December 18, 2008

Last week a federal judge decided that South Carolina’s plans to issue a cross featuring a cross and the words “I believe” amounted to government sponsorship of religion. If consistent, this judge will now spend her Christmas not at home with her family but challenging the legality of a national holiday that gives government preference to followers of the Christian faith. The fact is Christianity is so deeply woven into the West’s cultural fabric that it’s impossible to imagine an America without it. From our calendar to our wedding and funeral rituals even to our popular lexicon—where slang like “Good Lord!” and “Geez” both refer to the same savior. In trying to run from religion, even political correct measures like substituting the word “holiday” for Christmas is futile, as the word is derived from “holy day.”  

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