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Christmas Play

Posted on 2008.12.06 at 13:00
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Burwell - Twilight (The Score)
In episode 110 of Southpark the children put on a happy, non-offensive, non-denominational Christmas Play, with music and lyrics by New York minimalist composer, Philip Glass. As you can expect, it was horrific. The children stood on the stage, milling around and turning while colored atmospheric lights pulse on and off to Philip Glass' score while an ominous voice-over chants, "As I turn and look into the sun, the rays burn my eyes; How like a turtle the sun looks."

The entire thing is over-the-top ridiculous in the style of Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Wait, wait, there's a star above the stage. That's very offensive to non-Christians...And the audience descends into bedlam.

This came to mind after my son brought home news of his school's Christmas Play, entitled, "DECEMBER NIGHTS, DECEMBER LIGHTS." A musical which was written to help students learn about the many celebrations of December. They include:

  • La Posada

  • Kwanzaa

  • Christmas

  • Hanukkah

I find it personally hysterical that they don't include the original origin of these festivities, the Winter Solstice. I mean, surely you can't please all of the people all of the time, but in trying to do so, it just makes it look silly.

May the Force be with you.


Tat-Man the Zombie Hunter
scareypete at 2008-12-06 20:42 (UTC) (Link)
yeah why not just do a play about something really educational like Long Division or balancing chemical equations...

By the Way what is the traditional Jedi Winter Festival?

What's the Flying Spaghetti monster up to this time of year?

I know Ramadan is technically over now... but really its close enough.

(lol I just inadvertently equated Muslims to Jedi's and Atheist douche bags)
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-12-06 20:53 (UTC) (Link)
Atheist douche bags

That's cute. Did you learn it in school or did you come up with it all on your own?
Tat-Man the Zombie Hunter
scareypete at 2008-12-06 20:59 (UTC) (Link)
What I want you to do right now... is relax your stance just a bit, spread your feet shoulder width apart, now reach your hand behind you, down into your trousers, dig deep, now that strip of bunched up cloth you have there.... yeah that's your Panties, they are in a Knot, just tug them down and smooth them out, you'll be fine.

lol Learned about atheist Douche bags in school... lol. Well since those collectivist institutions of lesser learning simply instruct kids to regurgitate politically correct backwash from the public Listerine bottle (not minty, old brown death plain) I suppose I must have come to the conclusion that the People behind Flying Spaghetti monster are Both Atheists and Douche Bags, although Amusing it reeks of petty douche baggery. kinda like the famous Socialist Thinker Betram Russell and his Damnable Teapot.
ehowton at 2008-12-06 21:40 (UTC) (Link)
That's the number one thing my wife and I despise about the public school system - they're more concerned with teaching tolerance and ideology than English and mathematics.

I was gleefully looking forward to Ron Paul dissolving the Department of Education.
dawaioser at 2008-12-06 22:11 (UTC) (Link)
La Posada? What is that, a Texas holiday?

Wow. A flame war in your journal. I didn't think I'd find that here.
ehowton at 2008-12-06 22:34 (UTC) (Link)
La Posada? What is that, a Texas holiday?
According to the sheet the school sent, its a 9-day Mexican celebration in December.

Wow. A flame war in your journal. I didn't think I'd find that here.
I'm just full of surprises.
Tat-Man the Zombie Hunter
scareypete at 2008-12-07 04:10 (UTC) (Link)
I had to google it... Ironically Posada is Still a Christian Observation of the 9 days prior to the night of Christs birth deeply rooted in Spanish Catholic faith, yet extinct in American culture.

So I guess the Score is Christianity 2, African stuff 1, Judaism 1, Islam 0, Paganism 0, Jedi's 0, Monkey Worshippers 0.

YAY Multi-cultural failure.
ehowton at 2008-12-07 05:06 (UTC) (Link)
Wow. A flame war in your journal. I didn't think I'd find that here.

Be thankful you arrived after I banned schpydurx. He had a gift of being able to inflame everyone, and I was powerless to not argue with him. He was my drug of choice for a very long time.

Things are more peaceful these days.
irulan_amy at 2008-12-06 23:36 (UTC) (Link)
*gasp* Mention the word solstice in school? Someone might accuse a teacher of being pagan. Then there would be witch trials. It's all over when the stakes and torches come out. =P

Btw, that icon is really pretty.
ehowton at 2008-12-06 23:46 (UTC) (Link)
Ironic, isn't it? And thanks - I had a difficult time choosing.
ehowton at 2008-12-07 15:28 (UTC) (Link)

Re: You need this:

That is the coolest thing I have ever seen. I would...I would compose a soundtrack of my life, or at least of my mundane daily activities. Talk about wearing your heart on your sleeve. That's awesome dude!
Richard Rasner (Unique Nudes™)
uniqueblog at 2008-12-07 15:30 (UTC) (Link)

Re: You need this:

I thought of you first. :)

I'm probably going to get one for me, just to wear at photoshoots.
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ehowton at 2008-12-07 20:07 (UTC) (Link)
Write it, and they will come.
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