|Started in 2004, published once again,
in 2005-2007 and republished as is in 2012.
Today, November 30, marks the 25th day before the Birth Day of our Savior, Jesus Christ, once a Holy Day throughout Christendom, but now just another sentimental holiday, albeit one considered the most important, of all, not on account of man's need for a Savior, but because so many mindless merchants bank on the populace at large going nuts spending money on almost everything but that which focuses on Christ [media-dubbed Black Friday after Thanksgiving], and especially if it doesn't.
Thus far Christ and His Mass [Christmas] has been removed and or banned this Advent Season in the following cities or by these means:
November 27: New York City permits Muslim and Jewish religious symbols in the public schools-----for Ramadan the Star and Crescent, for Hanukkah, the Menorah-----but no Nativity Set for Christmas. The rationale: diversity needs. Irrational since the purpose is to be less diverse, that is, stripped of representations of Christ and thereby negating the meaning of Christmas while reinforcing the meaning of the non-Christian holy days. The courts thus far have upheld this discriminatory and blasphemous policy.
November 29: Chicago, Illinois has banned the Nativity scene from a Christmas celebration to be held on public grounds with the same excuse essentially. In both cases civil rights attorneys are aiding and abetting the haters of Christ under the guise of rights; apparently everyone [but Christians] has rights. The naysayers and disgruntled with clout want to be free from visions of Christ but they will not permit Christians the right to be free of religious symbols they do do not endorse but are forced to see, usually with their tax dollars. The media keeps insisting there is no war on Christmas. With watchdogs like these how long before Christians are fined for just advocating Christianity itself? Who will remain to maintain the public record of history gone terribly wrong?
December 17: The case I am about to write about is the most shocking one of all to date. Why? Because it happened at a Catholic private organization and not in the public square, far beyond the diabolical tentacles of the ACLU.
On Sunday, December 17, 2006, I was in attendance at the Augusta, Maine, Calumet Club, a Franco-American Catholic service organization. There were at least 150 people there, including young children who were not given a good example. The hall and entrance were gaily decorated for Christmas, festooned with lighted garlands, many, many wreaths, mostly natural and costly, a magnificent tree trimmed as if by a designer, presents in shiny foil packages, gold deer all around. Even the eaves overlooking the main hall were decked in likewise manner. A secular dream of a setting, more beautifully done than any department store. Someone had gone to a lot of effort to have all the arrangements perfect and they succeeded, so much so the ACLU would have been proud of them. At first I thought I was in the wrong place, but no, I saw the Calumet Club emblem, complete with that pagan festival symbol, the Bastille Day fleur de lis, that reminds one of the wholesale murder of Catholic priests and other innocent ones at the hands of the blood-thirsty revolutionaries drunk with hatred and revenge and which culminated with a prostitute dancing on the altar of the desecrated Cathedral of Notre Dame in July of 1789. Yes, it was the Calumet, the right place but the wrong place all too apparent. I was among French-speaking Catholics, grandsons and granddaughters of the "eldest daughter" of the Church who grew up in homes with the Crèche, a very French word adapted from the German, denoting a three-dimensional Nativity scene and also meaning a baby nursery, not unexpectedly. No Crèche, not even a piece of straw with an empty manger. I asked the presiding officer, where it was, had I somehow missed it. He seemed perplexed, then said, "That's a good question." He repeated it later, but had no answer. The members of the Calumet Club have been so secularized that it never occurred to them to want the Crèche. Shocking! And shameful!
Contrast this sad scene with that of my family physician's office. He is not a Catholic. But his waiting room proudly displays a charming Nativity set for all to see. I thanked his staff for the courage to not be politically correct. Somehow there was more grace abounding in that little waiting room than in all the gigantic [I mean huge, literally] rooms of the Calumet Club.
Perhaps the Calumet Club rents its cavernous halls to the public, but if this is so, it is ill-gotten gain and God will not look kindly here. One sees the decline in membership, with the average family now only having two children; an empty nursery all right! Anyone known to have more, say four at least is thought an oddity, based on comments I heard there. I recall a similar case a few years back, the local Knights of Columbus hall, which rented out its rooms for non-Catholic weddings, even those for Catholics marrying outside the faith. Truly pathetic and scandalous. When I spoke to the head knight at the time, he scoffed at my concerns and dressed me down, politely but very assuredly in his haughty way. I told him God would punish the chapter. He laughed. Soon, the Knights went into bankruptcy and lost the hall, which had been a major investment. People were taken by surprise and puzzlement, but I was not, perhaps the only one among the non-members. I never went back there for a Catholic function. When we rashly risk our souls to be comfortable with the world God will not be mocked! Now, I will not go back to the Calumet again, not until Christ is welcomed in His bed of straw and the evil Bastille sign is removed and its idolatry and murder no longer celebrated [even if only in well-intended ignorance].
The staff at Liberty Counsel has identified a list of retailers
who are avoiding any mention of "Christmas" this holiday
season or even banning employees from using the greeting
"Merry Christmas." The list includes Best Buy, Barnes & Noble
and others, such as Crate and Barrel.
Bookmark this page for updates. Meanwhile LC has documented that:
litigation, education and policy organization dedicated to
advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life and
the traditional family.
Liberty Counsel . PO Box 540774 . Orlando, FL 32854 . 800-671-1776
Also there is a resource that encourages Christians to keep Christ in Christmas and Christmas instead of "Holidays":
JUST SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS