Preach­ing tol­er­ance ex­cept for Christ­mas

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

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

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