It’s sad in today’s culture when people from a perverse lifestyle latch onto a word or symbol that once meant or stood for something happy and wholesome and turn it into a trademark for their sinful lifestyle. For example, the rainbow has stood as the symbol of God’s promise to never again destroy the earth with water. But the LGBT movement has stolen the rainbow to represent their abominable and anti-biblical lifestyle.
When I was younger, the word gay meant happy and fun. It had a positive connotation. Now, if you ask a number of people what they think of when they hear the word ‘gay’, they automatically think of homosexuality. Once meaning happy and fun, the word ‘gay’ now stands for something perverse and sinful. It stands for something that God calls abominable.
Poems, songs and stories written years ago that used the word ‘gay’, meant it for something other than homosexuality. Perhaps one of the best known instances is the Christmas carol, Deck the Halls, where the songwriter wrote, ‘don we now our gay apparel.’ The song was originally written to the Welch tune Nos Galen and first published in 1794. Thomas Oliphant is credited with the first English lyrics which were not a translation of the original Welsh lyrics, but an entirely new set of lyrics. The first known publication of the English version was in 1866.
In those days, the word gay’ meant happy and fun and had nothing to do with homosexuality. Yet, because of the word being stolen by the homosexuals, I know a number of Christians who no longer sing the Christmas Carol or if they do, they substitute a word that matches the original meaning of the word ‘gay.’ I’ve heard the words ‘happy’, ‘fun’ and ‘joyful’ used to keep the same meaning of the lyric as it was originally intended.
Hallmark Greetings Cards also believe that the word ‘gay’ in the song Deck the Halls no longer means what was originally intended and could easily be misinterpreted by a number of people. That led them to substituting the word ‘fun’ on one of their new Christmas ornaments. The ornament is a sweater with the lyrics, ‘Don we now our FUN apparel!’.
But wouldn’t you know, the homosexual community has taken offense to Hallmark’s actions and claim that the company is making an unnecessary political statement by changing the lyric the way they did. Hallmark responded to the criticism saying that the word ‘gay’ now has multiple meanings which would result in the sweater ornament being open to misinterpretation. They were not making any political statement with the ornament and plan to keep selling it. However, they also admitted that in hindsight, they probably should not have changed the lyrics on the ornament.
Peter LaBarbera, President of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality commented about the complaint against Hallmark, saying:
“Who could blame Hallmark for changing the Christmas carol from ‘Don we now our gay apparel’ to ‘Don we now our fun apparel’ because homosexual activists stole the word ‘gay.’ It used to mean ‘happy’ and ‘joyful’ – and now it means, basically, identifying a sexual perversion: homosexuality. So I don’t blame Hallmark for making this change.”
“Homosexual activists stole that word just like they stole the rainbow. Now, I don’t believe we should let these words go, but it looks like ‘gay’ is too far gone. We’re not going to let the rainbow be used solely as a homosexual symbol, so we’re going to fight that. But the fact is, homosexual activists are constantly stealing good things and adapting them to suit their sexual perversion.”
I find it very hypocritical that homosexuals can change the wording of the Bible to downplay or eliminate God’s condemnation on their sinful lifestyle. Re-writing God’s Word to make it say what they want it to say is perfectly okay, but when a company changes one word in a Christmas lyric in an effort to keep the original intent, this becomes unacceptable to the LGBT activists. They consistently complain about intolerance and political statements when they are made by others but believe that when they do the same thing, that it is always perfectly acceptable. It clearly demonstrates that they are the ones who are intolerant, biased, prejudiced, and hypocritical.
I usually don’t shop at Hallmark, mostly because of their prices, but I just may make it a point this year to drop by my local Hallmark store and purchase their sweater ornament. If they have one, it will be hung proudly and prominently on our Christmas tree.