Go Fish Fights A War That You Probably Had Forgotten Existed

Dec 23rd, 2008 // 12 Comments


I had the occasion to drive a rental car across Arizona last week without bringing along any CDs, so I ended up flipping back and forth between the three Christian pop stations that seem to possess the only viable FM signals out in the middle of the desert. While I’ve spent some time as an apologist for Christian music on here in the past, I want to take it all back, thanks to the act Go Fish.



While it seems like the war over “Merry Christmas” ended awhile ago due to general indifference, rest assured, the battle rages on for some Christians who are apparently offended by the recognition of any holiday they don’t 100% endorse. The allegedly “acclaimed family entertainers” Go Fish released “Christmas With A Capital C” in 2006, but thanks to a really lousy YouTube tribute video, the band finds itself in the fray again… just where it wants to be.

According to a recent poll by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 92 percent of Americans believe in God, and Go Fish is proudly taking a stand not only for this majority, but for the religious freedoms the term “holiday” threatens to put at risk….

“This song unapologetically reminds people that Christmas is about the birth of Christ,” says Go Fish founding member Jamie Statema. “The whole point of ‘Christmas With A Capital C’ is to show that this annual debate is about something much bigger than just whether or not to say ‘Merry Christmas.’ It’s about an ongoing effort to remove God from our American culture. We decided it was time to take a stand and as a result, ‘Christmas With A Capital C’ has become an anthem for Christians all over the United States.”

To call the song an “anthem” is a strange choice of words, but hey, why celebrate your faith in a personal manner when you can alienate nearly everyone around you with jackassery over something that couldn’t matter less? Damn that lady making your coffee who was trying to be considerate with her banal goodbye! Score one for Jesus!

Press Release: Go Fish Crusades For CHRISTMAS WITH A CAPITAL C [Go Fish]

  1. natepatrin

    Last time I checked, the skyway level of the Target Center in Minneapolis had a large backlit concert poster for this tour. It was adjacent to a large backlit concert poster for Jeff Dunham’s ‘Spark of Insanity’ show. That juxtaposition covers about 80% of what I hate about American culture.

  2. TheRunningboard7

    so who was doing the talky part, Glen Beck? I honestly don’t know.

  3. Anonymous

    Here in Northeast Ohio I’ve seen several billboards with the phrase “I miss hearing you say ‘Merry Christmas’ – Jesus” or something to that effect. The battle rages on I guess?

  4. Dan Gibson

    @TheRunningboard7: Christian comedian Brad Stine.

  5. Anonymous

    This is not a battle for anything other than preserving the perception that this is a “God-fearing” country, despite all evidence to the contrary. Why do my people always talk in the same glazed-over, Stepford tones?

  6. bcapirigi

    The other day I heard some girl on a talk station crying–literally crying–and saying that she didn’t understand why people were making such a big deal about the issue, and then in the next breath saying that saying happy holidays had less meaning than saying Merry Christmas. Literally crying. Tears. On the radio. I almost drove into some schoolchildren that were crossing the street.

  7. Audif Jackson Winters III

    Holy shit, a Christian comic stole Dennis Leary’s shtick. Should that make Bill Hicks fan perversely happy?

  8. Ted Striker

    @Audif Jackson Winters III:

    To be fair, I doubt he smokes as much as Leary or drinks as much as Hicks.

  9. R. Morast

    interesting. i covered this band for years (jamie statema was from the town my newspaper served). and while this political stand doesn’t surprise me, it’s worth noting that Go Fish wasn’t always this openly Christian. the group played christian festivals and all that, but they didn’t make any outright, bold statements about faith. this smells like a career move.

  10. Anonymous

    One of their lyric title cards says, “We’re gonna get jugded.” Is that what happens when you drink too much liquored-up eggnog or does the Baby Jeebus need a new proofreader?

  11. moomintroll

    @beefheartfan: Jesus, I miss hearing you say nothing and not being petty via billboard.
    -moomintroll

  12. Anonymous

    Sorry everyone. You’re gonna burn for participating in this post.

    Merry Christmas!

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