Demonizing Christmas….Has Anything Changed?
I wrote this post at this time last year, and I am curious my gentle readers…has anything changed? My friend Francis Porretto, whose blood pressure rises at the mention of the subject, doesn’t seem to think so. The inimitable Ann Althouse points to war on Christmas Chinese style. Meanwhile, see for yourselves…
Let me say this out loud and clear: “I am a devout Christian”, and whilst I am at it let me proclaim that “I am fiercely pro-Israel”. So there you have it. Put that in your pipe and smoke it you rabid anti-Semites, you fanatical Islamofascists, and you militant Jew hating Holocaust deniers.
Now we have that out of the way, we can continue…
“…Attacks on Christmas dominate today’s headlines – judges banning nativity scenes, retailers renaming Christmas trees “Holiday trees,” schools forbidding children from singing Christmas carols and even banning the colors red and green!
It almost sounds funny, but only if you’re not aware of the powerful, malevolent currents beneath the “grinch-who-stole-Christmas” stories. As WND’s monthly Whistleblower reveals in its spine-straightening December issue, a lot more than Christmas is at stake – Christianity itself is being undermined and attacked with increasing frequency and venom.
In the book “Criminalizing Christianity”, Whistleblower reveals the length, width and breadth of attacks on Christianity – those happening now, and those just around the corner – and not just in Communist and Islamic nations where religious persecution is rampant, but right here in the U.S.
“This has become more than a seasonal witch hunt by the ACLU,” said WND Editor and founder Joseph Farah. “The attacks on Christianity in America are alarming. We are witnessing more than religious bigotry now. We are entering the early stages of what could become persecution and outright criminalization of Christianity if it is not exposed and fought vigorously by all freedom-loving people.”
Perhaps the most stunning revelation in this issue of Whistleblower is the extent of the attacks on Christianity in the U.S.
“It’s chillling,” said WND Managing Editor David Kupelian. “Our nation’s founding religion is being attacked as never before. The Constitution is being twisted out of all recognition, history is being rewritten, and Christian teachings and observances are being shut out and shut up. And while we sit around watching this helplessly, we’re bequeathing a different America to our children. It’s time for people to wake up.”
Now, the December edition of Whistleblower gives Americans the information they need, not only to understand the problem, but to effectively fight back.
RightMarch asks: “…So what exactly is going on? As Bill O’Reilly noted on FoxNews, “There is an anti-Christian bias in this country, and it is more on display at Christmas season than any other time.” It’s the same attitude toward Christianity as that held by Michael Newdow, who wants to ban “In God We Trust” from our currency and “under God” from our Pledge of Allegiance.
There IS a War On Christmas. Take a look at a few of the most blatant examples:
- In a press release this week, “Beyond Belief Media has formally declared war on Christmas, the December 25 holiday in which Christians celebrate the birth of the mythical figure Jesus Christ, the company announced… As its opening salvo, Beyond Belief Media has purchased advertisements this week in the New York Times, USA Today and the New Yorker magazine…” BBM president Brian Flemming stated, “Wherever the mythical figure Jesus is celebrated as if he were real, we… will undercut the idea that there is any point at all to celebrating the ‘birth’ of a character in a fairy tale.”
- The CEO of Target stores has decided to continue to ban Salvation Army bell ringers from their 1,272 stores nationwide, costing that charity an estimated $9 million (10% of their funds raised during Christmas). Two years ago, the homosexual journal the “Washington (DC) Blade” wrote that “Gay rights groups continue to target the Salvation Army’s red kettles, hoping to persuade the Christian charity organization to end its anti-gay policies”; Target has apparently submitted to their demands, also banning the mention of Christmas by employees and in its broadcast and print ads, and banning the use of “Merry Christmas” from their in-store promotions. Meanwhile, Target CEO Robert Ulrich took a bonus of $31.8 million dollars from his personal stock options last year, right before the announcement banning the Salvation Army’s red kettles.
- The Rutherford Institute, a Christian law firm defending First Amendment rights, received a phone call from a Michigan parent whose daughter, a second grader, was told that she couldn’t mention Jesus Christ or God during the upcoming Christmas season because it might offend someone.
