The ACLU's War on Christmas

Discussion in '2005 Archive' started by npc, Dec 10, 2005.

  1. npc

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    When the angry phone calls and emails started arriving at the office, I knew the holiday season was upon us. A typical message shouted that we at the American Civil Liberties Union are "horrible" and "we should be ashamed of ourselves," and then concluded with an incongruous and agitated "Merry Christmas."

    We get this type of correspondence a lot, mostly in reaction to a well-organized attempt by extremist groups to demonize the ACLU, crush religious diversity, and make a few bucks in the process. Sadly, this self-interested effort is being promoted in the guise of defending Christmas.

    For example, the Alliance Defense Fund celebrates the season with an "It's OK to say Merry Christmas" campaign, implying that the ACLU has challenged such holiday greetings. (As part of the effort, you can get a pamphlet and two Christmas pins for $29.)
    The website WorldNetDaily touts a book claiming "a thorough and virulent anti-Christmas campaign is being waged today by liberal activists and ACLU fanatics." The site's magazine has suggested there will be ACLU efforts to remove "In God We Trust" from U.S. currency, fire military chaplains, and expunge all references to God in America's founding documents. (Learn more for just $19.95 . . . )

    Of course, there is no "Merry Christmas" lawsuit, nor is there any ACLU litigation about U.S. currency, military chaplains, etc. But the facts are not important to these groups, because their real message is this: By protecting the freedom of Muslims, Jews, and other non-Christians through preventing government entanglement with religion, the ACLU is somehow infringing on the rights of those with majority religious beliefs.

    In truth, it is these website Christians who are taking the Christ out of the season. Nowhere in the Sermon on the Mount did Jesus Christ ask that we celebrate His birth with narrow-mindedness and intolerance, especially for those who are already marginalized and persecuted. Instead, the New Testament—like the Torah and the Koran and countless other sacred texts—commands us to love our neighbor, and to comfort the sick and the imprisoned.

    That's what the ACLU does. We live in a country filled with people who are sick and disabled, people who are imprisoned, and people who hunger and thirst for justice. Those people come to our Indiana offices for help, at a rate of several hundred a week, usually because they have nowhere else to turn. The least of our brothers and sisters sure aren't getting any help from the Alliance Defense Fund or WorldNet Daily. So, as often as we can, ACLU secures justice for those folks who Jesus worried for the most.

    As part of our justice mission, we work hard to protect the rights of free religious expression for all people, including Christians. For example, we recently defended the First Amendment rights of a Baptist minister to preach his message on public streets in southern Indiana. The ACLU intervened on behalf of a Christian valedictorian in a Michigan high school, which agreed to stop censoring religious yearbook entries, and supported the rights of Iowa students to distribute Christian literature at their school.

    There are many more examples, because the ACLU is committed to preserving the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom for all. We agree with the U.S. Supreme Court's firm rulings that this freedom means that children who grow up in non-Christian homes should not be made to feel like outsiders in their own community's courthouse, legislature or public schoolhouse.

    To our "Merry Christmas" correspondents and all other Hoosiers, we wish you happy holidays.

    http://www.aclu.org/religion/gen/22324res20051207.html?ht=
     
  2. carpro

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    I don't believe the aclu has ever gotten away from it's communist roots.

    Their primary goal is to destroy the institutions of America biginning with all public exercise of religion. Another primary target is marriage and the family.

    They do all this under the cover of protecting first amendment rights. Rights that have been perverted beyond anything ever imaginable.
     
  3. DavidsonBap

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    This is America. I'm glad we have some people who debate and challenege such issues. I would hate for this country to be full of clones. That is what I love about America. If you travel just a little outside of the USA one can quickly appreciate its diversity.
     
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    Any person or organization who defends child pornography and NAMBLA, as the ACLU does, has no right to lecture anyone about Christian morality or anything else. And that's only the worst thing that the ACLU does out of many bad things.
    The ACLU is a microcosm of everything that's wrong with 21st century America. I'd be more than happy to take my chances living in a USA where the ACLU didn't exist.
     
  5. Dr. JK

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    Here is a little poem I wrote about the ACLU:

    Jesus and the A.C.L.U.

    Twas the night before Christmas and all through the town
    Not a cross or a manger stood on public ground.
    The “Holiday Trees” our tradition upended
    In the hopes that none might be miffed or offended..

    The children had sung in their schools so secular
    Without mention of Jesus in particular.
    While those who remembered didn’t know what to do,
    Those gleeful grinches looked on – the A.C.L.U.

    When out of the East there arose such a clatter
    I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
    Away to the school’s door I flew like a flash.
    I opened it wide and looked up aghast!

    When what to my wondering eyes should appear
    But Angels proclaiming that Jesus was here!
    He had come to reclaim his birthday it seemed
    When all the atheists let out a loud scream!

    The light of His presence made me cover my eyes,
    I wanted to look, but I thought I’d go blind.
    Yet in spite of my self, I couldn’t help but look
    As under his arm, I saw an old Book.

    “You can’t bring that in here,” the principal shouted
    While his lawyers just cursed Him and pouted.
    “Separation of church & State” they screeched obscenely
    As He turned and went so serenely.

    But before He left, he spoke out quite clearly,
    “This isn’t the Bible that you all fear indiscreetly,
    But the Book of Life, the one and the same,
    In whose pages I don’t find your names.”

    “So do as you will with my birthday glory
    The time will soon come when you will surely be sorry.
    For I’m coming again to gather my own
    And the A.C.L.U. to forever disown.”

    Dr. Jerry Kaifetz
    Christmas, 2005
     

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