Sunday, April 1, 2012

The separation of church and state

Responding to an LA Times article on religious displays in a public park for Christmas. An atheist group demanded and recieved space for their message, which consisted of insults to the religious beliefs of their fellow citizens.

Once again, as a religious person, I believe in the separation of church and state. I am convinced it protects religion far more than it impedes it.  However, I think it is interesting to note that the religious displays in the park are intended to suggest peace on earth, harmony, and joy to all.  The insulting and sneering reference to myths placed by the atheists however, can only be regarded as confrontational, rude, and intended to bring discord.

While some symbols of the season are clearly religious others are not so clear. Are Christmas trees religious symbols or secular? Depends on who you're asking. Is the Iron Cross a religious symbol? Is it a symbol of Germany? Is it a Nazi symbol?  A symbol of honor and bravery? It all  depends on who you're asking.  As a deeply religious individual, I do believe the separation of church and state protects religion, but I don't think we should get obsessive-compulsive about it.

But the Pox Propaganda Channel is right on this one!  Everyone, whatever their religious persuasion, should be legally forced to say Merry Christmas! Since the word Christmas derives from Christ's Mass this will declare the holiday is indeed totally Catholic, of, by, and for Holy Mother Church.  And who could argue with their opposition to the word holiday? That word derives from holy day. And therefore, by opposing the use of this word, the Pox Propaganda Channel is taking the position that Christmas is not a holy day and that it is morally wrong to suggest that there is anything holy about the birth of Christ. Go FOXNews , go!

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