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Thursday, December 14, 2006

War On Christmas (Redux)?

Okay. So, this is a bit annoying:
Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen was “stunned” to learn that a U.S. high school choir had been ordered to stop singing Christmas carols at a holiday show because she is half-Jewish, her mother said Thursday.

A city official accompanied by a police officer caused a stir by silencing the carols Tuesday night as Cohen signed autographs after a performance in Riverside, California.
Cohen was evidently not in the least bit bothered by the singing, but the choir was nevertheless asked to stop singing or fear that it was going to offend the person who spent the morning doing this:
Cohen’s mother said the 2006 Olympic silver medalist and U.S. National Champion had taken part in Christmas tree lighting ceremonies at New York’s Rockefeller Center and in California.
To be honest, I don't particularly need to hear nonstop Christmas songs when I walk into every store this time of year (except, thankfully, for the local Kosher supermarkets and Judaica stores). I am also quite loath to come out on Bill O'Reilly's side of the "War On Christmas" debate (or of anything, for that matter). That said, isn't the level of political correctness getting a bit out of hand here? If police asked the choir to stop singing a Jewish song (not so farfetched, by the way) because there was a Christian skater in the house who might possibly be offended by hearing a Jewish song, I'm quite sure that this story would be the favored rant of the J-Blog community for days.

People need to chill.

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

*groan*

You're right. This is getting anoying. And I _hate_ Bill OReilly.

10:02 PM  
Blogger LT said...

The entire "War on Christmas" thing is a political football. The actual effect of Christmas displays, holiday cheer, etc. on our lives is staggeringly minimal, compared with other issues that receive far, far less media coverage.

Is it silly that this choir decided not to sing Christmas songs? Probably.

Does it really make much of a difference, one way or another? Meh.

11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

om makes a great point here. wouldnt everyone cry antisemitism if a choir was stopped from singing "I had a little dreidel" so as not to risk offending the Christians present? I can soo see it.

11:04 PM  
Blogger FunkyJew82 said...

I personally love christmas songs! puts me in a jolly mood. =)
om is right... this political correctness deal is getting too out of hand.

11:54 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

I also happen to love Christmas songs..although it somehow doesnt feel right in 60 degree weather..
(if youre in NY)

12:05 AM  
Anonymous Jerry said...

"(except, thankfully, for the local Kosher supermarkets and Judaica stores)"

OM- I want to know what Gourmet Glatt is playing these days. Come on, you know you want to tell us. It's Christmas stuff, isn't it...?

2:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to know what Gourmet Glatt is playing these days. Come on, you know you want to tell us. It's Christmas stuff, isn't it...?

As opposed to the Spanish Music the employees usually play

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding? Have you noticed that there is no Nativity Set this year at Cedarhurst Park?? I heard that the Ortho community made a stink.

7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes there is -- right next to the menorah!!!

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If those requesting the christmas songs cease did it out of sensitivity for her possible discomfort most would say it's nice and considerate. The reason this seems nuts is the fact that it's a city official accompanied by a police officer ordering a halt for fear of legal/political troubles.

In other words, the problem is our forcing feigned consideration and caring through bad publicity and lawsuits instead of encouraging sensitivity to others beliefs through education.

The 'war on christmas', including this manifestation of it, is just another example of it.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no nativity set in Cedarhurst Park this year.

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THERE IS A NATIVITY SCENE IN CEDARHURST PARK!!
Unless someone took it down in the last 24 hours - there was one there yesterday.

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OM you really need to stop saying things like:
"To be honest, I don't particularly need to hear nonstop Christmas songs when I walk into every store this time of year (except, thankfully, for the local Kosher supermarkets and..."
and "Now, I'm not sure about this one. I definitely would not want to see a Nativity scene going up in every holiday display across America."

I have no problem with my children learning all about Channukah and Kwanza and coming home and playing dreidel and understanding what shin and nun mean.
I think it is healthy to learn about other cultures and their traditions.
It does not cause me to fear that they may convert.

Why are you so offended by the rituals that come along with the Christmas season?
None of us would ever complain about a Jewish song being sung.
Christians are taught to live and let live!

I do however find it most annoying when Jewish children are not taught better by their parents- and they go around telling Christian children that there is no Santa Claus. This is an outrage.

When my children have said Jews are mistaken for not believing in Jesus-
I chastise them and tell them they are never to judge what anyone else believes. Everyone has the right to believe in whoever and whatever they wish. That is how I was raised!
You ought to try teaching tolerance instead of writing these stupid articles that do nothing but show your ignorance.

9:16 PM  

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