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by Dan Fisher 
his December, on courthouselawns and other public placesacross America, you’ll see decora-tive lights, Santa and his reindeer, snow-men, “holiday trees,” and maybe even anangel or two. The only guest who’ll prob-ably be missing from this birthday party isthe guest of honor himself. Oddly, there’seven room for elves, tin soldiers, candycanes, and sugarplums — just no room forChrist. The lunacy of celebrating a holidaycalled Christmas that commemorates thebirth of Christ without recognizing Christcould only happen in the philosophicallyinconsistent but politically correct Amer-ica. Think of it: You can openly celebrateChristmas just as long as you don’t men-tion Christ.Does this make any sense? Imagine if the same politically correct standard wereapplied to the celebration of other holi-days. Imagine the celebration of Hanuk-kah where Jews are expected to forgo theFestival of Lights or other Jewish tradi-tions. How receptive do you think Mus-lims would be to the idea of celebratingRamadan with no mention of Allah, theQuran, or Muhammad? Imagine Valen-tine’s Day without any references to SaintValentine — a day where only candy andflowers could be displayed. What kind of sense would it make to not be able to talk about Columbus on Columbus Day —Columbus, Ohio, perhaps, but not Chris-topher Columbus? What if on Martin Lu-ther King’s birthday, instead of honoringMartin Luther King, we honored fictionalcharacters and animals? How well wouldthat fly?Ridiculous? No more ridiculous thancelebrating a Christ-less Christmas.What makes this so crazy is that Christ-mas has been celebrated in America prac-tically from the moment explorers firstlanded on our shores. As people sailedacross the Atlantic to the new world,among the many things they brought withthem was Christmas. It is indeed one of the oldest of our religious celebrations.For centuries, Christmas has been a timeof joy and festivity enjoyed by Christiansand non-Christians alike. How ironic thatuntil today’s “enlightened” times we wereblind to just how “damaging” and “of-fensive” the celebration of Christmas as aChristian Holy Day can be to some people.Today some are telling us that it’s un-constitutional to acknowledge Christmasin the public square and that we mustbow to political correctness by removing“Christ” from our Christmas, making it anon-religious “seasonal” holiday instead.But even if we comply, it still won’t fixthe problem because the word “holiday”means “holy day” so, in the long run, we’llneed to stop using the word “holiday” aswell.
So it’s a new day in America. Along withthe traditional ritual of unpacking theChristmas decorations in preparation forthe month-long celebration, another ritualhas been added — the growing national ob-session of “de-Christing” Christmas. Anti-Christmas sentiments range from the in-nocently ignorant to the utterly insane. Forexample, in 2009, an elementary school inMassachusetts forbade students from wear-
 Dan Fisher is the senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Yukon, Oklahoma.
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Popular culture, political correctness, and misrepresented constitutional language areraining on Christians’ Christmas parade by stripping Christ from Christmas.
ing red and green elf hats because red andgreen are Christmas colors and thereforereligious and illegal. According to the Lib-erty Counsel, in 2006 Lowe’s employeeswere not allowed to say “Merry Christmas”to customers unless the customer initiatedthe holiday greeting. In October of thisyear, the Richmond-based business Do-minion Resources, Inc., became the spon-sor of the 26-year-old Richmond Christmasparade. Upon taking the reins, Dominionpromptly announced that the word “Christ-mas” would be dropped from the event’sname. Oddly, the parade’s theme this yearis “Celebrating Holiday Traditions,” soDominion felt it was their job to erase 26years of Christmas tradition in the pro-cess of “celebrating holiday traditions.”Thankfully, this did not fly with the public,and when Richmond citizens and peoplearound the country found out, they inun-dated Dominion with thousands of phonecalls and e-mails forcing them to changetheir minds and return “Christmas” to theparade’s title. So at least for this year, therewill be a Christmas parade in Richmond.Proving that it’s never too early tolaunch an attack on Christmas, this sum-mer officials of Loudoun County, Virginia,were planning to forbid the display of allreligious Christmas symbols at their court-house. This ban would have outlawed deco-rations that have been displayed there everyChristmas for the past 50 years. A countyspokesman said, “We want a non-religious,but traditional program, which eliminatesall religious expression.” But it did notwork out that way. Bowing to public pres-sure, Loudoun County officials reversedtheir decision and Christmas decorationswill be displayed at the courthouse for atleast one more year. And last, but certainlynot least, on October 4 of this year, the U.S.Supreme Court declined to hear an appealof a school ban on religious holiday music.The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hadupheld the ban, which had been imposed bythe South Orange and Maplewood schooldistrict in New Jersey. Many fear that theSupreme Court’s refusal to hear the case,thereby allowing the ban to stand, sent asignal to school districts across the nationthat Christmas carols are out, thus takingus one step further toward a completelyChrist-less Christmas in America.Situations like these happen over andover in America every Christmas season. Itappears that some just cannot tolerate thehonest, historic, harmless celebration of what is arguably the most celebrated holi-day around the world. What is so ironic isthat those who stand so adamantly againstChristmas are the very ones who preachthe message of tolerance so vociferously.Of course their brand of tolerance is a “oneway” street that only goes their way. Onemust wonder, “What is it about Christmasthat so offends these people?”
There is a line in Shakespeare’s
,Act III, scene II that answers this question.In this line, the Queen says, “The lady dothprotest too much, methinks.” The loudnessand shrillness of the “Christmas protestors”gives them away. We must ask, “If there’snothing to Christianity, as many of thesefolks believe, why make such a fuss?” Itwould appear they are either terrified at thethought that the Bible might be true, so theywant it “out of sight and out of mind,” ortheir distaste for Christ is so strong they justcan’t bear the thought of millions openly,publicly celebrating His birth. Driven bytheir angst for Christmas, it seems clearthat these people will never rest until everyvestige of religious expression is eradicatedfrom the American landscape.Of course, those who war against Chris-tianity claim they merely want to removeit from the public square because religiousexpression on public property is unconsti-tutional. Is this really true? Consider thefollowing statements from our Founders:“[It is] the duty of all wise, free, andvirtuous governments to countenance andencourage virtue and religion. I thereforerecommend a general and public return of praise and thanksgiving to Him from whosegoodness these blessings descend.”
 John Jay, first Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court 
“As to the subject of religion … nopower is given to the general governmentto interfere with it at all.... Every man has aright to worship the Supreme Being in themanner he thinks proper.”
 Richard DobbsSpaight, signer of the Constitution
“The general principles upon which theFathers achieved independence were thegeneral principles of Christianity.”
 John Adams
“This is a religious people.... From thediscovery of this continent to the presenthour, there is a single voice making thisaffirmation.”
U.S. Supreme Court 
“Almost all the civil liberty now en- joyed in the world owes its origin to theprinciples of the Christian religion.... Thereligion which has introduced civil libertyis the religion of Christ … and to this weowe our free constitution of government.”
 Noah Webster 
“The highest glory of the AmericanRevolution was this; it connected in oneindissoluble bond the principles of civil

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