The liberty principle for this Freedom Friday is a question about what freedom is. I like the freedom of having no school assignment until mid-January. I would enjoy freedom from the toxic atmosphere in Washington. D.C. I would like the freedom to enjoy the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights without being called names. I want the freedom to elect a President and not worry about him being impeached by people who did not vote for him. I would like the freedom to enjoy the Christmas season without being mocked by non-Christians.
Speaking of Christmas, Dennis Prager wrote an article about the war on Christmas, which has been going on for “more than a generation.” He said that leftists deny that they are waging a war on Christmas and even mock anyone who says there is one. We only need to count the many ways our celebration of Christmas has been curtailed because non-Christians were offended by Christmas hymns, nativity scenes, “Christmas vacation,” “Christmas tree,” “Christmas party,” and even a “Merry Christmas” greeting.
After discussing the numerous ways that leftists show contempt for Christmas, Prager explained why they hate this Christian holiday so much. He said that the leftists’ use of the “inclusive” argument is “absurd.” He is “a religious Jew and cannot even fathom being offended or feeling ‘not included’ by an invitation to a Christmas party.” He said that being offended is not the leftists’ real reason for their war on Christmas and gave the following reasons.
One is that the left sees in Christianity its primary ideological and political enemy. And it is right to do so. The only large-scale, organized opposition to the left comes from the traditional Christian community – evangelical Protestants, traditional Catholics, and faithful Mormons – and from Orthodox Jews.
Leftism is a secular religion, and it deems all other religions immoral and false….
The left understands that the more people believe in Christianity (and Judaism), the less chance the left has to gain power. The left doesn’t concern itself with Islam, because it perceives Islam as an ally in its war against Western civilization, and because leftists do not have the courage to confront Islam. They know that confronting religious Muslims can be fatal, whereas confronting religious Christians entails no risks.
Second, the left regards Christianity in America as an intrinsic part of American national identity – an identity it wishes to erode in favor of a “world citizen” identity. The left has not only warred against Christmas; it has sought to undermine other national-identity holidays.
Prager continued by explaining how leftists are destroying all the important days in America. George Washington’s birthday and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday were combined to become “the utterly meaningless ‘Presidents Day.’” “The only American celebrated in a national holiday is Martin Luther King Jr., which is acceptable to the left since he is not white.”
Other holidays that are warred against are “specifically American national holidays”: Independence Day and Thanksgiving. Leftists prefer to celebrate “the real founding of America” in 1619, the year that “African slaves first arrived on the American continent.” The left does not like Thanksgiving because they consider it to be “a historical fraud and an immoral celebration of ‘genocide’ of the American Indians.” Veterans Day and Memorial Day are not specifically American days because other countries commemorate them. The left really has a problem with Christmas because “it celebrates religion” and does so in an American way.
Prager gave a third reason for the left’s war on Christmas: “The left is joyless. Whatever and whomever the left influences has less joy in life…. And the further left you go, the more angry and unhappy the people you will encounter. Happy women and happy blacks, for example, are far more likely to be conservative than on the left. Christmas is just too happy for the left….”
So, now you know three reasons why the leftists continue to wage war on Christmas. They cannot stand to see other people praising God with joyous songs and being happy because they are so downright miserable. They are quite like a certain spirit who wants all people to be miserable like unto himself.
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