As the month of December closes in, most -  if not all, Americans and many around the world understand what Christian religious holiday is celebrated at the end of this month. Each year in the United States, the media and discrimination enthusiast (mainly atheist groups) from all over the country get to voice their anti-Christmas jargon. Furthering the distance of one the principles our Nation was built on.

Freedom of Religion”, notice I did not write Freedom [FROM] Religion.

There is a big difference in the two principles. Unfortunately, many view this month and its seasonal displays/sayings as an encroachment to their beliefs. I got to thinking. Maybe I am over thinking this point but I thought it ironic. If you are an Atheist and you don’t believe in God, by not having a display of a nativity scene... wouldn't it be supporting only your belief, thus, denying everyone else the right to their belief?

People are offended if they see a scene depicting the birth of Jesus in a park. They are offended if they don’t see the scene in the park. It is a no win situation for any side of the argument. There is no compromise to this situation. Trying to be politically correct you offend someone else in this situation. Think of how crazy this has turned into.

By the way, I really don’t lose any sleep over this issue. God knows my heart and I will continue to say Merry Christmas and sometimes Happy Holidays (I use them both). In this most wonderful time of the year, and as a Christian, I would like to remind people (modifying a quote credit to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt)…

“No one can offend you or make you feel inferior without your consent”

It is up to you to decide how this topic influences you. As always, thanks for reading and Merry Christmas to everyone.

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Comment by Poor Woman on November 29, 2012 at 12:07pm
You made a valid point. I do not see it as encroaching on anybody's right as long as their tax dollars are not spent towards municipal displays. Small foundations may support, with ease, such a process.
Peace to you and yours this season
Comment by John Fleshman on November 29, 2012 at 12:22pm

Poor, thank you for your comment; well said and I agree, no tax dollars should be spent towards displays. Just like a permit to gather/ assemble in protest, why not a permit to display? Just an idea, both exercise the freedom of speech. Just an idea… I just now thought of. But with everything, I am sure this idea would not be 100% agreeable, but it might end the stalemate.

Comment by L in the Southeast on November 29, 2012 at 3:01pm
This is the most suitable time of year there is for all of us to practice what we preach. Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Pagans, Muslims, Mormons, atheists and agnostics alike have the opportunity to practice the basic tenets of all these faiths: love. I don't have to believe what you believe in order for me to support your right to celebrate it. Tax dollars, however, should not be used for religion-based or non-religion-based based displays of any kind, in my humble opinion. The government should be neutral in this regard.
Comment by John Fleshman on November 29, 2012 at 3:25pm

L.... very wise words. I believe this is what the freedom of religion is all about.


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