Merry Christmas and Happy New Years
Merry Christmas and God Bless America
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You know in reality I never intended to write on this subject, wishing people a Merry Christmas. I, like so many of us, just took for granted this expression would be used and condoned by us all forever. It has been a part of my life now for 54 years. But we’ve come to see this tradition that we know and love as Americans, and celebrated in many other countries worldwide, is under attack, and the attack is worldwide as well.
That said, I have to admit my biggest concern over this, is here in my country. I say this simply because it is just that, MY COUNTRY! I’ve seen the assault over our expressing to one another, Merry Christmas, and our Christianity for that matter, for several years now, and to be honest with you, I thought it would eventually just go away and everything would be fine. I was wrong.
The far left and the progressive movement are steadily re-defining the whole face of our country. They’ve been eating away, eroding our morals and our values for too long, and in my opinion we’ve got to decide when it has to stop…why not now!
We are after all, a Christian nation, a fact even our President refuses to admit, but if we take a look at the numbers I wonder how he can state such a denial? The majority of the people in the United States identify themselves as Christians, try 76%, the next closest bracket, the non-believers, who claim no religious beliefs or affiliations, come in at 15%. All other religious beliefs make up 3.9 to 5.5%, with 5.2% saying they don’t know if they believe, or refuse to answer the question.
With 76% of the people advocating Christianity as their belief why are we facing such assaults? Is it because of the “separation of church and government?” No it’s not. It’s because of the “socialist agenda” being forced upon us by the progressive’s and far left. If you destroy the people’s belief in God and church, then they’re left with no place to turn in times of despair, no hope, no comfort in the fact our God is looking after us. This is the agenda. Do we continue down this path, or do we demand our traditions and beliefs as Americans be left alone, as is?
Let’s look at just one example, of which now I’m sure there are literally hundreds.
A small town in Pennsylvania, Canonsburg Borough, recently removed a Nativity scene. This scene had been part of Christmas in this town for a few years…how about 57. About a dozen people showed up at a town council meeting to protest the removal, and Mayor David Rhome said he had received several calls questioning the removal. All asked for the city council to reconsider its stand. Their request was denied.
The number of people “offended” by the créche…ONE! Megan Hartley said the créche was disrespectful to citizen’s who aren’t Christian and it shouldn’t be displayed at a government building.
“I think it is highly disrespectful to the citizens of this Borough that are not Christian to have Christian iconography displayed on government property…a government that is supposed to represent all of the citizens, not just the majority,” wrote Hartley.
She has complained about the cr√®che in the past, but always after the Christmas season and always verbally. My take on this is simple, and it’s just that, my opinion in regards to Hartley’s sentiment on this issue, “Delta’s ready when you are!”
What about the majority’s opinion that this is in fact offensive to them as well? Does not majority rule? Is that not how the problems of our country are supposed to be resolved, by majority rule? This was just one person’s opinion, not the majority. Is there truly something wrong with this picture, or is it just me? Help me out here.
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Should it not be treated with the respect and dignity that we, as believers, expect? Or do we continue down this path of as I described earlier, the advocating of our church and our Christian belief to be destroyed? It’s happening as I speak.
The progressives and far left as you know, and I’ve stated many times in other writings, love to hammer the race issue. This is not an accusation but fact. They always play the “race card, people of color” in all issues, illegal immigration, education, employment, etc.
Once more I deny the charge, and feel my denial in this is almost total in regards to the people in our country, at least the ones being charged with racism. This being the point, let’s take a look at our Christian religious beliefs in our country by break down of race.
The table below shows the religious affiliations among the ethnicities in the United States, according to the Pew Forum 2007 survey.  People of Black ethnicity were most likely to be part of a formal religion, with 85% per cent being Christians. Protestant denominations make up the majority of the Christians in the ethnicities.
|Other world religions||0%||0%||2%||0%||0%|
Source: Wikipedia, Pew
As you see Christianity by far is the religion of prominence here in our country, regardless of race. I don’t have a problem with anyone living by their own beliefs, though in fact I do expect them to live by our set standards and values while here, our standards of simply being an American citizen and appreciating the freedoms that come with it, and not having a hand in the persecution of our beliefs. If this is how they feel, then I feel, they should not be allowed to stay. They don’t have to partake in our religious beliefs, but let us celebrate ours without their charge of being discriminated against.
Once again, because people have a way of changing others words around, I expect all people to be able to profess their own faith, as long as our traditions and heritage as Americans, with Christmas being one of our most honored and revered tradition, is not infringed on. That’s all.
Here’s a small excerpt from an interview with Ben Stein, taken from a CBS transcript from the CBS “Sunday Morning Show,” which aired Dec. 18, 2005, and authenticated by snopes.com.
Stein says, “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.”
“I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against. That’s what they are…Christmas trees. It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, Merry Christmas” to me. I don’t think they’re slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we’re all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year.”
“It doesn’t bother me one bit that there’s a manger scene on display at a key intersection at my beach house in Malibu.”
“If people want a créche, fine. The menorah a few hundred yards away is fine, too. I do not liked getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians, I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat. Or maybe I should put it another way. Where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica (the old reality TV show), and aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand him? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we used to know went to.
