Well the title of this entry says it all. This is what is happening in America. You can express your religion unless your religion so happens to be Christianity. Liberals can argue all they want that this is not what their doing. That they are trying to “diversify” America. But we all know the truth. Liberals want to make Christianity an extinct religion. Why? Well, I’m not quite sure. I don’t understand how they can be fine with singing a Hanukkah song in school but not a song that refers to Christianity. How they see no problem in allowing a teacher to read the Koran to school children but won’t allow the Bible anywhere near schools. It really racks the brain trying to understand why? And I know that I will get some liberals that will read this post and tell me to stop bitching about it, that I’m just making up lies to make them look bad. What liberals don’t seem to understand is that I can bitch and complain about whatever I want. This is my blog, I own the domain and I can put anything I want on here. And the proof is in the pudding. I don’t have to lie about anything to make liberals look bad, they do a good enough job of that themselves.
Here’s a story written by Rabbi Aryeh Spero about what Christmas might be like 25 years from now thanks to groups like the ACLU.
Once Upon a Time When America Had Christmas
by Rabbi Aryeh Spero
Itâ€™s December 2030, and Iâ€™m shopping with my grandson in a mall in Northern Virginia. Weâ€™ve purchased a gift for a relative.
â€œGift wrap?â€ inquired the clerk.
â€œHappy Chanukah, Merry Kwanzaa, or Eid Greetings?â€
I frowned. The clerk whispered, â€œListen, I think there may still be a few rolls of Christmas wrap in the back if you wantâ€¦â€
My grandson looked up at me and asked, â€œWhy is the man whispering, Grandpa?â€
The clerk leaned over the counter: â€œThe storeâ€™s Diversity Regulations stipulate that weâ€™re no longer permitted to offer anything saying â€˜Christmas.â€™â€
â€œGrandpa,â€ David asked, â€œwhen did the stores stop offering Christmas paper?â€
â€œIâ€™m not exactly sure,â€ I replied, â€œbut I do remember that already back in 2005 stores like Kohlâ€™s and Target no longer allowed their employees to say â€˜Merry Christmas.â€™ Now even schools are forbidden to print the word â€˜Christmasâ€™ on their calendars in the December 25th box.â€
â€œBut, Grandpa, the President still lights the National Fern!â€
â€œYes, David, and it was once the National Christmas Tree. But there were these very powerful and well-moneyed groups such as the ACLU that for over 50 years relentlessly tried to remove anything of Christmas from American public life and social discourse. Then there was this other group, the ADL, which claimed to be fighting bigotry, but really appeared to be promoting bigotry against Christians and people with political views the ADL didnâ€™t like. Anyway, by the time 2005 had arrived, most American people no longer had the conviction and mettle of the people who founded this nation in the 18th century.â€
â€œWhy not, Grandpa?â€
â€œWell, believe it or not, they simply were worn down by constantly being called names like anti-Semite, Islamophobe, racist, or homophobe.â€
â€œYou mean, people 50 years ago were so scared that theyâ€™d allow their country to be taken from them rather than be called a name? I thought sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me!â€
â€œWell, there was another factor at work. Back then we called it â€˜political correctness.â€™ If you spoke out against the ACLU, you were called â€˜intolerant.â€™ If you cherished our American freedoms and were patriotic, you were â€˜reactionary.â€™ If you were revolted by the in-your-face perversions of the day, you were â€˜unsophisticated.â€™ If you believed in right and wrong, your thinking was â€˜un-nuanced.â€™
â€œSome of the people who stood up against the ACLU,â€ I continued, â€œwere called Conservatives. In those days, you werenâ€™t welcomed in â€˜progressiveâ€™ circles if you were a Conservative. You didnâ€™t get those high-paying jobs in the media, Hollywood, or in the University. In fact, if they knew you were Conservative, you could even lose your job — and, if you wanted to keep your job, you had to undergo diversity training at Sensitivity Sessions and mouth the appropriate platitudes and apologies, even against your own conscience.â€
â€œHow did the ACLU control everybody?â€ David asked.
