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Pat McMahon

Updated Nov 27, 2012 - 10:18 am

We all need to chill out over the use of 'Christmas'

This year's Thanksgiving and Black Friday are just barely history and it's already started: I've already heard reports of complaints from people offended by any recognition of Christmas in the secular world.

Some parents are lodging demands that the Christmas assembly be canceled because their children's school choir is scheduled to perform -- please forgive me, if this is simply too graphic -- they're scheduled to perform a program of Christmas carols!

Some of these songs date back to the Middle Ages, but for some, they're unacceptable for middle schools. We could always pretend that "Silent Night" is about the day you lost your iPod and "Joy to the World" was just a 1970s hit for Three Dog Night.

There are actually people who refuse to drive by the Nativity scene displayed by some churches. Hey! It's a baby and his mom and dad. He grew up to be pretty famous. Jews and Muslims respect him as a prophet and a good man.

If you can't at least do that, chill out for Christ's sake!

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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