Now that Christmas is past,  some of the anti-Christmas/anti-Christian attacks will hopefully die down for awhile so I can stop harping on it.  It’s not that I think religion should govern our country; I just get extremely annoyed by the whole hypocrisy behind these attacks, as you can read in my previous posts.  I just finished Culture Warrior by Bill O’Reilly (which I’ll discuss more in a later post), and I feel that it sums it up pretty well:

“Traditional Americans and conservative thinkers who understand their country do not put God at the head of public policy, nor do we point fingers at the opposition and label them ‘sinners”…Traditionalists believe that secular-progressive policies will weaken America and lead to societal chaos.  While we see no reason to banish God from the public square, we don’t expect Him to be writing societal policy on tablets and handing them to us in the Sinai” (192).

When you completely banish God from society, what values are left?  As O’Reily discusses in his book, you don’t have to believe in God to be a traditionalist.  However, you do acknowledge that America was founded on Christian principles that help keep society in line.  This is obvious in most of our basic laws and personal values:  don’t lie, don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t cheat on your spouse, obey your parents, etc.  It’s true that these concepts are found in the 10 commandments, but they’re also good personal rules for anyone to live by—believer or not.  For those of us in America who believe in a higher power (which is the majority of us), that belief holds us accountable for our actions—and if it doesn’t, then the laws of society based on the principles of that belief do.  When you rid society of these values, as O’Reily points out, society is weakened and people just do whatever they want regardless of the cost to themselves or others. 

Trying to remove Jesus from Christmas is just ridiculous.  Take the Franklin County Courthouse Nativity Scene, for example.  The atheists’ separation of church and state argument isn’t a good one.  Let’s look at what the 1st Amendment actually says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  The reason for this amendment is so the government can’t force anyone to practice a particular religion or keep anyone from practicing a particular religion.  Putting the nativity scene on the courthouse lawn is not establishing a religion.  The FFRF said that it was promoting a religion.  Perhaps, but I don’t think so.  I think they were simply recognizing the meaning of the holiday.  Regardless of whether or not they were promoting it, they certainly weren’t establishing a religion, and they weren’t forcing anyone to practice it.  Now that I’ve got it all out of my system, I’m going to try to be done with this topic for a while.