I found this over at ChicagoLady’s Blog. Am I the only one that finds this appalling?
This sign is apparently up at the Illinois State Capital, right next to the Nativity Scene. Ummm, what???!!!
While it is true that religion can be oppressive, with all it’s rituals & rules, if you are a Christian, then you have a faith & a walk with our Lord & that is not oppressive. Faith in God does not harden hearts, it softens & opens them to more love than was ever thought possible. It makes us tolerant of others. My God directs me to pray for my enemies as well as those who have lost their way. How is that oppressive or enslaving?
These Pagans want the freedom to practice their religion? Fine with me. This country allows the freedom of all people to practice & take as gospel whatever they want to without oppression.
Having said that, doesn’t this sign smack of fascism & shoving their doctrines down our collective Christian/Jew/Muslim/Catholic/Protestant/Methodist throats? Seems to me that they want everyone else to think as they do, not as we choose to. Does this little protest not then make them the tyranists, the very thing they are railing against? Where is the tolerance & acceptance of others’ faith systems?
I cannot presuppose why a state government would put this up anyway. Isn’t Illinois filled to the brim with Liberal Democrats who preach freedom & tolerance for all people? Yeah, only if you believe as they do! I have the right, given to me by both the U.S. Constitution and The Declaration of Independence, as well as the Bible, to have faith in God without having some other religion iron hand me into following something I did not choose.
And by the way, this holiday is called CHRISTmas for a reason…it is the celebration of the birth of our Lord & Saviour, Jesus Christ. So, dear Pagans, go marinate on that one for a while, why don’t you?!
Twas the month before Christmas
When all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying
Nor taking a stand.
See the PC Police had taken away
The reason for Christmas — no one could say.
The children were told by their schools not to sing,
About shepherds and wise men and angels and things.
It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would say —
December 25th is just a “holiday.”
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit,
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!
CDs from Jonas Bros., a Wii Fit, and I-Pod,
Something was changing, something quite odd!
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanza
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.
As Targets were hanging their trees upside down
At Lowe’s the word “Christmas” was nowhere to be found.
At K-Mart and Staples and Penney’s and Sears,
You won’t hear the word “Christmas” — it won’t touch your ears.
Inclusive, sensitive, di-ver-si-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.
Now Obama, now ACORN, now Jackson, Wolf Blitzen,
On Feinstein, on Matthews, on Warren, on Clinton!
At the top of the Senate there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus in all public matter.
And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith,
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace.
The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded,
The Reason for the Season, stopped before it started.
So as you celebrate “winter break” under your “dream tree,”
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say,
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS … not Happy Holidays!
— Anonymous Author