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12-3-05 Enough Already!! Christmas is Christmas, Period!!

In recent years, one provision of the U. S. Constitution has become a source of litigation and threats of litigation.   Everybody has an opinion.  There are extremists on all sides.  However, I do think the clause has been carried to the extreme.

 

Washington Times 11-29-05: House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert has told federal officials that the lighted, decorated tree on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol -- known in recent years as the "Holiday Tree" -- should be renamed the "Capitol Christmas Tree," as it was called until the late 1990s.

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December 3, 2005

 

Enough Already!! Christmas is Christmas, Period!!

 

By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.

 

“Merry Christmas”, “White Christmas” and Bing Crosby; Christmas Tree, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”, Christmas Vacation, Christmas Caroling, Christmas is Coming…., “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and many more.

 

These terms and emotions are part of the social and cultural fabric of many Americans- to many generations of native born Americans.  It is a season and emotional experience that has deep religious meaning to many and important social, cultural and emotional meanings to others.

 

In recent years, one provision of the U. S. Constitution has become a source of litigation and threats of litigation.   Everybody has an opinion.  There are extremists on all sides.  However, I do think the clause has been carried to the extreme. (See Provisions of Constitution Below)

 

I am a Christian.  I grew up as a Christian.  I do not consider myself a “Bible Thumper” or having a “Holier than Thou” attitude.  In government circles, I can appreciate the principle of separation of church and state.   We do have other religions that we all respect.   I do think we can go to an extreme either way on religion.

 

As a youngster, I remember a friend of my parents who was a Jewish merchant in Athens.  My parents were preparing Christmas cards.  I heard one ask the other about the type card to send to the Jewish friend.  I was under 10 years of age.  It was my first introduction to the fact that all Americans were not Christian.

 

It has become a “turnoff” to see so many attempts at secularizing Christmas and much else in our lives.   The ACLU and other leftist groups have attacked the concept like so much else in our society.    Why isn’t Secularism a form of religion?

 

We must always respect religious freedom and the individuality of each of us.  However, when the greater majority has to give up basic tenets in our lives and cultures, aren’t we let the “tail wag the dog”.

 

Generally, on many social-legal issues, I tend to be moderate.  Left-wing activists & extremists turned me off years ago.  Most are consumed by single issue subjects.   They have little respect for religion, tradition, families, and the values of the majority.   Hopefully, the Supreme Court will change enough to allow some sanity to return to our society.

 

Who knows, maybe we can eventually get the Lawyers out of the field of Education!  Maybe then we can see improvement in test scores, in morals and an improved sensitivity to values and civics that made our nation great.


http://www.religioustolerance.org/scs_intr.htm

 

In 1789, the first of ten amendments were written to the Federal Constitution; they have since been known as the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment reads:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

This was ratified by the States in 1791.


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11-29-05 Speaker Tells Capitol Crew to put “Christmas” back in Tree Name

 

The Washington Times

http://insider.washingtontimes.com/articles/normal.php?StoryID=20051129-120703-5977r

 

November 29, 2005

 

No more 'holiday' trees at Capitol

 

By Gary Emerling

 

 Capitol Christmas Tree 2005

 Capitol workers hold the trunk of an 80-foot Engelmann spruce tree on the U.S. Capitol grounds, yesterday.  (AP)

 

 

House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert has told federal officials that the lighted, decorated tree on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol -- known in recent years as the "Holiday Tree" -- should be renamed the "Capitol Christmas Tree," as it was called until the late 1990s.


    The Capitol's senior landscape architect confirmed the name switch yesterday for The Washington Times.


    "It was known as the 'Holiday Tree' for several years and just recently was changed back to the 'Capitol Christmas Tree.' This was a directive from the speaker," said Capitol architect Matthew Evans.


    "The speaker believes a Christmas tree is a Christmas tree, and it is as simple as that," said Ron Bonjean, spokesman for the Illinois Republican.


    The Capitol tree, traditionally overshadowed by the White House's "National Christmas Tree," was renamed a "holiday tree" several years ago, according to the Capitol Architect's offices, in an effort to acknowledge the other holidays of Kwanzaa and Hanukkah -- although no one seemed to know exactly when the name was changed or by whom.


    Calling a Christmas tree a Christmas tree has become a politically charged prospect in jurisdictions across the country -- from Boston to Sacramento and in dozens of communities in between.


    "It's a growing problem," said Jared N. Leland, spokesman and legal counsel for the Becket Fund, a District-based legal and educational institute. "Celebrating the season with Christmas trees ... and leaving them named 'Christmas' is simply recognizing the religious nature of people. Christmas should be able to be called Christmas."


    The debate boiled over in Boston last week when the city's Web site referred to a giant tree erected on Boston Common as a "holiday tree."..


    Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino said he would refer to the 48-foot-tall white spruce as a Christmas tree during lighting ceremonies on Thursday. …..

 

    This year's Capitol tree, an 80-foot Engelmann spruce from New Mexico, arrived Sunday and was unveiled in a ceremony yesterday. The tree will be secured and displayed opposite the Washington Monument, on the building's West Lawn and will be decorated with 10,000 lights and 6,000 ornaments created by students in New Mexico.


    President Bush will light the National Christmas Tree, which stands south of the White House on the Ellipse, at 5 p.m. Thursday.


    "This is a very fun tradition, the delivery of the Christmas tree to the White House," first lady Laura Bush said. "This is the 40th year the National Christmas Tree Growers Association has given the White House the magnificent tree -- the biggest tree there."


11-29-05 “Christmas” Has Become Offensive According to Some Stores

 

American Family Association

www.afa.net

 

November 29, 2005

 

Survey Proves Retailers Banning Christmas

 

By Donald Wildmon, Chairman

 

I thought you would be interested in a survey we did. We gathered advertising inserts from 11 different companies placed in two papers on Nov. 27 (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and Memphis Commercial Appeal.) Combined, the inserts totaled 280 pages.

Of the 11 companies, only one—
McRae's/Belks—had a reference to "Christmas." They mentioned "Christmas" only two times. The other 10 companies did not mention "Christmas" a single time! While refusing to use "Christmas," they used the term "holiday" a total of 59 times in their 10 inserts.

The companies which refused to mention Christmas a single time in their 260 pages of insert promotions were Target, Kroger, Office Max, Walgreens, Sears, Staples, Lowe's, J.C. Penney, Dell and Best Buy.

Ask these companies
why they banned "Christmas" in their in-store promotions and retail advertising and they will tell you they didn't want to offend anyone. They mean, of course, anyone except Christians.

These retailers are willing to use Christmas to secure about 20% of their yearly sales, but they absolutely refuse to mention the Reason for the season.


12-2-05 Walgreen’s Says It will be different “Next Year”

 

American Family Association

www.afa.net

 

December 2, 2005

 

Great News! Walgreens Says "Next Year Will Be Different"

……. Walgreens has released the following response: "Next year, you can be assured our advertising will better incorporate 'Christmas,' and our holiday trees will be called Christmas trees. Unfortunately, all of this year’s December ads are already printed, so it's too late to make changes for this season."

In addition, Lowe's has released a statement saying they now refer to all trees as "Christmas Trees" and have removed all signs that previously calling them "Holiday Trees."

Your actions are bringing good results! We are hearing that many retailers are re-thinking their banning Christmas. Keep up the good work!

Would you please send (a) polite letter to Kmart/Sears asking them to make Christmas an integral part of their promotions and advertising next year? We feel there is good reason to believe Kmart/Sears might honor your request. We will keep you informed as to their response.


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