The Separation of Christ and Christmas

12.22.09 | Dr. Stephen Coleman | Comments[0]

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Every year around this time there is controversy over nativity scenes on public property. For example, in late November a Harrisburg newspaper -- “The Patriot News” -- reported on a demonstration in Chambersburg that protested the banning -- and demanded the return -- of a nativity scene in the town's public square...something that had been a fifty year tradition.

Liberal and radical judges across this country have succeeded in banning religious symbols from public property. The fact is that most Americans support religious displays on public property. Recently, the Rasmussen polling organization surveyed 1,000 adults and asked the following question: Should religious symbols like Christmas nativity scenes, Hanukkah menorahs and Muslim crescents be allowed on public land? An overwhelming number of those who responded -- 76 percent -- said yes. Only 13 percent said no, and some 10 percent were unsure.

With Christmas just days away it is really disturbing to contemplate the reality that nativity scenes have been banned from the public domain. The fact is that judges have taken Christ out of Christmas.

But all the news is not bad.

In fact, the good news is that Christians have the right to display nativity scenes and other religious displays on their private property. Muslims and Jews also have the right to display their religious symbols. I'm proud of the fact that in America believers of all faiths and traditions can proudly display their religious symbols. This makes America a great country compared to places like Communist China.

You know, it would be great to display nativity scenes and the like on public property. Perhaps some day. In the meantime, we can exercise our right to do so in our own backyards and front yards. Finally, I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and may God bless you and yours.

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