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|More "Inclusiveness" in Denver
Once more, some goofball in a position of power has decided that letting the majority celebrate Christmas in public is "disrespectful" of those in the minority.Here's the story in the RMN by Jean Torkelson.
"We want to avoid that specific religious message out of respect for other religions in the region," [Michael] Krikorian [Downtown Partnership spokesman] said. "It could be construed as disrespectful to other people who enjoy a parade each year.
I wonder if he considered that his position could be considered disrespectful to the Christians in the audience.
So no singing or playing of Christmas hymns, and no displays of directly religious themes or signs such as "Merry Christmas." However,
This year, the "international procession" includes the Two Spirit Society, which honors gay and lesbian American Indians as holy people; a German folk dance group; and performers of the Lion Dance, a Chinese New Year tradition "meant to chase away evil spirits and welcome good luck and good fortune for the year."
Um. . . the "Two Spirit Society"??
So the vast majority is denied its right to express its belief and celebration of the birth of the Messiah, but gay and lesbian American Indians are allowed to be celebrated as "holy people" because they represent "ethnicity."
Seriously, what percentage of the total population do you suppose fits the description "gay and lesbian American Indians"? And of that percentage, what do you suppose is the subset that considers them holy?
Geez, I'm glad I wrote "Winter Wonderland" for one of the bands in the Parade instead of "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" or "Joy To The World."
But, more importantly, couple this story with the one I blogged on on Saturday about the mayor, and you get the sense that the city and county of Denver has suddenly, and dramatically, become as hostile to Christianity as the Ninth Circuit or the State Department. I welcome any and all suggestions as to a plan of action to make my displeasure known, and what to do about it.
Consider: if Hannukah (and I apologize to my Jewish friends for both the spelling (I have no idea) and the thought (absolutely no disrespect intended)) were the only holiday being celebrated around the Winter Solstice, would we, as a society, be anything near "festive"? Would, for instance, I have been able to sit on the couch with my girls tonight and watch "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer"? Of course not.
This season is festive, and society-wide, because the Christian majority sees it as one of the two most important times in our belief system. And while being fully aware of the beauty of the Festival of Lights, if it were only for that, December would largely pass as only preparation for the New Year.