Um, about that 'Christianity Under Attack Business.' Never mind
Looks like Christianity might not be under attack after all. Or if it is, the Metropolitan Baltimore Council of AFL-CIO Unions doesn't care anymore.
As I wrote in my Thursday column, Ernie Grecco, the longtime president of the Baltimore union, sent an official e-mail this week with this in the subject line: "Christianity Under Attack."
"CHRISTIANITY IS UNDER SEVERE ATTACK!!!," it began. "WE MUST TAKE A STAND!!! IF WE DON'T, WE WILL FALL!!!"
What followed was a poem, a spoof on "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" that complains about the commercialization of Christmas and has made the rounds on the Internet for years — long enough for many of the targets to have passed into irrelevance. Here's a bit:
"At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears / You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears / Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-is-ty / Are words that were used to intimidate me / Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen / On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton! / At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter / To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter."
I wanted to ask Grecco if getting Christ back into Christmas was an official position of the AFL-CIO, but he didn't return my calls Wednesday. He has since issued a press release on the subject. It reads:
"Earlier today I forwarded a personal e-mail concerning Christmas on the Baltimore AFL-CIO letterhead. It was a personal email and the sentiments expressed in that e-mail do not represent the position of the Baltimore AFL-CIO. I hope you'll accept my apologies."