Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Other War on Christmas

"Santa Claus will take you to hell"
"And Merry Christmas to you, Uncle Scrooge."

I have the most embarrassing sense of humor. I can't stop laughing at the latest from Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church. They seem to have created alternative lyrics to "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and wish to post it along with all the other contestants at the Washington state capitol building:
"You'd better watch out,
get ready to cry,
You'd better go hide,
I'm telling you why
'cuz Santa Claus will take you to hell.

He is your favorite idol,
you worship at his feet,
but when you stand before your God
He won't help you take the heat.
So get this fact straight:
you're feeling God's hate,
Santa's to blame for
the economy's fate,
Santa Claus will take you to hell."

According to Monica Guzman of the Seattle Post Intelligencer:
The sign would join a Christian Nativity set, three signs mocking atheism, and the one that started it all - the sign from the atheist group Freedom From Religion whose message that "religion hardens hearts and enslaves minds" sparked a furious nationwide debate over the nature of atheism and the boundaries between church and state.

But it gets worse:
The state is also reviewing requests for a display depicting "The Spaghetti Monster," a fictional figure often cited in philosophical debates about the existence of God, a "Festivus" pole, which refers to a mock holiday from a "Seinfeld" episode and - in a surprising show of normalcy - a sign from a Christian woman in Bellevue who wants to offer blessings on all people.

Read it all in the Seattle PI

Hat Tip to Terry Mattingly at Get Religion


BillyD said...

Fred Phelps is so sad. He reminds me of a woman I used to work with, who was sort of half a Calvinist. By that I mean that she believed God predestined people for Hell. Everyone. Including her.

Some people are just full of hate, and make God in their own hateful image.

Perpetua said...

Hi BillyD,

Thank you for this comment. I feel sorry for the woman you used to work with.

karl.rosenqvist said...

In a way I kind of like have Mr. Phelps around. He's like one of those crazy people roaming the streets, talking to lampposts and arguing with garbagecans; You can't help but be glad you're normal, sane and not on the side of evil.

karl.rosenqvist said...

Now that I think about it he's a bit like haviong an flaming fundamentalist atheist in a religious debate.