A war of words, or something more? Some people will point out that America is no longer a majority Christian nation, and that people of all cultures who make up our country want to celebrate their holidays without being in the shadow of Christianity. Others say that Christmas traditions and celebrations stem from pagan origins so what is the fuss about including Christmas with other holidays.
The interesting thing to me is that Christianity is the only faith with a holiday (see I can say that word without cringing!) during the winter season that is being pushed into not expressing their beliefs or meaning for that celebration. I've not heard a single incident of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or other religious holdiays being called anything but what they actually are. I couldn't believe it when I was instructed in an educational institution to put a disclaimer on Christmas concert programs that the children were not singing the words with meaning, but only for traditional or historical purposes. How is that allowing freedom to exercise one's faith?
According to the statement from a personal letter (not any kind of official government document) of Thomas Jefferson's that ACLU twisted, the governing legislators at that time actually had a goal to PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT. Protecting us from the government making any laws that would establish a one-government or one-world religion, and from making any laws that would restrict Americans from freely exercising their faith.
FROM – according to Webster’s dictionary(used to express removal or separation, as in space, time, or order): two miles from shore; 30 minutes from now; from one page to the next.
4.(used to express discrimination or distinction): to be excluded from membership; to differ from one's father.
Christians are being discriminated against in America today. Not simply by the attempt to blend all religious celebrations into a ‘holiday casserole’ of meaninglessness, but by legislating away the rights of Christians to freely exercise their faith.
For me to be a Christian it means following Christ and the Word of God in every area of my life. It is a life-style, not a Sunday practice for an hour. It is a 24/7 reality and should affect and have cause for every word I say, every action I take and every single thing I do not do. My statement of faith is included in the local link: www.firstfreeracine.org.
Does that mean I think everyone else should be ‘forced’ to act Christian so I will buy at their store? No. Does it mean that if a company purposely maligns my faith or expression of it that I will react by not doing business with them? Yes.
But is Christmas all about shopping anyway? No. Our family has purposely chosen to remove itself from the “Jesus-like Santa Claus” that usurped the meaning of Christmas in our childhood. How interesting that such a clownish figure should be looked upon as seeing us when we are sleeping, knowing when we are awake, and whether we were bad or good… I realize many feel Santa can be harmless fun to a child, but I hated that song as a child, perhaps because I knew the truth and had the responsibility to reveal it to younger siblings when they came ‘of age’ to no longer receive gifts from the imaginary Santa.
A war of Words, or something more? Definitely something more. If atheist supporters actually believed what they say (there is no God) why would they be so challenged to fight those who choose to believe in Jesus Christ, and choose to express their belief. I have not seen them fighting Muslim acts of worship or removing Buddhist statues from public buildings or offices. Only the cross and the name of Christ seems to find such offense.
Ironically perhaps, I agree with Jefferson’s statement, but only in its original intent :
"Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God; that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship; that the legislative powers of government reach actions only and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church and State". 1
The government should be protecting every person of faith, and not restricting our fulfillment of that faith, to live it out in every area of our life. (the free exercise thereof).
In Louisiana the ACLU took the school board to court to stop them from praying, and particularly ending the prayer with the words “In Jesus name we pray.” ACLU comments in its court filing are a shocking example of the reverse of Jefferson’s statement and original intent: "Their refusal to comply with the consent decree should and must result in their removal from society." (emphasis added)
Isn't this the same group that supports criminals? And illegal aliens? This statement and other actions where one objector in a majority Christian town or group can bring suit to remove the words or prayers or symbols of faith of the Christian, forces an assumption that the American Civil Liberties Union must not consider Christian Americans worthy of protection. Just as the Jefferson statement is being used in reverse, so are the Christians and symbols of Christianity being unduly persecuted.
The reason I think this “War on Christmas” has made such waves, is not simply because of the lack of use of the word Christmas, but the support for other religious borders, while constructing barbed fences of prejudice and walls of restriction to Christians.
In my opinion, it’s not really a war on Christmas – it’s a war on Christ.