For the last 10 years, there has been an annual rite of passage that Americans have come to expect. Every year, following the reflective and family oriented Thanksgiving Day celebrations, better than 90 percent of Americans begin their own celebrations of their dearest holiday of all. Nearly 96 percent of Americans observe in either cultural, religious, or community way the holiday of Christmas.
Some attempt to deny the religious aspect of their celebration and stick exclusively with the “secular” or “historical” or “heritage” types of observances. Atheists for example still put up a Christmas tree and exchange presents.
But Americans celebrating Christmas is not the rite of passage I’m talking about.
Rather it is the public assault against Christmas as is initiated each year by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU has taken it upon themselves – as a badge of honor, if you will – to attempt to systematically expunge the terms, definitions, and in many cases the symbols of the holiday from municipalities to school districts, and from clothing stores to home improvement centers. Through threats, intimidation and – in increasing numbers of actual cases of litigation – the anti-God organization leads the charge. In large part because the towns, schools, and businesses they prey upon are small and uninitiated, they give up from fears of a costly legal battle.
And while the ACLU’s advance seems unstoppable, little has been done to reply to their increasing desire to devour every public institution and re-conform it to an atheistic viewpoint that is every bit as much an expression of religious speech as anything they protest.
Well enough is enough.
My fellow New York-based broadcasters are doing what they can. Bill O’Reilly is nightly uncovering the ACLU’s exploits and exposing them to the cable news universe. My friend John Gibson has written a best-selling book titled “The War On Christmas,” which documents the worst examples from recent years of the ACLU’s assault on Christmas.
Yet in my way of thinking, we have not answered the ACLU on their own terms properly.
Beginning this week, and extending for the next 25 days, I am actively encouraging you to fight back against the ACLU onslaught – and doing so in such massive numbers that they will be forced to sit up and take notice. The plan is simple: Drown them in wishes for a “Merry Christmas.”
What an increasing coalition of bloggers, media personalities, and public figures will be calling for over the next number of days is for you to send a “Merry Christmas” card to the national headquarters of the ACLU. Make sure the card is not a generic “Happy Holidays” card, but rather a specific “Merry Christmas” card. And if you’re really up for some fun, hand write a personal paragraph inside, explaining to the ACLU staffers why Christmas is such a valued treasure to you personally. Send it to:
“Wishing You Merry Christmas”
125 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004
Be kind, be polite, and heap lots of fiery hot coals upon their heads by doing it all with a grin on your face, and kindness in your tone. It will be far more infuriating to deluge them with correspondence that is argued logically and politely, from classy people, who love their families, their communities and their holidays. We would like to see more than 100,000 Christmas cards be flooding in to the national offices, so get your kids and spouse to write one as well.
Ongoing progress of the campaign over the next 25 days will be documented here. Already there is a fast growing number of large blog, talk-radio, and media personalities (Michelle Malkin, Hugh Hewitt, Radio Blogger) contributing to the cause. But spreading the word is something we would appreciate – 100,000 Christmas cards is no small endeavor.
There are many different ways to fight back against those who seek to destroy that which is sacred to us. But if we will not stand up for what we love, who will?
And by the way … if nobody has told you yet: “Merry Christmas!”
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