‘Tis the season

By Nathan Barton

The annual battle over “religious holidays” has started up. World Net Daily reports that a FOX Christmas program had requested a special Army musical group to participate in their broadcast and received this dismissal: “After reviewing your request, we have opined that the show is a religious event, and therefore we cannot provide official support based on restrictions in AR-360-1,” the letter read. “We value our relationship with you as well as FOX News and hope you understand our declination is guided by law and Army regulations.”

WND of course, asks whether or not this will continue under a Trump administration. They hope it does not, but a lot will depend on exactly how much influence and power the current Nazgul have.

I grew up in a very religious family, in the 1950s-1970s, and this annual war over if and how to celebrate Christmas was a familiar one for me, but not necessarily in the way people might expect. My family and I did not and still do not, celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday: we believe that it is morally wrong to do so. We do not force our view of this on others, of course. My parents were teachers in public schools most of my childhood, in small rural schools throughout the West, normally the same school in which my siblings and I were enrolled. Since my mother taught music and art, every year the annual Christmas Concert would come around (there were no “Holiday” or “Winter” concerts in those days). And the school administration and school board expected the full-blown treatment of Christmas as Jesus’ birthday: a religious celebration. Which deeply offended my mother. Especially when the board and superintendent and principal wanted NO “Secular” elements: no “Frosty the Snowman” or “Jingle Bells,” and heaven forbid “I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus” or “Grandma got run over by a reindeer.” Indeed, I remember one school where the idea that someone dressed as Santa Claus might tell the children in the play the “story of Christmas” was a very unwelcome element. Fortunately, my mother was patient and wise and able to negotiate well, and usually able to work out a compromise, but still was forced to act against her religious convictions and have all the “Jesus’ Birthday” routine and songs and trimmings. In many locations. And her children found ourselves forced to participate in at least quasi-religious activities which we found not just offensive but actually highly objectionable. Add to that the requirement that these religious hymns had to be sung with instrumental accompaniment, another religious practice we believed (and still do) was wrong. I grew up saying “Happy Holidays” when it was NOT politically correct to do so – and more than once had to explain I was not Jewish or an atheist or agnostic.

Jump forward to 2016. The shoe is on the other foot, and is not any better or more correct than the situation my parents, my sibs and I faced in the 1960s and 1970s. People are prohibited from celebrating Christmas as a religious holiday – and increasingly in any way at all – secular and commercial or not! The “winter holiday” as “enjoyed” by most government-run, tax-funded schools and most government agencies (federal, state, and local) has no room for Christmas or anything associated with it. Easter (another religious holiday which I (and my family) do not celebrate, for the same reasons) is similarly swallowed up by “spring holiday” or “spring break.” But Christmas generates the most heat. Suddenly, my family’s hassles back then are claimed as an excuse to prohibit people from enjoying Christmas.

We did not object to other people practicing our religion, but just wanted to be allowed to practice our own beliefs. Today, the “public schools” and every other branch of government seek to deny EVERYONE the freedom to practice their religion – unless you are of a protected “minority”- Muslims seem to have little problem, and neither do Gaia-worshipers and their close cousins the environists, nor the evolutionist-humanists. Or (of course) the state worshipers (well, except for the occasional teacher who tries to force an unwilling person to say the Pledge of Allegiance).

This Christmas and New Year’s season seems to be all set for the usual culture wars, sadly. In the name of freedom, more and more freedom is taken away from people.

Of course, this is not a surprise: this is what government does. The solution, therefore, is to limit the power of government at ALL levels. Enough is enough.

Mama’s Note: Another very good reason to take the children out of the government indoctrination camps called “schools.” I don’t celebrate any “holidays” at all anymore, and I don’t repeat the “pledge” to the flag for any reason. I remove myself from any situation where that might come into conflict with others – though that is actually rare – and don’t let what other people choose to do bother me either.

About tpolnathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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