Bill O’Reilly’s war on Christmas is good for atheists’ business says the Washington Post as well as for Jon Stewart’s ratings who wages his yearly faux war against Fox News and on O’Reilly’s War on… the ‘War on Christmas’, but last year Stewart announced that the ‘War on Christmas’ had grown predictable and for all intents and purposes was over…. Must have meant his ratings were down. But the War on Christmas and Christianity is very real and to spice up renewed interest (and ratings) Progressive comedian Jon Stewart attacked the newest prime time Fox cable news anchor, Megyn Kelly, who made the mistake of saying that Santa and Jesus are/were white… Fighting words for Stewart, secularists, atheists, race-baiters and many on the progressive left.
By Marion Algier – The War on Christmas (and Religion) verses the Spirit of Christmas Series at AskMarion – 15
Palin: Still think there isn’t a concerted effort to banish any expression of faith from the public square? Consider the attacks on veterans memorial crosses. Those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedoms can’t even be honored with a symbol embodying one of those freedoms.
In “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas (Kindle)” I mentioned a lawsuit taken against a World War I veterans memorial cross in California’s Mojave Desert. Here is the passage from the book (pages 30-31):
“In the 1930s, the Veterans of Foreign Wars put up a cross in the Mojave Desert— in an isolated area known as Sunrise Rock— to honor our brave soldiers who died in World War I. The modest cross, made out of eight-foot metal pipes painted white, sat on 1.6 acres of desert, 90 percent of which is federal land. Though it was ‘in the middle of nowhere,’ it meant such a great deal to many people. In 1983, when a World War I veteran lay on his deathbed, he asked his best friend, Henry Sandoz, to take care of the cross. And that’s exactly what Henry faithfully did every year after his friend’s death. Henry was in his seventies by the time Frank Buono, helped by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a lawsuit claiming that this lovingly maintained old cross unconstitutionally promoted the Christian faith. As the case bounced from one court to another, the cross was enclosed with plywood, covered like an adult magazine in the back of a bookstore. Over the course of the court battle, which went all the way to the Supreme Court, it was even stolen. Finally, after eight long years of battling, the cross was able to remain on the land by transferring the property surrounding it to a private citizen.”
The Mojave Desert cross was saved, but today another veterans memorial cross in California didn’t survive litigation. The beautiful Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial cross in San Diego has been the subject of litigation for years. In 2004, Congress even passed a law protecting its right to exist as a national memorial to the brave men and women in uniform “who sacrificed their lives in the defense of the United States.” But apparently even Congress can’t stop angry atheists armed with attorneys. As I’ve said repeatedly in interviews about ““Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas (Kindle)”,” the so-called “war on Christmas” is just the tip-of-the-spear in the larger efforts to strip God from the public square and banish all expressions of faith from public life. The Mt. Soledad cross decision is just the latest skirmish in this ongoing battle.
This is just more reason why we need to stand up for our constitution and the religious liberty it protects.
Read more about the Mt. Soledad cross decision here:
Breitbart: The American Center for Law and Justice put out the following statement about it:
(Washington, DC) – The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which focuses on constitutional law, said today a decision by a federal district court judge in California ordering the removal of the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial is “deeply flawed” and promised to file an amicus brief in support of an expected appeal to keep the memorial – which includes a commemorative cross – in place.
“This latest decision in the long and winding legal road concerning the constitutionality of the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial is deeply flawed,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ, which has been active for years in defending the constitutionality of the memorial and its cross. “The federal court decision declaring the memorial unconstitutional and ordering its removal does not square with the facts. This memorial is part of the historic landscape of San Diego and is consistent with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”
This new legal decision is the result of action that occurred in 2012 when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take the case, leaving in place a decision by the 9th Circuit declaring the memorial unconstitutional, and sending the case back to the trial court in San Diego. The ACLJ urged the Supreme Court to take the case at the time, filing an amicus brief representing 34 members of Congress.
And in an amicus brief filed in August 2013 with the U.S. District Court representing 18 members of Congress, the ACLJ urged the court to permit a private organization to obtain and operate the war memorial – a remedy that would remove any constitutional questions and keep the monument and cross in place.
Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Larry Burns ruled that the memorial must be removed because it violates a constitutional ban on government endorsement of religion. “Deliberate language in the opinion makes it clear that removal of the large, historic cross is the only remedy that the Ninth Circuit conceives will cure the constitutional violation,” Burns wrote in his ruling.
Judge Burns ordered the memorial be removed within 90 days, but put that order on hold pending an expected appeal.
