I recently heard about an athiest vuvuzela band that marched in a Christmas parade and the ensuing controversy. I have no idea where it was or really much about it, but I’ve found it running around in my thoughts the last week or so. This is my small response to this event.
I would just like to say that as a member of the Christian community and as one who is trying to enjoy the spiritual atmosphere of one of the most celebrated seasons of the year, I found the recent march of the Athiest Vuvuzela Band outrageous and offensive. This band trampled with every step the very values that the Christmas season stands for: peace on Earth, human harmony, and brotherly love. My sense of the Christmas season took a serious blow at the image of an athiest vuvuzela band marching next to the fresh young faces of impressionable high school marching bands and drill teams.
What are we to tell our children? Is this spectre of contention and cacauphony to become the role models of our youth? When my child asks am I to tell them that Vuvuzelas are an acceptable Christmas time tradition? At such an event as the World Cup, a secular and raucous event by nature, they are tolerable at best, but my heart was broken at the rumor of their recent association with my beloved Christmas season.
That said, I like to think of myself as a Christian and understanding person. Therefore, I would like each of the members of this horrendous band to know that I would personally like to campaign for the money to purchase them each a french horn, in hopes that they will see the error of their ways and that their contribution do next year’s parade will be one of harmony instead of discord.