I am not celebrating Rudolph’s red nose, nor am I celebrating Frosty the Snowman’s pipe or tall hat.
It is not “Happy Holidays”. It is “Merry Christmas”.
An elementary school in Frisco, Texas has banned Christmas trees and the colors red and green from their school “Winter Party”.
Banned the colors red and green?!?! What on earth is this world coming to?
Another school in Statesboro, Georgia informed their teachers via email this week that “As of today, if you have a Bible verse on your school email and/or Bible verse posted in the classroom, please remove it immediately.”
The email goes on to say, “If a student-led prayer is initiated, you must remove yourself and step away from the group.”
This is not the separation of church and state. This is the systematic removal of one religion from our schools…that religion being Christianity.
My great, great+++ grandfather, Governor Bradford, came to America on the Mayflower for the freedom to practice his religion.
The 1st Amendment says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
There is NO mention of separation of church and state.
That statement actually came from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Committee of the Danbury Baptist Association, in the State of Connecticut in 1802. His letter was in response to a letter from the Danbury committee. In their correspondence they were congratulating Thomas Jefferson on becoming the president. Additionally, they were celebrating our country’s religious liberty.
Jefferson closed his letter with, “I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and Creator of man, and tender you for yourselves and your religious association, assurances of my high respect and esteem.”
Jefferson did not say that Congress has the right to prohibit me from the free exercising of my religion.
Somehow we as believers have allowed the opinion of a few to trample on our religious rights and freedoms.
We must stand up and shout December 25th is Christmas. Let me say it again, December 25th is the celebration of my Savior’s birth, Christ.
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