Cut to the chase. I just got a notice from Blogspot about an image that was on this particular page when I originally posted it. I removed the image as requested and for some reason the page has been reposted as a new item. It isn't. I do find it interesting that, after all these years of some of the images that have been posted, with thanks by the original artist at the time, within the past month or two I have had several requests to do so.
So to the young lady who was upset about the image she posted of herself as a scantily-clad menorah that I had included here before, you may rest assured, your good name is intact and your image removed. Truly, you could just have asked me. I understand how we all do silly things when we are young.
It is time to update a piece I presented last year. Over the next few weeks these relevant pieces, in updated 2010 form, will appear. Now, tell me, after reading this, Can you spell Christmas envy?
By Tom Piatak
Eight years ago, when the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran a slightly abridged version of my first essay on the War Against Christmas, the paper offered a fair description of my argument to its readers:
“The public celebration of Christmas has been sacrificed, says Tom Piatak, to the feel-good forces of multiculturalism.”
Last year, so much progress had been made in fighting back against the War Against Christmas that The Daily Beast’s Max Blumenthal was reduced to willfully misreading my essay in an attempt to scare people away from the struggle. [Who Started The War On Christmas, December 8, 2008 ]
“the tradition about one day’s worth of oil lasting eight days is not mentioned in any contemporary record. It first appeared several centuries later in the Talmud”.
“In neither of these cases was substituting Chanukah considered an option; it was simply too insignificant”.
“According to kabbala (Jewish mysticism), on the night on which ‘that man’ ~ a Jewish euphemism for Jesus ~ was born, not even a trace of holiness is present . . . . For this reason, Nitel Night . . . is one of the few occasions when Hasidim refrain from Torah study. On this horrific night, they neither conduct weddings nor do they go to the mikveh (ritual bath)…” [For them, it's wholly unholy, by Shahar Ilan, December 24, 2004]
The driving force behind the War Against Christmas remains multiculturalism, ~ a credo embraced by those of all faiths and of none, that insists that Western culture, of which Christmas is undeniably a part, is problematic at best and oppressive at worst.
JEWISH LOBBY WAGES WAR ON CHRISTMAS TREES
According to the lobby's Chairman, Ofer Cohen, they have received backing by the rabbis, "and we are even considering publishing the names of the businesses that put up Christian symbols ahead of the Christian holiday and call for a boycott against them." Fliers and ads distributed among the public read, "The people of Israel have given their soul over the years in order to maintain the values of the Torah of Israel and the Jewish identity.
According to a senior official in the kashrut department, this is done each year consensually, but that businesses which do not meet this requirement may find their kashrut certificate revoked. It should be noted that most of the hotels in Jerusalem and a significant part of the restaurants in the capital receive permanent kosher certification from the city's religious council.