SIX MOST ABSURD CHRISTIAN CONSPIRACY THEORIES ABOUT NONEXISTENT WAR ON CHRISTMAS

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    6 Most Absurd Christian Conspiracy Theories About the Nonexistent 'War on Christmas' Every year, the right-wing freaks out about an imaginary war on Christmas.

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    December 6, 2013  |          

    It’s an article of faith among the Religious Right that there’s a war on Christmas underway in the United States. Shoppers would be hard-pressed to see evidence of this seasonal conflict, as anyone who stared mystified at stores decked out with Christmas garlands even before Halloween can testify. Christmas would seem as ubiquitous as ever. Nevertheless, every year groups like the American Family Association, the Liberty Counsel and others, aided and abetted by the zealous elves at the Fox News Channel, spread horrific tales of state-sponsored yuletide banishment.

    This year they have help: Sarah Palin’s new book,Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas, is burning up bestseller lists. The tome recycles several Religious Right claims about the war on Christmas, but in typical Palin style, the hard evidence remains thinner than dollar-store wrapping paper.

    What’s really going on? I’ve been an unwilling combatant in this conflict since it was hatched by the Religious Right some years ago. Believe me, there’s less here than meets the eye—much less.

    Upon even cursory examination, the Religious Right’s “war on Christmas” claims melt faster than a snowman in Belize.

    1. Public schools have banned the colors red and green. This one has been floating around the web for years. It has morphed into a classic Religious Right urban legend. The claim is made, but the details are few. Key questions are left unanswered: Where did this happen? When? How was the ban enforced? Was teal included?

    The claim, which appears to have been made up out of whole cloth, was pinned on several unnamed schools. Finally, in 2005, a public school in Michigan was accused by name. Asked about the matter, the principal laughed and said there was no such color ban. It would be hard to ban green at the school, he added: It’s the school’s color.

    These wild tales can cause schools real harm. A Dodgeville, Wisc., public school that was falsely accused of banning Christmas carols was flooded with hateful emails and calls. The school had to spend thousands of dollars mounting a public campaign through the media to set the record straight.

    2. Public schools can’t recognize Christmas anymore. It all depends on how they do it. Like it or not, Christmas has become a holiday with significant religious and secular aspects. Public schools can teach the religious aspects in an objective way, but they can’t celebrate them in a religious way. That’s for church.

    What does this mean on the ground? A public school holiday concert that includes only sacred music is a no-no. But a concert that includes secular and religious tunes is all right. A play reenacting the nativity is better for a church than a public school, but other types of pageants may be acceptable. Sectarian symbols and signs are OK for use in objective instruction but shouldn’t be posted in the school. And finally, it’s no big deal if terms like “winter concert” and “holiday concert” are used. A public school serves youngsters from many different backgrounds. Inclusive terms make everyone feel welcome—job number-one for any public school.

    3. Special laws are needed because it’s illegal to say “Merry Christmas."So-called “Christmas protection” laws have surfaced in a handful of states this year. They are unnecessary and amount to little more than grandstanding.

    State legislators are free to pass any silly measures they like, even ones that merely restate the obvious. Such is the case in Texas, where a new law ensures that everyone has the right to say “Merry Christmas.” Of course, no one had been told not to say this. The measure’s sponsor, Texas Rep. Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) couldn’t point to any specific examples of Christmas censorship when asked and would instead just insist that public schools are afraid to use the term “Christmas tree.”

    Which leads us to….

    4. You can’t use the term “Christmas tree” anymore or even display them in public. Sure you can. Christmas trees have never been declared religious symbols, and many state and local governments display them. The trees are hardly disappearing. Go for a walk in December if you want to see some.

    This myth started because Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has, for several years now, referred to the evergreen at the statehouse as a “holiday tree.” Chafee did this because he is aware that he represents people of many faiths (as well as those who have no faith), and he wanted everyone to feel welcome. Thus, a gesture that is kind and inclusive, and squarely in the best traditions of a holiday season dedicated to peace and understanding, becomes, to the Religious Right, an attack on all that is good and decent. (The irony is that Christmas trees are hardly Christian. They are of pagan origin, and there’s at least one Bible verse—Jeremiah 10:2-4—that seems to warn Christians against them.)

    5. Cities and towns can’t decorate for Christmas because someone will be offended. Poppycock. Plenty of communities decorate for Christmas and often use holiday displays as a lure to draw shoppers downtown.

