Monday, December 05, 2005

Christmas Wars: Beyond Belief?

Just when you think America's institutional left can't sink any lower, you find this:

Los Angeles, December 5, 2005 -- Beyond Belief Media has formally declared war on Christmas, the December 25 holiday in which Christians celebrate the birth of the mythical figure Jesus Christ, the company announced today.

“Christian conservatives complain nonstop about the ‘War on Christmas,’ but there really isn’t any such war,” said Beyond Belief Media president Brian Flemming , a former fundamentalist Christian who is now an atheist activist. “So we have decided to wage one, to demonstrate what it would look like if Jesus’ birthday were truly attacked.”

As its opening salvo, Beyond Belief Media has purchased advertisements this week in the New York Times , USA Today and the New Yorker magazine. The company’s 300-member volunteer “street team” is also descending on Christmas-themed public events with random “guerilla giveaways” of Beyond Belief’s acclaimed DVD THE GOD WHO WASN'T THERE .

“No Christmas pageant or Nativity display is safe from our troops,” said Flemming. “Wherever the mythical figure Jesus is celebrated as if he were real, we will be there with an information barrage. We will undercut the idea that there is any point at all to celebrating the ‘birth’ of a character in a fairy tale.”
Say, is that a threat, dude? PS, we'd like to know who "acclaimed" the DVD. Michael Moore?

What you're reading here is an excerpt from an actual PR release pushing Flemming's radical left agenda which clearly includes ridiculing Christianity in a way that would earn you a swift death in Mecca. The very Jolly Roger flavor of this press release is deeply offensive, but hey, that's okay, we're only dissing Christians who don't deserve any respect anyway, right? In fact, we're probably working against Christmas inadvertently by running even a portion of this vile stuff for our reader's edification and outrage.

What's particularly asinine about this release is Flemming's assertion that the "figure" of Jesus is "mythical." Even respectable left-wing historians acknowledge the historical Jesus as fact. There's no "myth" involved at all. While conceding readily that miracles attributed to Jesus may be for some an article of faith rather than hard science, there are few who dispute his physical existence. Flemming's empty assertion is thus another page out of the Michael Moore playbook.

Meanwhile, we note with satisfaction that Target, which cut the Salvation Army bell ringers out of its corporate equation last year, have chimed in with new ads in major newspapers this year supporting the Army. Guess they listened to what happened last year. We suspect that Flemming won't. He's clearly on an ego-crusade like Mother Sheehan, and neither common sense nor human decency will deter him. But a lack of sales and attention sure will, so do your part.

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