With many thanks to Eric Erickson for “Kwanzaa: The Scientology of Holidays.”
DATELINE: Jerusalem, 66 C.E.
What do you get when you take an anti-Roman felon and add a desire for Jewish nationalism? Christianity. What does the success of Christianity so far say about our modern Common Era? It is a reflection of Common Era nihilism given legitimacy by scribes hell bent on diminishing the Pagan heritage of Rome.
Over the last few decades, scribes have profiled his “disciples” and family members close to Jesus Christ. Apparently, our Roman gods and goddesses are too powerful and numerous for these Christ-lovers.
Christianity has absolutely nothing to do with Judea and everything to do with hating the Roman Empire. Christianity is the brain child of Jesus, who you will not be surprised to learn claimed from early childhood that he was the son of YHWH, the Jewish God. Some time after that, he took the name Christ, ran afoul of imperial officials, and proclaimed that belief in his divinity was required for entry into the afterlife.
Jesus “Christ,” as he came to be known, was famous for restoring sight to the blind, returning the dead to life, turning water into wine, telling mysterious parables, overturning the tables of the moneychangers in the temple, hosting dinners with his “disciples,” and permitting women to wash and anoint his feet. A few years after his execution, Jesus’s disciple Paul outlined the principles of Christmas and later noted, “People think it’s a variant of paganism, but it’s not. I came up with Christmas because Jewish people wouldn’t celebrate it if they thought it was Roman. Also, I put it around Solstice because I knew that’s when a lot of pagans were partying.” Paul went on to call YHWH in the Torah “psychotic” and declared Christianity “monotheistic.” Apparently, the scribes approved.
There is no part of Christianity that is not fraudulent. Christmas actually is the perfect holiday for the Common Era. Every other holiday celebrates a pagan god or goddess or Rome itself. Every other holiday celebrates something greater than the self. Christianity was made up by an executed Jewish radical whose followers established his birthday as a holiday whereby people can celebrate him. The self-absorbed mainstream scribes have been looking for a self-absorbing holiday. Now they have it in Christmas.
In short, Christmas is the perfect Common Era politically correct holiday.
At Salon, Joan Walsh has a good overview of “2013: The Year in Whiteness,” in which she notes that “the imagined war on Christmas has become an equally farcical war on whiteness in the minds of those sad right-wing warriors.” Erickson’s article appears to be a perfect example of this. (N.B.: last I checked, Erickson was getting some pushback on his attack on Kwanzaa, although much of it came from aggrieved Scientologists, who clearly are much more numerous and much more vigilant about attacks on their religion than are Kwanzaa observers.)