Well, you knew it was coming. The annual Republican Orgy known as the “War on Christmas” is virtually an American tradition. Every year we hear about how Christmas is being supplanted by evil Liberals when every year it seems we spend more and more money we don’t have on garbage we don’t need in order to celebrate it. This year, however, shots are fired early and it is coming from someone you probably didn’t expect.
Pope Francis has come out railing against society for embracing Christmas and holding it in such a supposedly sacred regard while completely ignoring everything it stands for.
Pope Francis had some very strong and very true words for society (and we know he is including Republicans in this) when he gave his statement:
Christmas is approaching. There will be lights, parties, Christmas trees and nativity scenes… it’s all a charade.
He is right. We have everyone ready to rush off to war during a time when a reasonably large amount of the world’s population is just starting to get into the holiday swing of things.
We should ask for the grace to weep for this world, which does not recognize the path to peace. To weep for those who live for war and have the cynicism to deny it.
Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.
In October, the U.S. made an $11.25 billion sale of Lockheed Martin war ships to Saudi Arabia. It was called by many, the largest arms deal in history. Pope Francis is clearly not wrong.
What shall remain? Ruins, thousands of children without education, so many innocent victims, and lots of money in the pockets of arms dealers. Jesus once said: ‘You cannot serve two masters, either God or riches. The men who work war, who make war, are cursed—they are criminals.’
The “War on Christmas” is a Republican construct to convince you that calling something a “holiday” tree means America hates the fact you might not be a Christian. Meanwhile, thousands will go homeless and hungry, or they might not be able to buy even one gift. Republicans act like they are not aware of this, yet they leap to judge you when you say “happy holidays”.
Someone needs to remind Republicans that Joseph and Mary were strangers in a far away land, being forced out of their home country by an occupying army. They needed shelter among people they did not know. Now, during Christmas, the same Republicans that love Jesus are turning away thousands of poor, desperate people who were forced to leave their homes and are in need of a place to stay. Tell me again who is really conducting a war this Christmas.
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