Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Hallmark: "Don We Now Our 'Fun' Apparel"

As Christmas---I mean "holiday," rolls out across America, once again it is not without controversy.

This time it's not a public school demanding that this special day is "solstice" rather than that other religious day whose name they can't utter out loud--- it's a new Christmas ornament presented by Hallmark.

Its causing quite a stir. And the clatter on the roof top is not Santa's reindeer.


Drawing from the lyrics of the Christmas tune, "Deck The Halls," Hallmark has created a Christmas ornament that is the image of a Christmas sweater with the words "Don we now our 'fun' apparel," exchanging the word "gay" for the word "fun," which was the original word used.

The folks who are obsessed with redefining marriage, family and any number of word definitions, are mad because someone changed out the word "gay."

Associated Press says, "The company initially responded by saying the multiple meanings attached to the word "gay" meant the sweater's lyrics would be "open to misinterpretation."

They quote Hallmark: "The trend of wearing festively decorated Christmas sweaters to parties is all about fun, and this ornament is intended to play into that, so the planning team decided to say what we meant: 'fun.' That's the spirit we intended and the spirit in which we hope ornament buyers will take it."

Peter LaBarbara tells Onenewsnow, "Who could blame Hallmark for changing the Christmas carol from 'Don we now our gay apparel' to 'Don we now our fun apparel' because homosexual activists stole the word gay."

"It used to mean 'happy' and joyful,'" he says, "now it means basically identifying a sexual perversion."

He points out that the gay activists have stolen a number of words like gay and equality, and even the symbol of the rainbow.

Indeed they have.

Hallmark told Associated Press, "We've been surprised at the wide range of reactions expressed about the change of lyrics on this ornament, and we're sorry to have caused so much concern," the statement read. "We never intend to offend or make political statements with our products and in hindsight, we realize we shouldn't have changed the lyrics on the ornament."

But Hallmark spokeswoman Linda Odell said the company has no plans to stop selling the ornament.

Words are powerful. Gay activists know they are and are using them to redefine our culture one word at a time. Pro-abortionists are doing the same.

The book of Proverbs says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue..." (Pr. 18:21)

Here is a snapshot of how our culture has been redefined one word at a time.

Type "define fascism" into the your Google search box.

I got this:

fas·cism/ˈfaSHizəm/
Noun: An authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.
(in general use) Extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.

Now go to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. I got this:

fas·cism noun \ˈfa-ˌshi-zəm also ˈfa-ˌsi-\
1 Definition of FASCISM

often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control

Examples of FASCISM

the rise of Fascism in Europe before World War II
From the first hours of Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union, the propagandists on both sides of the conflict portrayed the struggle in stark, Manichaean language. The totalitarian nature of both regimes made this inevitable. On one side stood Hitler, fascism, the myth of German supremacy; on the other side stood Stalin, communism, and the international proletarian revolution. —Anne Applebaum, New York Review of Books, 25 Oct. 2007.
Redefining words can have damaging effects on the culture and on the individual.

It is deceptive.

Activists who work to remake a culture have long used the tool of redefining words to remake the culture.

We have become a country, who like Pilate (John 18:36) is beginning to ask, "What is Truth?"

I believe this is a time when biblical Christians must stand and speak. Use words to declare the sanctity of life. Use words in defense of traditional marriage which predates all human cultures, as it was instituted by God at Creation.

This is a time for discernment---spiritual discernment.

Its also a time to stop trying to make the Bible "relevant" to our culture. The Bible is relevant. It's time to simply share that Truth.

The chaos in our culture is raising questions, not providing answers.

I believe this generation will soon begin to see, if not already, the deception that is being foisted upon them and they will wash their hands, push back and ask "What is Truth?"

Be Prepared. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Informed. Be Prayerful. Be Pro-Active. Be Blessed.

8 comments:

  1. Well stated, language is everything. The corruption of it is used to corrupted society. all were totalitarian regimes. today the left wants us to believe that the right embraces fascism (Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy) in turn they are redefining the language implying that the principles of our republic which the right embrace are fascist.

    Those on the left are statists under the mantle of progressivism, embrace fascism and communism while those on the right embrace the responsible exercise of freedom in the pursuit of Truth. The right unlike the progressive left see their rights coming from God unlike the statist who see their rights coming from man via the state.

    You see language does count so as the author says lets stick by the original meanings of the language regardless how those who wish to corrupt it.

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  2. "Sticks and stones can break my bones,
    but words can only kill you."

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  3. I support Hallmark. When the song was written the word gay meant happy and jovial or fun! Why would heterosexuals want to wear "gay-homosexual" apparel or have "gay-homosexual" ornaments? The homosexuals need to get a sense of humor and just understand that they have brought this on themselves by taking a word a making it mean something it never was suppose to mean. Little wonder some of us don't want to use the word anymore.

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  4. Bravo Hallmark! Our language is looking more Orwellian every day. They should be praised for staying true to the spirit of the song. In its redefined, modern usage, "gay" has no business being used with the word Christmas.......even though Jesus came to set the homosexual free from the bondage of sin, as he did for all people.

    Forgiveness is available through repentance

    Craig in Lacey

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  5. Remember the theme song to the Flintstones , " We Will have a gay old time ". Barney and Fred would be glorified in today's media .

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  6. Carol from Kennewick4:04 PM, November 06, 2013

    It's silly how much attention this small (less than 5"') ornament has brought out criticism upon a well favored store that has had the motto for years, "....Send the best...send a Hallmark card" ; and I care that for years Hallmark has supplied the public with quality Christmas cards, etc., and helped us get meaningful cards for those we love to show we care... to send the very best, a Hallmark card.

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  7. Hallmark should not have changed the lyric. If they wanted to make a different sentiment, they should have written it differently. It may have been innocent and unintentional, but they are inviting criticism by removing the word "gay". It draws attention to itself, which is contrary to their claimed intention. It is a holiday classic and everyone knows what it means. People may joke about the double meaning of the word, but no one would be confused by it.

    On a side note, I agree about the power of words. I will, however, absolutely have to call you on that whole pot and kettle thing. Liberals characterizing conservatives as fascists is literally identical to conservatives characterizing liberals as socialists. Both socialism and fascism are political extremes. One is on the left and one is on the right, but neither reflects the core of either party in this country more than the other.

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  8. Wow. I like your Google search fascism BS. How many search entries did you have you scour through before finding one that fits your argument? I looked about 10 without seeing your so called right wing garbage. Liars go where now?

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