A much broader war

Fight against Christmas is one front in larger battle on Christian values

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CNN’s Carol Costello recently scoffed on-air about the so-called “war on Christmas,” belittling a rival network – and, by extension, any CNN viewers – for taking it seriously.

Maybe she’s right. Maybe there is no “war on Christmas.”

But maybe that’s just because it’s really a much broader fight than that, and Christmas is only one high-profile front.

Certainly, Costello is totally out to lunch if she doesn’t think Christians in this country have had to fight to keep from having the “Christ” taken out of Christmas – and Christmas being taken out of the public square. For years, Christmas displays have been removed from courthouse squares and retailers, and others have tried to phase out “Merry Christmas” in favor of “Happy Holidays.” Goodness knows, it’s better to offend the country’s Christians than anyone else!

The Fort Worth (Tex.) Star-Telegram reported that the attorney for that city’s school district “sent a memo to staff explaining that students should not be allowed to exchange gifts or ‘distribute personal holiday messages’ during class.” Oh, and Santa Claus can’t visit classrooms. And you can’t have little classroom Christmas parties – unless they “serve an appropriate instructional purpose.” Huh?

They’ve also tried to rename Christmas trees – such as in Rhode Island, where Gov. Lincoln Chafee is defiantly calling the Statehouse adornment a “holiday tree.” As if the sprites of the forest had started the tradition.

At the same time, the Obama administration – which hasn’t missed a Muslim holy day, but issued an Earth Day statement on Good Friday and pretty much ignored Easter – was more than happy to lust after a Christmas tree tax this year until a public backlash prevented it. Notice, when it’s about taxes, it’s “Christmas.”

So, yes, it’s been a struggle to keep Christmas in public.

Maybe it’s not a “war on Christmas” because the other side is losing. Hmmm ...

Yet, anti-Christian bias isn’t limited to Christmas. There are many examples to be found – the media’s treatment of Christian candidates, and the education establishment’s unbridled (and unconstitutional) horror that a valedictorian might let the word “God” slip out at gradation, for instance.

One recent phenomenon is the derision of National Football League quarterback Tim Tebow for his prayerful one-knee stance after big plays and games. There’s even a word for it: “Tebowing.” Rival players have openly mocked it after their own big plays without consequence. At the same time, an NFL player was recently fined for mocking another player for having shot himself in the leg. So, a fine for ridiculing a shooting incident, but not for mocking someone bent in Christian prayer.

As sportswriter Jen Floyd Engel noted last month, what if Tebow were a Muslim – and was bowing to Mecca after a touchdown, and another player made fun of it on camera?

“I know what would happen. All hell would break loose,” Engel wrote. “And there would be apologies. Oh, Lord, would there be apologies – by players, by coaches, possibly by ownership with a tiny chance of a statement from NFL commish Roger Goodell.

“You cannot mock Muslim faith, not in this country, not anywhere really.”

She’s right. There is a double standard.

War? Maybe, maybe not. But when they keep coming at you from every angle, you start to wonder.

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wtinney 12/11/11 - 01:59 am
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Very well said, AC!

Very well said, AC!

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KSL 12/11/11 - 02:50 am
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Food for thought, if you have

Food for thought, if you have an open mind.

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Riverman1 12/11/11 - 03:21 am
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I usually let grammatical

I usually let grammatical errors pass these days in the editorials, but I couldn't resist this one, "...horror that a valedictorian might let the word “God” slip out at gradation, for instance."

Did you "gradate" from high school?

Teebow is going to crack one day and get caught with a hooker on South Beach high after he becomes depressed that he went an entire game withou completing a single pass and both his legs were snapped like Joe Theisman's by Ray Lewis.

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Riverman1 12/11/11 - 03:26 am
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Some things get my interest.

Some things get my interest. One day there is a story about how local Muslims are just super local, law abiding folks, then the next day there is an editorial that casts aspersions on them. Balance or difference of opinion among Chronicle workers?

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 12/11/11 - 03:40 am
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There is no greater war than
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There is no greater war than the one some people fight in their own mind. This editorial proves it.

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 12/11/11 - 06:38 am
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There are numerous (and

There are numerous (and unrelated) reasons not to waste your time watching CNN, if your first concern is objective truth.

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copperhead 12/11/11 - 07:53 am
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Christ has no place in

Christ has no place in christmas-get over it and pay your taxes!

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Techfan 12/11/11 - 08:50 am
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Are the editorial writers at

Are the editorial writers at the AC ignorant or deliberately mislead? Probably both, but defintely attempts the latter.
http://www.factcheck.org/2009/10/holiday-tree-hooey/
http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2011/nov/20/greg-abbott/texas...

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 12/11/11 - 09:04 am
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does aces think christians
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does aces think christians started the tree tradition? ok, when and why?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/11/11 - 09:21 am
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copperhead, as a Christian,

copperhead, as a Christian, Christ is the only reason I celebrate Christmas. Oh yeah, by the way, I do pay my taxes!

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avidreader 12/11/11 - 10:13 am
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ACEs, Well said! Did 'ya

ACEs, Well said! Did 'ya hear the one about the two Muslims, the two Christians, the two Jews, the two Catholics, the two gay guys, the two lesbians, the two African/American judges, the two rednecks, and the two congressmen who walked into a bar? . . . just kidding!