Here’s a different take on Christmas, or any other holiday for that matter that are celebrated by the different faiths worldwide, with the exception of one, the religion of “peace,” Islam. I wonder if we’ll ever wake up to this ideology?
Ruling on celebrating non-Muslim holidays and congratulating them
Can a muslim celebrate a non muslim holiday like Thanksgiving?
Praise be to Allaah.
Greeting the kuffaar on Christmas and other religious holidays of theirs is haraam, by consensus, as Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said in Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah: “Congratulating the kuffaar on the rituals that belong only to them is haraam by consensus, as is congratulating them on their festivals and fasts by saying ‘A happy festival to you’ or ‘May you enjoy your festival,’ and so on. If the one who says this has been saved from kufr, it is still forbidden. It is like congratulating someone for prostrating to the cross, or even worse than that. It is as great a sin as congratulating someone for drinking wine, or murdering someone, or having illicit sexual relations, and so on. Many of those who have no respect for their religion fall into this error; they do not realize the offensiveness of their actions. Whoever congratulates a person for his disobedience or bid’ah or kufr exposes himself to the wrath and anger of Allaah.”
Congratulating the kuffaar on their religious festivals is haraam to the extent described by Ibn al-Qayyim because it implies that one accepts or approves of their rituals of kufr, even if one would not accept those things for oneself. But the Muslim should not aceept the rituals of kufr or congratulate anyone else for them, because Allaah does not accept any of that at all, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):
“If you disbelieve, then verily, Allaah is not in need of you, He likes not disbelief for His slaves. And if you are grateful (by being believers), He is pleased therewith for you. . .”—[al-Zumar 39:7]
“. . . This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion . . .”—[al-Maa’idah 5:3]
So congratulating them is forbidden, whether they are one’s colleagues at work or otherwise.
If they greet us on the occasion of their festivals, we should not respond, because these are not our festivals, and because they are not festivals which are acceptable to Allaah. These festivals are innovations in their religions, and even those which may have been prescribed formerly have been abrogated by the religion of Islaam, with which Allaah sent Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to the whole of mankind. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Whoever seeks a religion other than Islaam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.”—[Aal ‘Imraan 3:85]
It is haraam for a Muslim to accept invitations on such occasions, because this is worse than congratulating them as it implies taking part in their celebrations.
Similarly, Muslims are forbidden to imitate the kuffaar by having parties on such occasions, or exchanging gifts, or giving out sweets or food, or taking time off work, etc., because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyah said in his book Iqtidaa’ al-siraat al-mustaqeem mukhaalifat ashaab al-jaheem: “Imitating them in some of their festivals implies that one is pleased with their false beliefs and practices, and gives them the hope that they may have the opportunity to humiliate and mislead the weak.”
Whoever does anything of this sort is a sinner, whether he does it out of politeness or to be friendly, or because he is too shy to refuse, or for whatever other reason, because this is hypocrisy in Islaam, and because it makes the kuffaar feel proud of their religion.
Allaah is the One Whom we ask to make the Muslims feel proud of their religion, to help them adhere steadfastly to it, and to make them victorious over their enemies, for He is the Strong and Omnipotent.
Majmoo’ah Fataawa wa Rasaa’il al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 3/369)
Quite a contrast to our beliefs, is it not? Without creating a whole new article on this subject alone, why don’t I suggest something to our current administration, Mayor Bloomberg, and everyone else advocating for this to take place, “Why don’t we allow a Mosque to be built just down from the site where the World Trade Center used to stand?? Isn’t that a wonderful idea?? Why hasn’t someone already come up with that prior to now? This is insane.
All I want is our ideals to continue. I don’t want to oppress anyone in their own beliefs…as long as they are in fact peaceful in the true sense of the word. Live and let live, but by the standards here in our country, not as you lived in your own. You came here for a reason, with the reason being to experience our freedoms and liberties, and the opportunity to better yours and your family’s lives. Sadly now though, many come here, politically correct or not, to undermine our freedoms and in many cases with the intent of destroying our country. This is fact.
This is where we as Americans need to step up and say, “Listen, we’ve let you people tinker with our system long enough. Christianity is the religion our beliefs have been based on, and it’s our faith in Christianity that has helped shape our morals by which we live. Leave it alone. Saying Merry Christmas is our way of professing our faith and it is our inherent right to do so.”
We let the Mexican-American students in the California school system celebrate “Cinco de Mayo,” but sent other students home for wearing garments with the American flag on them because of this being incendiary. Why? The Mexican-American students proclaimed this as “their day” and found the U.S. flag garments to be offensive on this day, even though it was taking place on American soil. But let’s not be able to say, “Merry Christmas.” How crazy is that?
Take time this year to spend with your family and friends. Enjoy each other’s company because none of us know how long we have, or how many more we may see. This unfortunately is not in our hands, but in our Creator’s.
So in closing, I’d like to wish you all, a little prematurely but from the bottom of my heart, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Years, and let’s not forget…God Bless America!
God Bless you all.