â€œYou see, they insisted that any references to Christmas and Christianity were â€˜offensiveâ€™ to some people.â€
â€œWere the Christians trying to impose their religion on everybody?â€
â€œHeavens, no, David. But when Christians wanted simply to express themselves as other groups did, they were accused of having a hidden agenda of â€˜Christianizingâ€™ America. Black â€˜pride,â€™ Jewish â€˜pride,â€™ Islamic and Hispanic â€˜prideâ€™ were considered social goods and â€˜diversity,â€™ but Christian expression was considered a symptom of concealed anti-Semitism, racism, Islamophobia, and even American imperialism!â€
â€œGrandpa, how did you feel when someone wished you Merry Christmas?â€
â€œI felt fine being on the receiving end of good wishes and that personâ€™s desire to include me in his season of joy. Besides, it was the gracious thing to do. Then along came the Left and they politicized every harmless and gentle aspect of everyday life, rendering almost anything any normal person said as somehow â€˜insensitiveâ€™ to some person or group. They took regular daily life which had been sweet and turned it into a political brawl. They made fair-minded Americans self-conscious of every word, and relations between people strained and bitter. They busy-bodied into everything private and personal. And out of a desire to be considered â€˜inclusive,â€™ Christians allowed their Christianity to be rubbed out from the public sphere.â€
â€œJust so they could be called â€˜niceâ€™ by a bunch of bullies, Grandpa?â€
â€œYes, because unbeknownst to our good-willed Christian friends, the ACLU and its fanatical left-wing collaborators were zealously engaged in a deliberate plan to expunge Christianity from America, all the while pretending that their intent was simply to have a more inclusive America and not offend non-Christians.â€
â€œSo Grandpa, I guess American Christians were suckers.â€
â€œIâ€™m afraid so.â€
As we walked around, I noticed how quiet and gloomy the store was, and remembered back to the days when every department, resplendent with colorful decorations and Christmas music, was almost bursting with shoppers.
â€œGrandpa, if the ACLU and ADL were against religion, why did they want religious symbols for Moslem-Americans and Jewish-Americans and African-Americans?â€
â€œWell, David, thatâ€™s the dark little secret that only your Grandpa and a few others knew. These people werenâ€™t anti-religious as much as they were anti-Christian: anti- the majority religion that made America, America. They werenâ€™t against Allah or African gods. They hated the Christian God. Many simply despised Christians of Faith, hated them as people.â€
â€œIsnâ€™t that hatred, too?â€
â€œYes, indeed, 100% bigotry. But the bigotries of the Left, and those of minorities, were called â€˜tolerance.â€™ Whatever they said, in those days, was considered the moral high ground, the law. Whomever they supported, even brutal dictators like Fidel Castro, was considered enlightened.â€
â€œSo Grandpa, if you knew what the real goals were of the ACLU and ADL, why didnâ€™t you speak up, then?â€
â€œI did, as did others, but so few would listen. If only they could have realized that failure to act would bring about even greater curtailment of their rights and complete demolition of our great American civilization.â€
â€œGrandpa, who were the people who made up the ACLU?â€
â€œWell, sadly some of our own wayward brethren who had long ago abandoned belief in God, the Bible and our own Jewish religion. Having no religious identity, they basically defined themselves as â€˜not being Christian,â€™ so they fought Christmas displays tooth and nail. Many felt insecure even in their identity as Americans, so they waged war against the Christianity underlying America.â€
â€œWho else belonged to the ACLU?â€
â€œPeople who were raised Christian but rejected it and were therefore embarrassed by it. And, of course, the ACLU had its atheists, too. They despised Americaâ€™s Judeo-Christian ethos.â€
â€œGrandpa, we were taught in school that our country was founded on our Judeo-Christian-Islamic heritage. And that our Founding Fathers were guided greatly by the principles of the Holy Koran.â€
â€œYes, another victory for liberalism: rewrite history and deny the facts, all in the name of â€˜inclusionâ€™.â€
â€œGrandpa, where is the ACLU located today?â€
â€œWhy, itâ€™s right there in Washington, D.C., across from the U.S. Capitol.â€
â€œYou mean that big white-marble building where the Supreme Court used to be? The one with the statues of Mohammed and Ruth Bader Ginsburg?â€
â€œYes, David. You see, the country decided that since, in effect, the ACLU and leftist judges determined almost every American law in the last 50 years, as well as being the final word as to what is Constitutional, we might as well dispense with the Supreme Court and locate in that building Americaâ€™s real judicial, legal power: the ACLU.â€
We took our packages and walked out of the store and were guided down the escalator by Spanish and Arabic directions, though, unlike my grandson, I focused on the smaller English subtitles.
