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Watching Bill O'Reilly of Foxnews sometimes is really trying. He interviewed Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an organization dedicated to ensuring that Christianity is not promoted and endorsed by U.S. military. He does a really good job of it too.

Now, the issue specifically were Christian nativity scenes in dining halls at the military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Mr. Weinstein and his organization opposes such a thing. The government, including the military cannot promote any religion, no matter how popular it might be.

Now O'Reilly pointed out, as his only real defense of these religious displays, is that Christmas is a federal holiday. That by itself, seems to be in O'Reilly's mind, a reason enough to keep these displays. Under the same logic, maybe the federal government should build new churches during the month of December?

Now, this gets to a larger question, should Christmas be a federal holiday? I am starting to think, no, and especially no if it is used as a defense of nativity scenes at a military dining hall.

On the radio I hear Christian radio hosts (who want more religion/government mixing) who state that our national motto is "in God we trust". But of course, it shouldn't be our national motto because it is an illegal endorsement of religion and it rationalizes further illegal endorsement.

Now, maybe this be should the same thing with Christmas. Maybe we shouldn't have it as a federal holiday. One argument that it should is simple accommodation, too many people celebrate Christmas in some form.

Some celebrate in a very religious form and some not the least bit. But we don't celebrate it with a federal holiday, no matter what O'Reilly thinks, as a celebration of the "baby Jesus". Nor should we. That is not the purpose of government.

O'Reilly is a man easily outraged, he is still mad that there is going to be a marijuana editor at the largest newspaper in Colorado, a state by the way that (I am glad to say) legalized that herb. But he has his target audience, those who are easily outraged with him.



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