Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Christmas under attack?

As the denials escalate in the war on Christmas -- liberals proclaim over and over there is no such thing and it's all in the minds of those dastardly conservatives -- the examples proving there is a war on Christmas continue to pile up.

Salon.com says conservatives are crying that the sky is falling. Others on the left join in the chorus. The ACLU continues its march toward secularism.

Meanwhile, all it takes is a morning read of the newspaper ... or click on the evening news ... and you will hear about yet another case of Christmas being attacked.

Just look at the past week with the Sasha Cohen episode when a school choir was shushed in the middle of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" to avoid offending the Jewish skater. The only problem was Sasha neither requested they be stopped nor was she offended, as her mother later explained. Sasha is half Christian and celebrates Christmas and Hanukkah.

Read fellow blogger VDARE's archives dating back to 2000 and you will see dozens of examples of everyday people who have encountered their own "War on Christmas." His latest post, If There's No War on Christmas, How Come They Deployed An Army, tells how he has also noticed the libs are marching in lockstep in their denial of anything anti-Christmas.

Jerry Falwell reports on cases that Liberty Counsel represented in keeping Christmas:

-- McNair Middle School in Fayetteville, Arkansas, removed a teacher's nativity scene and Star of David from a larger display that also included secur secular holiday decorations. After Liberty Counsel sent a legal memorandum showing that the display was constitutional, school officials reversed the ban."

-- In Ohio, a public school teacher was told not to say "Merry Christmas" in class. Again, Liberty Counsel sent a legal memo to the district superintendent and an administrator has now advised teachers that they may say "Merry Christmas."

-- In Wisconsin, a public school employee was told by the principal that a musical program scheduled to take place in a church was going to be moved to a different location. Liberty Counsel sent a legal memo about Christmas to the school. After receiving the memo, the principal decided to keep the event at the church.

-- In Orlando, Fla., seniors in a retirement home received a directive to strip the common areas of any religious symbols or words in Christmas displays. At the management's direction, an employee actually cut the wings off the angel on the Christmas tree. Liberty Counsel is at work in this case.

Mathew Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and dean of the Liberty University School of Law, said:

"There is a war on Christmas in this country. Every victory goes a long way toward winning the battle, but we must not take Christmas or our religious freedom for granted. Celebrating Christmas is the classic example of religious accommodation mandated by the First Amendment. If Christmas is silenced or censored, we all lose a piece of our religious freedom."

During Christmas 2005 John Gibson and Bill O'Reilly of Fox News both reported on case after case of Christians' religious rights being infringed upon during the holidays. John Gibson documented them in his book, "The War on Christmas," and both he and O'Reilly were attacked by those on the left for even having the gall to suggest there was such a battle going on.

Meanwhile, the war continues.....

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