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Bah, humbug!

Gazette staff November 23rd, 2011

The biggest Grinch of all isn’t the one who hates Christmas, it’s the one who loves Christmas and hates all other holidays. In 2009 and ’10, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe resembled that Grinch.

Last year, his boycott of Tulsa’s Holiday Parade of Lights made national headlines, when Inhofe said, “Until the parade is again named the Christmas Parade of Lights, I will not participate.”

It’s parade time again: Will Inhofe take a lesson from Ebenezer Scrooge and redeem last year’s sins by keeping Christmas alive in his own heart?

Parade sponsor This Land Press has extended a special invitation to Inhofe in hopes that he will end his Christmas crusade. This will be the first parade in which Tulsa’s Muslim and Jewish communities will participate, according to Vincent LoVoi, This Land Press publisher.

“The local community has truly rallied around the (parade) this year,” said LoVoi. “Tulsans want to send a clear message that we welcome and respect people of all faiths.”

Seriously, Inhofe, get off your high horse (literally, as he rode a horse in parades of Christmas past) and join in on the fun! It’s not like they’re asking you to embrace the theory of global warming.

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11.23.2011 at 09:31 Reply

Jim Inhofe claimed he would never attend Tulsa’s Holiday Parade of lights because it nixes the word “Christmas”?

Good for him!  A true Christian shouldn’t want to attend such an event regardless of how it was worded, a true Christian should know there are flocks to tend to, and they should not concern themselves with such superficial displays.

Personally it's never made sense to pick one day out of the year to celebrate the life of Jesus.  This is, after all, the man who took away our sin and paved the way for our salvation.  So, why do we bankrupt ourselves for one day of massive gift giving?  Would it not make more sense to bring good tidings year round to celebrate Christ?  Notice I said “tidings” not “gifts”.

And what does it say about us that our best attempts at celebrating his birthday actually become a monument to consumerism?  I mean, realistically speaking, what child (and even a bunch of adults) wouldn't throw a tantrum if they didn't receive a gift for Christmas?  There in lies the problem.  Most of us partake in this holiday without the slightest concern for Christ himself, or his message.

Instead, why not remind those around us daily that they matter with a; hug, a “Thank you, Great Job, or I love you?”  Surely that goodwill would be a better transmitter of Christ’s love than insignificant material things which are wholly incapable of providing love.

I have a lot of trouble believing that the Son of God would approve of violating Earth’s resources just to celebrate a holiday in his name.  By that I mean; Christmas trees, wrapping paper, plastic toys, lights, gadgets, and the carbon footprint created by bringing them to market.  Also, would he approve of the decadence that most Americans enjoy around this time of year while so many in the world are hungry, poor, and otherwise in need?  I do recall Jesus being very specific about helping those people.  

So who needs to have the name “Christmas” associated with the Holiday Parade of Lights?  Christ certainly would not approve anyway.  Though if all those choosing to attend chose to help out a homeless shelter or food pantry instead, I imagine he’d be grinning from ear to ear.

Brandon Wertz
Oklahoma City