Friday, December 07, 2012

The War on Christmas...and Faith by Gary Bauer

This post is by Gary Bauer. While I'm uncomfortable with labels like "Left" or "Right", the points he makes are sobering and worth thinking about. I wanted to share them with you. We need to think about these things and speak humbly about them with others. We are privileged to live in America. Let's not take it for granted. If we don't speak the truth in love, we're not being the "salt and light" Jesus called his followers to be. That impacts individuals and that impacts nations. DRG

"The War on Christmas" by Gary Bauer

The war on Christmas, and the broader assault on Judeo-Christians values, has been going on for a long time. It started in the early 1960s when the Supreme Court ruled against prayer in schools. Initially there was a tremendous backlash from Christians. The movement was still alive during the Reagan Administration when we tried to pass a constitutional amendment to permit non-denominational school prayer. But amending the Constitution is extremely difficult, and the effort faltered. 

Sadly, over time even many Christians began to buy into the left's arguments. What if someone wanted to put up a satanic alter in the town square? We would be outraged, so let's just keep everything out. The public square is just that -- public and for everyone. Besides, the country has changed and we just need to change too. 

Well, now faith is being purged everywhere, not just in public but in private settings as well. Senior citizens at The Willows apartment complex in Newhall, California, were informed this week that Christmas trees and menorahs in communal areas were being removed because they were religious symbols. This is not a government-run nursing home, but a privately-run nursing home! 

There used to be a time when we kept pornography out of public view. Now it's everywhere, but religious symbols must be hidden from view. That is not right. Fortunately, the retirement community's management company hasbacked down. The Christmas tree and menorahs are back. 

But it never should have happened in the first place. Nor is it right that a soccer coach has been forced to resign because he prayed for an injured player. The left has so distorted the law that freedom of religion is being misinterpreted as freedom from religion. 

The left says that tolerance demands no one should see anything that offends their values. But we are routinely exposed to art and media images that offend men and women of faith. What the left really means is that liberals should be freed from exposure to views that offend them. Those representing Judeo-Christian values are the only ones being told to shut up and give up our rights.

The left says it is wrong to "legislate morality." But the fact is all law is someone's idea of what is right and what is wrong. The only question is whose values will prevail.