The War On Christmas Just Won’t End

Christmas is about to swing into high gear. The latest charge comes out of Rhode Island where a state representative is calling Gov. Lincoln Chafee “Governor Grinch” after Chafee defied lawmakers and decided the state would have a ”holiday tree” instead of a “Christmas tree.”

Start the pearl-clutching.

The move has so offended Rep. Doreen Costa that she’s taking matters into her own hands and lighting her own Christmas tree at the state house, and a conservative group of pastors out of Pennsylvania has grabbed onto the story to push the never-ending narrative of Christian oppression during the holiday season.

“This time of year,” says Colin Hanna, president of the Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network and Let Freedom Ring, “some get so wrapped up and wound so tightly about the political correctness of Christmas. We change everything to ‘holiday,’ and are afraid of mentioning anything with ‘Christmas’ in it for fear of offending someone. What about Christians who hold Christmas so dear? Isn’t it offensive to the majority of the U.S. who celebrates this blessed time of Jesus’ birth to take it to such a generic level?”

One reason why state displays with holiday-themed narratives are enacted on a “generic” level is the First Amendment’s prohibition against government-sponsored, backed or endorsed religious activities. A failure of the government not to embrace and promote a specifically Christian world view is not political correctness run amok, it it constitutional fidelity.

Photo from Harry Wood via flickr.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R11 days ago

TYFS

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R11 days ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R11 days ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R11 days ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R11 days ago

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W. C
W. C10 months ago

Thanks.

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Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Helen Buchanan
Helen Buchanan5 years ago

Scott...it is a christmas tree. it is not a ramadan tree or a hanukkah tree or a kwanza tree for cryin out loud. each of those religions have their own symboles why can't the freakin christmas tree be called what it is. no one is out ramadan or kwanza shopping. Hanukkah is not a high holiday for jewish peope-ask anyone who is jewish. and I really hope all the athiests are working on MY HOLIDAY because i really would not like them to have the day off in celebration of a totally non exsisting day.If you do not like Christmas do not write cards or shop or celebrate-but it is what it is.

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Aileen C.
AILEEN C5 years ago

All year round life can be a struggle.
Christmas makes us remember to give of our selves.

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Aileen C.
AILEEN C5 years ago

Its lovely to get time to visit with family
Also to be reminded of those creatures and groups and species to whom giving to at this time is a joy to both giver and receiver.
Christmas makes us all make an effort towards peace and happiness and forgiveness.

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