- The American Civil Liberties Union is again filing dozens of lawsuits nationwide to have all Christmas displays removed from government property (for violating the so-called “separation of church and state”), even if the public displays are strictly from private citizens or groups.
- Sears/Kmart has apparently banned the use of “Christmas” — Bill O’Reilly noted that they “would not answer our questions. Spokesman Chris Braithwaite simply ducked the issue. Their website banners: ‘Wish Book Holiday 2005.’ They were the worst we had to deal with.”
- The South Orange/Maplewood School District in New Jersey declared last year that school bands will be limited to songs such as “Winter Wonderland” and “Frosty the Snowman,” because the district’s policy banning Christmas songs with religious references actually prohibit the performance of INSTRUMENTAL songs that don’t even HAVE lyrics!
- In yet another New Jersey elementary school, a class trip to see the Broadway play “A Christmas Carol” was cancelled under threat of a lawsuit.
- In Palm Beach County Schools in Florida teachers were warned not to allow any Christmas decorations to be displayed.
- Across the country children have been barred from giving out Christmas cards and some banned from using the greeting, “Merry Christmas”.
- An Oklahoma Superintendent ordered the students and faculty at Lakehoma Elementary School to remove the nativity scene and not sing “Silent Night” at last year’s “holiday” play.
- In a Plano, TX school parents were prohibited from using red and green plates and napkins and could only bring white decorations for “winter” parties.
What’s going on here? The flagrant attempt to remove Christ from Christmas would never be permitted if applied to the holy days of any other religion. So much for religious “tolerance.” No wonder a new poll from the Anti-Defamation League found that 64% of the American people believe that religion is “under attack” — IT IS.
What about Santa Claus? The old fellow may have become the very symbol of consumerist culture and Hollywood sentimentality in recent decades, but it’s hard to ignore the religious element, as in St. Nicholas, in his origins.
To Christians, Christmas lights themselves radiate the religious symbolism of Christ as “light of the world.” Why should they be allowed on government property? And what about the “Peace on Earth” sign affixed to city halls across America? That’s plucked from the New Testament.
Come to think of it, Dec. 25 is a paid holiday for hundreds of thousands of government workers — yet this practice offends some people, too. They think the courts should outlaw any designation of Christmas as a government holiday. Their arguments have not yet won the day — the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected one such lawsuit in 2000, for example — but the agitation doubtlessly will continue.
As noted in an editorial last year by the Rocky Mountain news, “The First Amendment’s ban on the establishment of religion is a critical safeguard of liberty, but there is a point at which attempts to sweep anything associated with religious faith from the public sphere become offensive, punitive and indeed absurd. At their extreme, they are the equivalent of writing America’s history without describing the religious motives of some of its protagonists.”
But even our President is trying to be politically correct. The White House Christmas cards greetings this year, as every year since The President took office read: “Happy Holiday Season”. Many are offended but if the truth be known I would like to receive a card from The White House no matter what it said.
This fascination with The White House goes back to the time when I became a staunch Democrat for a day at the tender age of six, falling in love with the handsome President Jack Kennedy, watching him give a speech in a TV documentary: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country” Heh.
Never say pressure does not work, and never delude yourself the problem did not and does not exist. But as usual “money talks bullshit walks”, as our leftie bloggers remind us constantly, and the retailers are the first to cave in.
Daily Kos last Christmas, giving the uber Bolshevik’s perspective including quoting prolific pearls of wisdom on the subject of Judaism, calling Jews “scum”, which by definition excludes him from conversation with grown ups. See what happens when you link to limited minds, your view starts leaning like the Tower of Pizza. Democratic, my proverbial behind. Lovely Kos, there is a little bit of the token English language you understand, give him another vote why don’t you….
So I ask again…a year later, has anything changed? Apparently not.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah everybody! And remember generosity of spirit goes a long way at this time of the year, so reach out and touch somebody’s heart. That’s what Christmas is all about. God Bless you and keep you.
From my friend David Needham @ TWC:
When you gather Christmas Eve beneath the Natal Star,
Make sure the greatest blessing is held within your heart.
For the birth we celebrate with tinsel, lights and joy
Was more than just the birth of one small Jewish boy.