Thursday, December 23, 2010

Religion, Patriotism, Commercialism and Wal Mart

This week an organization called American Atheists caused quite a controversy when they posted a billboard that said, "You know it's a myth... this season celebrate reason."  I heard plenty of angry callers call a local radio show to voice their opinions on this issue which for the most part looked at the billboard as a bad thing (even several atheists called in and mentioned how inappropriate it was).  I don't really care to weigh in on such an issue myself because this is simply another example controversial soundbite warfare that really does nothing but stir people up on both sides of the issue.  I came across something tonight which I find much more offensive.

I was watching the classic Christmas cartoon of Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" with my Dina and the kids when a really disturbing commercial came on.  The commercial started with a woman singing O Holy Night and then changing to America the Beautiful and then back and forth through the commercial.  As the music played their were inspirational pictures of Christmas and America followed which ended with the Wal-Mart logo (I have tried to find the commercial online but unsuccessfully so far).

There's no doubt that Christmas has become overly-commercialized but when I see Christmas becoming patriotized as well I can't help but cringe.  


severett said...

I stumbled on your blog while looking for a link to the commercial. I found it here:

It's a perfect example of American consumerism/materialism (what appears to be the real meaning of Christmas here) and of what the movie (Grinch) was basically preaching against.

Crispin Schroeder said...

Thanks for the link I reconfigured the post with the actual commercial.