Sunday, December 23, 2007

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Santa On Cross Protests Commercialism.

Just let that headline sink in for a moment.
BREMERTON, Wash. - Art Conrad has an issue with the commercialism of Christmas, and his protest has gone way beyond just shunning the malls or turning off his television. The Bremerton resident nailed Santa Claus to a 15-foot crucifix in front of his house.

"Santa has been perverted from who he started out to be," Conrad said. "Now he's the person being used by corporations to get us to buy more stuff."

A photo of the crucified Santa adorns his Christmas cards, with the message "Santa died for your MasterCard."
Art Conrad may have an "issue with the commercialism of Christmas" but I have an issue with a man who is willing to traumatize children for the sake of his own political agenda. Don't you think the wee ones might be just a tad upset after witnessing the public crucifixion of one of their beloved icons? Don't you think the parents of the wee ones might now have to use that evil Mastercard to pay for psychological counseling?

What kind of lawn display will this lunkhead put up next? A Tooth Fairy gang rape to protest the high cost of health insurance?

If nothing else, Kooky Conrad's display is boorish and rude and his ideology is old and tired.

Americans are generous people. We like to buy presents. We are not being forced to do so by big corporations, we are shopping because we have big hearts. When you search for the perfect gift, you are thinking about the person who will be on the receiving end... you consider his likes and his needs and his desires. Thinking of others is healthy and expressing our affection monetarily is not entirely bad.

I think next year a crucified Art Conrad will adorn my Christmas card with the message "Visa. It's everywhere you want to be."


Suzy said...

Sorry, but I'm with Art on this one. And a Santa crucified on a cross? That's hilarious.

I've noticed that over the years, people only get me presents THEY want me to have, not necesarily what I would want. One year I said I wanted a VCR. My friend said, "Are you SURE you don't want a stereo?" "No, I want a VCR."

I got a stereo.

Another time I got another friend a bluejean jacket. He asked me how I knew he wanted one and I said, "I listen when you talk."

Traci Skene said...

Well, I'm still sticking with my "not in front of the kids" philosophy on this one. Besides, it isn't even an original idea. Rumor has it that WWII Vets saw Santa nailed to the cross in a Japanese department store window back in the '40's.

And if you buy more thoughtful gifts than your friends, that just means you're the better person. Any holiday that reminds you and everyone around you of your superiority is a good holiday.

Suzy said...

Well I didn't want to toot my own horn but YES I AM SUPERIOR in gift giving.

Actually, I either give a gift of goats to Rwandan families or drive around my neighborhood on Christmas day handing out cash.