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Just Our Opinion – Bah humbug?!

In his all-time classic, A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens wrote about the coldhearted protagonist Ebenezer Scrooge, who often used the term “Bah humbug” to express his curmudgeonly distaste for many things. Thin-skinned people are increasingly taking offense at traditions to the point of nixing long-held practices and beliefs that are often part of an American culture supported by a large majority. In some cases a single person voicing they are outraged over something has been enough to overturn something that the overwhelming majority favored. Just last week a radio station in Cleveland stated they had removed the holiday song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” recently sung by Michael Buble and Idina Menzel, though made famous by Dean Martin in 1953. They say it promotes date rape. In the song the singer tries to persuade another person to stay over due to bad weather. Yes, its true. There are too many people who tend to be offended at the drop of a hat, who find faults easier than a richter scale on the basis of seismograph oscillations. Some may remember decades ago when the religious right made a point of their dislike of Santa Claus by stating his first name had the same letters as Satan. Silly, but that type of person appears to have multiplied. Traditions and culture are being attacked and torn down for the slightest offense, with hissy fits thrown for even perceived slights. News in recent days has seen the 1964 classic, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’’ join the list for the wrong reasons. Or so it seems. Why are people turning on the Christmas caribou? Because of the premise the reindeer is mocked and cast aside by his peers because he is different. His glowing red nose wins him favor in the end by saving the day in guiding Saint Nick’s sleigh through inclement, foggy weather. But before he donned a hero’s cape, he was made fun of by most everyone. The Huffington Post said “the holiday TV classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” is seriously problematic. How serious was the liberal hit piece, originally posted by The Boston Globe, is anyone’s guess, though the HuffPo said they were unsure. Really? So they went ahead and created a video for Twitter that has been viewed over five million times. Calling him “fire snout,” and “rainbow puss” resulted in Rudolph responding with cries of “Stop calling me names!’’. Tagging the story of Rudolph as a parable on racism or homophobia, HuffPo’s video has been seen as an unwarranted attack from liberals. President Donald Trump responded to the video by saying “Liberalism is a disease.’’ Fox journalist Tucker Carlson and political commentator Dave Rubin said ‘‘progressives love attacking Christmas traditions,’’ and often do so without offering anything in return. Many still rue the day when Merry Christmas began to be viewed as repugnant and Starbucks added to it with the deletion of Christmas from their holiday mugs. The flood of opposition has become so wearisome for traditionalists who surely found it odd when ABC’s The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg responded by agreeing and said she believes some people are deliberately seeking out issues in the film. ‘‘Where’s the problem? It’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’’ she exclaimed. ‘‘Rudolph’s the hero, what’s the problem?’’There are a myriad of established practices in our country and state, some holding unwavering positions in families. Many reflect different cultures, habits and observances, and they don’t have to be aligned or viewed favorably by others. There is plenty of room for a mesh of beliefs, religious, irreligious or akin to Seinfeld’s Festivus. We are the ones who decide if we will allow the knowledge of other practices to affect us in a negative way. May we be unlike those whose bah-humbug must squelch whatever makes the holidays merry to everyone else. After all, tis the season to be jolly. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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