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Nov 01 2013

Hallmark Commits Thought Crime

Words change meanings abruptly when our moonbat overlords deliberately hijack them in their endless search for euphemisms that will help people swallow their toxic ideology. Liberal now means “authoritarian”; choice means “abortion” (which in turn is a euphemism for prenatal infanticide); gay means “homosexual.” As a result of these constant updates to the Newspeak dictionary, not even Hallmark is insipid enough to avoid committing an inadvertent thought crime:

Hallmark, the Kansas City greeting card company, edited the lyrics of “Deck the Halls” on one of its 2013 ornaments to omit the word ‘gay’ and has received criticism on its Facebook page that puts the company in an unfamiliar position of defending a product.

The original carol verse goes: “Don we now our gay apparel.” But Hallmark’s version, which appears on a Christmas ornament designed as an ugly Christmas sweater goes: “Don we now our FUN apparel.”

The suits say they don’t want their “intent open to misinterpretation.” But there is no avoiding that in today’s world. No matter what you say, the thuggishly aggrieved will string you up by it.

The company’s Facebook page has received posts criticizing the decision to change the lyric. One post read, “Hallmark is insinuating that gay people dress differently than anyone else. If I were gay, I would be more upset with that.”

Or they could have left “gay,” pretending that it still meant “fun.” Then they would have been attacked for implying that revered persons of alternate sexuality wear goofy sweaters.

Unless you belong to a sacred victim group, you can’t win with political correctness. The deck is stacked.

Hallmark-fun-sweater
Next time they’ll run it by GLSEN first.

On a tip from Wiggins.



  • Goldenfoxx

    Hallmark should have left well enough alone. Now they’ve created many unhappy customers. I love how money talks and how a company backs up to being backlashed. Works for me. 🙂

  • A. Levy

    If only we had been smarter;

    “I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is “needed” before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents “interests,” I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can…”
    Barry Goldwater

  • KHarn

    “Gay” used to mean “happy and carefree”. Can’t have any of THAT in the socialist utopia, can we?

  • Mr. Rational

    Isn’t it funny how all the words the left has hijacked to apply “non-pejorative” labels to things have acquired the same negative connotations of the original?

    E.g. “gay” is now pejorative:  “That is so gay.”

  • dan

    That sweater is soooo FUN…wait a minute ,I could have just committed a Minnesotoanism (or would that be :
    That sweater sure is different !)

  • Queef Odorman
  • Spurwing Plover

    THIS POPULAR CHIRSMAS CAROL WAS WRITTEN LONG BEFORE WE EVER HEARD OF THESE rAINBOW-FREAKOS This is just as bad as editing out the lines from THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, THE STUMP OF A PIPE HE HOLD TIGHT IN HIS TEETH AND THE SMOKE ENCIRCLED HIS HEAD LIKE A WREATH More PC nonsense

  • Clingtomyguns

    NJ AUTHORITARIAN MOONBAT EDUCRAP BANS ALL RELIGIOUS MUSIC IN DEFIANCE OF WELL-ESTABLISHED FIRST AMENDMENT PRECEDENT AND THE PREFERENCE OF THE MAJORITY

    Students in NJ won’t even be allowed to sing “Deck the Halls” to presumably offend gays with their gay apparel or even think about Christmas carols if the authoritarian godless diversity scrooges in the NJ pubic scrools have their way:

    “The angels will not be allowed to hark their herald nor will the little Lord Jesus sleep on the hay after a New Jersey school district announced a ban on all religious Christmas music.

    Constance Bauer, the superintendent of the Bordentown Regional School District, posted a message online stating someone had been questioning recent musical selections for the elementary school Christmas concerts. Given the fact she spinelessly capitulated so fast it would make one’s head swim to a ban on all Christmas music, most would guess she was the one who answered her own “questioned.”

    Pardon me, the school district calls them “winter” concerts.

    “Religious music should not be part of the elementary program(s),” bleeped Supt. Scrooge in her anti-Christmas screed.

    Since when? Since Supt. Bauer and her fellow travelers from the red diaper drug addled culture of the 1960’s hatched from their roach shells and infested public education.

    So songs about Frosty, Rudolph and mommy making out with Santa Claus are fine, but harmonizing about round yon virgin will get you put on the naughty list.

    “It remains the District’s mission to celebrate the rich and wonderful diversity [the sacrament of liberalism] of our children and community [but not our Christian heritage] and hope that the joy [yes, every liberal we meet is just so full of joy, we hardly know what to say] shared through our numerous winter programs will continue to be (a) cherished part of your [fundamentally transformed] traditions, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack” she concluded.

    Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal firm specializing in religious liberty cases, fired off a letter to the New Jersey grinches – reminding them that it’s perfectly constitutional to sing “Joy to the World.”

    “Schools should not have to think twice about whether they can allow students to perform Christmas carols,” said Legal Counsel Matthew Sharp. “Courts have unanimously upheld their inclusion in school productions–even when songs deal with Christian themes that are naturally a part of the holiday.”

    The Alliance Defending Freedom letter explains that “every federal court to examine the issue has determined that including Christmas carols and other religious music in school choir programs fully complies with the First Amendment.”

    As a result, the First Amendment requires that the district “remains neutral towards religion and refrains from demonstrating an unconstitutional hostility toward songs with religious origins.”

    And besides, folks love to sing about the Baby Jesus as much as they do about hauling out the holly. A 2011 Rasmussen poll found that 79 percent of American adults believe public schools should celebrate religious holidays.

    “Misinformation about the First Amendment is frequently what leads to censorship of constitutionally permissible and culturally significant songs performed during Christmas concerts,” added Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “We urge the Bordentown Regional School District to rescind this new policy and permit religious music to be included among the many non-religious songs performed at school concerts.”

    Alliance Defending Freedom is urging the district to see the error of their ways and reverse the ban on religious-themed Christmas music by Nov. 1. Otherwise, I suspect they might find a lump of coal in their stockings — along with a lawsuit.

    How is it possible to have a concert celebrating the Christmas (pardon me, winter) season without singing about the reason for the season?”

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/11/01/new-jersey-school-bans-religious-christmas-music/?intcmp=latestnews

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