Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

A lump of coal in Denver's stocking (for banning the term "Christmas")
Ramblings' Journal ^ | 12.2.04 | Michael King

Posted on 12/02/2004 4:39:30 AM PST by mhking

Denver's holiday traditions include a Christmas Parade and the lighting of the City and County Building in downtown Denver.

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper recently announced that the phrase "MERRY CHRISTMAS" on the outside of the building will be changed to "HAPPY HOLIDAYS," in yet another politically correct attack on the institution of Christmas. And while they're at it, the city is stopping a church group from participating in the annual "Parade of Lights", and singing Christmas Carols.

Parade organizers claim that Christmas Carols may be offensive to some people.

...a church group who wants to march in the Parade of Lights and sing Christmas carols will not be allowed to participate in the parade. Organizers say the parade is about the holidays, not Christmas, but leaders of the Faith Bible Chapel say that's ridiculous.

"We can't pretend that Christ didn't exist and Christmas wasn't about his birthday, so we felt we could sing it and apparently that is not in social vogue anymore," said Pastor Gary Beasley, with the Faith Bible Chapel.

"This event is not one that has ever intended to have a religious message or a political message," said Susan Rogers, with the Downtown Denver Partnership.

She said no overtly religious symbols is allowed in the parade and that means participants can't carry "Merry Christmas" signs and can't sing traditional Christmas hymns.

Columnist Michelle Malkin has started the "Lump Of Coal" campaign, inviting readers to send a lump of coal to Denver's mayor, in the hopes of knocking some sense into his head.

If you want to participate, the address is:

Mayor John W. Hickenlooper
Denver City and County Building
1437 Bannock Street, Suite 350
Denver, CO 80202
And before I hear from you PC pooh-poohers and naysayers, please not that Denver has held this tradition for many, many years, and the term "Merry Christmas" has ALWAYS been used.

This overall practice of trying to minimize Christmas and the birth of Christ is completely off-base and out of line.

It seems that Christianity -- which is the religion of the majority of Americans -- is under attack as never before, mostly by PC-types who want to plow it under a wave of politically correct sayings and propaganda. We have a rogue court who has ruled that the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is wrong, an elementary school principal who prohibits a teacher from using the Declaration of Independance in class because it mentions God (and of course, since the teacher is a Christian, the principal is "afraid" he might use the opportunity to preach in class, right?), and now we've got people insisting that Christmas Carols are wrong because they might "offend" people.

Well, quite frankly, in that instance, I don't mind offending people. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and I continue to sing and celebrate that fact from the rooftops. You are welcome to agree or not agree with me, but don't tell me that I can't celebrate that fact!

Oh. And the Faith Bible Chapel in Denver? Since they aren't being allowed to participate in Denver's Christmas Parade, they will walk the route an hour prior to the parade, singing Christmas Carols and passing out hot chocolate. God bless them!


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aclu; antichristian; antichristianleague; antichristmas; antigodcrowd; atheists; birthofjesus; boycott; boycottdenver; boycottmacys; boycotttarget; boycotttheparade; celebrateperversity; christ; christianbashing; christianity; christians; christmas; christmasparade; coal; culturewar; culturewars; denver; denvermayor; doublespeak; downourthroats; freedomfromreligion; freedomofreligion; grinchstolechristmas; happyholidays; hickenlooper; holyhomosexuals; homosexualagenda; homosexuals; inourfaces; intolerance; johnhickenlooper; justdamn; krikorian; liberalbigots; lumpofcoal; lumpofcoalcampaign; macys; malkin; mayorhickenlooper; merrychristmas; michaelkrikorian; michellemalkin; mockinggod; morality; orwelliannightmare; paradeoflights; pc; persecution; politicalcorrectness; politicallycorrect; reasonfortheseason; religion; religiousintolerance; religiouspersecution; religioussuppression; scrooge; seasonsgreetings; secularhumanists; subversion; twospiritsociety; votehimout; winterholiday
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-4041-57 last
To: mhking
Denver Mayor to Light Community Menorah (He's the "Merry Christmas" censor)
41 posted on 12/02/2004 9:21:44 AM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: freepatriot32

I'd use the vocals (Mannheim Steamroller is strictly an instrumental group).


42 posted on 12/02/2004 9:22:13 AM PST by steveegg (At this point, even Baghdad Bob has more credibility than Dan Blather)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Polybius
....from another thread......

?.......Denver?

I thought it was Boulder that had the famous historic Christmas Parades?

...........but,.....maybe,...The Boulder anti-christians have taken control of Denver too?

....'roots'.....?

/sarcasm

43 posted on 12/02/2004 9:24:12 AM PST by maestro
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: maestro

BUMP!


44 posted on 12/02/2004 9:31:06 AM PST by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: Grampa Dave
bump! bump! bump!

