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Sunday, December 16, 2007

A plate of meatballs to go, please

A week from now, I'll be at my parents house for the Christmas holiday, enjoying the Swedish-themed seasonal decorations and food.

Before I turn out the lights and traipse around the house wearing a crown of candles like St. Lucia, I need to sort out what we're supposed to think about my peeps in Europe. The geniuses behind the font of knowledge known as the 'Minnesota Majority' website have me confused.

In their world, healthy babies are tied to something called 'racial purity'. They cite Sweden as an example.

Well, I certainly would acknowledge I'm a product of sturdy peasant stock, and the ancestors I know about are whiter than snow. That said, not everybody came from the same Lutheran sub-division, and we've got Danish, German, and Norwegian blood in the mix. Does that still qualify for 'racial purity'?

Sweden is known for its cradle-to-grave-nanny-state-socialist economy, including lots and lots of publicly funded health care.

Would that social program possibly have anything to do with healthy babies?

Speaking of babies.... theocrats often like to cite Sweden as an example of how to go hell in a handbasket, with all of those out of wedlock births, and homos marrying each other right and left, which somehow discourages traditional families from doing it by the book.

What are we supposed to think?

It would be nice to get some clarification on this in the next week..... do I smile and tolerate the meatballs, the rice, the red horses, the candles, etc, or do I come out as an anti-Swede activist, and purge my parents' home of reminders of the mess known as Sweden.

It's a big topic... maybe I'll go watch Garbo in 'Queen Christina' and think about it some more.


lloydletta said...

Points worth considering.