Ho Ho Ho! Merry … Discrimination? Believe it or not, Christians feel alone at Christmas. It's not enough that our holidays are bogarted by Easter bunnies and Santa Claus, we're also told to keep our Merry Christmases to ourselves. The first bah humbug of the season goes to the St. George Ferry terminal in Staten Island. They confiscated the nativity scene that was on display inside the terminal, while the menorah and Christmas trees stood proudly.
The city Department of Transportation explained that a DOT employee set up the display without first gaining the proper approval. My question is, why would the menorah receive proper approval, but not Christ in a manger? Isn't political correctness for every religion? Oh wait, what was I thinking? We've been down this road before and we all know where it ends: Christians run over by the proverbial sleigh I call political correctness.
The menorah has since been removed, but that's only because Hanukkah is over. It wasn't removed because it didn't receive the "proper approval," and it wasn't removed because people found it offensive.
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This blatant discrimination has many bloggers up in arms. One in particular, known as "Statenx," said, "If it is a free country … why is everyone afraid of the Christ child? I guess people are afraid to look into their hearts because they know they are wicked. I am not afraid to say I love Christ." Thank you, Statenx. Thank you for saying what I have been thinking. The naysayers of this world are busy rummaging through our beliefs to find something horrible. They come up emptyhanded every time, yet still find a way to punish us. They call us abrasive and small-minded, but refuse to see their own actions as such.
"I feel offended." "I feel left out." Get in line! We all feel that way once in a while. Why don't you find something constructive to do with your time? Idle hands are the devil's tools, and he will stir things up if we are not careful. We should be looking at the big picture.
A) Is anyone being forced to look at these displays? B) Is it hurting anyone, and I don't mean emotionally because that's too easy to claim. Don't Christians have the right to celebrate their own holiday? Without it there would be no Santa Claus or Christmas trees or greeting cards or "Tis the season to be merry." Don't give me the old "separation of church and state" business. The DOT lost that argument when it approved the menorah display.
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What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Besides, what's politically correct about smacking Christians around? Don't act like that doesn't happen, either. Christmas is the time when all the nonbelievers get together and plan their attack, and frankly I'm sick of it. I think we're all sick of it. If we even breathe the phrase Merry … we get the stink eye.
Some knucklehead had the nerve to say, "Christianity is no longer the majority of the population, so the best policy for a public space is no religious artifacts or displays of any kind." This isn't a John Lennon fantasy, may he rest in peace. This is America, a place free from religious persecution. Christians have the right to be seen. I think we've earned it. So what if we're the minority. That means we have more rights than the majority, at least in the eyes of a liberal.
Here's the thing: No matter what you say, no matter what you do, we're not going anywhere. We're here and we're cheer-ful. The harder you try to push us down, the stronger we become. We're like the Incredible Hulk only better because we don't have a skin disease that turns us green. We just want to have a nice Christmas season reflecting on what matters most to us – God's love. So back off.
This week's dose of honesty: Most of us aren't trying to cram Christmas down your throats, so throw us a bone and let us be Christians during Christmas. The politically inept, I mean correct, Christian-hunting cowards need to keep their mitts off our religious freedom. If a menorah gets approved, make room for baby Jesus and vice versa. I'm not against others expressing their holiday cheer. By all means, celebrate Kwanzaa to your heart's content. If you walk by me, feel free to say Happy Hanukkah. That's your right. I'm against people stomping on His manger to glorify their ridiculous PC delusion. If you want to make everyone feel included, why don't you do just that and actually include everyone. Oh, and one more thing … Merry CHRISTmas!