We drove on Route 50 until we came to Falls Mosque, Virginia. I remembered when the city had been renamed from the original Falls Church when that section of Virginia was granted the right to no longer live by American law but, instead, by its own shariah law now that 40% of the people in that area were Islamic. The ACLU told us that in the name of multiculturalism, not to do so would offend Islamic sensibilities and honor.
However, I knew that such a step had been rooted in timidity. We had become fraidy-cats, enfeebled, because 50 years of liberalism had made us no longer believe in ourselves, who we were and what we stood for. That had always been liberalismâ€™s goal.
Anyway, the rage among liberals had been to change all these historic American names, as was being done by their mentors and idols in Eurabia who guided us as to what was sophisticated. Londonstan, Parisabia, and Berlindad, all were renamed cities in the greater Caliphate living under the Religion of Peace.
My grandson interrupted my thoughts: â€œIf the ACLU people hated America so, why didnâ€™t they just leave?â€
â€œSon, they were on a mission. They wanted to reshape America and make it socialist, with themselves at the helm calling the shots, running the show. They didnâ€™t love America as America, but they knew they would love it completely when it became socialist. Besides, no one leaves America. Look at those Hollywood gripers. The money is too good here. The fame. The ease and the safety. Where else do you become a hero by bashing your country? Why would they leave, their family is here?â€
As we got out of our car near home, we spotted a small building with a Cross. It was lit up and the distant sounds of a hymn could be heard in the cold evening air.
â€œWhatâ€™s happening inside that building?â€
â€œDavid, that is a church. A church is a place where Christians gather privately to express their Christianity, now that public expression of Christianity in America is forbidden.â€
â€œGrandpa, how many Christians were there in America back in 2005?â€
â€œWell, Iâ€™d say about 260 million. Indeed 85% of the country was then Christian.â€
â€œ85%?â€ David exclaimed, amazed, bewildered.
â€œIncredible, right? Of course, half the Jews had no problem with Christmas, and not all atheists were offended by Christmas trees â€“ but it turned out that less than 10% of the countryâ€™s population was able to control the other 91%.â€
â€œAnd the Americans didnâ€™t fight for themselves at all?â€
â€œWell, they had been bullied so long, son, they lost their fiber. The others were afraid of a newspaper called The New York Times. And the people themselves decided they had more important things to do than defend their heritage.â€
â€œBut, Grandpa, without traditions and heritage, you have nothing, right? Why did they accept that everybody elseâ€™s feelings were more important than their feelings?â€
â€œThey had become intimidated by a foolish and destructive wind that ran across the land. It was a suicidal ideology: liberalism. It taught that the greatest virtue was national self-criticism. It resulted in people hating their own great country, America. And thus a handful of well-positioned, manipulative liberal elitists were able to bring down an entire powerful country.â€
I thought back to what distorted times they had been, back in late 2005. While Christians were reviled and seen by liberals as the enemy, jihadist terrorists were â€œunderstoodâ€ and their detention raised a cry in their behalf for â€œcompassion.â€ Social and political energy was channeled in two directions: overwhelming concern for the highest degree of humane treatment for Islamic terrorists coupled with an all out assault against Christians wanting merely to say Merry Christmas.
â€œYou know, David,â€ I continued, â€œI remember back when I was growing up in America in the 1950s. The Christians had beautiful Christmas trees covered with glittering lights lining the avenues in the snow, children went from house to house singing Christmas carols, people gave presents to each other wrapped in sparkly wrappings, strangers would extend unexpected kindnesses and generosities to each other, and walking down a street on a wintry night one might even come across a gentle nativity scene that didnâ€™t hurt anybody. But that was America then, not now.â€
Words are only good if they lead to action, I thought. Nothing happens unless the people venture boldly into public debates and the streets and face down those who are trying to destroy them and put their heritage and children in harmâ€™s way. Where had the activists been? We were too fine to get out in the streets, too gentlemanly to call things the way they were, too preoccupied with appearing â€˜compassionateâ€™ to stop the leftists and jihadists. Maybe our good-willed friends simply never realized that some of Americaâ€™s greatest foes were citizens within our own borders.
