The Banning of Christmas is Wrong, Period
The conversation was started around the Separation of Church and State and the lack of support for the Christian religion while overwhelmingly supporting the Islamic religion. Here is Tom’s eloquent post:
If you had read the Constitution and Federalist Papers you would know that separation of church and state does not exist in our Constitution and never did. The only reference to it is in the first amendment, which reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof
When they wrote that, they were thinking of nations in Europe that literally had an official government religion, or laws prohibiting a specific religion, NOT complete isolation of the two. Our nation made its way from 1776, nearly two hundred years into the 1950’s before a court first bought into the separation of church and state BS beyond the expectations of the Constitution as written.
The “make no law” provision meant EXACTLY that. Every session of the Continental Congress, writing of the Constitution, and every session of Congress to this day is opened with prayer. Prior to the great depression, churches were frequent distributors of the limited federal welfare funding, at least to the limited extent it existed. And the Ten Commandments are inscribed in the Supreme Court building.
Perhaps the greatest stupidity of all was banning of Christmas scenes from public property. It was first argued to be about government spending, but churches immediately , as churches were quite willing to fund them so no public expense was incurred. The court then side-stepped the clear language of the Constitution “Congress shall make no law…” as no law was ever passed. It was a court mandate instead. Creative.
by Tom Birdwell
What awoke me to this post was the comment about Christmas being banned from public places.
The banning of Christmas scenes from public property.
The banning of Christmas scenes in schools – now we have ‘holiday concerts’ in December and the students now take ‘winter break’
The banning of Christmas in government, businesses – we now send ‘holiday cards’ in December and celebrate by having a ‘winter party’
The banning of Christmas in our lives – we don’t say Merry Christmas for fear of offending someone. We say ‘Happy Holidays’
Supporters of using terms such as “holidays” in place of “Christmas” argue that many of the symbols and behaviors that western societies have come to associate with Christmas were originally from pre-Christian pagan traditions and festivals that predate Jesus. Symbols and behaviors such as caroling*, decorated ever green trees, mistletoe, gift giving, wreaths and yule logs, have pre-Christian origins. (*Source: Wiki)
Christmas Caroling has pre-Christian origins? What Grinch writes this stuff for Wiki?
Christian Love – Jesus’ Commandment
Christians have no defense. Christians have been taught to turn the other cheek. What’s at the heart of Christian love? Jesus said, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). John, inspired by the Holy Spirit, once wrote, “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death” (1 John 3:14). And “by this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:2-3).
Will Christianity Vanish?
How many Christians will be left when the single most important celebration for Christians, Christmas, is banned, shunned and stepped on. Christians don’t want to fight. Christians want to live their lives as taught by Jesus Christ.
Say Merry Christmas and Save Christmas
Christians should stand up and say ‘Merry Christmas’ without fear. It’s your holiday too. Stand up and be counted as a Christian celebrating Christmas. Christians are not condemning any other religion. Christians need to make sure that ‘we the people’ know just how many Christians there are in America. Say Merry Christmas to everyone you meet. You might save Christmas for someone.