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Posted on 12/27/2010 6:15:39 AM PST by IbJensen
This December, on courthouse lawns and other public places across America, youll see decorative lights, Santa and his reindeer, snowmen, holiday trees, and maybe even an angel or two. The only guest wholl probably be missing from this birthday party is the guest of honor himself. Oddly, theres even room for elves, tin soldiers, candy canes, and sugarplums just no room for Christ. The lunacy of celebrating a holiday called Christmas that commemorates the birth of Christ without recognizing Christ could only happen in the philosophically inconsistent but politically correct America. Think of it: You can openly celebrate Christmas just as long as you dont mention Christ.
Does this make any sense? Imagine if the same politically correct standard were applied to the celebration of other holidays. Imagine the celebration of Hanukkah where Jews are expected to forgo the Festival of Lights or other Jewish traditions. How receptive do you think Muslims would be to the idea of celebrating Ramadan with no mention of Allah, the Quran, or Muhammad? Imagine Valentines Day without any references to Saint Valentine a day where only candy and flowers could be displayed. What kind of sense would it make to not be able to talk about Columbus on Columbus Day Columbus, Ohio, perhaps, but not Christopher Columbus? What if on Martin Luther Kings birthday, instead of honoring Martin Luther King, we honored fictional characters and animals? How well would that fly?
Ridiculous? No more ridiculous than celebrating a Christ-less Christmas.
What makes this so crazy is that Christmas has been celebrated in America practically from the moment explorers first landed on our shores. As people sailed across the Atlantic to the new world, among the many things they brought with them was Christmas. It is indeed one of the oldest of our religious celebrations. For centuries, Christmas has been a time of joy and festivity enjoyed by Christians and non-Christians alike. How ironic that until todays enlightened times we were blind to just how damaging and offensive the celebration of Christmas as a Christian Holy Day can be to some people.
Today some are telling us that its unconstitutional to acknowledge Christmas in the public square and that we must bow to political correctness by removing Christ from our Christmas, making it a non-religious seasonal holiday instead. But even if we comply, it still wont fix the problem because the word holiday means holy day so, in the long run, well need to stop using the word holiday as well.
A New Day in America
So its a new day in America. Along with the traditional ritual of unpacking the Christmas decorations in preparation for the month-long celebration, another ritual has been added the growing national obsession of de-Christing Christmas. Anti-Christmas sentiments range from the innocently ignorant to the utterly insane. For example, in 2009, an elementary school in Massachusetts forbade students from wearing red and green elf hats because red and green are Christmas colors and therefore religious and illegal. According to the Liberty Counsel, in 2006 Lowes employees were not allowed to say Merry Christmas to customers unless the customer initiated the holiday greeting. In October of this year, the Richmond-based business Dominion Resources, Inc., became the sponsor of the 26-year-old Richmond Christmas parade. Upon taking the reins, Dominion promptly announced that the word Christmas would be dropped from the events name. Oddly, the parades theme this year is Celebrating Holiday Traditions, so Dominion felt it was their job to erase 26 years of Christmas tradition in the process of celebrating holiday traditions. Thankfully, this did not fly with the public, and when Richmond citizens and people around the country found out, they inundated Dominion with thousands of phone calls and e-mails forcing them to change their minds and return Christmas to the parades title. So at least for this year, there will be a Christmas parade in Richmond.
Proving that its never too early to launch an attack on Christmas, this summer officials of Loudoun County, Virginia, were planning to forbid the display of all religious Christmas symbols at their courthouse. This ban would have outlawed decorations that have been displayed there every Christmas for the past 50 years. A county spokesman said, We want a non-religious, but traditional program, which eliminates all religious expression. But it did not work out that way. Bowing to public pressure, Loudoun County officials reversed their decision and Christmas decorations will be displayed at the courthouse for at least one more year. And last, but certainly not least, on October 4 of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a school ban on religious holiday music. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had upheld the ban, which had been imposed by the South Orange and Maplewood school district in New Jersey. Many fear that the Supreme Courts refusal to hear the case, thereby allowing the ban to stand, sent a signal to school districts across the nation that Christmas carols are out, thus taking us one step further toward a completely Christ-less Christmas in America.
