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.”
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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