by John Eidsmoe
magine, if you will, a gala birthdayparty given in your honor. The guestswill sing, dance, give presents, eat,drink, and have the merriest of times.The hitch: your name will not be men-tioned, the gifts will not be for you, thecelebrants won’t be thinking about you,and everyone would sort of prefer thatyou not come.That’s all that will be left of Christ-mas if various groups have their way. Allacross the country, this year as in the pastseveral years, there has been a concerteddrive to remove all vestiges of Christianityfrom the celebration of Christ’s birthday.For example:
• Public schools increasingly call
Christmas vacation something like “win-ter break.”
• Students and teachers are discour
-aged or prohibited from wishing eachother “Merry Christmas,” preferring“Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings”instead.
• Christmas trees are either banned or
called “winter trees.”
• Public-school Christmas programs, er,
pardon me, “winter programs,” go heavyon “Frosty the Snowman” and “Deck theHalls,” but the traditional Christmas carolsare censored.
• Retail store employees are instructed
to wish their customers “Happy Holidays”or “Seasons Greetings” rather than “MerryChristmas.”
• Retail catalogs tout their goods as per
-fect for “the season” but avoid mentioningChrist or Christmas.
• Christmas cards, if I may call them
that, wish our friends the “joys of the sea-son” but commonly omit the “Reason forthe season.”
• Public buildings such as city halls,
fire and police departments, etc., featureholiday displays with holly, reindeer, and
John Eidsmoe, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel,is a professor at the Oak Brook College of Law &Government Policy and serves as legal counsel for the Foundation for Moral Law.
A P I m a g e s
Keeping Chri in Chrima:
Thisnativity scene was set up with privatefunds as part of the traditional GermanChristkindlmarket in downtown Chicago.
Because “public life” now entails virtually every part of ourlives, erasing references to God entirely from public lifemeans virtually eliminating them from America.
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