December 5, 2007
While some people are spreading urban legends about "wars on Christmas," the ACLU is working to defend the rights of families, individuals, and religious communities to practice their religion without government interference. In the spirit of the holiday season, Jeremy Gunn, Director of the ACLU's Freedom of Religion and Belief Program, penned these lyrics to the tune of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" with the hope of dispelling the myth of the war on Christmas, and spreading a little cheer in the process.
Good grief we weary gentle folk, there's something sad today;
Our Christmas season's come again and's bringing fresh dismay;
Some keep us all from sharing joy by spreading grinchlike fear.
O hiding from comfort and joy, comfort and joy;
O hiding from comfort and joy.
On Fox on Rush on nutty blogs, they warn of "Christmas wars!!!"
They scare their little children with their made-up tales of horrors;
They frighten all with nonsense to get money that is yours.
O sliding from comfort and joy, comfort and joy;
O sliding from comfort and joy.
They hate they frown they sneer they chide in mocking disbelief:
"My Christmas tree! My bended knee! We need some quick relief!"
They seek not joy nor Christmas cheer; they love their wars of grief.
O fighting our comfort and joy, comfort and joy
O fighting our comfort and joy.
It's time to take our Christmas back from these imposters all!
Let's keep it strong in churches and our families large and small;
For families, friends, and intimates -- true Christmas doth enthrall.
Good tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy
Good tidings of comfort and joy.
Merry Christmas from the ACLU.
(And a lump of coal to those who launch Christmas wars to help fill their coffers)