I’m sure Bill-O is peeing in his pants right now.
As reported in today’s CA Probate Court Clerk Chris Thomas has filed a suit to stop the celebration of Kwanzaa on County property. The full text of the article can be found here.
Read the article, then read the wiki on Kwanzaa.
First of all, the celebration of Kwanzaa was not founded on any religion that I know of. It’s basis is cultural, though it’s creation was in response to Ron Karenga’s desire to:
… give a Black alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society.
Based on that knowledge, one must assume that Mr. Thomas takes issue with the cultural message of Kwanzaa, or just wants to make headlines around Christmas so he can get some interview time on Faux News. His assertion of separation of church and state has no basis.
Secondly, one must wonder, WWJD? Would Jesus, in this time of the celebration of his “birth” (though many argue that he was born in spring, and that Christmas is merely a replacement for the pagan Winter Solstice) sue to keep a cultural celebration out of a public building? It’s just a question…
On the other hand, Commissioner Brooks certainly knew, at least on some level, that moving the celebration she has sponsored for the past 12 years from the Pink Palace to a county owned building would create an uproar. Is there an ulterior motive in this change?
Finally, I gotta say that this is one of the silliest things I’ve ever seen and hope that Thomas drops his suit.
Happy Christmakwanzikahnavidad folks!