Sen. Inhofe Won’t Be Pawn in War On Christmas

Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma has announced that he will sit out the state’s holiday parade for a second year in a row, as a protest to its name change to “Holiday Parade of Lights.”

Via CBS:

Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma has vowed for the second straight year not to march in a Tulsa parade because organizers are calling it a “holiday” event as opposed to a “Christmas” one.

“Last year, the forces of political correctness removed the word ‘Christmas’ and replaced it with ‘Holiday’ instead,” he said, according to the Tulsa World. “I am deeply saddened and disappointed by this change.”

Inhofe, the former Tulsa mayor, is upset that the parade has been dubbed the “Holiday Parade of Lights,” stating that he is “not going to ride in a Christmas parade that doesn’t recognize Christmas.” Conservatives have complained over the years about what they see as a “war on Christmas” that they suggest has meant the playing down of the Christian nature of the holiday season.

“I am hopeful that the good people of Tulsa and the city’s leadership will demand a correction to this shameful attempt to take Christ, the true reason for our celebration, out of the parade’s title,” Infhofe said. “Until the parade is again named the Christmas Parade of Lights, I will not participate.”

Organizers of the event point out that the parade is a “holiday” parade because the floats and displays incorporate a variety of religious and secular themes and holidays, and is not specifically Christmas-only.  All are welcome to attend, regardless of whether or not they celebrate Christmas, making it an inclusive holiday season event.

So are people complaining about the “war on Christmas” just going out of their way to be offended? Jason Linkins writes over at Huffington Post:

You know, as a Christian in America, I got to tell you: we have it so good here! It pretty much rules: not only do I get all sorts of time off from work at Christmastime, I get radio stations full of Christmas carols and a teevee full of Christmas specials, one of which has been reciting the Gospel of Luke on network television for forty-five years. Pretty soon, I will have the opportunity to zoom around on Creationist roller-coasters, or something, in Kentucky. On top of that, Christmas is dominant design aesthetic everywhere you go in America, beginning in about mid-October, annually. Everywhere I look, my love of Christmas and my personal religious faith is being overwhelmingly jammed down my throat — whoops, sorry, I meant “validated.”

I don’t know if I’ll have the chance to talk to the fancy new space bacteria that NASA has discovered, but I look forward to the opportunity to field this question: “Doesn’t this ‘War On Christmas’ actually cheapen the actual instances of brutal religious persecution that have occurred throughout your planet’s history?” I’ll reply, “Oh, did NASA not brief you guys on that time where we decided to totally flip out and lose all sense of perspective?”

There will be a pause, and the space bacteria will ruefully remark, “I guess the idea of us building a mosque to our space-bacteria gods is a real non-starter.”

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216 comments

William Y.
William Y.4 years ago

@ rose h. Yes, many of them think they are better than anyone else for some stupid reason.

rose h.
rose h.4 years ago

looking at the survey most people believe in separation of state and church

rose h.
rose h.4 years ago

yes "christians" do want to control every thing including all holidays and women's lives if they didn't they would not be picketing varies organizations to stop what they are doing because these so call "christiens" don't like it ...if they would just stay out of other peoples business we would be much happier

Eugene Windchy
Eugene Windchy4 years ago

William; You are right, but Hanukkah ought to have its own parade. Mixing a military victory with Christmas obviously is not appropriate.

William Y.
William Y.4 years ago

@ Eugene W. Christians don't a monopoly of the holiday season. Chanukkah falls in this period, so be it.

rose h.
rose h.4 years ago

another person who does not know what they are talking about Hanukkah is celebrated around christmas time so yes it is appropriate after all the "christians" christmas is based on Druids beliefs so there you go another cult religion

Eugene Windchy
Eugene Windchy4 years ago

The Christians should be allowed to have their traditional festival. "Parade of lights" sounds like "Festival of Lights," which is Hanukkah. Hanukkah celebrates a military victory. This is not appropriate at Christmas time.

rose h.
rose h.4 years ago

repulsive party of NO (republicans) seem to want to spoil every thing for the American people

rose h.
rose h.4 years ago

poor Oklahoma another repulsive party of NO (republican) spoiling the holiday parade of lights, by the way an excellent name for the celebration of the faiths

rose h.
rose h.4 years ago

no one wants your christmas, but the so called "christians want every other religion to bow down to their so called religion....there are many other religions which celebrate their own faiths at this time also ..calling it the holiday parade of lights is a great way to let every one enjoy the parade without the "christians" dragging the state of Oklahoma into another state of hate