Situations like these happen over and over in America every Christmas season. It appears that some just cannot tolerate the honest, historic, harmless celebration of what is arguably the most celebrated holiday around the world. What is so ironic is that those who stand so adamantly against Christmas are the very ones who preach the message of tolerance so vociferously. Of course their brand of tolerance is a one way street that only goes their way. One must wonder, What is it about Christmas that so offends these people?
Why the Change?
There is a line in Shakespeares Hamlet, Act III, scene II that answers this question. In this line, the Queen says, The lady doth protest too much, methinks. The loudness and shrillness of the Christmas protestors gives them away. We must ask, If theres nothing to Christianity, as many of these folks believe, why make such a fuss? It would appear they are either terrified at the thought that the Bible might be true, so they want it out of sight and out of mind, or their distaste for Christ is so strong they just cant bear the thought of millions openly, publicly celebrating His birth. Driven by their angst for Christmas, it seems clear that these people will never rest until every vestige of religious expression is eradicated from the American landscape.
Of course, those who war against Christianity claim they merely want to remove it from the public square because religious expression on public property is unconstitutional. Is this really true? Consider the following statements from our Founders:
[It is] the duty of all wise, free, and virtuous governments to countenance and encourage virtue and religion. I therefore recommend a general and public return of praise and thanksgiving to Him from whose goodness these blessings descend. John Jay, first Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
As to the subject of religion no power is given to the general government to interfere with it at all.... Every man has a right to worship the Supreme Being in the manner he thinks proper. Richard Dobbs Spaight, signer of the Constitution
The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. John Adams
This is a religious people.... From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation. U.S. Supreme Court
Almost all the civil liberty now enjoyed in the world owes its origin to the principles of the Christian religion.... The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and to this we owe our free constitution of government. Noah Webster
The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity. John Quincy Adams
The idea that public religious expression is unconstitutional goes against everything we know about the founding of our country and our history. The belief that allowing religious expression on public property is establishing a state religion or church is laughable. There is a huge difference between allowing and establishing. Anyone who has a cursory knowledge of our Founders knows that they were committed to creating a country where there would be freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. True, they did not want an established church like England, but America has never been, nor is it at this time, anywhere near establishing a state church. Displaying Christmas decorations that are religious in nature at a courthouse, school, or other government building certainly does not constitute the establishment of a state church.
The Constitution guarantees freedom of expression, not freedom from being offended. Practically every day we are all offended by something or someone. But, most of us are able to write off these offenses to the cost of liberty.
In 2005, Ben Stein illustrated this point well: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I dont feel threatened. I dont feel discriminated against. Thats what they are: Christmas trees. It doesnt bother me a bit when people say, Merry Christmas to me. I dont think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesnt bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, its just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away. I dont like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I dont think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I cant find it in the Constitution and I dont like it being shoved down my throat. Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we arent allowed to worship God as we understand Him? But there are a lot of us who are wondering where the America we knew went to.
Some two thousand years ago, there was no room for Him in an inn, so Jesus entered this world in a stable. Rejected by an innkeeper, He was received by shepherds. Though hated by the political elite of his own nation, foreign kings traveled many miles to worship Him.
In two thousand years, things havent changed all that much. The world is still trying to force Him out. Every year, Christmas reawakens the age-old struggle Is He who He claimed to be or is he a fraud? For those who seek the truth, He continues to fill the blank spot their hearts. So, from one seeker who has found that _________mas only leaves the human heart empty, let me wish you a very politically incorrect but historically and religiously accurate Merry CHRISTmas.
And did not Marx have Christianity in mind?
Who are the fathers of communism?
Who were the first antiChristians?
What religion is the phony in the White Hut?
On the bright side, I heard more hearty “Merry Christmases” out in public THIS year than I can recall in recent memory (certainly than in the last couple of years).
