|The National Christmas Tree -- soon to be a thing of the past? [Wikimedia]|
Periodically, we post a guest column, which is what we're doing today. Unfortunately, we don't have the name of the author, but we'll post anyway since the message is clear.
Political Correctness continues to undermine our culture and our traditions which have made this country great and well-respected for our moral code. We're not perfect -- far from it, but we are still the country to which foreign nations look for aid and comfort in times of crisis, and ultimately, we are the destination for refugees from failed states and tyrants. One of the principle goals of many of these refugees is the opportunity to worship as they please.
Our Founding Fathers were appalled by the extremes of religious zealots in New England, and more-so by the official religions established in some colonies. So, when they developed the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the very First Amendment stated:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
For now, we remain "The Land of the Free" -- but our Political Correctness Police are anxious to remove any form of, or reference to religion, and to convert us into a Godless Police State, and they may well succeed.
We've been on this path for decades; we recall watching a hateful little shrew storm into the elementary school our kids attended back in the 1970s; she then overturned the Christmas Tree the kids had spent a day decorating, shrieking that Christmas was an "insult" to her religion. She then went to the Principal's office and demanded that all Christmas decorations be removed because she was insulted and humiliated.
We escorted her out the door and suggested she find a religious enclave to protect herself and her child if she were unwilling to enjoy the goodwill which has traditionally been the basis of Christmas Spirit [Peace on Earth and Goodwill towards Men] -- which seemed to be the antithesis of the hate and venom she spewed. We then brought the kids out to right the tree and repair the damage, and all was right for the remainder of the Christmas Season. Oddly, her child was the most bewildered by her outburst; up until her appearance, he had been enjoying the pleasures of the Christmas Season and the camaraderie it engendered.
Nonetheless, our neighborhood shrew was successful in intimidating the School Board with threats of lawsuits for discrimination against her family and her religion -- in spite of the fact that her religious icons and those of several other religions were also represented alongside the Christian celebratory icons -- and from that time forward, there were no further celebrations of Christmas -- or any other religions in the school system -- to the dismay of the children.
|The correct perspective|
We've noted in this Administration that the annual celebration surrounding the lighting of the National Christmas Tree has been muted, and supplanted with indications it may be removed as a national event.
We'll see what happens.
So, here's the guest column in a variation of the traditional poem we all knew and loved as kids
-- not so long ago.
Twas two months before Christmas, when all through the land,
Not a Christian was praying, nor making a stand.
Why the PC Police had taken away the reason for Christmas, no one could say.
The children were told by their schools not to sing,
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say,
Why December 25th is just a Holiday!
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit,
Pushing folks down to the floor just so they'd get it.
CDs from Madonna, an X-Box, an IPod,
Something was changing, something quite odd.
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken and Fonda.
As Targets were hanging their trees upside down,
At Lowes, the word Christmas was nowhere to be found.
At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears,
You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.
Inclusive, Sensitive, Di-ver-sity are words to intimidate me.
Now Daschle, Now Dardent, Now Sharpton, and Wolf Blitzen,
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!
To eliminate Jesus in all public matter.
And we spoke not a word as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace,
The true gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded,
The season's reason, stopped, before it started.
So, as you celebrate "Winter Break" neath your "Dream Tree",
Sipping your Starbucks, please listen to me:
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say,
Shout: Merry Christmas! and not Happy Holiday.
Peace on Earth, and Good Will toward Men.
It is time to end Political Correctness.