I put my arm around my young grandson. â€œMy America is gone now. How wonderful it was. It was heaven on earth. We could have taken to the streets. We could have stood together and risen up, one citizen at a time, defying every challenge in every forum, and fighting for our freedoms on the front-lines of every village and town.â€
â€œSo what happened, Grandpa? How did we lose America?â€
â€œIâ€™ll tell you: our soldiers on the battlefield overseas were brave, but we folks at home had no guts.â€
Rabbi Spero is a radio talk show host, a pulpit rabbi, and president of Caucus for America. He can be reached at www.caucusforamerica.com.
GreyorDecember 7, 2005 at 12:15 pm
lest my arguments fall upon deaf ears, I’m posting this comment just for the hell of it. personally, I am liberal and Catholic (hence Christian), and I don’t believe that liberals are trying to make Christianity ‘extinct.’ some people tend to be a little too PC these days, which is aggravating for all of us, but a certain degree of it is necessary, I think. We live in a society with many differing beliefs, and Christianity, while it may be the dominant religion here, is not the only one, and a lot of people do not understand that concept. I think that the Bible ought to be taught in schools as a historical document as well as teaching the basic tenets of Christianity (if necessary) simultaneously with the other major world religions — there is nothing wrong with that. They’re beginning to do something of the like (see here for more info) in some areas of the States, which I believe is a step in the right direction. the thing is, I also don’t believe the ACLU (since I assume you agree, at least to a certain extent, with the article you quoted here) is as evil as you make it out to be. I believe it’s done a lot of good for American society, but it has also been prey to many frivolous lawsuits and complaints, and those are generally ones that conservatives tend to attack it for. Since I’m in no way qualified to construct an argument or invective against this post, I just wanted to say these few words really. Us liberals aren’t all ‘bad,’ just as conservatives aren’t either. anyways, peace.
AmandaDecember 7, 2005 at 12:25 pm
I don’t think all Liberals are bad, I have many Liberal friends that I love dearly and we have debates all the time but we also respect each others opinion. I do believe the ACLU is evil though. This country would be a better place without them, IMO. They do more harm then good. But I also feel the same way about Jerry Falwell.
DaedalusDecember 7, 2005 at 12:41 pm
This is bullshit. How many times have you been denied something because you are a Christian? Have you been prevented from worshipping? Do you have to hold services in a back room to hide from the government? Are you arrested and detained without trial or lawyer for years at a time because you happen to be Christian? You need to stop listening to the propaganda and start thinking for yourselves. You people are making a big deal over absolutely nothing, to the point where you are deluding yourselves into thinking you are being persecuted, and people like Bill O’Reilly are not helping. Taking a small, meaningless case and blowing it out of proportion is just causing you unnecessary stress. Open your eyes. In your town, has their been an Eid festival recently? Doubtful. Is there a Nativity scene on your courthouse lawn? I’m willing to bet the answer is yes.
In the cities of the US, there is much more diversity than the little towns of the Midwest or the South. People from small towns seem to not understand this. In some cities like Detroit, the Muslim population approaches a quarter of the town’s population. Would you send a Christmas card to your Jewish friends? Do you even know any Jewish people? Do you think that all people who wear turbans are Muslims? (Arab Muslims don’t even wear turbans, so it just shows ignorance when people think they do.)
As for your 85% figure, it is wrong. 76% of this country identifies themselves as Christian (with the largest denomination being us evil Catholics!,) and only 40% of those attend church on a regular basis. You really need to look beyond your little world and stop making judgments based on your narrow world view. Open a book for once. Try reading about what the Chinese do to Christian citizens who worship outside of the state sanctioned church. THAT is persecution. How about the Christians in Sudan who are being slaughtered? THAT is persecution. The Christians who were sent to die in Siberian prison camps during the Soviet era were persecuted. People throughout history have been murdered for their religious beliefs. THAT IS PERSECUTION.
Look around you. You see Christmas junk everywhere. If Christians were persecuted, you would see none of that. You would see no pagan Christmas trees, no lights, no ribbons or bows or tinsel. Honestly, please come back to reality.
You take your freedom for granted, and that is shameful.
AmandaDecember 7, 2005 at 12:52 pm
No their is no nativity scene on our courthouse lawn, unfortunately. And I wonder if you even read the post because I did not give those statistics it was a story written by by Rabbi Aryeh Spero. They will still keep the Christmas tree, Oh I should say Holiday tree so that I don’t offend you *rolls eyes*, the tinsel, the lights but take out everything that refers to Christ. And I have many Jewish friends and I do send them Christmas cards which they love and they come to our Christmas party. I also send them a Hanukkah gift. We respect each others religion. And I never once said that anyone was evil except the ACLU.
