Monday, December 20, 2004

Keeping Christ in Christmas

From the Miami Herald:

With slogans like “He’s the Reason for the Season” and “Bring Jesus back to Christmas,” Christian activists are taking up an old battle with renewed energy this holiday season. Emboldened by the heavy turnout of “values” voters on Election Day, Christian organizations are lobbying businesses, schools and towns to include Christian symbols and messages in holiday displays.

“We are concerned about the secularization of Christmas,” said David Zachary, the director of operations for South Florida’s Christian Coalition. “They don’t seem to have a problem with the commerce; they seem to have a problem with the fact that it’s Christ we’re celebrating.”

Church-state separationists say the conflict has reached an unprecedented pitch this year, citing record complaints about sectarian religious displays.

“Some of these religious right groups have decided the last presidential election had something to do with their entire agenda, including putting up nativity scenes,” said the Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. “They’re turning a time of peacefulness into a combat zone.”

Well, as far as I’m concerned, the Christian Coalition’s campaign seems to be working. Every time I read about their righteous indignation, I want to yell out loud, “Jesus Christ!”

PS: For a good take on this “Christ in Christmas” movement in Canada, read what Dave Haskell has to say in the Toronto Star.