This, to liberals, will be scorned and I will be ridiculed by them for stating it but that changes nothing as it is indeed fact. For liberals to promote their socialist agenda and ideology, traditional American values must be torn down and the way to accomplish that is to attempt to shame those who hold such values in high esteem into shying away from them.
While political correctness weasels its way into society’s daily lexicon, it is rarely more on display than at this particular time of the year.
The reason political correctness is so invasive during the Christmas season is because religion is the most deeply rooted of all traditional American values and Christianity has been, whether liberals like it or not, the prevailing religious value in our nation since its founding.
This is not to dismiss other religions but the fact is, Judeo-Christian values are the bedrock upon which this great nation was built and while all religions are welcome here, and there can be no official state sponsored religion there is one thing that liberals have for decades tried to falsely convince Americans to be true.
That there is a constitutional separation of church and state.
There is not. Those words never appear in our constitution and to suggest they do is perhaps the biggest falsehood perpetrated by political correctness.
It is the 1st Amendment which contains the “Establishment Clause” but it is ONLY the first part of that clause to which liberals adhere.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.
In the politically correct mindset of liberals this is where the “Establishment Clause” ends and where they contend the separation of church and state begins.
What liberals, and political correctness ignores, and must ignore to propagate the tearing down of our traditional values in order to further the socialist agenda, is the second part of the “Establishment Clause” which clearly states:
Or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
Put those two parts together, the second part being every bit as important as the first and it reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
What we have in this great nation, the bedrock upon which our nation’s foundation was built much to the chagrin of today’s liberals is this:
We have, in this nation, a freedom OF religion rather than a freedom FROM religion.
Aside from the “Establishment Clause” the 1st Amendment goes on to state, “…or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Here again, liberals are disappointed and must therefore attempt to employ political correctness, to shame those who hold traditional American values in high regard, into the false belief that we, as Americans, do not have the right to offend those who may not hold certain beliefs.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
There is nothing in those words which bestows upon anyone, the right to not be offended and, taking this back to the celebration of Christmas, there is nothing within those words found in our constitution, which precludes one from either celebrating Christmas OR being offended by the celebration of Christmas.
While there have been those, who CLAIM to be offended by Christmas, they are in the minutest portion of the minority of Americans. Should their views, even if based in reality, dictate to the overwhelming majority, what can or cannot be displayed or said?
No. Not according to the constitution.
That tree was donated to the state of Rhode Island by Big John Leyden’s CHRISTMAS Tree Farm. Every year, a CHRISTMAS tree is displayed at the Rhode Island Capitol. It is displayed there during the CHRISTMAS season and when the CHRISTMAS season is over, the CHRISTMAS tree is removed.
The tree currently in the capitol rotunda in Rhode Island is decorated with ornaments as CHRISTMAS trees have been since the 1600’s and is surrounded by smaller trees, lighted as CHRISTMAS trees have been since the tradition of CHRISTMAS trees began.
In the liberal mindset, calling such a tree, a CHRISTMAS tree, might offend those who don’t celebrate CHRISTMAS but, I contend, that is but a cover story for the real reason Chaffee is calling it a HOLIDAY tree.
IF one is actually offended by calling it a CHRISTMAS tree, would one not ALSO be offended by the mere presence of a tree at all, regardless of what it is called, since it is only displayed there during the CHRISTMAS season?
Therefore, calling it a HOLIDAY is specifically meant to remove the word CHRIST from the season and is little more than another step in the process of removing CHRIST, or the Christian religion, from the lexicon and eventually from the values of Americans.
The politically correct will say, “Happy Holidays” during the CHRISTMAS season claiming it is less offensive to those who don’t celebrate CHRISTMAS but, as we know, those people have no constitutional right to not be offended even if they truly are, which I submit, they most likely, are truly not.
When my Jewish friends wish me a Happy Chanukah, I am not offended in the least, rather, I am comforted by the fact that they feel they can share their cultural tradition with me and I reply with Merry Christmas which has always been accepted warmly for the same reason. In turn, I have often wished a Happy Chanukah to Jewish friends and been met with a Merry Christmas in return.
