Comments: Peterson: "Say 'no' to Kwanzaa"

Has Mardi Gras taken away from Lent?

How about egg hunts? Have they taken away from Easter?

Peterson lacks the ability to correctly use logic. For example, he said because Jesse Jackson made the "Hymie town" comment, most Black preachers teach hatred of Israel.

You explain that "logic" to me. I couldn't follow it. And when I called his show to get him to explain it, he said I needed to be saved.

Posted by DarkStar at December 21, 2004 01:22 PM

DarkStar, setting aside the strictly religious aspect of Christmas (which, incidentally, I do every year as I'm not a religious person), I think that the general objection to Kwanzaa is that it is devisive. Kwanzaa was devised--or constructed, if you will--for no other reason than to divert attention from the historically religious holiday that is commonly known as Christmas. Karenga has said that, in fact. Mardi Gras and Easter egg hunts came after Lent and Easter were part of the common culture (Western culture, at least), just as Kwanzaa has, but they are a product of the observance of the holidays...not a stand-in. Kwanzaa, whether the folks who observe it realize it or not, has every intention of supplanting Christmas.

Yeah, Peterson may be overly zealous in his Gospel beliefs, but your "logic" is also faulty from the standpoint of a preconceived notion that an entirely fictitious holiday, based on fictional historical identities, is equally as valuable as Christmas is to the majority of US citizens. Your attempt to analytically dismiss objections to Kwanzaa is fallacious in and of itself. I'm not a religious person, but I admire the cultural advantage that we, as a nation, have gained from the mutual respect and morals that Christianity has provided in modern times. Karenga has neither.

Posted by skh at December 22, 2004 01:47 AM
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