Monday, December 05, 2005
Our Newest Op Ed
- By Michael M. Bates
It's that time of the year again. No, I'm not referring to trampling other store customers to get to the doorbusters. I mean that time of the year when anything relating to the birth of Jesus Christ seems to provoke controversy.
There's a term that, within the past few years, has increasingly offended some folks. It's the c-word: Christmas.
Spurred on by the American Civil Liberties Union, atheists, pagans, secularists and sundry others devoted to erasing any public vestige of Christianity, the anti-Christmas movement has garnered victories. This is particularly true in the public schools.
Nativity scenes, discussions about the birth of Jesus, carols, images of Santa Claus and anything else even remotely associated with Christmas are often whisked away quicker than you can say we're suing the school board for violating the separation of church and state.
Ironically, these removals are not necessitated by the Supreme Court, which has ruled the Constitution permits considerable latitude in such areas. ....................
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