Separation of Church and Dumb
Nothing boils my blood faster than a conversation on the “separation of church and state”. The temperature rating will quickly escalate to levels comparable to the surface of the sun when I am additionally “informed” that the phrase is in the Constitution.
Michael Prell has a great article today on dumb people who get pissed off at anything to do with Christmas because it has the word Christ in it. Which if anyone recalls is the reason the holiday began in the first place. Best Buy and Amazon did not establish the event, though we have had Santa and given gifts for a very long time. But the point really is that the anti-Christmas sentiment is quite perplexing. Everyone knows Easter is about the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. People know that Thanksgiving was established to give thanks to Jehovah. But Target isn’t banning its employees from saying, “Happy Easter”.
Anyway, Prell talks about this guy who failed at bombing the “Holiday Tree” in Portland. And he points out the irony in that this Muslim terrorist tries to go blow up a Christian symbol that was already neutered by the city government and wasn’t even called a Christmas tree anymore. So basically this guy just wanted to murder people. Why? Because Islam is a peace loving religion…
(By the way, Prell mentions that after this guy tried to murder people in Portland via a weapon of mass destruction the Portland Mayor increased security around local mosques…not Christian churches…the local mosques. He wanted to make sure there was no backlash on the local Muslim community that is “peace loving”. You can’t make this stuff up.)
The kid was Somalian, and their Prime Minister assures us that Somalia is a peace loving country with peace loving people. He apparently forgot about that little incident with Mohamed Farrah Aidid. They made a movie about it. It was awesome!
One thing that I think is very important that Prell points out is the double standard that Christianity is treated with. It’s really treated like a plague by most of our government. Like they don’t want the stench of it anywhere near them or someone will complain. Only in America does the majority rule until a fraction of the population gets their feelings hurt.
What exactly is so threatening about Christians, at Christmastime, celebrating a national holiday which was proclaimed by Congress back in 1870? This is the part where the Anti-Christmas Brigade will jump up and recite from its holiest of holy scriptures: Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists, in which he wrote of “a wall of separation between Church & State.”
The funny thing about that wall is: it appears to only be impervious to Christians.
Earlier this year, President Obama smashed through that wall when he, too, invoked the name of Thomas Jefferson — not to oppose, but to defend the expression of religion in the biggest town square in America: New York City and the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque.” He said “Thomas Jefferson wrote that ‘all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion’” and he upheld “the principle that people of all faiths…will not be treated differently by their government.”
But people of different faiths are treated differently by their government.
Just a few miles down I-95 from the Ground Zero Mosque, the government of Philadelphia banned (and then unbanned) “Christmas Village.” In Portland, the “Christmas Tree Bomber” had to settle for trying to bomb a “holiday tree,” because the government of Portland already got to the infidels before him and changed “Christmas tree” to “holiday tree.” And, lest you think that this targeting of Christianity is limited to Christmastime, recall the case of 12 Christian students in Washington State who were suspended for praying at school. By contrast, USA Today reports that “some public schools and universities are granting Muslim requests for prayer times, prayer rooms and ritual foot baths, prompting a debate on whether Islam is being given preferential treatment over other religions.”