"Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the latest Grinch campaigns:
This is a lonely time of year for those who believe in nothing. Most, however, manage to get by without lashing out at believers. But not the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Last year, this group took its campaign to Olympia, Washington, and this year the Wisconsin-based religion haters are taking their show on the road to Springfield, Illinois. Here is what their sign says:
There are no gods,
no devils, no angels,
no heaven or hell.
There is only our natural world.
Religion is but
myth and superstition
that hardens hearts
and enslaves minds.
By contrast, the American Humanist Association’s campaign is not anti-religion; it is simply pro-atheism. Nonetheless, its timing is clearly designed to compete with the Christmas message. It says, “No God…No Problem!” This sign will appear in several cities, including Washington, D.C."
The Freedom from Religion sign brought one thought into my mind: It especially heartbreaking when people can't recognize the freedom that comes with conversion and faith. I thought that I was "free" before I converted. I was miserable, although I was living on my own and could pretty much do whatever I wanted! I was searching, without being fully conscious of that fact, for the one thing that my soul longed for and would always long for: God.
"Defending Christmas" is simply code to feel comfortable for shunning Jews, Muslims and any other non-Christians. Does Christmas really need "defense"? Is selling more Santa junk really the mission of any church? Christmas is doing just fine, and doesn't need to insult Jews to feel good about itself."Quite a few thoughts popped into my head when I read this quote... does the writer of this question who we shall call "John" really believe that all the Grinches out there really have a problem with the consumerism that runs rampant this time of year? My husband however, beat me to the punch with his response to John on Catholic.org.
John, you simply couldn't be more wrong. It isn't about insulting anyone else. It's about sticking up for yourself. People are trying to bully Christians whom they take to be soft targets to make themselves feel better.
We have always celebrated Christmas in our culture. It is a national holiday. Why should we get flak for celebrating what is a national holiday?
This really isn't about us Christians. Its about the poor maladjusted egos of others who hate Christianity. If you want to though, John, you could hold a non-orientational candle light vigil to be in "solidarity" with all the victims who are oppressed when little old ladies say "merry christmas" to them.
I wish Paul had more time. I would try to convince him to start his own blog. But then I would start start to get competitive with him over who had more readers, so maybe it's best I just steal his comments once in a while.
Despite the best efforts of atheists and the extremely bitter, Christmas keeps rolling along year after year and our while our traditions may be banned from certain places, they remain entrenched in our hearts. Perhaps more so because they have brought to our attention the importance of our faith by trying to take it away and sweep it under the rug.