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The Offensiveness of Christmas Trees

The Opening Salvo In The War On Christmas:  The Librarian For The UNC At Chapel Hill Has For The First Time Refused To Display The Traditional Symbol.

By Perry Hicks- Special to GulfCoastNews.com 
12/7/08  GCN

We are back to that time of year again when the vast majority who enjoy the warmth and joy of the yuletide season must yield to the minority of curmudgeons who don’t.

The first outrage announced for 2008 is the banning of Christmas Trees by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Librarian.  It would seem that in our so-called “multi-cultural society” there is an unwritten law somewhere that such beautiful decorative symbols of the Holiday Season are offensive.

Of course, this notion that symbols of a national culture must be outlawed to avoid offending a minority seems odd to me in that the Hindus in my own extended family (through a marriage) thoroughly enjoy Christmas.  In fact, they delight in it.

And a Muslim I know just sent me a Christmas card.

And a Jewish friend and his wife send me Christmas cards and have a tree every year and exchange gifts as do their Jewish friends.

I could go on with this describing Asians and Hispanics, and Africans…

Indeed, it would seem that people that come to America would come in part because they love American culture and want to be a part of it in their own Muslim-Jewish-Hindu-Hispanic-Asian of what ever culture-way.  But, nothing is stopping them if they don’t and conversely, nothing should be stopping us, the vast majority, if we do.

Christmas and Christmas trees seem to be singled out as something offensive, not by resident aliens or newly naturalized citizens, but native born Americans.

The Librarian’s citation of the trees being a religious symbol are vacant because Christmas trees, like other Christmas decorations, have long been adjudicated to be secular symbols.  And it is just as laughable when it is done under the guise of “multiculturalism,” as if delicate sensibilities needed special protection from the horrific imagery of decorated pine trees.

So what is offensive about Christmas Trees?

That they were cut down in the forests giving employment to migrants and profit to farmers who raise them?

That they are decorated things of beauty and so uplift people’s spirits?

That they are associated with Santa Claus which is far too close to mentioning the hated and verboten European culture, particularly the anti-abortion Catholic Church?

Could it be that Santa is a white male, an entity that is doubly discredited because he is 1.) Male and 2.) Of Nordic heritage (i.e. white?)

In the above, none of the offensiveness is based on religion, but some are on political dogma.  I suspect that is why the long standing tradition, stated in news reports this weekend, that the Christmas decorations had graced the library at Chapel Hill for as long as anyone could remember, are packed away in storage.  Again, the Librarian is reported to have received no complaints from students, but only from other librarians and patrons.

So something that had had been a thing of unity, a symbol of brotherly love and charitable giving, can be banished just like that.  Tyranny by the Minority is still tyranny.

And the Left scoffs when we charge they are waging war on Christmas- even as they work to steal it away, year by year, symbol by symbol, an element of our national identity; even innocuous things of secular culture.  Evidently renaming them Holiday Trees wasn’t enough for the librarian at Chapel Hill.

If left unchecked, this relentless grinding away of our national identity will one day leave us featureless as a nation, without pride in who we are, without seasons and holidays with any meaning.

In that spirit, behold the offensiveness of Christmas Trees and see the ugly, dismal, politically correct future of the New World Order!

About the Author.....

Perry Hicks is a former Mississippi Coast resident and was a correspondent for the old Gulfport Star Journal. He has appeared on Fox News Channel. Perry has also hosted his own radio talk show on the auto industry with a mix of politics. Perry is a former college professor and is GCN's Washington correspondent on stories of national importance with local interests. His articles can be found in the GCN Archive.

Contact the Author: arielsquarefour@hotmail.com

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