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December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Filed under: Christmas,music — David Jenkins @ 2:00 am
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Silent Night:

The First Nowell:

Once in Royal David’s City:

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing:

Away in a Manger:

O Come, all Ye Faithful:

While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night:

See Amid the Winter’s Snow:


December 23, 2009

A murderous White House Christmas

Filed under: Christmas — David Jenkins @ 10:43 pm

The White House Christmas tree has a Christmas ornament with a picture of Mao Zedong on it. I’m not sure exactly what it takes to rate a mugshot on the White House Christmas Tree, but Mao earned it by murdering around 50 million of his own people; next year, for a more inclusive Christmas, there will also be Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot Christmas ornaments.

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December 18, 2009

Scott Brison’s Christmas card

Filed under: Christmas,homosexuality — David Jenkins @ 12:20 pm
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Has caused a bit of a fuss:

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OTTAWA — It has all the hallmarks of a politician’s glossy Christmas card.

Pastoral setting? Check.

Doe-eyed golden retriever? Check.

Handsome couple dressed in smart casual? Check.

Same-sex couple?

That was too much for “a handful of bigots” who objected to Scott Brison’s holiday greeting card depicting him and spouse Maxime St. Pierre, according to the Nova Scotia Liberal MP.

Brison insists there was no political message behind the holiday greeting. “I’m not the first politician to have a family picture on a Christmas card. . . . I’m looking forward to the day when this is seen as no big deal.”

I can’t help thinking that Brison is being rather disingenuous when he insists there was no political message in the greeting. His saying, “I’m looking forward to the day when this is seen as no big deal” is a political message – one which declares that same-sex marriages should be accepted as equivalent to heterosexual marriage. I am quite sure he received bigoted responses – something that could scarcely have surprised him – but it is possible to disagree with his advertising of a lifestyle which, up until recently would have been regarded as perverted, without being a bigot.

And, considering Christians do not accept same-sex partnerships as true marriage, to use a Christian festival to deliver this political message was an act of considerable crassness.

December 17, 2009

Christmas sign that is sensitive to atheists

Filed under: Christmas — David Jenkins @ 6:41 pm

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November 28, 2009

Wishing you a Happy Christmas is now an insult

Filed under: Christmas — David Jenkins @ 10:55 pm

And could possible be obscene. That means I will be doing a lot more of it this Christmas.

Wishing people a Happy Christmas could be seen as an “insult” or even an “obscenity” as not everyone is in a position to celebrate, a bishop has warned.

The Right Reverend Humphrey Southern, the Bishop of Repton, said it was a “hollow” greeting to make to those who were suffering.

People should not “simply make a cocoon of happiness for ourselves and our loved ones” at Christmas, he said.

Writing in the monthly Derby diocese newsletter, he said: “This is the ‘Happy Christmas’ month. Yet to many that greeting will be hollow, coming as an insult, or even an obscenity.”

Trust an Anglican clergyman to come up with such an innovative idea: let’s make everyone feel miserable at Christmas.It appears to have eluded the Right Daft Reverend Humphrey Southern that Christmas is a celebration of the incarnation of the Son of God who came into the world to save us from our sins; this is something that should make us happy.

I am starting to suspect that mainline churches are becoming ashamed of Christmas. Driving home this evening we passed a United Church which brazenly advertised a Holiday Jingle, while a school almost next door had a sign for its Christmas Concert.


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