OPIN­ION

West­ern so­ci­ety’s war against Christ­mas

The Covington News - - RELIGION -

Christ­mas– bah- hum­bug! At least that seems to be the grow­ing sen­ti­ment in West­ern so­ci­ety.

While the ear­li­est men­tion of the com­mem­o­ra­tion of the birth of Je­sus Christ comes to us from the pen of Ori­gin ( 200 A. D.), and while Sex­tus Julius Africanus pop­u­lar­ized De­cem­ber 25th as the date of the birth of the Sav­ior as early as 221 A. D., there is, in our day, a con­certed ef­fort to san­i­tize the hol­i­day re­mov­ing any and all ref­er­ences to the very rea­son for our cel­e­bra­tion.

The trend be­gan when ref­er­ences to Christ were banned from pub­lic prop­erty as the ACLU brought suit af­ter suit against mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that dared erect manger scenes on pub­licly owned prop­er­ties.

It wasn’t long un­til our pub­lic school sys­tems got in­volved. The first step away from the hol­i­day came in a sim­ple name change: pub­lic schools were forced to drop the tra­di­tional Christ­mas Break for a more po­lit­i­cally cor­rect “ Win­ter Hol­i­day.” Along with this step came the ban­ning of Christ­mas carols from pub­lic school Christ­mas pro­grams.

It got worse. In New York City schools where chil­dren are forced to learn about Hanukkah, Kwanza, Is­lamic al­ter­na­tives to Christ­mas, any ref­er­ence to Christ­mas it­self has been banned.

This has gone as far as an of­fi­cial edit that bans the use of Christ from any of the tra­di­tional songs or sym­bols. For in­stance school of­fi­cials are al­lowed to dis­play hol­i­day trees but not Christ­mas trees. Stu­dents are for­bid­den to sing such sec­u­lar songs as “ We Wish You a Merry Christ­mas.”

The words of that pop­u­lar song have been san­i­tized so as not to of­fend any­one other then Chris­tians as the chil­dren are forced to sing “ We Wish You a Happy Hol­i­day.”

The lu­nacy has gone so far as to for­bid dec­o­rat­ing in red or green be­cause they are tra­di­tional Christ­mas col­ors, and the idea is that some­how or other the very col­ors might cause of­fense if some­one even thinks of Christ­mas. Now busi­nesses have got­ten in on the ac­tion. Many busi­nesses refuse to iden­tify prod­ucts or spe­cial sales as Christ­mas items and staff mem­bers are pro­hib­ited from ut­ter­ing the words “ Merry Christ­mas” to cus­tomers so as not to of­fend any­one.

Ex­cuse me, but this is just plain ridicu­lous. I don’t get up­set if some­one wishes me a happy Hanukkah nor do I get bent out of shape when I hear my Mus­lim friends talk­ing about cel­e­brat­ing Ra­madan nor have I ap­proached busi­nesses or threat­ened a law­suit if some­one wished me a Happy Hal­loween or put up a dis­play with which I might hap­pen to dis­agree.

So why the big hub­bub over Christ­mas? Be­cause even though its been some 2000 years now, Je­sus still in­tim­i­dates peo­ple. We don’t want to hear about this one whose very claims are con­fronta­tional; this one who claimed not to be speak­ing for God as re­li­gious lead­ers over the years have done, but claimed to be speak­ing as God.

We don’t want to deal with the im­pli­ca­tions of it all so we turn from a sav­ior to Santa, from the great gift of sat­is­fac­tion that he of­fers to sub­sti­tute gifts that can never fully sat­isfy and we turn from the eter­nal life and em­brace a tem­po­ral ex­is­tence do­ing all we can to deny the re­al­ity of what he claimed.

When all is said and done, it seems that most would rather cut off their own nose in spite of their face, rather than smell the sweet sa­vor of the world’s only real hope.

You may call it happy hol­i­day if you want, but un­der­stand, with­out the Christ of Christ­mas, there would not even be a hol­i­day.

John Pear­rell

Colum­nist

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.