Friday, November 23, 2012

Facebook Faith #2

Here is another post that goes around this time of year on Facebook. It is a re-write of The Night Before Christmas poem and it starts:

Twas the Month before Christmas 
When all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying
Nor taking a stand.
See the PC Police had taken away
The reason for Christmas -- no one could say.

It goes on to bemoan all of the attacks on Christmas by evil liberals and godless secularists. It uses words like inclusiveness, sensitivity, and diversity as if they were curse words. Of particular note to me was its dig on public school teachers (of which I am one). It says:

The children were told by their schools not to sing
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say
December 25th is just a ' Holiday '.

I had to reply:

Yeah those teachers are the worst. I appreciate the teachers who will take a stand and make sure those Jewish, Islamic, Atheist, Agnostic, Hindu, Shinto, Buddhist, etc, children are all coerced, peer-pressured, or shamed into singing praise songs to Jesus (cause that would make Him happy). Makes me miss the days when it was acceptable in America to force convert Native American children in school... and by God we did so! What dark days we are in when children are no longer forced to give preference to the one truth faith.

You can read the entire poem, in all of its whiny glory, here.

See Facebook Faith #1


Recovering Agnostic said...

The pie chart illustrates it nicely. There's a massive disconnect between Christianity's position as the dominant religion (something which Christians are usually keen to emphasise) and their claims of persecution.

As it happens, I recently blogged about exactly this at

Andrew said...

Too true RA. It strikes me what a lack of empathy exists in the supporters of this poem. If their Christian children were being forced by me, as a teacher, to sing the praises of the prophet Mohammed, or of Joseph Smith, they would be screaming like a stuck pig. However, they cannot seem to picture how that works in reverse. How followers of Jesus can be so blind to plight of their neighbors simply boggles the mind.

Jon said...

I suspect the real problem is not that Christians are being persecuted in America (or Australia where we get to borrow so many of these annoying American facebook memes) but that they are losing their dominance.

Andrew said...

I agree Jon. The conversation went on longer on the FB side. A member of my family complained that her kids can't pray or talk about god in school. I clarified that her kids can pray and talk all they want, but I as a teacher cannot show partiality to anyone's particular religion. Only a group used to dominance would see equality as unfair.

I had another family member jump in and say I was a hypocrite... but that it didn't matter since I was no longer a Christian. :)

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