The haters of all-things-Christmas, some of whom claim to be "freedom" lovers, are busy again this December trying to legally abort the baby in the manger.
If they could pull this off, it would be the ultimate late-term abortion, since that baby was born 2,000 years ago and lives eternally as the King of Kings.
In St. Bernard, Ohio, a village in greater Cincinnati, the nativity scene displayed in front of city hall is under attack by the spiteful, small-minded Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), the far-left Wisconsin group that spends its time and money attempting to dilate and extract the baby Jesus from the wombs of community after community.
But many are choosing life instead. The law director of St. Bernard says the village has no intention of removing the nativity scene, since it is surrounded by secular symbols of Christmas, like reindeer and Santa, and is thus legally permissible.
Clearly, the ancient enemy of the Lord is working overtime. Atheists, while being manipulated by Satan, will often claim, "Oh, no, we don't believe in Satan or God, so they don't exist!"
I don't believe in the IRS. Will that make it go away?
Yet another recent atheist strategy is to openly embrace "Satan" as merely a symbol (they think) of in-your-face rebellion to a Christmas-loving majority, or useful to challenge any public display of Christianity.
The atheist-Satan alliance is becoming more visible than ever. Bill Donohue of the Catholic League noted in a recent press release that atheists and Satanists have the same goals: they hate Christianity.
And their target is frequently children, even a child who is the "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6).
Can't have princes of peace, now, can we? Someone like that might discourage anarchistic, heartless, evil revolution.
Or corruption of the innocent.
Grade-school children in selected school districts have been recent targets of revolutionary tactics to ensure "church-state separation." How are "atheists" getting this done?
By bringing in their usual unpaid consultant – Satan.
Parents of children at Point Defiance Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington, are outraged that after-school Satan Clubs are being allowed. An online petition has gathered over 113,000 signatures and a prayer vigil is being held Dec. 14.
The group behind this is the "Satanic Temple." Are they Satanists? Atheists? Clowns?
It's hard to miss the diabolical presence on one group's website called "After School Satan." And no, it's not a joke. This group has clubs in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Portland, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
The purpose is to counteract what is considered harmful – evangelism by the Good News Clubs:
"It's important that children be given an opportunity to realize that the evangelical materials now creeping into their schools are representative of but one religious opinion amongst many. While the Good News Clubs focus on indoctrination, instilling them with a fear of Hell and God's wrath, After School Satan Clubs will focus on free inquiry and rationalism, the scientific basis for which we know what we know about the world around us. We prefer to give children an appreciation of the natural wonders surrounding them, not a fear of everlasting other-worldly horrors."
The website also offers "The Satanic Big Book of Children's Activities." And if you can stomach it, watch the video on the home page. Mixing images of impressionable children with creepy music, spiders and mindless worship of the satanic icon, Baphomet, it's clear that this website is, indeed, inspired by the father of lies, as Jesus called him (John 8:44).
Where is so-called "rationalism" or exploration of the world's "wonders"? Not here.
What school administrator would allow a Satanic after-school club? What school board? Idiotically, some officials are willing to open this wicked spiritual door to small children. The virulent anti-Christian bias of too many educators today does, one can only surmise, occasionally reach this extreme, with tolerance of such evil – or even sympathy for it.
God help us. God help our precious children.
Many of these atheists/neopagans believe the demonic realm can be controlled, as long as they are on the same, Christ-defying side.
In Lansing, Michigan, the Capitol lawn has become the battleground between strongly divergent worldviews. The Satanic Temple of Detroit sponsors a "Snaketivity" display, which features a cross, a red snake and a sign that reads, "The greatest gift is knowledge." This stands next to a traditional Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus nativity display.
What "knowledge" are they talking about? A complete familiarity with evil impulses and choices, and the horror and destruction they introduce to one's life? Our loving Savior, Jesus, wants to save us from this pain. "Knowledge" isn't salvation. Without Christ, they are freely choosing eternal darkness, which will be accompanied by eternal regret.
Some atheist activists encourage a human descent to self-absorption and apathy with a recent billboard campaign. Erected in Colorado, the message depicts a mother behind her daughter, who is saying she will skip church because, "I don't believe that stuff anymore." The theme line is "Atheist Christmas! The more the merrier."
But a billboard campaign is not cheap. If God doesn't exist, why go to such trouble and expense?
The good news is that many communities are standing up against these poisonous school clubs and the ongoing potshots by atheist/Satan alliances.
In Franklin, Pennsylvania, the FFRF allied with one local resident to complain about a long-standing nativity scene in a city park, but the city council voted unanimously to keep the display. Diane Gramley, executive director of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania, which is located in Franklin, helped with this effort.
If we stand against paper tigers, they often collapse and go away. We must keep holding up the good – the Lord Jesus and His gift of eternal salvation– while pushing evil aside.
Our spiritual and national lives, and those of our children, are at stake.
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