New American: The War on Christmas

Imagine, if you will, a gala birthday party given in your honor. The guests will sing, dance, give presents, eat, drink, and have the merriest of times. The hitch: your name will not be mentioned, the gifts will not be for you, the celebrants won’t be thinking about you, and everyone would sort of prefer that you not come.

Nativity scene

I normally don’t refer to, what I consider a spritual battle that goes on every day, the attempt to squelch Christmas from the U.S. culture as the “War on Christmas.” Maybe, it’s because I know how badly secularists cringe at this expression. However, this post in the New American is so good and so succinct that I will give its headline its just reward.

Be sure to click to the full story where you can get information on the steps to take “to defend against the War on Christmas.”

After all, there truly is a War on Christmas!

This by John Eidsmoe for the New American:

The War on Christmas

Because “public life” now entails virtually every part of our lives, erasing references to God entirely from public life means virtually eliminating them from America.

Imagine, if you will, a gala birthday party given in your honor. The guests will sing, dance, give presents, eat, drink, and have the merriest of times. The hitch: your name will not be mentioned, the gifts will not be for you, the celebrants won’t be thinking about you, and everyone would sort of prefer that you not come.

That’s all that will be left of Christmas if various groups have their way. All across the country, this year as in the past several years, there has been a concerted drive to remove all vestiges of Christianity from the celebration of Christ’s birthday. For example:

• Public schools increasingly call Christmas vacation something like “winter break.”

• Students and teachers are discouraged or prohibited from wishing each other “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 heavy on “Frosty the Snowman” and “Deck the Halls,” but the traditional Christmas carols are censored.

• Retail store employees are instructed to wish their customers “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” rather than “Merry Christmas.”

• Retail catalogs tout their goods as perfect for “the season” but avoid mentioning Christ or Christmas.

• Christmas cards, if I may call them that, wish our friends the “joys of the season” but commonly omit the “Reason for the season.”

• Public buildings such as city halls, fire and police departments, etc., feature holiday displays with holly, reindeer, and candy canes, but no manger scenes and no Baby Jesus.

These practices are far from universal. But they are increasing, and they are part of a concerted drive to cleanse the public arena from any and all vestiges of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage…

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WSJ: The Treatment of Bush Has Been a Disgrace

George Bush’s crown is no longer in question. Sarah Palin is back in Wasilla, Alaska, still fielding gotchya hate…and she will soon be mocked only occasionaly. Her challenge of Bush’s crown is over…

…and Bush remains the most mocked politician ever.

This from the Wall Street Journal:

Earlier this year, 12,000 people in San Francisco signed a petition in support of a proposition on a local ballot to rename an Oceanside sewage plant after George W. Bush. The proposition is only one example of the classless disrespect many Americans have shown the president.

The Treatment of Bush Has Been a Disgrace – What must our enemies be thinking?

Prop 8’s Pink Elephant in the Room

Let’s quit walking around the pink elephant in the room. If you don’t view homosexuality as sin (and doing so is not about hating homosexuals because we all sin), then more than likely, you are going to have the views of California’s “No on 8″ supporters.

So, there you have it! The fundamental difference, one side believes homosexuality is acceptable for all of society, the other side – Yes on 8 – believes that homosexuality is a sin and should not be embraced by society.

Hate gays? No. Hate the sin. Now you can debate your view that homosexual behavior is not sin…and that is your choice, your understanding, and your belief. Hate those that believe that way? No.

Will the acceptance of gay marriage effect our society? Yes. Will all people understand that concept? No. It goes back to whether or not you believe homosexuality is a sin or not.

And even before that, whether you believe in the concept of sin or not. For if you don’t believe that sin exists, and you believe that truth is your own relevance, then this discussion is mute.

Do I fear gays, or gay marriage, or anyone siding with the normalization of homosexuality? No. In fact, your orientation has no basis on my desire to be friends with you or anyone.

I fear the Lord.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” – Proverbs 1:7
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ADD: A quick sprint through CNN’s and the Los Angeles Times’ stories and blogs on Prop 8 Sunday morning showed that anyone wanting to leave a comment received this message or something similar: “Comments have been closed for this article.”

For so many people espousing tolerance, especially media types, where’s the dialogue about homosexuality? And for all you evolutionists out there…why haven’t we “evolved” beyond simply political campaign signs and streetside demonstrations?

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California’s Slithering ‘No’ Campaign

Support for a ‘Yes’ vote on California’s Proposition 8, which would define marriage as only valid between a man and a woman, has grown since news of a San Francisco class of first-grade students’ field trip to their teacher’s lesbian wedding. However, gay activists continue to scoff at the notion of student indoctrination.

This Week’s Top Scrooge – October 17, 2008

By ALEXANDER
TheScroogeReport.com

The Class surprises lesbian teacher on wedding day story published by the San Francisco Chronicle helped spark some intense debate over the issue of student indoctrination these last several days.

As reported in CNSNews.com:

Nearly five months after California’s Supreme Court issued a decision creating same-sex marriage, a class of first graders was the first to be officially exposed to a same-sex marriage ceremony in San Francisco.

It’s a move that some say is “indoctrination.”

