Monday, December 05, 2005

Hot Issue: Christmas and Holidays

Christmas is a hot topic right now with the people, government, public and private sectors, places of worship, in the courts, the media, bloggers, within advertising, down to what people say to one another. It sure has made me more aware of what is happening and how important it is for me to stand up for what I believe in. All my life I have never given it a second thought about saying to someone Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. Now, I feel I must say Merry Christmas because of the importance of what is at stake concerning our holiday as Christians. If you look on your calendar on December 25th it is Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ and it is celebrated all over the world.

In our nation, 85% are Christian and 95% of people celebrate the holiday. We have a small minority that is causing quite a bit of controversy to change our traditions, as we know it. It is fair to say that the ACLU and a few others have been chipping away at this a very long time and bullying organizations, cities, etc. to change their policies on any thing that mentions or indicates GOD in any form. That is the bigger picture, I believe. Wishing I had the numbers of cases and the ones pending right now throughout our country in every state. Liberty Counsel, part of the “Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign” knew this was coming as well as John Gibson with in his new book “War on Christmas.”

“Is there a war against Christmas? The ACLU and a lot of other people have been trying to take Christ out of Christmas for years. At this time of year, many people will believe that that's a real concern.”

Every day for the last month or so, you hear of a new case surrounding displaying or expressing Christmas. The debates from both sides have been like watching a cockfights, it has been down right vicious. I have been watching and listening both day and night on the news channels, so I know for myself what the other side is saying and their opinions on what we as a nation should be doing. The seculars want us to be silent as Christians, do our celebrating privately at home and do away with any public display. They feel it is okay to capitalize on our holiday, get publicity for opposing and encourage it for secular/materialistic things instead of the true meaning. Myself, I do not want to live in a Secular nation.

(Sorry, but below contents I can’t find my link on it must have lost it while I was researching)

"The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the
Sacred Christian Holiday is Worse Than You Thought' by John Gibson is an
interesting book in which he argues that the separation of church and state with
respect to Christianity has grown far too uncompromising. In this book, he
provides examples in which liberal activists have been devising ways to prevent,
and/or conceal, the exercise of Christmas in public, while other protecting the
exercise of other faiths such as Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam, thus
misinterpreting the agenda of the Founding Fathers in their statute that
Congress would never create a law respecting an establishment of religion. He
also shows that such efforts to prohibit the exercise of Christianity have, for
the most part, resulted in failure, as hordes of Americans have begun to fight
back against liberal local officials and secularist forces, while also providing
ways for readers to prevent the obliteration of Christmas in America.

"In an effort to prove his premise involving a war against Christmas,
Gibson shows readers how the ACLU, ADL, and Americans for the Separation of
Church and State have all gone to great lengths to effectuate their
anti-Christmas campaign. He provides many instances in which these organizations
have made desperate attempts to remove all vestiges of Christianity from public
life. For instance, we learn that no laws were being passed to forbid Hanukkah
and Kwanza decorations in American public schools, whereas we are also taught
that officials of the same schools, particularly those located in rural Georgia,
had declared it unconstitutional for the word 'Christmas' to be inscribed on
school calendars.There was also an incident in which Texas officials forbade a
student from distributing goodie bags featuring the inscription: 'Jesus is the
reason for the season.'

Christmas-Wikipedia History

The first mention of December 25 as the birth date of Jesus occurred in A.D. 336 in an early Roman calendar.

It was not until A.D. 350, that December 25 was declared the official date for celebrating Christmas by Pope Julius I.

Our country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and philosophy. Christmas has been a part of American culture for 200 years.

“It sends a wrong message to either eliminate all holiday celebrations or to eliminate only the religious and Christian components of the holiday season. The Founding Fathers never intended the First Amendment to be used as a weapon against the celebration of Christmas."

The founding fathers said `Merry Christmas' all day long. They had Christmas celebrations everywhere, including... every government building.

Here you have, in April 1787, Benjamin Franklin talking to the Constitutional Congress, saying: “I have lived a long time, sir, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this, that God governs in the affairs of man, and, if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, how can a great empire rise without his aid? The father of our country,” he said, “of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”

People in every culture celebrate holidays. Although the word “holiday” literally means “holy day,” most American holidays are not religious, but commemorative in nature and orgin. In the United States, the “holiday” is now synonymous with “celebration!”
Ten holidays per year are proclaimed by the federal government. They are as follows:
New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Next to Easter, Christmas is the most important holiday of the year for Christians.

So I ask are you offended when you walk into a store and see “Merry Christmas advertised? Do you take the holiday off? Do you think it should be a federal holiday? I view this as an endorsement from our government for a Christian holiday. Would you have Congress rescind the federal holiday? Get real people have you ever heard before about a Holiday Tree? All this is ridiculous and we should not have to be defending this.

In my opinion, celebrating Christmas is a joyful, happy, and peaceful holiday and it is not causing harm to anyone. If we do not stand up for what we believe in now before we know it we will be persecuted for our beliefs and lose all our traditions. If you do not think that something bigger is going on here you had better wake up quick and start listening that is if you care about our freedoms.

P.S. If you scroll down to my previous posts, I have linked to other blogger friends that have written on this subject since Friday. Today I feature As Always, Rachael

The title of her post is “Is it January yet” not sure why because she has a birthday coming up December 23rd. (smiling) If you know Rachael you know she does not hold back, check out her post with a different view and her reader’s comments.

Everyone knows they can express their opinions here and we can all agree to disagree in a civil
way. I am going to get to you too, Mr. G don’t worry. (smiling)
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