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Christmas in Secular America

As we celebrate another Yuletide season, it’s hard not to notice that Christmas in America simply doesn’t feel the same anymore. Although an overwhelming majority of Americans celebrate Christmas, and those who don’t celebrate it overwhelmingly accept and respect our nation’s Christmas traditions, a certain shared public sentiment slowly has disappeared. The Christmas spirit, marked by a wonderful feeling of goodwill among men, is in danger of being lost in the ongoing war against religion.

Through perverse court decisions and years of cultural indoctrination, the elitist, secular Left has managed to convince many in our nation that religion must be driven from public view. The justification is always that someone, somewhere, might possibly be offended or feel uncomfortable living in the midst of a largely Christian society, so all must yield to the fragile sensibilities of the few. The ultimate goal of the anti-religious elites is to transform America into a completely secular nation, a nation that is legally and culturally biased against Christianity.

This growing bias explains why many of our wonderful Christmas traditions have been lost. Christmas pageants and plays, including Handel’s Messiah, have been banned from schools and community halls. Nativity scenes have been ordered removed from town squares, and even criticized as offensive when placed on private church lawns. Office Christmas parties have become taboo, replaced by colorless seasonal parties to ensure no employees feel threatened by a “hostile environment.” Even wholly non-religious decorations featuring Santa Claus, snowmen, and the like have been called into question as Christmas symbols that might cause discomfort. Earlier this month, firemen near Chicago reluctantly removed Christmas decorations from their firehouse after a complaint by some embittered busybody. Most noticeably, however, the once commonplace refrain of “Merry Christmas” has been replaced by the vague, ubiquitous “Happy Holidays.” But what holiday? Is Christmas some kind of secret, a word that cannot be uttered in public? Why have we allowed the secularists to intimidate us into downplaying our most cherished and meaningful Christian celebration?

The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers. On the contrary, our Founders’ political views were strongly informed by their religious beliefs. Certainly the drafters of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, both replete with references to God, would be aghast at the federal government’s hostility to religion. The establishment clause of the First Amendment was simply intended to forbid the creation of an official state church like the Church of England, not to drive religion out of public life.

The Founding Fathers envisioned a robustly Christian yet religiously tolerant America, with churches serving as vital institutions that would eclipse the state in importance. Throughout our nation’s history, churches have done what no government can ever do, namely teach morality and civility. Moral and civil individuals are largely governed by their own sense of right and wrong, and hence have little need for external government. This is the real reason the collectivist Left hates religion: Churches as institutions compete with the state for the people’s allegiance, and many devout people put their faith in God before their faith in the state. Knowing this, the secularists wage an ongoing war against religion, chipping away bit by bit at our nation’s Christian heritage. Christmas itself may soon be a casualty of that war.

Ron Paul, Texas Straight Talk 59 Comments [10/23/2011 4:58:33 AM]
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Agahnim

It isn't just the left that has to be secular, dumbass.

10/24/2011 1:04:49 PM

JB Mason

Someone should point out that "Yuletide" is a definitively non-Christian word referring to a pagan holiday.

10/24/2011 2:24:55 PM



Churches don't teach morality you ignorant cunt. Being moral involves being good to all people...churches teach hate not love.

10/25/2011 11:45:11 AM

Godbuster

Can we just FINALLY enter the 21st fucking century and STOP with the delusion! God is an ambiguous and vague term anyway, why would anyone with half a brain think that something that's difficult to define is the best example to lead a country? WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO YOUR BRAIN TO MAKE THIS MAKE SENSE? BLUDGEON IT? POISON IT? SAW IT IN HALF???!?!? AAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRGH!!!!

10/25/2011 12:05:13 PM

SpukiKitty

@breakerslion

Yeah, he's OLD enough to remember Fezzywig! LOL!

"The Christmas Carol" is one of my favorite Yuletide stories.

Being Wiccan, I like to "Paganize" Christian stuff (and stuff from other Religions). I am no longer a ShaktaPagan in a Hindu sense. I'm Universalist in my ways.

The Christians Christianized Pagan festivals & practices, NeoPagans/Ceremonialists/Occultists Paganized the Jewish Kabbalah (ever heard of 'Hermetic Kabbalah'?), why not take stuff from other Faiths & make them "Pagan-friendly"?

But I digress.

10/25/2011 1:03:44 PM

dfmfundies

@Reckoner: "Fuck Ron Paul."

Not even with someone else's dick.

10/25/2011 1:45:16 PM

Often Partisan

"This is the real reason the collectivist Left hates religion: Churches as institutions compete with the state for the people’s allegiance, and many devout people put their faith in God before their faith in the state."

No. The "collectivist left" probably hates religion less than, say, Christopher Hitchens.

The traditional "collectivist left" view on religion is that it is a form of human alienation (like capitalism).

"the elitist, secular Left"

The problem with this is well you support letting the "free market" run rampant. Which is basically class rule. Which is far more elitist than anything in my left wing politics.

7/15/2012 2:19:47 AM

Canadiest

Wanna know what's a real travesty of the Christmas season? Republicans creating a boogie-man every year to get peoples minds off the fact they're fucking the country up in every way possible.

There is no "war on Christmas", there is however an organized effort from the Republicans to continually fear-mongle the populace with stupid shit like Pauls rant.

7/15/2012 8:23:49 AM

Blarghonius

Firstly, Easter is your most celebrated holiday, fucknut. Secondly, stop the historical revisionism. Thirdly, it's not about "being offended", but about the First Amendment.

11/28/2012 2:56:53 PM
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