Read this op-ed over at the National Review. The author wanted to know why there’s a ‘war’ on saying Merry Christmas. The generic ‘Happy Holidays’ supposedly downplays peoples faith. Personally, I agree with Mr. Prager. A few of my relatives and friends like to play around with it by wishing folk; Blessed Halloween, Merry Kwanzaa, or even Happy St. Flag Day.
It was an enlightened moment in history when the Founders proposed the separation of church and state. Point of fact: the Constitution doesn’t literally use the phrase; the idea is that the state shouldn’t have a bias for one faith over another. While the state doesn’t actually do it, the state is made up by individuals. Individuals tend to favor their own.
Live and let live is a planetary-wide philosophy. Yet, there are always segments, fringe groups that want to pick a fight. They assume an ‘anti’ position and harass any who stand in their way. Plenty of stories in the Bible (and other religions’ texts) to support the actions.
Many, many people in the bureaucracy (NOT politicians) support, benignly, live an let live philosophy. But squeaky wheels do get the grease – or at least enough to silence the squeaks for awhile. But, it is evident that the squeaks always return.
Equal time for equal faiths. The ‘state’ can go full secular and ban any religious display on ‘state/public’ property. But protesting against a decorated tree – even if it’s been adopted by one or more religions – is ignorant. Most decorative icons can be traced to some form of farmers paganish rite: spring blessing, fall harvest, etc.
Take them at face value. The displays are all about hope, a better future. Not just for one group, but for everyone. Personally, I like ‘Feliz Navidad’.