Eighteen 5- and 6-year-olds from San Francisco’s Creative Arts Charter School were taken to San Francisco City Hall Monday, where they tossed rose petals and blew bubbles on their lesbian teacher, Erin Carder, after she “married” another woman, Kerri McCoy, in a ceremony presided over by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

The “field trip,” which was the brainchild of an unnamed parent, was approved by Creative Arts Charter School director Liz Jaroslow, who did not return phone calls from CNSNews.com by press time.

Jaroslow reportedly told the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper that she justified the trip educationally, because, she said, “(I)t really is what we call a teachable moment.”

Opponents to Prop 8 have repeatedly challenged the claims that a “No” vote would mean children would be indoctrinated as a result.

Already taught

More from the CNSNews story:

Chip White, press secretary for the Yes on 8 Campaign, told CNSNews.com in a phone interview that this field trip came at the same time that opponents of Proposition 8 are running ads calling proponents “liars” for informing Californians about the consequences to public school kids.

“The other side claims that we’re lying (when we say) that same-sex marriage will be taught in schools. This field trip shows not only will same-sex marriage be taught in schools, but it already is being taught in schools,” he said.

Proposition 8, if adopted, would amend California’s Constitution to say: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

“This shows that homosexual ‘marriages’ are designed not just to gain public approval of the homosexual lifestyle, but designed to indoctrinate children to be ‘better’ than their ‘bigoted elders,’” Randy Thomasson, president and founder of the non-profit Campaign for Children and Families, told CNSNews.com.

“‘Get them while they’re young’ is the goal of homosexual activists, and they’re succeeding in San Francisco,” he added. “Now parents and grandparents have a vivid example from San Francisco of how children are already being indoctrinated to support homosexual marriage and see this as an acceptable ‘relationship’ based on ‘love,’” Thomasson told CNSNews.com.

Growing support

Public reaction to the incident may be affecting support for the proposition, however, according to polling numbers and financial contributions, according to White.

“The past week and a half has really been a kind of momentum for the ‘Yes on 8’ campaign,” he said.

Citing recent public polling numbers for CBS News gathered by SurveyUSA, White said that support for Proposition 8 had risen by 10 points in the last 11 days, with polling numbers currently showing 47 percent of Californians supporting the proposition, compared with 42 percent against.

“Additionally,” White said, “the ‘No on 8’ side, in an unusual move, released their internal poll to the Los Angeles Times. It also showed the ‘yes’ side in the lead.”

Campaign contributions show similar support. In the most recent filing of contribution reports with the California Secretary of State, proponents listed more than 5,000 pages of contributions.

“We ended up with 62,000 donors, showing that for the last reporting period,” White said, adding that proponents have raised about $25 million.

This Week’s Top Scrooge goes to the “No on Prop 8” campaign for using children in an attempt to teach the rest of us about “true love.” Although there was nothing hateful coming from the students’ innocent admiration of their teacher walking down the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall with her partner, the underlying message from the adults involved was designed to attack those with traditional views on marriage.

A “Yes” vote on Prop 8 has nothing to do with the percieved “hate” gay activists would like to pin on supporters of traditional marriage. A “Yes” vote simply attempts to restore the definition of marriage to what the vast majority of California voters already approved and what Californians agree should be supported, not undermined.

What about the gay agenda? Indoctrination may be too strong of a word for some…but, let’s just say a slow, slithering seepage.

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Other Blogs:

Gay marriage: California parents beware
Massachusetts second graders
Gay Marriage Certain To Impact California Education
Pro-Marriage, Not Anti-Gay
Ellen Equates Support for Prop 8 as ‘Hate’
What same-sex “marriage” has done to Massachusetts

Report: NY Times journalists more likely to lie

Bloggers show journalistic integrity – call out New York Times on “vets kill in America” story in a series. This didn’t get as much play the first time around as I would have liked it…wonder why? In honor of the soon to be closing chapter in this particular political season, I thought I would resurrect this story. Enjoy! …read more

Joe Six-Packs Team with Hockey Moms

TheScroogeReport Blog Poll: Can Team Joe Six-Pack/Hockey Mom Defeat Obama Nation?

“It’s time that normal Joe Six-pack American is finally represented in the position of vice presidency,” Sarah Palin told radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt recently.

During the Vice Presidential debate, Palin said: “Let’s commit ourselves just every day American people, Joe Six-Pack, hockey moms across the nation, I think we need to band together and say never again.”

Several questions come to mind…

How big a voting block is the Joe Six-Pack/Hockey Mom contingent?

Are the JSHMs strong enough to help defeat Obama Nation?

How do Obama supporters counter the aggressive, appealing nature of Joe Six-Pack and Hockey Mom?

And finally…

What is your cringe factor (if you have one) at the mere mention of Sarah Palin, Joe Six-Pack, and Hockey Mom?

Note: I have no cringe factor on this one….only a big smile!

I look forward to hearing from you!

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The Prize Fight: Palin v. Biden

OK…we’ve had the undercard, McCain v. Obama…it was a decent debate. You’ve had a chance to score it…if not you can go to another place I hang out, BlogCatalog for a discussion on who won the first debate.


Now, anyone want to give opening odds on the Main Event? Barracuda v. Old Dawg? Pit Bull v. Smokin’ Joe Biden?

Thursday is the debate…watch the TV ratings on the greatest match since Ali v. Frazer, The Greatest v. Smokin’ Joe Frazer, Pretty Boy v. the Dog…

Palin…Biden…you decide!

You can comment here or at BlogCatalog.

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