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War on Christmas and the Establishment Clause

Grandfather Frost

The left has declared an open war on Christmas. This war has been going on at least since Stalin.

The World Encyclopedia Of Christmas” by William D. Crump reads:

Seeking to eradicate Christmas, the Communists established a secular Winter Festival during the last half of December as a period devoted to feating, fantasy, fireworks, and parades. During his rule (1929–1953), dictator Joseph Stalin declared New Year’s Day as a national family holiday instead of Christmas and replaced the Christmas tree with the New Year’s tree in 1935. Grandfather Frost [a white-beared character in a fur coat from Russian folklore who bore gifts in a sleigh pulled by three horses], now appearing in either blue or red, was retained to bring gifts of New Year’s Even instead of Christmas Eve, and two more figures were added to complement him. One of these, Snegurochka (“Snow Maiden”), was based on a secular legend about a childless, elderly couple who, desiring a child of their own, fashioned a little girl out of snow. Although she achieved mortality and became their daughter during the winter, she melted as spring approached but returned annually with the winter snows. Snow Maiden, portrayed as a beautiful young girl with blond braids, white fur hat, blue robe or short fur coat, and knee boots, became Grandfather Frost’s granddaughter who assisted him on his rounds. A youth portrayed the other figure, New Year’s Boy, who depicted the freshness of the new year, and his costume bore the numerals of the new year. Secular equivalents to Mary, Joseph, and the Christ Child, groups comprising Grandfather Frost, Snow Maiden, and New Year’s Boy made public appearances throughout the country, the most notable of which was as the annual New Year’s children’s festival held at the Palace of Congresses in the Kremlin. Adults imbibed vodka on New Year’s Eve, champagne on New Year’s Day, and feasted on suckling pig, karavay (round bread), and baba (round coffeecake)….

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, although New Year’s celebrations have continued to dominate the holidays, Russians have incorporated the “Catholic Christmas” into the season.

Stalin is long gone as is his War on Christmas, but in America, the war continues.

The mantra and battle cry of the anti-God leftists is “Separation of Church and State” which, as with all things on the left, takes the phrase out of context.

The phrase was used by Thomas Jefferson shortly after his election as President in response to a letter from the Danbury Baptists when he wrote:

Gentlemen, – The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me on behalf of the Danbury Baptist Association give me the highest satisfaction. . . . Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God; that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship; that the legislative powers of government reach actions only and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties. I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and Creator of man, and tender you for yourselves and your religious association assurances of my high respect and esteem.

In this paragraph from Jefferson he refers to “natural rights” which we now more commonly call “God-given” rights – or inalienable rights. Jefferson assures the Baptists that the First Amendment erects a wall to prevent the Federal Government from infringing on the people’s right to freely practice their religion.

But somehow, over the last few decades this separation has been twisted. Secularists insist that the federal government opening a session with prayer violates the separation Jefferson wrote about. But that is completely backwards. Opening a government meeting with a Christian prayer offered “in Jesus name” was completely normal and acceptable in Jefferson’s time. And while the constitution and the First Amendment undoubtedly protect any religion, be it a prayer offered by a Rabbi, an Imam or any other religious leader – or a layman for that matter – the First Amendment was written to prevent the federal government from passing laws that would attempt to codify or consolidate the doctrine of the various Denominations, or even worse, see the Congress legislate the doctrine of all religions.

To men like Jefferson, offering a prayer or displaying the Ten Commandments or having a Nativity Scene on government property would not be a Constitutional violation. Rather, the federal government should be powerless to prevent any such display. That is the wall of separation that Jefferson understood. And having a Nativity scene on government property is absolutely not an example of the federal government violating the “Establishment Clause”. The government did not establish a religion because a Nativity scene was erected on Government Property. A Nativity scene is a Christian symbol. And the Christian religion was established long before the US Constitution was written. A prayer or a religious display is not an example of the federal government establishing a religion.

Yet somehow the court system has ruled such displays unconstitutional. Obviously, the courts were wrong and the people know that. 72 percent of Americans approve of nativity scenes on government property. Two-thirds of Americans prefer “Merry Christmas” over “Happy Holidays”. Missouri, Tennessee have followed Texas lead and pass ‘Merry Christmas’ laws.


Some folks are fighting back. And we all should fight these intolerant anti-God people. You don’t see Christians, Jews or most other religions objecting to Atheists who do not believe in God until they get in the faces of Believers. (Muslims are an exception, demanding that others believe as they do.)

One fire station has refused to remove a sign that says “Happy Birthday Jesus. We love you.” And good for them.

And it is time Christians pushed back. When someone wishes you “Happy Holidays” let them know you are offended. Christmas is the holiday they are referring to. And while some try to incorporate all religious celebrations that happen in December as if they are the same thing as Christmas, all I can say is that they are ignorant. And the “Happy Holidays” salutation is a clumsy attempt to pretend that most religions have a Christmas equivalent.

Now I often wish my Jewish friends a Happy Hanukkah around this time of year, but I also understand that Hanukkah (or Chanukah or whichever spelling you prefer) is not the “Jewish Christmas”. And it is in no way equivalent to Christmas. “Observant” Jews – usually considered those Jews who adhere to the “old ways” – go well beyond simply observing or “paying homage” to an ancient tradition. They understand the significance of Hanukkah which is also called the Festival of Lights. I am hardly an expert but Hanukkah is a remembrance of the re-dedication of the 2nd Jewish Temple. But suffice it to say Hanukkah is not the same as Christmas.

And Ramadan has been confused as the “Muslim” Christmas, probably because in recent years the dates have been around the same time. But Ramadan is a month in the Islamic calendar. And in 2015, it is in June and July. It also has nothing to do with Christmas and is in no way equivalent.

So a greeting of “Happy Holidays” is inappropriate for Jews, Muslims OR Christians. And such greeting is nothing more than an attempt to secularize Holy days for any religion the person may have in mind.

But let’s be clear. There is no war on Hanukkah (although Antisemitism is considered a sport by the left) . Nor is there a war on Ramadan by the left. Quite the opposite.

But “Happy Holidays” is without a doubt a weapon in the War on Christmas.

And the truth is, the federal government has no right declaring war on any religion or the free expression of religion. And we need to rebuild the wall of separation Thomas Jefferson wrote about. And religion, all religion, trumps anything the federal government, federal courts or any government or school official believes.

This “War on Christmas” is a violation of the First Amendment. And the Constitution s pretty clear to me. Unless the government is trying to establish some new religion, they are irrelevant when it comes to matters of faith. The separation simply means “butt out, feds”. Not your concern.

Merry Christmas!

Happy Hanukkah!

And to the secularists and Atheists, shut the @#%$ up.

We got this.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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