    But it’s not as if anything goes. A pluralistic society has rules. The Supreme Court has ruled that local governments can’t display only religious symbols in December. They may include things like manger scenes if they are part of a larger array that also contains secular elements. Furthermore, private groups can, under certain conditions, display religious symbols on government property on their own time and with their own dime. But the city must play fair: If nativity scenes and menorahs are displayed, other religious organizations, atheist groups and Flying Spaghetti Monster adherents must be given access as well.

    6. Clerks in stores have been ordered to say “Happy Holidays,” and store flyers and catalogs no longer mention the word “Christmas.”Some do and some don’t. Many retailer workers say “Happy Holidays” because 1) they are reluctant to assume that their customers observe Christmas; and 2) there is more than one holiday celebrated at this time of year.

    Every year, the American Family Association hires people to count the number of times the word “Christmas” appears in store circulars. If it fails to show up enough times to satisfy the AFA, the offending retailer is subject to a boycott.

    Aside from it being just a tad obsessive, there are several problems with this approach. For starters, retailers are private entities, not arms of the government. What they say would seem to be their own business. Secondly, many retailers use a mix of terms. (Vermont Country Store is notorious for this. A “holiday catalog” will be followed a week later by a “Christmas catalog.”) Finally, the Religious Right’s approach is overly simplistic because it all boils down to one word: Christmas. Under this theory, the AFA’s devotees can shop at an adult book store as long as it’s having a Christmas sale.

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    A lot of people in the Religious Right devote considerable time and energy to furthering claims of a war on Christmas every year. What’s really going on?

    Put simply, American society has changed. We’re more religiously diverse than ever. More and more people are doing their own thing. Some people dare to celebrate Christmas in ways the Religious Right does not like. They might jettison the religious stuff (midnight mass, prayers, Bible stories, etc.) and keep the secular aspects (gift-giving, parties, feasting, etc.). Some people add elements from other faiths and other cultures. (You can buy “Festivus poles” on eBay these days.) Others don’t celebrate the holiday at all.

    As usual, the Religious Right has a religiously correct way for all of us to do things. If you deviate from that, you’re part of the “war on Christmas.”

    I call these whiners the “Christmas police.” According to the Religious Right, there is just one way to celebrate Christmas: their way. You have to say what they want, decorate the way they want and celebrate the way they want. And they would love nothing more than to use the power of government to remind everyone who’s boss and enforce Christmas conformity.

    It’s not so jolly, is it?

    The good news is that more and more Americans are standing up to the Christmas police and rejecting the Religious Right’s view (which just infuriates them all the more). This is still a free country, and we have the right to observe the holiday in whatever way is meaningful for us, as guided by conscience.

    We have that right because America’s founders saw fit to separate church and state and bequeathed to us a secular constitution that protects all beliefs but enshrines no one faith above others. Some might call that the best gift of all.

    Season’s Greetings!

     

     

     

     

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      Every year, the left-wing freaks out about an imaginary war on their  War on Christmas.        

    It’s an article of faith among the Moonbat left that there’s a war , on the War on Christmas! How dare religious people show anything in public about religion? How..gauche.

    The  Governor of corrupt Rhode Island wont say "Christmas tree", because "he wanted everyone to feel welcome"...what a buffoon.

    There's nothing that makes liberals more annoyed than when Fox News host Bill O'Reilly starts reporting on the "War on Christmas" every year.

    But how can they talk about it without helping Fox News conservatives sell more books? Sarah Palin , with a new bestselling book about Christmas , er the Holiday Season, says thank you for the shout outs.

     MSNBC hosts and guests fruitlessly struggle to fight a war against the "War on Christmas."

    Does MSNBC have their Deity Obama on their nondenominational nonreligious celebration of diversity in a nonjudgmental way recyclable tree of Mother Earth?

    "Cities and towns can’t decorate for Christmas because someone will be offended. Poppycock. "  

    Followed by a long list of laws and exceptions, and liberal BS about stuff you cant display for Christmas because someone may be offended...thanks for proving the point!!

    I call these lefty whiners the “Christmas police.” According to the Anti-Religious Left, there is just one way to celebrate Christmas. Dont.

     
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    Big Government is the God and religion of the progressives.

