O Tannenbaum--Religious Right Steals Woden's Sacred Tree!
By Elaine Meinel Supkis
Once again, the crazy religious right gets the GOP leadership all shook up over very insane things, this month is time to attack the use of the word "holiday". Well, they do want to work us all to death so no vacations for us! Besides, the things the Christian right wants to appropriate for Christ happen to belong to quite a few pagan religions.
If it's a spruce tree adorned with 10,000 lights and 5,000 ornaments displayed on the Capitol grounds in December, it's a Christmas tree and that's what it should be called, says House Speaker Dennis Hastert.Well, not everyone is a Christian and besides, the trees have zero to do with Christianity. It is useful to refer to the Winter Solstice season as a "holiday." For that is what all this is!
Hastert, R-Ill., in a letter to the Architect of the Capitol, recommended that the annual Capitol Holiday Tree, as it has been called the past several years, be renamed the Capitol Christmas Tree.
"I strongly urge that we return to this tradition and join the White House, countless other public institutions and millions of American families in celebrating the holiday season with a Christmas tree," Hastert wrote to Architect Alan Hantman.
His office said the tree began to be referred to as the Holiday Tree in the 1990s. Spokesman Ron Bonjean said the reasons were unclear.
On Dec. 8 Hastert will flip the switch to light the tree, a 65-foot Engelmann Spruce from the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico. On Tuesday workmen were erecting the tree on the West Front of the Capitol.
There is zero information connecting Jesus with anything surrounding the Saturnalia of winter. Nearly everything we stuck onto this holiday is 100% pagan. Santa Claus is just an incarnation of Woden riding the night storms, you have to put food in a tannenbaum tree to keep him from doing something nasty like hitting you with lightningbolts! It didn't work for me, of course. I gave up. Woden wants to belt me occassionally, leaving pretzels and apples for him in a tree is pretty useless.
Santa and his Valkerie elves wasn't a nice man who wanted to give us goodies. Just allowing us to live was sufficient. One certainly had to guard his passage through the wind auge or the smoke hole. Usually, when Vikings visit, they burn down the house and steal everything so I suppose that is sort of Christmasy for them!
The drinking of Wassail is very pagan. Lighting up stuff especially bonfires to bring back the sun, very pagan.
Christmas trees were introduced in the Hudson valley in the 1840s by a German tutor who was a romatic and loved pagan stuff from the past. This was a big movement in Germany at that time culminating in the famous Richard Wagner Ring Cycle.
Then there is the whole mistletoe stuff. Shades of Merlin! C.S. Lewis was a very pagan man who sugarcoated his paganism with a feeble sort of Christianity which simply ignored all the Jewish/Bible stuff and concentrated on the more pagan rip-offs. For the rulers, when they embraced the Piscean Jesus and spread his fish business into their realms, they simply appropriated any and everything connected with the pre-existing gods and goddesses.
The American right wing hates science and hates history. A young man who explained to a customer at Walmart the simple history of the pagan values of Christmas and why "Happy Holiday" was quite appropriate since we have Hannuka and other celebrations at this time, the Christian right went bezerk and strongarmed Walmart into firing the lad.
The bloviators on TV are once again at it. O'Reilley raged about this on TV but posters on the net discovered he is bullshitting us all yet again. From the Fox TV company store:
The First Lady wishes everyone "Happy Holidays" each year and not one born again bozo collapses with a heartattack. So what gives?
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After trying in vain to kick the Katrina victims to the curb, these clowns go back to making certain we can't wassail our way around the community singing about TANNENBAUMS which have no "Christmas" anywhere appended to them, they are just trees, and kissing under Druidic misteltoes and in general, giving a partridge in a pear tree to each other, gads.
Eat, drink and be merry, everyone!