45 posted on 12/02/2004 11:29:24 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP! )
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Common Sense 101
When will this idiotic crap stop?! Why do 98% of the people continue to bend over backwards to appease to 2% of alleged "offended"? Unbelievable.

The big question is: Who are these people? Who are the one's that allege they are offended? Is this an invisible enemy?

Who is it specifically?

46 posted on 12/02/2004 11:33:25 AM PST by Joe Hadenuf (I failed anger management class, they decided to give me a passing grade anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Joe Hadenuf

This is the "they" they always speak of.

I'm offended by a parade that caters to the sexual fetishes of homosexuals/bisexuals/trysexuals/transexuals. No more Gay Pride Parades.

If you've EVER had a sexual thought of ANY kind in your life, join the parade. Only Sexual Bacchanal from now on. VD Day!


47 posted on 12/02/2004 12:47:14 PM PST by weegee (WE FOUGHT ZOGBYISM November 2, 2004 - 60 Million Voters versus 60 Minutes - BUSH WINS!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: mhking
If enough people ignored the "ban" then it wouldn't matter now would it?


48 posted on 12/02/2004 12:48:56 PM PST by unixfox (Close the borders, problems solved!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: weegee

Uh, I was referring to Christmas and this event.


49 posted on 12/02/2004 12:51:26 PM PST by Joe Hadenuf (I failed anger management class, they decided to give me a passing grade anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 47 | View Replies]

To: Joe Hadenuf

If the politically correct are going to supress Christians at parades centered around religious holidays, then they need to be equally opportunity equalizers and make sure that no one is offended at ANY parades.

Memorial Day and Veterans Day parades will now also honor slain Nazis, North Koreans, Viet Cong, and Iraqis least we offend anyone in the immigrant communities. < /sarcasm >


50 posted on 12/02/2004 1:07:00 PM PST by weegee (WE FOUGHT ZOGBYISM November 2, 2004 - 60 Million Voters versus 60 Minutes - BUSH WINS!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 49 | View Replies]

To: weegee
If the politically correct are going to supress Christians at parades centered around religious holidays

That's like saying the terrorist are bad guys. Who are the terrorists? Do they have a name? Who are the people that don't like Christmas? Who *exactly* is being offended here?

51 posted on 12/02/2004 1:17:06 PM PST by Joe Hadenuf (I failed anger management class, they decided to give me a passing grade anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 50 | View Replies]

To: freepatriot32

Just talked to the Mayor's office. The lady said that the mayor has changed his mind after being inundated with calls - there will be the Merry Christmas sign and the carols.

It was easy to get through and I encourage others to call as well - just to reinforce his spine.


52 posted on 12/02/2004 1:22:00 PM PST by aquila48
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Joe Hadenuf

To hear the left spin it (especially at protest rallies), America and Israel are "terrorists".

Wrong is right. Up is down. Bad is good.


53 posted on 12/02/2004 1:29:28 PM PST by weegee (WE FOUGHT ZOGBYISM November 2, 2004 - 60 Million Voters versus 60 Minutes - BUSH WINS!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 51 | View Replies]

To: mhking

If we take this to its natural conclusion, the term "Happy Holidays" is offensive to Jehovah's Witnesses, since not celebrating any holidays is a tenet of their religion.


54 posted on 12/02/2004 3:47:54 PM PST by goldensky
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: weegee
Guess you didn't see this.

Denver Mayor to Light Community Menorah (He's the "Merry Christmas" censor) Jewish Colorado ^ | Dec 04 | Jewish Colorado Posted on 12/02/2004 8:06:57 AM PST by churchillbuff The Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado has announced that Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper will once again light the community Menorah on the first night of Chanukah. The public is invited to join in the annual community lighting ceremony on Tuesday, December 7 beginning at 5:30 pm.

55 posted on 12/02/2004 5:37:12 PM PST by Joe Hadenuf (I failed anger management class, they decided to give me a passing grade anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 50 | View Replies]

To: mhking
Boo hiss Denver! They are now scratched off my list of tourist locations.

Gay pride parades are OK with this mayor, I'll bet.

I LOVE Michelle Malkin. She's always all over the right issues.

56 posted on 12/02/2004 6:30:46 PM PST by NewLand (God Bless America and God Bless President Bush!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Lockbox; mhking; Mudboy Slim; Landru
Well in order to comply with the true meaning of "spepartation of Church & State" all Government Employees should have to work on Christmas. We can't have the Governement Employees taking off on a religious holiday!

I recently made a similar statement. If Christ is to be taken out of Christmas then there is no reason for a federal holiday. That not only applies to government employees, but everyone who enjoys a paid day off for a religious holiday that they choose to negate.

57 posted on 12/03/2004 6:54:11 AM PST by scholar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-4041-57 last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson