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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Federal court ruling recognizes Christmas

I have taken a passive stance to the "Merry Christmas" debate as I see other issues being more important. I do not think that actively denouncing and boycotting weak-kneed businesses over the "Happy Holidays" gives a good image. Some issues are worth getting a bad image over, but I don't think this is one of them.

On the other hand the ingratitude from retailers exhibited by removing Christ from Christmas is a rather poor image as well. Aside from concerns over celebrating a sacred holiday with such materialism as the pope mentioned recently, this one Christian holiday is the single biggest gravy train retailers have. Without it, many would not survive; so the watered down version of the holiday is a classic case of biting the hand that feeds them. As such Christians should express disappointment over this snub, but I think the high profile activism is energy and resources that could be better placed elsewhere.

The court battles specifically targeting and discriminating against Christian symbols and Christmas decor are a more serious matter. A trend of hostility toward Christianity by the government is dangerous and goes against precedent and long traditions established at the founding of this country.

Today, though, there was an interesting curve in the battle over the government and Christmas. I have linked to a clip from the Neal Boortz website discussing a recent court ruling that FEMA must keep funding housing for displaced Katrina victims. Then, in an amazing recognition of the Christian holiday the judge states:
"It is unimaginable what anxiety and misery these erratic and bizarre vacillations by FEMA have caused the victims, all of whom, for at least one point in time, had the very real fear of being without shelter for Christmas."
So as a justification for continued funding, the federal judge recognizes Christmas, a Christian holiday, as being different from other days. Sounds like Newdow and the ACLU better get down there right away and prevent the government from establishing a Christian religion by getting the ruling overturned and the Katrina victims kicked out in the street before Christmas. I'll take my tongue out my cheek now to say "Merry Christmas".


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