Sunday, December 9, 2012

War on Christmas

I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. - 2 John 1:7

We all have heard the term "War on Christmas."   Reporters such as Fox news anchor Bill o' Reilly is constantly having segments on it on his evening program.

Is there a "War on Christmas?"  

There have been many theories regarding this.  Some believe the war began in 1921 when Henry Ford voiced his concern against the Jews' attempt to ban public celebrations of Christmas.  Others believe it began in 1959 with the United Nations pushing for more humanistic displays at department stores during the holidays.

Whether these are the origin or not, we are not sure.  However, there is indeed an attempt to push Christmas and Christianity in general out of the public square.

Atheists, Secularists and others have been trying hard to get Nativity Scenes banned.  The use of so-called "Politically correct" language also has attempted to water down Christmas to a mere "secular holiday" by replacing "Merry Christmas" with "Happy Holidays."  I write a bit on this here "Happy holidays..yeah right!.. it's MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!"

In Rhode Island, a politician is trying hard to push Christmas aside by calling a Christmas tree a "Holiday tree."  Similar attempts have been made throughout the United States.  

Holiday tree? hmmmm...  Doesn't sound right.  

What's interesting here is that these people push these strange ideas in the name of "separation of Church and State."  Obviously these people are not well educated in US history and law.

Christmas is the sole religious celebration that is designated a Federal holiday.   Rep. Burton Chauncey Cook of Illinois introduced it as bill before the House of Representatives.   It passed there and passed the Senate as well.   President Ulysses S. Grant then signed it into law on June 28, 1870.

The bill reads as follows:

An Act making the first Day of January, the twenty-fifth Day of December, the fourth Day of July, and Thanksgiving Day, Holidays, within the District of Columbia. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following days, to wit: The first day of January, commonly called New Year's day, the fourth day of July, the twenty-fifth day of December, commonly called Christmas Day, and any day appointed or recommended by the President of the United States as a day of public fast or thanksgiving, shall be holidays within the District of Columbia, and shall, for all purposes of presenting for payment or acceptance of the maturity and protest, and giving notice of the dishonor of bills of exchange, bank checks and promissory notes or other negotiable or commercial paper, be treated and considered as is the first day of the week, commonly called Sunday, and all notes, drafts, checks, or other commercial or negotiable paper falling due or maturing on either of said holidays shall be deemed as having matured on the day previous.

In light of this, Atheists and others have no right to demand the censorship of Christmas.  It is a legal federal holiday and must be respected.  Moreover, public schools should not be afraid to have a Nativity scene alongside a Hanukkah Menorah, and Kwanzaa display.  Ironically, the latter are not even federal holidays and yet they are displayed without issue.  This is not fair.  In reality, only Christmas scenes are the only things that should be displayed during the holiday season.

Christians must wake up.  Catholics, Protestants, and Easter Orthodox must voice their concern and remind society that only Christmas is the sole federal holiday and must be respected.  Priests and clergy of other denominations must instill this into their people who have voting and purchasing power.  

No offense to my brothers and sisters in the Jewish and African American communities, but their holidays are not federal.  It is offensive to me to see their customs displayed in public schools with deference, while Christmas is reduced to a mere Santa Claus - even a mere snowman or snowflake.

Public spaces and schools should have a Nativity scene and should teach the significance of this federal holiday, not to promote religion but to promote academia.  Our children deserve to be taught about Christmas in an academic setting since Christmas is a federal holiday.

Fight back against this attempt to erase from society what is legally protected.  Only Christmas is protected under federal law.  Atheists and other groups have no right to replace it with something that is not legal.   


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