Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


December 12, 2012

In Your View


ASHLAND — Christmas today celebrates greed

Sometimes I wonder if Jesus is pleased with the way we Christians celebrate his birthday. Is capitalism the economic system Jesus wills for his followers? I find it hard to believe Jesus would praise an economic system where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

It seems Wall Street's idea of a “successful Christmas” is determined by the exorbitant amount of money consumers spend during the Christmas shopping season.

The economy’s health that is so dependent on each year’s year-end shopping splurge in honor of Christ’s birth might cause Jesus to go to Wall Street the day after Thanksgiving to deliver this message: “You are again turning my house on this street into a den of thieves! You don’t care anything about me. Stop pretending you know me. I’'s all about padding your bank accounts. Feed the poor, then come and follow me.”

Those are bold words that would probably get Jesus crucified again. One has to wonder if Christmas in America is more a celebration of our greed than a celebration of our Creator-Savior's birth.

 Paul L. Whiteley Sr., Louisville

Prepare healthy, humane feast

Santa’s belly is supposed to shake like a bowl full of jelly, but Uncle Earl could really benefit if there were a little less “bounce” in his step. So this Christmas, I’m preparing a healthy — and humane — feast featuring a savory vegan pot pie and vegan versions of traditional holiday favorites, including mashed potatoes, stuffing, and green bean bake.

Unlike turkey, ham and other animal-derived foods, vegan foods are cholesterol-free and generally low in saturated fat and calories.

So even if you “overindulge” a little at Christmas, you won’t have to spend the New Year trying to lose the holiday weight.

If you also want to enjoy a healthy, humane holiday feast, visit www.PETA.org for free vegan recipes and product suggestions. Your heart may not actually grow three sizes if you celebrate Christmas with a vegan feast, but you will feel good for making a compassionate, heart-healthy choice.

Heather Moore, PETA Foundation, Norfolk, Va.

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