Right off of I-580, facing the Eastbound direction, on the Dublin grade there sits a large house on a hill. Every year the owner of the house takes advantage of this prime sight-line to place a sign on a fence surrounding his property. (I don’t know why I am assuming it is a man, just work with me on this, people). The sign says “JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON”.
Boy, does this sign irk me. It’s not that I don’t believe he doesn’t have the right to his sign. He certainly does. If I support the person in Lafayette, with a similar freeway view, who has placed dozens of crosses in his front yard as a protest of the Iraq war, then it would be hypocritical of me to say that this fellow can’t put up his statement. But, damn, free speech can be irksome.
As a non-Christian this sign seems to be saying I can’t enjoy the holiday season since I’m not celebrating the birth of Christ. I see it as a political statement by someone who is a soldier in the so-called “war on Christmas” in fighting the barbarian PC hordes who insist on inclusion. I see it as a statement by someone who is afraid of diversity and wants to go back to the good old days when we didn’t have to give a shit about people who weren’t white and Christian. I see it as a statement by someone who would be affronted if a minimum wage salesclerk, by mandate of corporate headquarters, said “happy holidays” instead of “merry Christmas”. I see it as a statement by a rich, misguided asshole.
When I mentioned this to a Catholic friend at work, she looked at me as if I were some kind of Berkeley liberal nutjob (oh right, I am). She sees the sign as reminder to Christians that the season is not about materialism or consumerism, but is about love and giving and celebrating the birth of a light unto this world. Oh. Well, if you look at it that way, the sign isn’t so irksome. I mean, who doesn’t agree with the sentiment that Christmas has become way too much about buying the latest and greatest and less about celebrating the spirit of Christ. Hmmm. Maybe he isn’t as asshole.
But then again, I’m pretty sure he is.