Preaching tolerance except for Christmas
The editorial of Jan. 5 reminds us “A growing trend during the Christmas holiday frenzy... is an effort to try and keep the focus off religion. “How ironic that some people in a society which increasingly preaches tolerance and acceptance of diversity are so quick and eager to suppress the longstanding views of those who value the message of Christmas. The editorial goes on to say “The releases stress that as winter approaches, it’s the time for holiday parties and year end celebrations. “Surely there must be something better to celebrate than just “winter”? Consider some common results of post holiday partying: does this mean we should reject religious expressions of joy and hope and love to embrace drunkenness, excessive debt, and domestic conflict? Personally, I think the traditional message of “Peace on earth, goodwill toward men” still offers a better option with a lot more substance.
In the 1965 cartoon classic, Charlie Brown out of confusion and desperation pleaded “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” This question still resonates with us 50 years later. It was Linus who confidently quoted the Bible to give Charlie Brown the answer that really satisfied. Perhaps the question we are truly left with is “Where is Linus? We need him.” Major Daniel Roode, Charlottetown Community Church