Saturday, December 5, 2009

Who's Christmas?

A nasty Facebook entry from a mayor in Tennessee is getting some attention. Apparently Obama's speech on Afghanistan pre-empted the Charlie Brown Christmas special.

"Ok, so, this is total crap, we sit the kids down to watch 'The Charlie Brown Christmas Special' and our muslim president is there, what a load.....try to convince me that wasn't done on purpose. Ask the man if he believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he will give you a 10 minute disertation (sic) about it....w...hen the answer should simply be 'yes'...."
-- Arlington, TN, Mayor Russell Wiseman, complaining on his Facebook page about Obama's West Point address

So: Charlie Brown is now the byword for a wholesome, Christian entertainment for the season. And sure enough, the kids read from Scripture and sing an actual Christmas Carol or two. I've had the idea that originally, some Christians regarded the Charlie Brown special as a dangerously metropolitan or ironic take on the season--jazz, sophistication, and all that, the implication that no adult could really believe this stuff, it's really a kind of melancholy for childhood.

My question: if the Dickens story is about as close to scripture as all Americans get, is it really Christian? I guess so, but in a "Jesus was a kind man, aspire to the goodness of a good child" kind of way.

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