    “They believe in what the philosopher Hegel called ‘the God State’ because government could do all the things that God would do if God actually existed,” Jonah Goldberg said. “It empowered the Left to play God.”

    "Merry God State" !! ......doesnt have the same ring...

     
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      Every year, the left-wing freaks out about an imaginary war on their  War on Christmas.        

    It’s an article of faith among the Moonbat left that there’s a war , on the War on Christmas! How dare religious people show anything in public about religion? How..gauche.

    The  Governor of corrupt Rhode Island wont say "Christmas tree", because "he wanted everyone to feel welcome"...what a buffoon.

    There's nothing that makes liberals more annoyed than when Fox News host Bill O'Reilly starts reporting on the "War on Christmas" every year.

    But how can they talk about it without helping Fox News conservatives sell more books? Sarah Palin , with a new bestselling book about Christmas , er the Holiday Season, says thank you for the shout outs.

     MSNBC hosts and guests fruitlessly struggle to fight a war against the "War on Christmas."

    Does MSNBC have their Deity Obama on their nondenominational nonreligious celebration of diversity in a nonjudgmental way recyclable tree of Mother Earth?

    "Cities and towns can’t decorate for Christmas because someone will be offended. Poppycock. "  

    Followed by a long list of laws and exceptions, and liberal BS about stuff you cant display for Christmas because someone may be offended...thanks for proving the point!!

    I call these lefty whiners the “Christmas police.” According to the Anti-Religious Left, there is just one way to celebrate Christmas. Dont.

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    What a load of crap. Grow some and have fun. Merry Christmas.

     
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    Big Government is the God and religion of the progressives.

    “They believe in what the philosopher Hegel called ‘the God State’ because government could do all the things that God would do if God actually existed,” Jonah Goldberg said. “It empowered the Left to play God.”

    "Merry God State" !! ......doesnt have the same ring...

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    Merry Christmas fugh head!

     

     
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    Big Government is the God and religion of the progressives.

    “They believe in what the philosopher Hegel called ‘the God State’ because government could do all the things that God would do if God actually existed,” Jonah Goldberg said. “It empowered the Left to play God.”

    "Merry God State" !! ......doesnt have the same ring...

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    Merry Christmas fugh head!

     

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    I suppose this will be deleted because I said "Merry Christmas".

     
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    Big Government is the God and religion of the progressives.

    “They believe in what the philosopher Hegel called ‘the God State’ because government could do all the things that God would do if God actually existed,” Jonah Goldberg said. “It empowered the Left to play God.”

    "Merry God State" !! ......doesnt have the same ring...

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    Merry Christmas fugh head!

     

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    I suppose this will be deleted because I said "Merry Christmas".

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    I suppose so, jed!!!

     
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    December 6, 2013  |          

    It’s an article of faith among the Religious Right that there’s a war on Christmas underway in the United States. Shoppers would be hard-pressed to see evidence of this seasonal conflict, as anyone who stared mystified at stores decked out with Christmas garlands even before Halloween can testify. Christmas would seem as ubiquitous as ever.

     

    Well I beg to differ.  I received my WhiteHouse.gov email the other day for the "holiday season", with photos of the "Holiday Tree" and "Holiday decorations".

    Here's what we're doing for the holidays:

    Folks across the country are getting ready for the holidays. We're celebrating here at the White House, too -- and we want you to be a part of it.

    We've launched our 2013 Holidays page. Check it out for exclusive videos, recipes, and more.

     

    Click here to see our full Holidays page

     

    P.S. -- Next week we're holding a meet-up here at the White House for our online followers. Want to be here for it?

     

    In this world were one can't offend the use of "Merry Christmas", "Christmas" decorations and "Christmas" tree.  Has given way to Holiday greetings, seasons greetings, seaonal decorations, holiday tree.

    Store cashiers have been instructued to say happy holidays and be inclusive although everyone knows that the vast majority of shoppers are buying "christmas" presents.

    I was in Michaels arts and crafts store last weekend buying "Christmas" decorations and was wished happy holidays, to which I responded Merry Christmas and the women cashier said thanks they're not allowed to use the "c" word.

     

     
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    [QUOTE]I suppose this will be deleted because I said "Merry Christmas".[/QUOTE]

    It'll be deleted because you don't know how to spell.

