Saturday, December 16, 2006


This story has a few people riled up:

Gov. Phil Bredesen has given an unusual twist to his family's Christmas card: He is marking a Christian holiday with a card depicting a Muslim girl.

The card's cover is a print of a painting by the governor of a young woman he met when he toured Afghanistan in March.

"May the peace and joy of this Christmas season be with you and your loved ones throughout the coming year," the card reads.

"While it may seem odd to put a portrait of a young Muslim woman on a Christmas card, this Season reminds us that He loves His children most of all," Bredesen stated on the back of the card....

The negative comments at the story's comment board are generally mild, but there is this charming response:

What's next Phil, the Grand Wizzard of the KKK on next year's card?
(Oops........that would cost votes)!

But Ed at Captain's Quarters is truly peeved:

If Bredesen thought this would mollify those who want more religion in their Christmas, he's going to be sorely disappointed. Christians want religion in their holiday, all right -- but they prefer it to be Christianity. We know God loves all his children, but Christianity has plenty of its own imagery for the holiday; we hardly need to borrow from Muslims for holiday greetings, especially these days....

It's hard to understand what Bredesen was thinking with this choice, except for mindless political correctness. The message from Tennessee this holiday appears to be, "Have Yourself A Dhimmi Little Christmas."

Now, I'm a bit confused. Right-wingers have been insisting that a Muslim should use the Christian holy book in his congressional swearing-in, and that shopkeepers should say "Merry Christmas" to non-Christians -- including, presumably, Muslims in traditional dress. So I guess the rule is: Mixing of Christianity with other religions is unacceptable -- except when it's a deliberate attempt to piss off Muslims, in which case it's mandatory.

(Via Memeorandum.)

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