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The War on Christmas – First Amendment Style


With Christmas now less than two weeks away, the attacks on Christmas and the First Amendment are in full swing – this is nothing really out of the norm in modern America.

The Christmas tree is now the “Holiday Tree”, and you are no longer allowed to display your nativity scene without some Athiest group filing a lawsuit because it “offended” them.

This is where I draw the line, and I am glad that Bill O’Reilly has too.

Celebrating Christmas was a staple of American culture. But now, if you celebrate Christmas, you are not being tolerant of the feelings, concerns, or religions of others.

This is more than wrong, and it is just not rational.

What hurts just as bad as Christmas and Christianity being demonized is that the First Amendment is always used as the left’s argument against Christmas. “Separation of Church and State,” they will always say.

But let’s get one thing right. Legally, there is no such thing as separation of church and state. It completely doesn’t exist. The first amendment reads:

..Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of a religion, nor preventing the free exercise thereof..

I didn’t see the Separation of Church and State Clause; did you?

The First Amendment doesn’t say anything about Ten Commandments in the public square, nativity scenes on public property, or even that the government cannot favor a particular religion. The First Amendment clearly says that Congress cannot establish a religion.

But, what does this mean?

This means that Congress cannot make a law declaring Christianity the official religion of the United States-and if you don’t openly practice Christianity, you could be prosecuted for treason.

However, this also means that Congress and the governmental cannot tell a man that he cannot openly practice his religion, even if it means having a nativity scene, a Christmas Tree, or displaying the Ten Commandments.

The actual meaning of the First Amendment has long been lost in translation, and most Americans don’t actually know what it says, nor what it means.

If I told the average American that there is no “Separation of Church and State Clause,” they would probably argue to the death with me that there is such a thing.

I am absolutely tired and more than disgusted with people who infringe on my rights given to me by our founding fathers because they think I’m infringing on theirs.

But let me ask a question.

If having a nativity scene in a public square infringes upon your rights because you aren’t a Christian, does it not infringe upon my rights to not be able to place it  there? If you don’t like it, go ahead and place your Buddha statue or crescent moon next to it; and I’ll shake your hand and call you my fellow brother.

The Progressive left, I think, is doing the absolute opposite of the First Amendment.

I think they are trying to demonize all Christians and establish a Secular Humanist religion in America. But that’s just me; what do I know? (I am in high school anyway.)

America used to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. Now we are America the land of the lawsuit and home of the coward. It’s sickening.

I hope we can rediscover the true meaning of the First Amendment and Christmas for that matter. Those are two long-lost things that used to make American exceptional.

Merry Christmas, and God Bless you!

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