Sunday, November 29, 2009

2009 Keep Mass in Christmas Campaign

I seem to recall that once upon a time I had a blog. At any rate, on this the first of Advent, it is time once again for our annual Keep Mass in Christmas Campaign!

Are you seriously angry that people don't reference your holiday while making embarrassing public displays of greed? Do you live in an alternate universe? Are you some kind of robot?

If you answered yes, or no, to any of the questions above, you need to join The Sci Fi Catholic's Keep Mass in Christmas Campaign, where we prefer to tell Christians to remember the proper way to celebrate Christmas, rather than telling everybody else, for whom celebrating Christmas wouldn't make much sense anyway.

Cracking a joke at an opponent's expense, for example, can demolish that person's argument if the joke succeeds in diverting attention away from the issue and causing the opponent to appear silly. Presidential debates and other forums for political candidates often show the success these tactics find. So does the following story from the floor of the British Parliament: A member named Thomas Massey-Massey introduced a bill in Parliament to change the name of Christmas to Christtide, on the ground that mass is a Catholic terms that Britons, being largely Protestant, should not use. Another member, it is related, rose to object to the argument. Christmas, he said, might not want its name changed. "How would you like it," he asked Thomas Massey-Massey, "if we changed your name to Thotide Tidey-Tidey?" Amid the laughter that followed, the bill could gain no further hearing.

--S. Morris Engel, With Good Reason: An Introduction to Informal Fallacies
, pp. 219-220

Keep Mass in Christmas.
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