Published on December 18, 2004 By Lenbert In Blogging
Is it just me, or is this year becoming the complete sterilization of the traditional “Christian” Christmas?

Lately, the news has been abounding with incidents of cities replacing “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays”, the profound replacement of “Christmas” with “Xmas”, the banning of Christmas Carols at certain schools, etc.

No one disputes that the founders of this country had predominantly Christian beliefs. There is still that one item of “….the separation of Church and State….” in the Constitution. Yet we still have “In God We Trust” on a dollar bill.

This is a nation that is more affectionately known as “The Melting Pot” – a conglomeration of different beliefs, religions and traditions. Each person should be able to freely celebrate their religious holidays, with out any threat of persecution, or resistance. Yet, there appears to be a number of groups, individuals, and institutions intent on offering resistance this year to the Christian tradition of Christmas.

Without trying to sound anti-Christian here (I AM a Christian, although non-practicing), why should this time of the year focus on a Christian tradition? Why should city halls across America, given the separation of church and state, even attempt to promote or acknowledge this tradition with a Christmas tree or banner? Why should retailers attempt to capitalize on the traditional Christian “season of giving” at this time of the year, and not capitalize on other religious traditions throughout the rest year?

With the on going, “snowballing” wave of Political Correctness in this country, I ponder whether we as a nation, should leave religious tradition up to the individual, or have The Nation celebrate each and every religious holiday as it does Christmas? Why promote one religious tradition to the extreme, and leave the other religions on their own?

Obviously, it’s not my choice. If it were up to me, each and every day would be a “season of giving”, not just the month of December.



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