Roland S. Martin is a CNN commentator who is coming late to the War on Christmas.
The name Roland Martin reminds me of Rowan and Martin. I’m pretty sure that is why Rowan S. Martin uses the “S.” .. so people don’t think of Rowan and Martin when they hear his name.
Rowan and Martin were funny in their day. Roland S. Martin is not funny. Yet it is hard to not laugh at the guy.
In a recent commentary, Martin whines …
Because of all the politically correct idiots, we are being encouraged to stop saying “Merry Christmas” for the more palatable “Happy Holidays.” What the heck are “Seasons Greetings”? Can someone tell me what season we are greeting folks about? A Christmas tree? Oh, no! It’s now a holiday tree. Any Christmas song that even remotely mentions Christ or has a religious undertone is being axed for being overtly religious. And I’m sorry, forget X-M-A-S. Malcolm X? Yes. X replacing Christ? No.
Roland does not know that Xmas is actually a standard way to write Christmas by those who wish to pay hommage to the early Greek scriptures, or who wish to not take The Lord’s name in vain by writing it out. But never mind that.
The point he’s missing, obviously, is that we live in a society in which we try to separate personal matters of worship from the common public discourse as a matter of respect. In this area, Roland is a hypocrite.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m very respectful of other religions. I don’t want anyone to be afraid of discussing the Jewish faith when we address Hanukkah. And we shouldn’t dismiss Muslims when the annual pilgrimage to Mecca is held during December. In fact, Americans are so ignorant of other faiths that we can all learn from one another.
But this seeming backlash against Christianity is bordering on the absurd, and we should continue to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.
Well, this is wrong in so many ways. For starters, I don’t think Roland would be very happy if every single time he ran into a store clerk or other service person for about three weeks out of the year, they wished him a happy Ramadan. After all, Roland is an African American, and a lot of African Americans are Muslim, right? A reasonable assumption.
It is wrong because this is not a holiday season based on Christ. It is a time when Christians fudge their own calender to place the alleged birth of their savior into a pre-existing holiday period that derives from closely associated cultures.
Perhaps Roland is merely engaged in wishful thinking. If everyone was a Yahooistic Christian (as opposed to a non-Christian or a regular person who happens to be Christian) then more people would buy his latest book, which is a “compilation of faith-based essays” in which he addresses such important points as “the real meaning of the prayer of Jabez” and “Don’t just thank God, represent Him” and “Rediscovering the “C” in YWCA” and my favorite, “Spiritual warfare: Stay prepared for life’s battles.”
It is rather amazing that CNN has Roland as a commentator on their network. He is a jingoistic preacher who insists that everyone else acts like Christians even if they are not. No, not just act like Christians, but act like his particular odoriferous brand of Christian.
I do appreciate one point in Roland’s essay. He asks people to consider not spending so much on gifts, but instead, using that money and effort for something more worthwhile. But again, he muddles the point. For one thing, I’m sure Roland’s preference would be for people to give Him (Roland, not God) the money, or to funnel it through a Christian church. But of more immediate importance is the fact that Roland has utterly conflated secularism with capitalism:
America might be the king of capitalism, but secularism must never become so prevalent that our religious traditions are discarded.
Wow, he really does not get it. Secular thinking and secular people are associated with a much, much broader range of political and economic philosophies than are Christians, ranging form Free Market Worshiping Libertarians, to Secular Humanists to Godless Communists. Heavy-duty fundementalists, on the other hand, are almost all (like, 98%) Rebpulicans. And almost all (like, 98%) of Republicans are wanton running dog capitalists.
Roland, give me a break! Oh, and have a nice Kwanza.