“We will continue to aggressively argue in support of this memorial and commemorative cross,” said Sekulow. We believe the law and precedent are clear: the Supreme Court has concluded in the past that ‘a Latin cross is not merely a reaffirmation of Christian beliefs. It is a symbol often used to honor and respect those whose heroic acts, noble contributions, and patient striving help secure an honored place in history for this Nation and its people.’ This memorial should not create a constitutional crisis. It is part of the history and heritage of the San Diego area.”
Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice focuses on constitutional law and is based in Washington, D.C.
Sarah Palin is travelling the country on her book tour for “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas (Kindle)” finding large enthusiastic crowds to meet her and hear her message wherever she goes. The Governor’s appearance prompted a Wal-Mart Sellout of her book in and the lines are wrapped around the building at most venues. As part of her message, Sarah Palin urges Americans to rally against angry Atheists 12/9/13 (video)
O’Reilly, who is the undisputed leader of the “War on Christmas” coverage. One of the highlights from last year’s Factor of the coverage on the War on Christmas included Bill O’Reilly confronting Atheist leader, Silverman, over the War On Christmas (video below) which got to be slightly shouty (by which we mean it was surprising chairs weren’t thrown) during which O’Reilly called his guest a “Fascist,” after Silverman claimed that Christianity is a philosophy, not a religion. Some wonder if there will be a rematch this year.
But every once in awhile… there is a glimmer of hope as a victory for individual freedom, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution is claimed:
Once upon a time not all that long ago – in fact, anyone over 50 will easily remember it – the word “Christmas” was everywhere during the month of December. Everywhere you looked – in stores, in town squares, in cities, in offices, and of course… in private homes — there were Christmas trees, Christmas decorations, Christmas cards, Christmas gifts, Christmas parties, Christmas vacations and yes… Nativity Scenes. Even non-religious folks and Jews happily joined in with Hanukkah Bushes, Christmas lights in blue and white and an embracement of all the festivities. One of the best Christmas cards I ever received was from my Jewish friend, Cheryl… On the cover: From Naomi and Abe to Biff and Muffy with related sketches… when people were allowed to have a sense of humor instead of being politically correct. It still makes me smile 40-years later.
Just ask Ben Stein:
“The More We Enjoy Each Other’s Holidays and Traditions, the More Beautiful the World Looks!”
“I am a Jew and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish, and it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautifully lit-up, bejeweled trees ‘Christmas trees’.” …Ben Stein
We have let the tail wag the dog in America… Depending on the the poll, somewhere between 72% and 83% of Americans consider themselves Christians, or at least that is their background, if they don’t practice. That means everyone else… all other religions, atheists, secularists and people who just don’t care combined, fall into the remaining 17% to 27%… and only a very small number of people say they don’t believe in God at all… As they always say, “There are no Atheists in foxholes”.
Just like only 25% of Americans consider themselves to be liberals and far fewer ultra-liberals… the modern Progressives, which Obama and most of his administration and appointees, including Hillary, consider themselves… yet we have allowed them to promote and implement their entire agenda on the rest of us against our beliefs, wishes or values. Political correctness, multiculturalism and every program that promotes division instead of unity separates us all more and more, creating (planned) unending strife.
One of the craziest parts of all this entire fight and argument is that the left’s fervor is based on ‘separation of church and state’ that has completely been misrepresented (by them) and that even conservatives do not either understand or do not explain correctly. Nowhere in the Constitution is there a mention of ‘separation of church and state’, plus the Founders of this great country all agreed with Thomas Jefferson that basing our system and values on Judaeo-Christian principles was essential. They believed in freedom of religion and speech and they feared a State Religion, like they have in Britain, where the King or Queen is also the had of the national religion… which is what is meant by separation of church and state. They never opposed (more like they promoted) posting the 10-Commandments in public buildings, prayer in school, mentioning God in speeches, documents and events.
Declaration of Independence
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Let us remember what the Founders Fathers of our country gave us and sacrificed to do it. Educate yourself and others and stand-up for the principles, values and freedoms that you hold near and dear or just take for granted, even if you have to be politically incorrect, temporarily unpopular or be considered out of step by the your liberal friends or the low-informed… It is a small price to save your children’s future and the greatest country in the world! God and history will be on your side! Remember… It is all tied together!!
Two great new books for the holidays: ‘Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas’ (Kindle) and The Romney Family Table: Sharing Home-Cooked Recipes & Favorite Traditions (Kindle) Plus: Losing Our Religion(Kindle) by atheist S. E. Cupp