Mark Figley: I plan to have a Merry Christmas? How about you?


By Mark Figley - Guest Columnist



Recently, Liberty Middle School in Pratt, Kansas was forced to cancel it’s participation in “Operation Christmas Child” by the atheist group, Freedom From Religion.

Why?

The contention that it “violates basic constitutional principles.”

The annual project, sponsored for 27 years by Reverend Franklin Graham’s Christian nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse, fills shoeboxes with gifts and a booklet about Christ for mailing to children in over 160 nations around the world. Yet not even a program which puts a smile on the face of a child is beyond the reach of those who despise the Christian faith.

This battle has been going on for decades; stirring inconceivable levels of hatred in many on the left. And it has coarsened American culture to such a degree that the term “Merry Christmas” is now considered a thing of the past to some.

Today, as America moves through perhaps its most uncertain holiday season on record, this Christmas should especially be a time to reflect on the blessings we still possess. Yet, unfortunately, strict secularists completely disdain any recognition of the season. In fact, their bah-humbug attitude is based in a determination to remove Christianity from American culture.

Secularists constantly make the point that saying “Happy Holidays” is a reasonable alternative for non-believers, while denying that there is a war on either religion or Christmas. But they don’t stop there. Before the arrival of the coronavirus (when kids still went to school), “Christmas vacation” was replaced with “winter vacation,” and “Christmas party” with “holiday party” to name just a few. This proves just how important it is that the term “Christmas” be entirely removed from our collective vocabulary at an early age.

How many of us have been greeted with an unexpected “Happy Holidays” and then sensed tension when we responded with a heartfelt “Merry Christmas!” Sadly, that is the intended result of those set on establishing a totally secular society, and the war against Christmas and religion is a prime way to get there.

“Merry Christmas” and the very celebration of the season serve to constantly remind secularists of just how important religion remains in America. It upsets hard-core leftists who resent that America’s Founding Fathers were divinely-inspired in its creation.

This historical context must be entirely eliminated in order for big government to reign ultimately supreme.

Opponents of Christmas have also adeptly used the concept of inclusiveness to attack it; playing on peoples’ decency to promote their ultimate purpose of eliminating it. And their carefully-crafted strategizing and misplaced venom confirms just how far this mean-spiritedness extends in preventing believers from enjoying and celebrating the greatest miracle in recorded history: the birth of Jesus Christ.

Those who seek to eliminate the utterance of “Merry Christmas,” its many references, and notably Nativity displays from their own lives, are not entitled to selfishly diminish the importance of such concepts to the overwhelming majority of Americans.

After a year of turbulence which has left nothing untouched, while resetting many of our most cherished societal traditions, all of humanity deserves better. This includes a heartfelt greeting of “Merry Christmas,” which after all truly underscores the basis of what the season is really about.

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By Mark Figley

Guest Columnist

Mark Figley is a political activist and guest columnist from Elida. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News. Reach him a figley@wcoil.com.

Mark Figley is a political activist and guest columnist from Elida. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News. Reach him a figley@wcoil.com.

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