Wednesday, December 19, 2007

It's A Bookcase, Fer Cryin' Out Loud!

If there is anything I've learned in my 50 some-odd years, it's that most people can find SOMETHING to be offended by, if they only look hard enough. Some people even look so hard for something to be offended by they confuse a bookcase with religious symbolism.

It seems some have their undies in a wad over Mike Huckabee's Christmas ad.

Let's get this straight, right from the beginning. I'm a Christian, Conservative Republican. I don't like it very much when politicians "overuse" their faith or religious beliefs in a public setting. But my goodness, (to quote a local TV host), Huckabee is offering a political version of a Christmas card to the viewers. What would they have him say, "Happy fill-in-the-blank"?

He and his family celebrate Christmas, as do most of us. To those who celebrate it, Christmas IS the celebration of Christ's birth. Simply saying "merry Christmas" and explaining just what it is he's celebrating is not a slur upon those who do not believe that Jesus was (and is) the Messiah, any more than the softly uttered "praise be unto him" after the mention of Mohammed's name is a slur upon Christians and Jews*.

Get over it people. Huckabee may or may not be my choice when I close the curtain in November, but this is hardly a reason to slam the man.

OK, so the bookcase is shaped like a cross. So are many things we encounter every day. I suppose Catholic League president Bill Donahue should refrain from looking at telephone poles or coat trees and just be happy there is no "T" in his name.

*Even if we are the spawn of rats and pigs and deserve to die horrible gruesome deaths.

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