Friday, December 18, 2009

The Christmas Tree Wars

The whole culture war over Christmas can be neatly illustrated by the running edit battles going on in the Wikipedia entry for "Christmas Tree" where one side writes about the pagan origins of the Christmas tree, and the other immediately edits them out. This has been going on for weeks. Check for all the edits labeled for "Pre-Christian roots."

This is a little like how Winston Smith spent his days in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four. Don't like the truth? Edit it. Then your truth is the truth.

I came about this because I'd researched the history of the Christmas Tree and found reference to the pagan origins in Wikipedia, then went back a week later only to find them gone.

The hand of God may be invisible but some of his/her bone-headed followers are leaving fingerprints behind.

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