Quick note at the start: I’m titling this post “part one” because I assume there will be more new on this topic over the next several weeks, not because I already have additional entries planned.

This year’s installment of the perennial “War on Christmas” has been underway for a few weeks now. The most serious controversy underway at the moment, is going on in Kentucky. Governor Steve Bashear sinned by referring to a Yuletide evergreeen display as “a holiday tree,” as reported by WKRC-TV in Cincinnati:

Gov. Steve Beshear has angered some Christians with his yuletide terminology. A giant evergreen that will brighten the Capitol lawn this winter won’t be called a Christmas tree. Instead, the Beshear administration has dubbed it a “holiday tree.”

The Rev. Jeff Fugate, pastor of Clays Mill Baptist Church in Lexington, said Christians find the change troubling.*

Wah wah wah. Christmas is a holiday, so the tree is — most assuredly! — a “‘holiday’ tree,” in addition to being a “Christmas tree.” Denying this is not only foolish but semantically invalid; this name is neither wrong nor misleading.

Nevertheless, Gov. Beshear promptly caved in to the uproar, as reported in the Morehead (KY) News:

Officials from Gov. Steve Beshear’s office have issued a statement saying that the tree on the capital grounds shall be referred to as a Christmas tree.

There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned, sanctimonious Right-wing furor to make the Democratic governor in a Bible-belt state quiver and fall like a house of cards. Their anger, of course, is based on a delusion, one that’s the product of their Christian persecution complex.

American Christians, especially of the Religious Right variety, believe a lot of things about Christmas that just are not true. I will go over those in another post — or perhaps a dedicated blog page — in an effort to debunk these myths … so stay tuned!

Update: I’ve added this page to the blog, it’s called Myths About Christmas In The U.S. Enjoy!

* Observation: WKRC referred to the Christmas holiday period as “yuletide.” Yule, of course, was a very-pagan, pre-Christian, Germanic holiday. I wonder if any of the pastors they quoted would dare decry the TV station’s use of this pagan label to describe Christ’s natal observance? Hmm. Seems to me they ought to.

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