Christmas Controversy & Opinion Presented by Defend Christmas, this forum covers the difficult topics of the season -- from the famed and fabled War on Christmas to church and state debates to using the star or the angel on the Christmas tree. Modern Christmas celebration has it's complications -- schools are divided, some Christmas light displays are too much, some even argue that it is better to call it a "holiday" tree. Some merchants won't even say "Merry Christmas"! Where there is controversy, there is insanity. Even in Christmas.
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But Clearly it means nothing, anyway. If our government didn't 'endorse' any particular religion -- Christianity -- we wouldn't have "In god we trust" on our currency, or "one nation under god" in our pledge of allegiance.
Here's the problem: If we're a Christian nation, then what good is Freedom Of Religion? That's what the Constitution guarantees us, therefore, we are NOT, I repeat, NOT a Christian nation. Otherwise, we wouldn't have Freedom Of Religion now, would we, people?
Also, people, there's Polytheism (belief in more than one God, and there just may be more than one). That exists as well as Monotheism.
I've tried really hard today to stay out of this. I really did.
Christianity is the prominent religion in the United States. You can't argue that, it's a solid fact. Our nation's founders had a strong sense of religion and made that evident. To say that we are not strictly a Christian country would be correct, but just because we allow our citizens the right to believe and practice what they wish doesn't mean that there is absolutely no religious presence in our government. That would be like Nazi Germany. Besides, don't you think that our lawmakers act with a certain sense of their own religious morality, whatever that may be?
Furthermore, Christians are supposed to be tolerant of other religions. With that logic, if Christianity were our national religion (not saying it is or that we even have a national religion), don't you think the practice of allowing individual worship would still exist?
I fail to see what if any relevance your polytheistic vs monotheistic statement has to do with the discussion, but you forgot to mention atheism.
I think folks tend to tie these issues into neat little packages that fit around what they personally believe. Truth be told, it's never that easy.
The debates that led to the foundation of this country rarely, if ever, mentioned polytheism, Christianity, separation of Church and State or what the Easter Bunny wears on Good Friday.
Those debates were centered on rights.
So to water everything down to having either the endorsement of a particular religious thought or a complete banning of the same is really not the point.
The point is that as Americans we can believe what we want to believe and the government won't push us one way or the other.
Trial after trial has proven it. If a man doesn't want his kid to say the words "under God" in the pledge of allegiance he has the option of having his kid sit out and, at the same time, will enjoy months of media glory as he tried to get the government to stricken those words from the pledge. He lost, of course, because the argument wasn't really about whether the words "under God" should be stricken. The argument was whether or not he was forced to do so.
Going full circle, the same goes for the endless debates raging around the War on Christmas. Schools, thinking they have some sort of civic responsibility to be all things to all people, try to "ban" Christmas at one extreme or, at a minimum these days, become "neutral" on the issue.
Neutrality is impossible. It's our culture, it's our history, it is woven into the fabric of our country and there is no escaping it -- just as there is no escaping slavery, polygamy, Japenese relocation centers, the fate of the American Indian, the lottery, tobacco, and the designated hitter. We are what we are and, ultimately, what separates us from the rest of the world is that we CAN deal with our religious differences and not have one particular belief system dominate or dictate our governmental direction.
What a miracle these United States are and what inspired men our founders were.
They had their differences.
What would it be like, do you think, to have Jefferson and Adams here in this discussion? What about Washington or Madison? What about that free-spirit Franklin? Think there were of one mind religiously?
They were, in fact, famously different and in some cases polar opposites. But where they came together was in a "live and let live" mentality. It worked for them and it can and should work for us.
I suggest where we find these differences that get us so riled up we take a little stroll to some place like Iran or North Korea or China or places in the former Soviet Union or on the African continent where the freedoms we contend over in terms of mere speech are fought over there with guns and tyranny.
Isn't it great to live in a place where we can be morons, call each other morons...and still wish each other Merry Christmas?