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21 December 2005

The War On Hannukah

Now that the War on Christmas™ is over, it's time for a War on Hannukah:

The Tennessee ACLU is using a menorah display at the state Capitol to advocate for a forum for other groups and individuals to express their beliefs and opinions.

Hedy Weinberg, executive director of ACLU-Tennessee, sent a letter to Gov. Phil Bredesen Dec. 12 suggesting the annual menorah display and candle-lighting ceremony would violate the separation of church and state unless it occurred in a public forum where other displays could take place. The menorah has been displayed at the state Capitol since 2003, at the request of the Center for Jewish Awareness.
Impossible. The ACLU clearly has an agenda to eradicate Christians. Even though they keep defending us.

(h/t: Washington Rox)

Comments on "The War On Hannukah"

 

Blogger Dan Trabue said ... (12/22/2005 11:50:00 AM) : 

You seen the great commentary "An Angry Santa Declares War on Arbor Day"? over at

http://emmaustheory.blogspot.com/

funny stuff. By the way, I love the TM symbol.

 

Blogger jasdye said ... (12/22/2005 04:15:00 PM) : 

wait, maybe i'm not up on all my Jewish names, but isn't Weinberg a Chosen Peoples name?

not that i'd be too surprised.

also, i know i'm late to this party, but isn't it commercialism that killed christmas?

 

Blogger Liz said ... (12/22/2005 08:04:00 PM) : 

Hey Kevin,

Just wanted to let you know that I'm back blogging again :)

Hope you've been well lately,

Liz

 

Blogger Marcguyver said ... (12/22/2005 09:20:00 PM) : 

Okay, so in America these small minority groups can try and stop us from saying the Pledge, take down displays of the Ten Commandments, the Cross, any sign that has the word “Jesus” in it period, and from praying in school.
I wonder what would happen if I moved to Israel and got some other Christians to join me in trying to force their society and government to take down displays of the Menorah, Stars of David, no more public prayer at the wailing wall, etc.????
I wonder what would happen in Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, if we tried to get them to stop reading the Koran, no more public praying to Allah, etc; oh wait…..I’d be killed, that’s right.

 

Blogger dufflehead said ... (12/22/2005 09:52:00 PM) : 

wtf? marc, do the countries you've listed promote freedom of religion?

i think the thing going on over here is that a lot of people are waking up to the fact that the "Christian agenda" has been pushed as the norm and aren't going to stand for it anymore.

 

Blogger Marty said ... (12/23/2005 10:18:00 AM) : 

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

 

Blogger Dan Trabue said ... (12/23/2005 08:10:00 PM) : 

Merry Christmas, WJ!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12/27/2005 02:33:00 PM) : 

I am of the opinion that people defend those they love and will stand with them.
Why is this not true of Christians?
It seems every religion is defended (thats ok) and expected to have freedom of expression, while Christianity gets beaten up on by those calling themselves Christians.

 

Blogger Wasp Jerky said ... (12/29/2005 12:04:00 PM) : 

Marcguyver,

Would you object to excerpts from the Koran being posted in courtrooms? Or what about the Satanic Bible? Would you say the pledge if it said "one nation under Allah"? Would you want your kids to have a prayer said at their graduation that referred to a deity other than the Judeo-Christian god? That's the point here.

There is a lot of misunderstanding (on both sides) about what can and can't be displayed in public, done in schools, etc. If you'll follow the link I provided, you'll notice that the ACLU has defended Christians on numerous occasions when they were being discriminated against. The issue is not whether Christians can practise their faith. The issue is whether the government ought to respect a particular faith over another, and whether there ought to be equal footing for all faith traditions in this country. We live in a secular democratic republic, not a theocratic state. Christianity does not and should not get any special treatment.

Anon,

I'm not sure I follow you here. You think I should defend Christians because I love them? As a Christian, I'm called to love my neighbor as myself. And my neighbor is everyone, Christian and non-Christian alike. Jesus was particularly hard on the religious establishment of his day, certainly harder than he was on anyone else. I really don't have a problem with calling Christians on using their cultural dominance to bully others and on their constant cries of persecution when most of them have never known persecution.

 

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