Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Now, as some of you may know, I am a Finance soldier for the US Army, and from time to time I enjoy joshing the Air Force, Navy, and Marines. One time I had a roommate who was prior service Navy, so I played In the Navy on my CD player just for him :) Despite all good fun, I also know we are all on the same team. One organization to applaud is the Marine's Toys for Tots, which has been around for almost 60 years to provide toys for poor children, and through private channels. Unfortunately, a group of fanatics has attacked them for not carrying an indoctrination Jesus doll. Frankly, not every poor child is Christian. Those who are are already getting a religious education from their parents and I bet any fundie church will gladly give those kids this doll, especially if done in some flashy, glitzy way that gets more money in the collection basket. Other kids don't need this doll. How'd Protestant parents like it if Catholic Charities started handing out glow-in-the-dark rosaries and Virgin Mary dolls to their kids. Sure it may be an improvement, but that isn't my call or the call for Catholic Charities to make, and I'm not even practicing anymore, but I have my preferences, still. Personally, I'd rather we dump Christmas as a Federal Holiday and just celebrate World Capitalism Day, on June 3, 2007. Of course, that would eliminate a nice round of days off in December and January for me, but it will contribute to a round of extra days off for Memorial Day weekend timeframe, instead :) More American that way, too.