PeteDecember 7, 2005 at 1:33 pm
I am not a member of the ACLU but I want you to think about this idea. It is very important that we remember that our country was established to protect freedom to practice religion NOT to establish a state religion. The ACLU is dedicated to the principle that by protecting the rights of minority members of society we also protect the rights of the majority.
I am a progressive christian and I firmly believe that the establishment clause of the first amendment was meant to protect everyone’s right to practice their religion without undue interference by government. In other words it is perfectly ok to pray in your home, attend the church/synagogue/temple/mosque of your choice, put your nativity up on your own property but it is not ok to display a christian or other religious symbol on public property. The US was clearly not established as a christian country but the constitution was established to protect everyone’s freedom of religious practice.
State sponsored religions are used to oppress members of minorities throughout the world. Because of the first amendment your right to publicly wish someone merry christmas has the protection of the constitution just as Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hannukkah and Happy Ramamdan are protected. The bottom line of my response is that there is no war on christmas or christianity in this country. If you want to really protect christianity then you need to protect the rights of Moslems and Jews as well.
The realm attacks on your rights are coming from the corporations who are attempting to restrict your rights of expressing your religion through prohibition of using the words Merry Christmas.
LeahDecember 7, 2005 at 1:49 pm
I don’t think that will ever happen or I should say I HOPE that never happens… I’ll have to print that off for my dad.
Daedalus – Just because she actually states her opinion and says something you don’t like doesn’t mean you can say “You take your freedom for granted” If anything she is using her freedom to express herself! Well, I guess in all correctness you can say whatever you want, but remember, if you want tolerance you need to be tolerant also.
KathyDecember 9, 2005 at 11:32 am
I agree with you 100%, Amanda. And I think all holidays have become so commerical. There is no meaning behind each holiday nowadays. When people think of Christmas, they think presents and a tree…not about Jesus’ birth. When we think of Easter we think of the easter bunny and candy baskets.
By the way, I added you to my lj 🙂
Proud ChristianDecember 18, 2005 at 7:10 pm
It’s sad that there are people like you in America who don’t like what Christmas stands for and represents and that is the birth of Christ. Most of the comments I read on here really upset me. You’re the type of kids who are a true example of the term ” a product of your environment” and most all of you, probably had the parents who were the neighborhood outcasts. And look at what they raised a bunch of pathetic, non-productive, good for nothing oxygen theives.
Oh well that just makes me appreciate my parents that much more for taking me to church when I was a child, and raising me to be a better person, too bad your parents couldn’t have done the same. But don’t worry there’s still hope because people like myself pray for pitiful people like those of you who don’t claim Christ as your saviour. I bet if you were with me the one time I was in Afghanistan and I was sitting on the edge of a Chinook goin into a hot LZ full of Taliban, you would have been praying to “Christ”, but no, you were’nt because it was me and others like me who when we were on deployment in Afghanistan & Iraq were worshipping every Sunday morning and other times, when we didn’t have to fight for the likes of you, who don’t have nothing better to do, but sit back here in America comfortably and talk bad about Christians, but again let me remind you, that there are alot of Christians who pray for the pitiful likes of you, and your pitiful friends, hopefully you’ll find Christ before it’s too late………..and by the way “Merry Christmas” !
DaedalusDecember 18, 2005 at 7:46 pm
For your information, “proud christian”, I was a 98G (Arabic), so quit assuming everyone who doesn’t think like you (should I use the word “think”?) hasn’t served.
The only talking bad about Christians is about those who call themselves Christian and don’t act like it.
You all (should I say y’all?) miss the point completely. THERE IS NO RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Actually, I take that back. There is. Just ask the Muslims who are sitting in jail without trial or lawyer indefinitely. Happy Hannukah.
AmandaDecember 18, 2005 at 9:55 pm
Daedalus, you can continue to shout from the roof tops that there is not religious prosecutions with Christians. But that doesn’t make you right. For instance there is a school in PA that will not allow the wearing of anything that contains a cross or a Christian religious statement, Like on a shirt or something. But they will allow the star of David, pentagrams, and even Muslims who cover their face to continue wearing their religious pride. But not if it has to do with Christianity. And I can say that if you really don’t agree with my views then you can simply not visit my site.