It was a welcome change.
It has been 25 years in coming.
It came with the personal realization by people, one by one, that "Hey, I'm not the ONLY one who thinks this way. There are Millions more LIKE ME. We are in the majority! I can say what I want and anybody that has a problem with it, that is their problem."
I think until that point, most Americans were driven neurotic over it and truly conflicted, if not forced into fear which manifested itself in self-censorship.
See my tagline.
It's also a sign on my pickup truck's rear window
Ben, haven't you heard...we are not an theist country...we are a muslim country.
But there are a lot of us who are wondering
where the America we knew went to.
I’d like to see a list of the NAMES of those who complain they are offended by Christmas. Why do those who are destroying our heritage remain anonymous?
Because hiding ones identity from those who would challenge them is safer than having to defend ones views.........
On another note,the "holiday" decorations locally are much not in evidence;all the colorful candy canes ,wreaths, and other green decorations once lit with many colorful lights ,have been replaced with boring,chilling, displays of monochrome white lights in a stylized snowflake;one park is lit up with dozens of white light arches more suitable for a wedding or ice festival.Nativity scenes are few,and Santa displays even less! But some have those goofy inflated China-made figures in their yards;those require a blower running constantly less they deflate.
I really miss the Christmas of my childhood even though there was less money.
The drive through a half-dozen communities on my way to work barely hints at some sort of holiday.
It might depend a little bit on WHERE in the US you are.
I went to a Christmas concert (yes, advertised as such, not as a “winter solstice concert”) in South Texas earlier this month. It was held in a PUBLIC high school performing arts center and included the PUBLIC high school choir.
In at least half the songs the name of Jesus was prominent. :-) Remember this was a PUBLIC high school. I get the feeling that an ACLU whiner would not be welcome there. Peer pressure would take care of the problem before it got a foothold.
But that’s Texas. YMMV
I sent a lot of Christmas cards out that said Merry Christmas. I sent a ton of emails out that did the same. I said Merry Christmas to more people than I can count. I got the same back time and time again.
The one thing we make sure to put up is the outdoor Nativity. This year we had too many family-illness issues to have time to do a tree for ourselves, but the nativity is up. We stake it to the ground with tent stakes through loops we made from coathangers. Our Walmart doesn't have them in stock any more, but this is the site I got the star from, and they sell the whole set (I'm not getting any kickbacks):
The lack of Nativities makes me sad. Christmas isn't about the birth of Santa.
This year I’ve gone out of my way to wish folks Merry Christmas. At minimum, I get a smile in return.
Or maybe they don’t want to be the target of death threats and violence from the few nutbags that inevitably are out there.
I mean, would you want your name, family members, home address, phone number, and place of work given to the members of La Raza... if you were leading the campaign against illegal immigrants?
Or given to the CAIR if you were leading the fight against the Ground Zero mosque?
I figured it was cost cutting. Hanukah is traditionally celebrated with blue and white... and Christmas is associated with snow.
So to save money, all the lights are white. Representing snow and Christmas... and having half the colors of Hanukah.
Though, I miss the decorations from when I was a kid. Half the lampposts would be decked with blue and white... and the other half green and red. Then the malls and shopping centers would put out a tree, a manger, and a electric menorah.
All right after Thanksgiving, unlike now... where Christmas is set up before Halloween. (talk about WAAAY too early)
That's because, IMO, until recently people who thought Christmas was damaging and offensive were a very tiny minority. Thanks to massive immigration from non-Christian countries in the last 25-30 years, we now have millions more people who hate Christmas, and they have enough numbers and clout to flex their muscles and start demanding that America change to suit them.
Indeed it is.
Here in Longview, Texas there is a nice good sized cross on the courthouse lawn, complete with a drape and crown of thorns.
If the Anti-Christian Lunacy Union (moniker courtesy of William Buckley) complained about it, they and their atheistic sideshow would be told to shove it and hit the road, and not very nicely either.