It is quite demeaning to chastize people for clinging tight to moral, age-old traditions that are true to their hearts. Why are so many people hell-bent on destroying these traditions? I am not a cross-waving Christian by any means, but I still appreciate my Christian upbringing. I was raised in the midst of a good, honest, moral community of friends and family.

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effete elitist liberal 12/11/11 - 10:37 am
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I remember the "good old

I remember the "good old days" when conservatives railed at liberals
for claiming that women, the poor, African-Americans, gays, and other minorities were "victims," and that those groups reveled in the label.
The Republican party got a lot of political mileage out of accusing Democrats of "playing the 'victim' card." Today, things are changing, and this whiney column is a good example of the change. Here, arch conservative Mike Ryan cries and moans that Christians and their myths are under attack, victims of a well-orchestrated "war" with Christian haters as the oppressing enemy. ACES and the political right are merely adopting the strategy of self-described victimization that not long ago they ridiculed. How about a little consistency?

Haki
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Haki 12/11/11 - 11:42 am
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No response to whatever this

No response to whatever this was. Merry Christmas everyone!

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TrukinRanger 12/11/11 - 12:02 pm
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I stopped reading this
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I stopped reading this article at the first mention of "Obama". Anything meaningful went out the window when the blame shifted towards him.

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Taylor B 12/11/11 - 01:15 pm
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How about we keep christ in

How about we keep christ in christian?

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Pu239 12/11/11 - 02:16 pm
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The tolerant shall become the
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The tolerant shall become the intolerant....

Pu239
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Pu239 12/11/11 - 02:18 pm
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ohhh yeah.....Merry Christmas
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ohhh yeah.....Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Cadence 12/11/11 - 02:51 pm
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I would be fine with a

I would be fine with a menorah being celebrated along with the Christmas tree as long as it is appropriate. I am unlearned about Jewish traditions and so don't know if putting a big ol menorah up there is allowed.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/11/11 - 04:00 pm
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My Two Cent, it is apparent

My Two Cent, it is apparent that people of the secular world will never understand the important things that are to Christians, but just because they are not understood does not mean they are stupid, minute and unimportant. For Christians, Christmas has everything to do with Christ and although it occurs during the same time as ancient pagan celebration does not mean it is wrong or that the meaning for Christians is somehow deminished. Everyone wants to bring up Jeremiah 10 concerning the Christmas tree but no one wants to take the time to actually study the scripture in it's context along with other scripture. They use scripture out of context to prove their point when in fact is just shows they know nothing about which the speak of. In Jeremiah 10 it is warning to the nation of Israel not to get caught up in the pagan idolatry and this scripture has to be studied along with Isaiah 40:18-20 when he speaks of them fashioning gods out of wood and overlaying them with gold and silver chains. Also in Isaiah 44:121-28 when he speaks of how useless wooden idols are. A Christmas tree is only a symbol, it is not a god we worship or an idol we put our trust in as in pagan religion. It serves to remind us the real reason for the season, nothing more.

My Two Cents, believe me, if I could force a relationship with Christ down your throat and it would prevent you from spending an eternity in Hell, I would do so. It is a choice only you can make and no one can force it on you, so if you get tired of hearing about Christ.....join the crowd, I also get tired of hearing about preverse, ungodly things, this secular world makes me deal with every day.

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follower 12/11/11 - 04:42 pm
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TaylorB, you said a

TaylorB, you said a mouthfull. If people that call themselves Christians truly portrayed Christ, the word "hypocrite" would lose it's meaning.

ICL, take heart friend. Scripture said it would be this way. Stay strong. Keep sharing. Keep loving. It's what Christ would have us do.

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follower 12/11/11 - 05:11 pm
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Twocents, Christianity has

Twocents, Christianity has been around since Christ, about 2000 years. How could there have been a "Follower" of Christ, before Christ?

God has always existed, and while I won't argue the age of the world, an understanding of the scripture would reveal that just as Abraham's faith was counted as righteous, so it was for those that had "faith" in God, all in anticipation of the coming Messiah.

Since the first man [Adam], sin has been passed down through the ages, as evidenced by the nature of man. You don't have to teach people to be bad, they are by nature. They can only be taught to be civil.

Man is in need of someone to atone for the trespass against God's punishment for sin. People don't mind hearing about the loving God, but they don't care to hear about the God of justice. God's sentence for sin is death. And His sentence will be carried out. Either you will pay for it, or accept the provision of His Son's sacrifice on your part.

But, you get to choose. The evidence for a Creator is overwhelming. Look around. Are we the product of chance? If so, then live it up with the things that make you happy. The problem is, all of those things wear thin quickly, and you're searching again and again for something to satisfy.

God provided the greatest gift, His Son, to meet our greatest need; Forgiveness.

The Christian life is not oppressive as you may be led to believe, but liberating to know where you stand on the backdrop of eternity.

Do your own investigation. It doesn't matter what you believe; the only thing that matters is "truth". God Bless you on your search.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/11/11 - 08:44 pm
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Thank you follower. Hope you

Thank you follower. Hope you and your have a blessed Christmas!

bjphysics
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bjphysics 12/12/11 - 11:46 am
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