     

     
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    I'm a liberal atheist who has no problems with "Merry Christmas". I think Happy Holidays is promoted by people who want to take the fun out of things. I like Christmas carols, and wouldn't want them replaced by generic jingles. Christmas is my holiday, too, and I don't need somebody spoiling the party with misguided political correctness.

    There are many fronts in the secular war on religion, such as when it tries to elbow its way into public policy. But Merry Christmas isn't one of them.


    As for Palin, O'Reilly, and Fox, they have an agenda.  A primary political motivation for many who make up the conservative base is irrational fear - fear of immigrants, fear of Africans Americans, fear of Muslims, fear of government.  Fabricating a "war on Christmas" is a way to add another fear to that list - fear that atheists, agnostics, and non-Christians (who make up a small percent of the US population) are somehow threatening Christians' ability to celebrate Christmas.  It a very transparant fake outrage they display.

     
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    There is no war on christmas, the idea is absurd on its face.  

    The real objective is to convince the public that christmas as they know is under attack and the only way to save it is to fight back against the phony "war on christmas" argument by pushing religious dogma into the public space (schools, government buildings, etc).  In this way, conservatives can 'win' on two fronts:  solving the problem, they dreamed up and propagated, and (and this is the true objective) proliferate christian religious imperatives back into government - teaching religion, adopting ID, 10 commandment placards everywhere, etc.  

     
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    In response to StalkingButler's comment:
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    [QUOTE]I suppose this will be deleted because I said "Merry Christmas".[/QUOTE]

    It'll be deleted because you don't know how to spell.

     

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    SB,

    Hope you are having one of your jokes.

    If we started policing "spelling" one third to one half the posts would be about pointing out spelling errors.

    Never mind the unusual use of grammar, punctuation, syntax, etc. Not to mention clearly using the wrong word and/or inferring something that is not implied by a word or term. For eg., as you pointed out, neo-con is neither an insult nor a term of endearment. Yet many posters view that word as an insult.

    Besides, almost nobody reports posts in this forum. Right?

    We take care of business in-house. Unlike the Article Section was is replete with "this comment has been blocked".  Oy!!!

     
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    Hope you are having one of your jokes.

    Totally ;-)

    I mean, everyone knows that you spell "fugh" with with an 'e'. Fughe!!!!

     

     

     
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    There's no 'war on christmas' ... every retailer in the country is allowed to exploit it in whatever perverse way they see fit ... as long as it's for profit.

    Can I get an amen?!

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    Absolutely.

    Amen! And Praise the Lord! 

    And extra Amens for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

    How did we all grow up without these inventons???

     
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      Every year, the left-wing freaks out about an imaginary war on their  War on Christmas.        

    It’s an article of faith among the Moonbat left that there’s a war , on the War on Christmas! How dare religious people show anything in public about religion? How..gauche.

    The  Governor of corrupt Rhode Island wont say "Christmas tree", because "he wanted everyone to feel welcome"...what a buffoon.

    There's nothing that makes liberals more annoyed than when Fox News host Bill O'Reilly starts reporting on the "War on Christmas" every year.

    But how can they talk about it without helping Fox News conservatives sell more books? Sarah Palin , with a new bestselling book about Christmas , er the Holiday Season, says thank you for the shout outs.

     MSNBC hosts and guests fruitlessly struggle to fight a war against the "War on Christmas."

    Does MSNBC have their Deity Obama on their nondenominational nonreligious celebration of diversity in a nonjudgmental way recyclable tree of Mother Earth?

    "Cities and towns can’t decorate for Christmas because someone will be offended. Poppycock. "  

    Followed by a long list of laws and exceptions, and liberal BS about stuff you cant display for Christmas because someone may be offended...thanks for proving the point!!

    I call these lefty whiners the “Christmas police.” According to the Anti-Religious Left, there is just one way to celebrate Christmas. Dont.

     




     

     

    Or, you could just shut up already.

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    But I am only 15,000 posts behind you and am trying to catch up. Maybe I will post "shut up already" a few thousand times, like you do.

     
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    There is actually a war on Christmas..but it's not the one the so called religious right is fighting.

    This is an article I came across the other day. I posted it on my facebook page..in response to the copious posts I was seeing from FB friends about "putting Christ back in Christmas".

    http://sojo.net/blogs/2013/12/10/theres-war-christmas-just-not-one-you-think

    This article sparked an interesting conversation on my FB page and I actually think a few of the "outraged" came away with a different understanding.

