Saturday, December 09, 2006

Stolen from RPG.net. Printed without persmission....

DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no War on Christmas.
Papa says, 'If you see it in the Sun or Fox News it's so.' Please tell me the truth; is there a War on Christmas?

VIRGINIA O'HANLON.
115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET."

VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measure by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a War on Christmas. It exists certainly as xenophobia and cynical pandering and yellow journalism exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no War on Christmas! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no rants, no book sales, no anger to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in actually celebrating the holiday. The eternal light with which talking heads fill the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in the War on Christmas! You might as well not believe Christians are a persecuted minority! You might get your papa to hire men to check the facts in all the stories about the War on Christmas, but even if they find none of them are true, what would that prove? Nobody sees the War on Christmas, but that is no sign that there is no War on Christmas. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see secular humanists dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest fact, nor even the united strength of all the strongest facts that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, interest groups, and attention-seeking commentators can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No War on Christmas! Thank God! It lives, and it lives forever. A thousand years from now, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, it will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

1 comment:

Dave said...

There so IS a war on xmas (sorry, CHRISTmas. Ancient abbreviations are no longer allowed), my mum told me so - it was in the dailymail.

only 1 in 100 cards have christian themes on them. Some of them even "poke fun" (bastards) at the naviety!
Soooo, because most xmas cards are of snowmen and santa, and you get comedy cards all year round - christmas is under attack. See what they did there? what a slight of hand...

Apparently "They" are banning baubles in offices. I did ask her to name 1 office where this was taking place based on her own knowledge, and she couldn't come up with any oddly enough. I also pointed out the "wintervale" story was 8 years old. her response? "Ah well, that was just after Blair got in!"

"They" are banning christmas, "they" appear to be in Blairs thrall, "they" are the "PC lot" in local councils. "they" are probably foreign too I reckon.

ARGH!!