According to the La Jolla Light, for the second time in a decade, groups are fighting to remove the word Christmas from the annual parade in La Jolla, CA.
Citing the mix beliefs of La Jolla citizens, from Muslims, Jews, atheists, etc that participate in the community and in the parade, that La Jolla should follow many other San Diego County cities and towns that have adopted the term holiday parade.
Out of the groups speaking up for the change, including La Jolla City Council Trustees, was Debbie Allen, American Humanist Association chair and speaking on behalf of Americans United.
“There is nothing illegal about the La Jolla Christmas Parade. This is no longer a government sponsored event; expenses are covered by donors, rather than taxpayer dollars […] However, I do think it naïve to think that taxpayers do not contribute to the infrastructure within the community that allows the event to take place.”
While the basis for this fight may be just, is this in fact the best fight secular groups should be spending their time and resources on?
Obviously this is no war on Christmas, that is nothing more than right wing hyperbole whenever a group wants to limit the overuse of taxpayer dollars on Christian holiday parades, or when a corporation says the word holiday instead of Christmas and suddenly the Christian right feels oppressed.
However, these small distraction fights that appear to be the “war on Christmas” that the GOP and religious right is always harping on about, they take away the focus from larger issues such as marriage equality, women’s right and education rights.
These distractions and the secular lefts tendency to pick the small fights that do not matter in the case of public policy while the Christian right steal the federal government out from under us is the topic of a new book by author CJ Werleman called Crucifying America.
While the La Jolla City Council should move to rename the parade based on common sense alone, humanist and secular groups are doing themselves a great disservice by spending their time picking these fights when real battles are not even being contested.
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