Anti-Christmas Strategies Evolve

Catholic League president Bill Donohue explains how the anti-Christmas agenda has changed:

“There was no anti-Christmas agenda until the 1980s, and at that time it was led by the ACLU. The strategy of choice was to ban the display of religious symbols, especially the crèche, on public property. This legal strategy, which worked relatively well, has been superseded by a cultural strategy. The goal now is to dilute the significance of Christmas via contrived competition. To wit: every religious, racial and ethnic heritage-including invented ones like Kwanzaa — is now celebrated in December.

“It is important to note that the agenda is not a positive one; it is not designed to honor world traditions. No, the agenda is negative-it is designed to combat Christmas. Here’s a splendid example.

“Margaret Downey, founder of the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia, sued Chester County in 2001 because a large Ten Commandments plaque was displayed at the Chester County Courthouse. After winding its way through the courts, Downey lost. Chester County, however, decided that the courthouse lawn should be open to all seasonal displays. The crèche and menorah were quickly displayed and now the lawn is adorned with Downey’s ‘Godless Holiday Tree’; it is decorated with the book covers of atheist tracts.

“True to her multicultural religion, Downey is not against all religions-it’s just Christianity that gets her goat. ‘We’d love to see Kwanzaa candles and a Buddha statue, too,’ she said. Buddha is okay because it represents an Eastern religion (Western religions are taboo).

“It’s not just Downey and her merry band of atheists who ascribe to the contrived competition strategy. Elementary school teachers in New Jersey informed officials at William Paterson University that they would not take their students to a holiday show if it just centered on Christmas. They won. The moral of the story is: Best to throw the Nothought Scrooges a bone if the kids are to see Santa.”

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  • stutmann9

    This is a symptom of our society that regularly engages in sinful practices, but does not recognize them as sinful because they have no concept of the fear of God in the sense that they fear betraying a loving God in their actions. They themselves have been betrayed by people of faith, their parents, perhaps, who are the first teachers, representatives of God, whether for good or for worse.
    If their parents betrayed them by treating them badly or did not love them as they should, then a person’s image or concept of God will be affected in the same way. These people have wounds to heal, but shun the physician!

  • MAYbe Christians should just stop shopping at HOLIDAY time. I would say we should all ‘call in christian’ to show the impact of Christians, but that would get people fired…Christians don’t have the cultural protection Gays do…so.

    But we could and should stop shopping…at least at one store…

    I wish Christians would do a lot of things to protest the culture. If more Christians would throw out cable, and if only for one or two Christmas’s, just not shop….we would probably put some of these ( …except target, they stopped supporting planned barrenhood) out of business.

  • Lucky Mom of 7

    Honestly, I hate Christmas. I often call it the American Festival of Materialism. I try hard to focus on the religious significance. The cultural observance makes me ill. I buy small gifts for my kids and that’s it. Hubby and I don’t even exchange gifts most years. Neither one of us feels cheated.

    I think this is a teachable moment. Therefore I’d like to say:

    SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO CATHOLIC SCHOOL. (This includes homeschooling.)

    Peace on earth this Christmas and always.


  • Lucky Mom of 7

    Oh, and we’ve never lied to our kids about Santa Claus. Contrary to our tongue-clucking relatives, the kids haven’t lost any part of their childhoods. They’re amazing children, happy and loving. We do observe St. Nicholas Day.

    Santa is all about marketing. “Good boys and girls get everything on their Christmas list. If you don’t get lots and lots of toys, it must be because you’re bad.” Gee. Is that pressure to spend more money or what?