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Attacking Western values ^ | 12/29/04 | Walter E. Williams

Posted on 12/28/2004 11:15:57 PM PST by kattracks

School boards have recently banned songs and music containing references to Santa Claus, Jesus and other religious Christmas symbols. The New York City school system permits displays of Jewish menorahs and the Muslim star and crescent but not the Christian nativity scene.

 According to an Associated Press story (Nov. 26, 2004), "A public school teacher is suing his district and principal for barring him from using excerpts from historical documents in his classroom because they contain references to God and Christianity." The historical documents in question are: the Declaration of Independence and "The Rights of the Colonists" by John Adams.

 Then there's Kandice Smith, an Alabama sixth-grader who was threatened with discipline for exhibiting a cross necklace. Just a few years ago, the city manager of Eugene, Ore., Jim Johnson, banned Christmas trees and holiday decorations with religious themes from public spaces, giving as his reason the need to "put a neutral face on a religious holiday in the workplace." This year, a float proclaiming "Merry Christmas" was banned from Denver's Parade of Lights.

 Under the pretense of the First Amendment's prohibitions against "establishment of religion" and the court's bogus "separation of church and state" interpretation of the same, we're witnessing a part of the ongoing attack on American values. The Constitution's "establishment of religion" clause was written to prevent the formation of anything similar to the official Church of England in the United States.

 So why the attack on religion? Read the Declaration of Independence. You'll read phrases such as: "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights," "Laws of Nature and Nature's God," and "appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world." The vision held by the framers is that our rights come not from government but from a "Creator" or "the laws of nature and of nature's God." That means the purpose and power of government is rightfully limited to protecting our natural God-given rights.

 The idea that government doesn't grant rights is offensive to those who wish to control our lives. Therefore, to gain greater control, the idea of natural rights, God-given rights and Christian values must be suppressed. The idea that rights precede government was John Locke's natural law philosophy, which had a significant influence on our nation's founders, but they chose to refer to natural law as rights endowed by the Creator.

 The attack on Christian ideas and Christian public displays is part and parcel of the leftist control agenda in another way. Certain components of the leftist agenda require that our primary allegiance be with government. As such, there must be an attack on allegiances to the teachings of the church and family. After all, for example, if you want popular acceptance of homosexual marriages, there must be a campaign against church teachings that condemn such practices.

 Emboldened by their successes in the courts and intimidation of public officials, leftists will no doubt make other demands; there's no logical end point except complete Christian capitulation. There are Christian symbols and exhibits in many Washington, D.C., government buildings that will come down, such as: Moses with the Ten Commandments inside the U.S. Supreme Court, George Washington praying in the Capitol Building, Abraham Lincoln's speech mentioning God carved inside the Lincoln Memorial.

 Religious programming on the radio and television will come under attack. After all, there's Federal Communications Commission permission to use the "public airwaves." If leftists say they have no such intention to go after television, radio and other public expressions of Christianity, what they really mean is that they haven't softened us up enough yet. I'm not quite sure of just how we should respond to the ongoing attack on Christianity and American values, but we'd better do something quickly.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antichristmas; churchandstate; thewest; values; walterwilliams

1 posted on 12/28/2004 11:15:57 PM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks

Christmas has been very secularized. The emphasis on gift-giving and trees and santa and living snowmen has removed the focus from the birth of Christ. This recent effort by the weirdos to multiculturalize us will only galvanize the bible-thumpers, imo.

2 posted on 12/28/2004 11:20:17 PM PST by Voice in your head ("The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage." - Thucydides)
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To: kattracks

Parents must take a stand and throw these scumbags out of control of their schools:

3 posted on 12/28/2004 11:41:26 PM PST by 26lemoncharlie (Defending America)
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To: kattracks


4 posted on 12/28/2004 11:42:17 PM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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Ping to self for later pingout.

5 posted on 12/28/2004 11:42:40 PM PST by little jeremiah (The "Gay Agenda" exists only in the minds of little jeremiah and his cohort. - Modern Man)
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To: kattracks
Thank you for a excellent description of the war we must win.
6 posted on 12/28/2004 11:45:21 PM PST by jonrick46
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To: Voice in your head

All the emphasis on "Happy Holidays" by people who are resentful of everyone enjoying a holiday which they themselves can't enjoy is the problem. But I see nothing wrong with just buying a tree and exchanging presents and having a nice Christmas with your family.

7 posted on 12/28/2004 11:49:49 PM PST by grizzly84
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To: 26lemoncharlie
We must confront school board officials, principals, and superintendents and just tell them in no certain terms that they will not take Christian values out of the school. In eliminating traditional Christmas music from Christmas time programs they are throwing Christian values out of our culture. That will no longer be tolerated.
8 posted on 12/28/2004 11:51:47 PM PST by jonrick46
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To: grizzly84

Could these people have allowed such hatred into their minds that Christmas generosity is no longer viable in their lives? Would these people more likely run around during Christmas time saying things like, "Bah humbug!" and try to make life miserable for all others who try to exhibit the Christmas Spirit? This must all be rooted in envy.

9 posted on 12/29/2004 12:26:12 AM PST by jonrick46
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To: kattracks

If someone wants to wish me a Happy Hanukkah! I'd be delighted. If someone wished me a Happy Kwanzaa I'd make no objection. If a stranger would like to commemorate the birth of Buddha I'd say go ahead, make it a public celebration, give us a parade, turn it into a million movies!! It is our right as Americans to practice our religion however we would like, and if that religion happens to be Christianity then all those offended or in disagreement please step back, because I certainly don't care if you worship, don't worship, or worship another deity than my own. I think its great that we are allowed to be neighbors and be different and express those differences with pride! The Holocaust is over! Come out of hiding! If you're proud of your Religion shout it on the rooftops!

10 posted on 12/29/2004 1:07:21 AM PST by Young Lady
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To: jonrick46

That's exactly correct!! COnfront them and confront them in Mass! If the ACLU shows up contact the Tho. Moore Law Center. They have volunteerd their time to fight for Christmas

11 posted on 12/29/2004 6:37:27 AM PST by 26lemoncharlie (Defending America)
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To: 26lemoncharlie; jonrick46

The real issue is government schools. Get rid of government schools and you won't have weirdos stuffing everything but Christmas into your kids developing grey matter.

The answers to our problems in this country are so obviously simple to fix, but half the people would rather fight it out and the other half want to use the issue to gain power and prestige.

Immigration - build walls, hire more agents, arm them heavily, enforce laws, crack down on illegal hiring

Drugs - Firebomb columbian forests indiscriminately and/or legalize them and let the free market run the druglords out of business.

Lousy education/eroding moral values - eliminate government schooling

Teen pregnancy/single families - eliminate welfare

Rising healthcare costs - eliminate medicare and medicaid

Easy solutions - much simpler than the government alternatives - but there is too much power and profit to be had in maintaining the status quo.

12 posted on 12/29/2004 7:24:17 AM PST by Voice in your head ("The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage." - Thucydides)
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