    It also got me thinking about all the people who feign outrage because a cashier wishes them Happy Holidays and not Merry Christmas. "Put Christ back in Christmas" they exclaim. To those people I ask..well..is Christ in your Christmas? In most cases I think the answer is no. People just like to be outraged.

    In reality..if you observe this season in the Christian, liturgical sense ( my family and I try to )...it is really inappropriate to even say "Merry Christmas" prior to Christmas Eve. If you attend church services during this season, you won't hear talk of Merry Christmas. You won't hear Christmas hymns being played or sung. You see..this is because we are not in the Christmas season yet. Christmas doesn't begin until Christmas Eve. Right now, we are in the season of Advent.

    I wonder how many people who are out there claiming "put Christ back in Christmas" practice Advent. ( the lighting of the vesper candles, the evening prayers, etc). Like I said on my Facebook page...before you tell others to "put Christ back in Christmas"...make sure he's present in your own.

     
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    In response to andiejen's comment:

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    Big Government is the God and religion of the progressives.

    “They believe in what the philosopher Hegel called ‘the God State’ because government could do all the things that God would do if God actually existed,” Jonah Goldberg said. “It empowered the Left to play God.”

    "Merry God State" !! ......doesnt have the same ring...



    Merry Christmas fugh head!

     

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    I suppose this will be deleted because I said "Merry Christmas".

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    I suppose so, jed!!!

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    OMG! The post hasn't been deleted even though I said "Merry Christmas"!

     

     
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    [QUOTE]I suppose this will be deleted because I said "Merry Christmas".[/QUOTE]

    It'll be deleted because you don't know how to spell.

     

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    Well, ahem, wink, wink, nudge, nudge, ahm... yeah, well... by all means, enlighten us. Could you give us the correct spelling of the word I misspelt? Go ahead, just try. C'mon.

    It's interesting that my post hasn't been removed, no?

    So go ahead, big boy, correct my spelling.

     
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    [QUOTE]Hope you are having one of your jokes.[/QUOTE]

     

    Totally ;-)

    I mean, everyone knows that you spell "fugh" with with an 'e'. Fughe!!!!

     

     

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    Esp. Dan Quayle. (:

     
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    There is actually a war on Christmas..but it's not the one the so called religious right is fighting.

    This is an article I came across the other day. I posted it on my facebook page..in response to the copious posts I was seeing from FB friends about "putting Christ back in Christmas".

    http://sojo.net/blogs/2013/12/10/theres-war-christmas-just-not-one-you-think

    This article sparked an interesting conversation on my FB page and I actually think a few of the "outraged" came away with a different understanding.

    It also got me thinking about all the people who feign outrage because a cashier wishes them Happy Holidays and not Merry Christmas. "Put Christ back in Christmas" they exclaim. To those people I ask..well..is Christ in your Christmas? In most cases I think the answer is no. People just like to be outraged.

    In reality..if you observe this season in the Christian, liturgical sense ( my family and I try to )...it is really inappropriate to even say "Merry Christmas" prior to Christmas Eve. If you attend church services during this season, you won't hear talk of Merry Christmas. You won't hear Christmas hymns being played or sung. You see..this is because we are not in the Christmas season yet. Christmas doesn't begin until Christmas Eve. Right now, we are in the season of Advent.

    I wonder how many people who are out there claiming "put Christ back in Christmas" practice Advent. ( the lighting of the vesper candles, the evening prayers, etc). Like I said on my Facebook page...before you tell others to "put Christ back in Christmas"...make sure he's present in your own.

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    cricket,

    Very beautiful photo.

    One of yours?

     
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    In response to jedwardnicky's comment:
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    [QUOTE]I suppose this will be deleted because I said "Merry Christmas".[/QUOTE]

    It'll be deleted because you don't know how to spell.

     

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    Well, ahem, wink, wink, nudge, nudge, ahm... yeah, well... by all means, enlighten us. Could you give us the correct spelling of the word I misspelt? Go ahead, just try. C'mon.

    It's interesting that my post hasn't been removed, no?

    So go ahead, big boy, correct my spelling.

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    jed,

    SB was just joking.

    Did you read the post I directed at him?

    And his reply?

    Sometimes you cannot tell when SB is joking. When I cannot, I check...one way or another.

     

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