use deceptive language to lure in young naïve college students into artificial sympathy but many eventually work their way into a role as an apologist for their cause by participating in their same shameful tactics.

A case can be made for the abolishment of state run marriages entirely because some feel that the government has no place being involved in a personal relationship between two consenting adults. However, the same-sex marriage crowd pursued the “right” to marry harder than any heterosexual couple could ever imagine. Since it was determined that states must allow same-sex couples to marry in 2015 in the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision, we are now left with a dramatically different definition of marriage. Marriage was defined as the covenant between a man and a woman for the purposes of procreation within the confines of a long-term monogamous relationship. Everyone within the family is the beneficiary of this union. The male is domesticated by settling down with a long-term monogamous female partner. Both partners are bound together in life by having a child together. Both mother and father can bring up the child in a complementarian fashion because mothers and fathers are intrinsically unique in the value they bring to the parenting process. These factors are not present in any other definition of marriage. Unfortunately, since the Obergefell v. Hodges was decided, the LGBT movement has since felt empowered enough to call everyone a homophobe who doesn’t affirm their lifestyle.

These are three examples, of many, that illustrate why precise language matters. Language is attached to concrete realities. Obviously, language can be altered. The consequences of changing semantics could be societally catastrophic if done so in a frivolous and unwise manner. In this case, those doing the word manipulations care not for the confusion their deception causes or the evil that results. It’s driven to heighten the success of their intended political goal. We must fight for using our language responsibly and hold society accountable for the meanings of the words they are using.

Is Political Ridicule Justified?

Anyone who personally knows me knows that I have a pretty off-color sense of humor. I’m not afraid of crude jokes or crass language. My mother cussed quite a lot. It wasn’t a big deal. For the most part, nobody scoffed when the “F” word was used so I never thought it was an egregious sin. Also, most of the kids I hung around with talked like truck drivers and told the dirtiest jokes I’ve ever heard so this type of socially provocative behavior never made a negative impact on me (that I know of.) You can say that I became desensitized to it from an early age.

In an age where people are so over-the-top outraged by everything, should Christian conservatives consider eliminating political ridicule, even when communicated in a playful manner, from their communication practices entirely? Leftists have made a killing on being artificially outraged over everything, which has led me to more thoughtfully examine this question. Let’s look at the definition of ‘ridicule’ first:

the subjection of someone or something to contemptuous and dismissive language or behavior.

Within the definition, there is a sense that ridicule can exhibit the use of disrespect. We must ask ourselves, is that necessarily wrong? Should all treatments of all political ideologies be worthy of respectful treatment? Is the individual who protests my “pro-life” shirt by proudly shouting obscenities in my face while wearing a Planned Parenthood shirt and a giant pussy hat atop their head worthy of having their ideas free from merciless ridicule? In my opinion, their ideas should be mercilessly ridiculed and beat to within every inch of their pathetic existence. Facts, reason, and persuasion are all one needs to cleverly ridicule a triggered Leftist.

Many fail to make the distinction between ridiculing an idea versus ridiculing a person (i.e. ad hominem.) Some ideas are so absurd that it’s challenging not to ridicule them! In the process of doing so, the adherents of these views feel personally attacked because they are so committed to an idea that they actually identify as the idea. For example, transgender individuals are grotesquely offended when you dismiss or ‘ridicule’ the idea that there are only two genders because they find their identity within the transgender movement. This is why identity politics are becoming increasingly dangerous. Many have exchanged their personal identity for a group identity and live in accordance to the political norms of whatever that group may be. This is partially why we see so many people artificially outraged. It’s not because there was a legitimate reason to be outraged, but because the whistle was sounded by the leader of the group which signaled the rest of them to express their outrage via the closest social media outlet they can access.

For this reason, it’s becoming increasingly clear that most of the outrage expressed online is a mere fabrication made to advance a political agenda. The average conservative ridicule made against any of the dozens of absurd positions found within the DNC charter are warranted because they don’t personally cut against the character of the creator of the idea. They are directed at the content of the idea. That’s how ridicule should be used because ridicule can be a very powerful rhetorical tool. I occasionally see an argument about how we should play nice and not devolve into accepting ridicule as a vehicle for dialogue. I disagree. Some ideas and situations are so absurd that ridicule is a perfectly appropriate response. Obviously, I wouldn’t suggest resorting to ad hominem attacks but as I mentioned before, there is a responsible way to creatively ridicule ideas that generate interest in how truly stupid leftist ideas really are.