As a Jewish child growing up in West Virginia, I can look back on lessons in life that many of my fellow citizens did not have the fortune to learn. That is probably true of everyone in the country, to some extent, but I truly believe that it has given me a perspective on certain topics that most do not benefit from. That is why I will say this with confidence. As it is now officially the autumn, and the last quarter of the year is well underway, thoughts will soon be turning to the holiday season. Replace the phrase Happy Holidays with the, and this is unfortunate, politically incorrect term Merry Christmas. It is unfortunate that Merry Christmas has become politically incorrect to say. It is even more unfortunate that the reasons for this shift are moronic at best, and a complete denial of who we are and were we came from as a people at worst. At the heart of the issue is a complete misunderstanding for something which is not even written in the Constitution, but instead a a private letter penned by Thomas Jefferson.
During my youth, whenever Easter came around, I would attempt to become invisible at my desk while the class sang every Easter song contained in our little music books. This was for no other reason than the fact that I knew that at some point the teacher would say, “maybe the little Jew boy would like to teach us all some Passover songs and bring us some matzoh to try.” It wasn’t that I wasn’t happy to do those things for anyone who asked, I just did not like being singled out as the example of anything for the other kids to look at. I never enjoyed being the center of attention. I certainly never enjoyed being used by others as the reasons for advancing their agenda. The teachers of my elementary school you see, were attempting to inflict diversity training upon the small children. The result of the inflicted diversity training was almost always a fist fight after school, and precious little actual cultural understanding. The important thing I guess is that the teacher really felt good about herself, and that is what really counts to the political left in our country. It was not nearly so bleak during my formative years however, as many, and I mean many of my childhood friends asked me on their own about my family’s beliefs. One such friend even stated that he intended to convert on the basis of enjoying matzoh, which personally I will never understand. Without being force fed diversity, most in our society are able to learn about the many other cultures which make up our great nation, and actually appreciate the experience to a far greater degree, than if those lessons are coerced or inflicted upon us.
As it happens, and whether you like it or not, we live in a country where most of our citizens are Christians. Christians, are like most other people. They grow up, learning from their parents, teachers, and experiences. They are proud of their heritage, and as a general rule, are usually as tolerant of other people’s cultures as they would expect us to be of theirs. That is why I find it amazing that theirs is the only religion being singled out as being politically incorrect in almost every public and private setting. The examples of Christianity being bullied by an oppressive Judiciary are almost too numerous, and by the way absurd to list. Centuries old monuments are being ordered destroyed by courts all around the country after the malevolent ACLU notices that it contains a reference to God or shows a cross in its text somewhere. Any reference to the Christian God is immediately prosecuted to the point of persecution, lest anyone make the mistake of noticing that our founders were deeply religious men, and also happened to have used that faith as one of the guiding forces for declaring their independence and starting this great nation. As troubled by all of this as I am, I am also annoyed that the spirit of my elementary school teachers lives on with the fact that I am being pointed to as the reason why all of this is a morally superior path to take.
This politically correct nonsense is not just relegated to the environs of government. It, as it always does finds a way to spill itself out into the world of the private sector as well. In the bowels of our society lives a species of human we should all of us fear. That species of human is called the Lawyer. One genus of this species is called the plaintiffs attorney, and this animal is adept at creating phony outrage and injury and using that as a means to damage unsuspecting people in every aspect of their daily lives. Another genus of this species is called the corporate attorney, and they are adept at inventing asinine workplace rules in order to, “protect,” the rest of us against the ravages of the first genus. One such set of rules which has been invented are those that say that by mentioning the phrase Merry Christmas in the work place, we might be making non Christians, all 10% of them, uncomfortable. Meanwhile, Muslim symbols are allowed everywhere. Muslim schools receive public funding in all 50 states. Ramadan allowances are made in every workplace, and in every governmental office. In short, it has somehow become incumbent upon the majority to be tolerant of the intolerance of the minority in this country.
Included as a stand alone page within this blog, (note to all of my blogmocracy friends, it is here,) is a copy of the Constitution of the United States. I believe that all of us were taught in elementary school that the concept of a separation of church and state were contained within the U.S. Constitution. I invite all of you to read this document. The first thing you will notice is that it is written in very plain and easy to understand language. The men who wrote the thing were plain ordinary men, and almost none of them were lawyers. So, the first thing that I noticed is the the nuance often mentioned by the left is baloney. The next thing which may grab your attention is the complete lack of the phrase, “separation of church and state.” This statement came from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptists in 1802, a full 13 years after we became the United States of America, as founded by our Constitution. Jefferson was referring of course to the First Amendment which stated that our government would refrain from establishing an official religion, and indeed allow people to worship as they wished. Jefferson’s statement went further to explain that the founders were afraid of the religious and political corruption which had occurred with regularity in Europe when the churches became involved in the political decision making process. This phrase did not appear in our lexicon until 1947, when it was used as bludgeon to cajole people into a completely different philosophy entirely.
The trip from keeping the hierarchy of a church out of the political decision making process to be equated with any references to God being removed from public view or our Pledge of Allegiance requires logical gymnastics worthy of Gold Medal Consideration. Extending this outrage into the private sector is adding insult to stupidity. But then, the political left is fully capable of this kind of insanity. If you wish to follow this idiotic behavior, I have two things to say. One, you are a fool, and two, don’t use me as the excuse anymore. You should be able to argue your positions based on your own values, and not to point me out as the reason why, I am not in agreement with your asinine example of diversity according to you. I will say Merry Christmas to my Christian friends, and I will start in August.
Hat tip to Rodan.