Saturday, December 11, 2004
Jerry Falwell: The impending death of Christmas?.
The spiritual Grinches in our nation are accelerating their war against Christmas as never before. And they are tragically convincing growing numbers of our fellow citizens – primarily those in our nation's public schools and public administration – that Christmas should be publicly shunned, replaced by nebulous substitutes designed to avoid offending those who are all-so-easily outraged.More examples of antichristian hate bigotry.
But adherents of this colossal effort to create a secular utopia have forgotten two significant realities:
1. Our founders were men who explicitly embraced Judeo-Christian principles in the founding of this nation. Even those who were Deists openly recognized the need for the citizenry to fall to their collective knees and beseech God's favor. They understood the need to recognize God in our Constitution, in our courts and in our schools.
2. Our fellow citizens do not want a spiritual sanitization effort to sweep out all vestiges of Christianity from the public square. One need look no further than an AOL poll this week. An astounding 89 percent of respondents (as of Wednesday afternoon) answered in the affirmative to the question, "Should religion be included in public holiday celebrations?"
The so-called mainstream media often portray radical secularists as reasonable individuals, but the people at the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and other such groups are practitioners of an extremist movement that would completely outlaw God, Christianity and any remnant of such from the public arena.
TARGET will not allow the Salvation Army to collect funds at their stores, meaning that the Army will lost about $9 million this year;
Macy's and Bloomingdale's have prohibited the phrase "Merry Christmas";
Denver's "Parade of Lights," which has outlawed religious expression, is now considering allowing a Christian group to participate in the event;
New York Mayor David Bloomberg now refers to the giant Christmas tree in the city as a holiday tree.