That, my friends, is INCLUSION.
Happy HOLIDAYS is an EXCLUSION.
Those who don’t celebrate CHRISTMAS can, no doubt, see and appreciate the beauty of a decorated CHRISTMAS tree and understand the tradition behind it just as CHRISTIANS can appreciate the Menorah displayed as a part of traditional JEWISH celebrations.
I use Jewish and Christian traditions as comparative examples but know there are others as well celebrating various traditions at approximately the same time such as the Hindu celebration of Diwali or certain Gurpurab celebrations as part of Sikh culture.
Most of those who celebrate traditions at this particular time of the year, gladly join into CHRISTMAS festivities, doing so without tribute to the birth of Christ, but to share the friendship of those who are Christians.
Most of those who CLAIM offense also CLAIM to be atheists but there is also nothing contained in the constitution which states their LACK of faith must be the controlling factor for those who DO have faith.
Calling a CHRISTMAS tree a HOLIDAY TREE or wishing someone Happy HOLIDAYS rather than Merry CHRISTMAS is the same thing as having a POLITICALLY CORRECT tree or wishing one Happy POLITICAL CORRECTNESS and is specifically designed as a step to the elimination of religion from our culture so as to advance socialism as an agenda.
Since Christianity is the most widely held religion in our nation, it becomes the primary target of the liberal/socialist agenda. Christianity and thusly, CHRISTMAS, is built upon the foundation of the deity of Jesus Christ. Socialism is built upon the foundation of the Communist Manifesto.
Those who ascribe to socialism try to use Christianity as a foot in the door to advance their agenda.
“Nothing is easier than to give Christian asceticism a Socialist tinge. Has not Christianity declaimed against private property, against marriage, against the State? Has it not preached, in the place of these, charity and poverty, celibacy and mortification of the flesh, monastic life and Mother Church.”
Those words are directly from the Communist Manifesto and were written by Karl Marx.
In a socialist state, it is the state itself which is the supreme authority and not religion. The Communist Manifesto calls for eliminating family, marriage, countries, and religion and private property.
As liberals continue to eliminate all reference to religion, specifically Christian religion from schools and public places under the guise of political correctness or through falsely claiming such things to be unconstitutional, they are, in fact, eliminating the basis for a good deal of American culture and tradition from generations of Americans.
Case in point…How many schools across this country have, over the years, been replacing CHRISTMAS programs with HOLIDAY or…WINTER programs? Nativity scenes in parks or in town squares have increasingly become the exception rather than the rule.
CHRISTMAS trees in state capitols under the control of liberals? HOLIDAY trees.
That teacher took the opportunity, during what essentially was a GEOGRAPHY lesson…to tell the class there was no Santa. Santa’s relevance to Religion? St. Nicholas was the Patron Saint of Children who has become known not through advertising as Santa but because of a book in 1821 showing Sante Clause, yes, with an “E” and again in 1843 with the story, “A Visit from St. Nick” which you might know as, “The Night Before Christmas.”
A teacher, in Rockland County New York last week, furthered the socialist agenda in a room full of 8 year olds.
It boils down to this…
When liberals tell you that CHRISTMAS trees aren’t CHRISTMAS trees, that there is no Santa, that nativity scenes aren’t allowed in public places or Happy Holidays, it has not one thing whatsoever to do with “inclusion” or “political correctness.”
It has EVERYTHING to do with Exclusion and the removal of religion from society at every level, so as to further the liberal/socialist agenda. It is traditional American values, Judeo-Christian values and those who hold such values above government which are standing in the way of liberals completing the shift to socialism.
There is no time of the year when this aspect of the liberal/socialist agenda is more noticeable than at CHRISTMAS time and we, as conservatives, must let them know that we ARE onto them and their agenda.
I have a CHRISTMAS tree, send cards that say Merry CHRISTMAS, wish people a Merry CHRISTMAS and yes, Rockland County…
There IS a Santa Claus.