America was born as an experiment in free worship. Of course, it was harder said than done, like most things of any worth. For a season, it lived here, in fact, it thrived for a brief season. Now, it is being threatened like never before, but maybe it will turn into a remarkable positive! For the past several years, local politicians have fought the seasonal expressions of faith in public spheres, but this year, some fought back. This year, some said, No – MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! Happy Chanukkah!!!!
Will this rising tide of Restoration continue to rise as we approach, perhaps, the most vital, most precarious General Election in the history of our nation next November? I think it will. I think the longer President Obama ignores the will of a great number of Americans, and not only ignores them (us), but disrespects our voice … The longer he disrespects our voice, the LOUDER WE WILL SHOUT … The more VEHEMENT will our cries become, our blogs, our articles. We are just starting to find our voice.
Our Founders Were Forthright About Faith
By Mark Alexander · Thursday, December 22, 2011
America’s Christian Heritage v Season’s PC
“The Commander in Chief directs that divine Service be performed every Sunday at 11 oClock in those Brigades to which there are Chaplains; those which have none to attend the places of worship nearest to them. It is expected that Officers of all Ranks will by their attendance set an Example to their men. While we are zealously performing the duties of good Citizens and soldiers we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of Religion. To the distinguished Character of Patriot, it should be our highest Glory to add the more distinguished Character of Christian. The signal Instances of providential Goodness which we have experienced and which have now almost crowned our labours with complete Success, demand from us in a peculiar manner the warmest returns of Gratitude and Piety to the Supreme Author of all Good.” –George Washington, General Orders, (May 2nd, 1778)
“Each year, our family observes with due respect and reverence six national historic days of recognition: Patriots Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Constitution Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.
“However, the most hallowed religious observance for our family — that with the most deeply rooted traditions, is Christmas. It is not a commercial feeding frenzy for us, but a quiet and reverent time of rest and celebration of the birth of Christ, punctuated by extended family festivities.
“Unfortunately there is a perennial societal tension now associated with Christmas. If not for its dire implications for the future of Liberty, the seasonal contortions over “non-offensive greetings” would be humorous. The Left insists the word “Christmas” violates the phony “Wall of Separation” doctrine if a government employee deigns to utter it within earshot, and that it is too ethnocentric for corporate use.
“Some years ago, The Patriot Post coined the greeting “Happy Christmahanakwamadan.” We did so in response to the fashionable PC crowd’s ludicrous demands for “inclusive faith neutral” greetings. We also published our legal department disclaimer outlining the terms of acceptance for the greeting as a counterpoint to retailers vying for your business who have instituted policies discouraging or outright prohibiting any mention of “Christmas.” We do not challenge private sector employer’s right to dictate corporate policies on such matters.” … READ MORE
Nelson Rose said:
The keep Christ in Christmas debate is ridiculous. First if all the words “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings” are not an attack on Christmas. They are just ways of greeting people in a nation where there are multiple faiths. It shows tolerance and universal acceptance.
The origins of the Christmas holiday are anything but, bibilical. With little research one can easily find Jesus was not born on 12/24 or 12/25. You can also find that the origins of the tree and caroling actually come from the “pagans” whom the holidays were merged with at the time of the Roman Empire adopting (and massively modifying) Christianity as the state religion.
The founders founded this nation because they were running from the marriage of religion and the government and they wanted to end the divine right of kings.
Isn’t it odd that the Christmas holiday was ILLEGAL in many colonies and now it is a FEDERAL holiday.
If Congress shall make no laws establishing a religion – how did a religious holiday become a federal holiday? Sounds a bit unconstitutional to me. No worries – I see no value in fighting that fight as the holiday has resumed its commercial and pagan influences anyway for the most part.
The only people guilty of not keeping “Christ” in Christmas are the Christians themselves. They should perhaps look at themselves instead of yelling at the rest of us.
PS – Sorry Barb if this was to harsh. Its one of those issues that gets under my skin though. Love to you and your family and best wishes on a Happy New Year.
If you read further, you’ll find I have said those exact words! Various Kings and Religious leaders routinely compromise for any number of reasons. However. The fact remains that Jesus WAS born, and Dec 25 is the chosen (for whatever various reasons) to celebrate His birth. Similarly, Chanukkah, never a huge Jewish holiday until the popularity of Christmas swelled in the US. And Kwanzaa? Do I even need to go there? A joke created by a convicted Black power felon!
If hearing “Merry Christmas” is offensive, I’d say there are other issues involved besides religious oriention. Just sayin …
Nelson Rose said:
I missed the ending of the post. I don’t find Merry Christmas as offensive. I know its just someone spreading cheer.