Skip to comments.Federal Regulators Wage War on Christmas
Posted on 12/27/2010 3:26:02 PM PST by Kaslin
It's worth noting not only that the War on Christmas has continued, but now federal regulators have joined the wrong side. Christians should get far more aggressive in fighting back, because the Constitution is on their side.
Various outlets have reported throughout December that regulators from the Federal Reserve told privately-owned banks that they cant have Christmas displays. Its illegal for government agents to do that.
The Federal Reserve is a public-private hybrid. In one sense, its a private bank with money reserves, and also serves as a clearing house for checks and wire transfers from other banks.
In another sense, its a government agency. It was created by Congress and its board members are appointed by the president of the United States. It determines the money supply in the economy and sets interest rates. The Fed has regulatory authority over every bank in the United States. And its regulations and orders carry the force of law.
One such order violates the U.S. Constitution. One Fed regulation, called Regulation B, disallows words, symbols and other forms of communication that suggest a discriminatory preference or policy of exclusion. That regulation is okay in many circumstances, but not all.
A bank in Oklahoma City displayed Bible verses and had a cross on the tellers counter. Some bank workers also wore Merry Christmas buttons. Fed regulators visiting the bank said that these displays violated Regulation B, and ordered them removed. A similar situation is unfolding in Nebraska. The American Exchange Bank of Lincoln has also been told to discontinue religious displays.
This is outrageous. Government actorsas thats what Fed regulators are whenever they give an order to a privately-owned bankcannot order a private person (and a corporation is a person) or the individuals working there not to engage in religious expression. To the extent that Regulation B suggests anything to the contrary, that regulation (and any order based on it) is unconstitutional.
The Constitution is firmly on the side of these banks and private citizens. Joe Infranco is an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), one of the foremost religious-liberty organizations in America, which litigates countless cases nationwide defending religious expressions. About this bank situation involving the Fed, Infranco says, Its ridiculous that people have to think twice about whether its okay to publicly celebrate Christmas. An overwhelming majority of Americans celebrate Christmas and are opposed to any kind of censorship of it.
Its unfortunate that the War on Christmas hasnt gotten much attention this year. With the understandable focus on massive deficit spending and other economic issues, such as the tax-extension deal (loaded with hundreds of billions of dollars in new deficit spending) and the defeated $1.2 trillion omnibus, there hasnt been a big media appetite for the ongoing secularization of American society.
Yet thats exactly what weve seen. Christmas parades where renamed holiday parades this year, despite the fact that Christmas remains a federal holiday officially recognized by this nation. And in the midst of this increasingly anti-Christian bias, we see the inexcusable action of federal regulators telling private banks and citizens that they cannot freely celebrate Christmas.
No federal order or regulation can trump the U.S. Constitution. Its time for Christians to reengage in this fight for religious liberty. Stop playing defense. Go on offense. Make a New Years resolution that next Christmas will see people unapologetically celebrating the birth of Christ, and an uncompromising legal fight against any government officer who tries to stop it.
This government is worse than Communist China.
Time to make a stand and counterattack.
As long as Islam is considered a religion instead of a competing political system, it's a no-win fight.
Dump this government into the sewer and begin all over!
“Dump this government into the sewer and begin all over!”
Coming soon to your local liberals.
The Obama Effect. The Commies already implanted in government institutions feel free to implement their own tyrannical and anti-Christian crackdowns in concert with Obama’s attack on our Constitutional liberties.
The Constitution is stone cold dead, a worthless piece of paper because the government of the United States of America is no longer bound by it -- its "protectors" are as corrupt, and in collusion, as those they were supposed to keep in check.
Don't bother talking about breaking out the guns; you have no leaders and a mob revolt won't get you to anyplace better.
America -- a great idea that didn't last.
Tell your son the truth, that the enemy is here now.
All too often, the enemy resides in the halls of government and corporate America.
It's a government agency, "in a sense?" Does that mean it's "like" a government agency? Is it "almost" a government agency? Maybe it's "mostly" a government agency.
The federal government is divided into three branches. If the "federal" reserve is a government agency, then what branch of government is it part of?
Muslims are already adopting Christmas trees as part of their ‘holiday’ celebration. And presents. Of course they don’t call it a Christmas tree, God forbid. But they’ve figured out how to slither in under the door. Adapt and conquer, then exterminate all dissenters.