Friday, November 26, 2004

Thanksgiving Leftovers and Christmas Cheer!

Tim Blair spots some more of those pesky plastic turkeys that are so beloved of the real variety.

Ask the imam about Thanksgiving
We have studied the background of Thanksgiving day- to express gratitude to
the favours of the natives of the 16th century. IN principal to express
gratefulness and gratitude for favours rendered is encouraged. However,
Thanksgiving being a national holiday express its salient position in the
American culture, which has many unislamic values and principles.
Celebrating Thanksgiving purposefully or subordinately is an expression of
accepting the general American Culture. It is not celebrated independent of
the American Culture. In view of the above it is not permissible to
celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Maryland Renames Thanksgiving 'Lucky Thursday'
Faced with the constitutional prohibition against teaching about the Christian origins of Thanksgiving in public schools, the Maryland State Department of Education has rewritten its curriculum, and renamed the holiday 'Lucky Thursday'.

Starting in 2005, 'Lucky Thursday' lessons in public schools will instruct children in the random, yet fortuitous, events which led a band of deranged religious fanatics (called Pilgrims) to beach their boat on an unexpected continent where the native people stumbled upon, then rescued them.

"The Pilgrims jumped on a boat, spun the wheel of fortune, and whammo...they ended up here," said an unnamed professor at the University of Maryland who directed the curriculum adjustment project. "Then they knelt in the sand and thanked their lucky stars."
Less whimsically, Conservative, Liberal Lawyers Resume Christmas Clashes
Often referred to as the "Christmas Tree wars," the annual clashes are about to resume between lawyers from pro-Christian groups on one side and attorneys determined to keep any religious references out of public life on the other side.

The conservative Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) reports that it has notified more than 3,600 school districts nationwide about the rules regarding the school-sponsored celebration of Christmas. It's part of the ADF's Christmas Project, initiated last year.

Seven hundred attorneys will be available "to combat any attempts to censor the celebration of Christmas in schools and on public property," according to an ADF release.
"The bottom line," according to the pamphlet, is that, "It's okay to say 'Merry Christmas,' regardless of the legal threats from the ACLU and its allies."
Forget about Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
A school district's long-standing policy banning Christmas songs with religious references is under scrutiny after officials clarified that it includes the prohibition of the performance of instrumental numbers without lyrics.

Instead of tunes about Jesus, and even Santa Claus, the 40-member Columbia High School brass ensemble will be limited for the first time to seasonal selections such as "Winter Wonderland" and "Frosty the Snowman," the Newark Star-Ledger reported.
Meanwhile in Winnipeg, a 'Holiday tree' travesty
What do you call a 40-foot spruce tree decorated with Christmas lights on display in a public place over the Christmas season? A "holiday tree" of course.
So why put up a Christmas tree at all? We had the same problem a few years ago at the Manitoba Legislature when they started calling the Christmas tree there a "multicultural tree."
Meanwhile in the UK, it's "Time of Gifts" (original link has expired)
BOSSES at the Eden Project tourist attraction have banned the word Christmas. They do not want any mention of what they call the C-Word because they are worried it will offend followers of other faiths.

Management have renamed Christmas “Time of Gifts” — claiming this will appeal to everyone at the domed eco project in Cornwall which gets millions of pounds in funding each year from taxpayers.

A gift shop at the site has been re-named the Great Gift Grotto.

Staff have been told to stop visitors saying Christmas.