It is Christmas season and once again we are confronted with the intolerance of the radical left. Every year traditional American values and our Christian foundations are assaulted in a new and heretofore unimagined way despite the fact that Pew Research states that 78 percent of our population is Christian. This year the Montgomery County, Maryland, school district decided to eliminate Christmas and all religious holidays from its calendar. Why? Apparently, a few Muslim families complained. Rather than defend American traditions, Montgomery County decided to appease a disenchanted few.
It is critical to note that the non-Christian school children in Montgomery County were not being forced to celebrate Christmas. They were not being educated about or indoctrinated into the Christian religion. No, their complaints stemmed from the fact that the Jewish and Christian holidays were listed on the school calendar but Muslim holidays were not. This is the latest insanity in the radical left’s attempt to remove any and all vestiges of our Judeo-Christian culture from public life and to rewrite our history to suit their radical agenda.
America was founded primarily by deeply Christian people. The Pilgrims did not land at Plymouth Rock to remove Christianity from public life. They sacrificed with amazing bravery to establish a society where they could freely worship the Christian faith. They were fleeing from the mandates of the official Church of England not from the Christian religion.
The Christian faith was instrumental to the public fabric of America from its origin. Our Declaration of Independence concludes, “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” The Northwest Ordinance (1787), which was reenacted by the First Congress, stated: “Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” In President George Washington’s Farewell Address (1796), he stated, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports.” Washington further stated, “And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion.” Christianity was the foundation of public and private life at our nation’s birth.
Our Founding Fathers codified the importance of religion in the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The establishment clause was never intended to prohibit religion from public life. Rather, the establishment clause sought to prohibit the establishment of a national church like the Church of England.
Our finest moments as a people are memorialized with reference to and reaffirmation o
f our Republic’s faith in God. In the Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln eloquently stated “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that the government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” For you progressives, please note that President Lincoln did not tell those assembled in Gettysburg that the new burst of freedom was to remove any reference to God from public life but, rather, he was reminding his listeners, his countrymen and all future Americans that this nation is under God. Later, in Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, he famously concluded, “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God give us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
Christianity is and has always been at the core of this nation and its history. We must not renounce our heritage in subservience to the radical Left’s political correctness. As Americans, we must respect the right of all citizens to freely exercise their religion or to choose not to believe in religion. Muslims, like all Americans, have the right to celebrate their religious holidays and our public schools should accommodate and excuse any absences necessitated by religious observances. However, it is the tyranny and absurdity of the radical left to ignore over 400 hundred years of our history in concluding that the public recognition of Christmas is somehow an infringement on the rights and sensibilities of a disenchanted few. It is cultural suicide to systematically remove Christianity from public life. And, that is the goal of the radical left.