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Sunday, December 12, 2010

DLA for Sunday 121210

The reason for the Season.

Hey folks,

Regardless of what ANYONE tells you, there is only one reason for Christmas. Christ Mass. It is a time we have set aside to remember and honor the Birth of THE Christ, Jesus.
1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

3When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

5And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
Matthew 2
8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Luke 2

So if it were not for Christ, Jesus, we would not be calling it Christmas. We would not be celebrating it at all for the most part.

Point TWO.

There is NO WALL OF SEPARATION of Church and State. NONE. It is NOT in the Constitution. Not now, nor ever. So whenever you hear someone repeat that, you know that they are ignorantly incorrect, or outright lying to you. You can put whatever, where ever you want. You can celebrate and practice your Faith, anywhere and anytime. There is NO Freedom FROM Religion. There is Freedom OF Religion.

So whenever a person comes out and says they must either represent all Religions or none is a mere cop out. Of course you cannot represent all Religions. No one could. So do nothing, they call this fair in the name of the First Amendment. Truth is, most that argue this point, is ANTI-Christian to begin with. But they fear the Law and other insane Godless people. So they may put up a Menorah, Kwanzaa Candle Holder, and now even more than anything else, a Crescent Moon, But NOT anything Christian.

Every Year around this time, this becomes crystal clear. In Boca Raton, their fear of the Law {Not really a Law} and Insane ANTI-Christians, is on full display. According to WPBF, ABC, News 25 - Pastor Resurrects Boca Raton Christmas Controversy
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Local pastor Mark Boykin claimed Thursday that the Boca Raton City Hall has marginalized the Christian faith by neglecting to include a Christmas creche in the building's holiday decorations.

The City Hall is lit up in Christmas decorations, including a menorah and a Christmas tree, which led Boykin, a pastor at the Church for All Nations, to claim discrimination against the Christian faith.

“We feel like we have been marginalized, and we feel like they have not given any credibility to the Christian faith,” Boykin said.
They haven't. Christianity is the only Religion that seems to be open season all year. They can deny your Rights, call you names, and even restrict your Freedoms. But take, oh say, Islam, that wants to Kill as many of us as possible and destroy Israel, You better not even think about drawing a Cartoon, telling a joke, or oppose their EXTREME Views at all. You will be in trouble.
Boykin said adding a creche to the Christmas display at City Hall is the only way to represent the Christian faith.

“A manger, or a creche, is venerated around the world. It is an icon to most people, whether they are in Bethlehem or Boca Raton. Everyone sees that as a sacred symbol,” Boykin said.

Boykin and 60 of his followers will gather at City Hall on Friday afternoon to make a formal request for a creche to be added to the display.

Last year, Boykin also lobbied to get a nativity scene placed beside the menorah at the city library.

City officials, meanwhile, said, "The City of Boca Raton celebrates the holiday season by having displays in the lobbies of public buildings in a manner consistent with Supreme Court and other judicial rulings."
Which is complete BS. What the Chickens in Boca City Government is going on here is this.
In the 1989 ruling Allegheny vs. ACLU, the U.S. Supreme Court found that a Nativity scene on the staircase of the Allegheny County Courthouse was unconstitutional because it essentially promoted a religion, but that the combined display of a menorah with a Christmas tree at Pittsburgh's City County Building did not endorse either the Christian or Jewish faith. The court found the joint display simply acknowledged that both Christmas and Hanukkah are part of the same wintertime holiday season, which was largely considered secular in U.S. society.
That is also COMPLETE BS. There would be no Christmas without Christ. There would be no "Holiday" Season at all. Sorry. Then to say that it's OK to have a Menorah because it does not represent the Jewish FAITH? Really? What Moron thought this one up. Well, I guess the same one that decided a Christmas Tree Represented Christianity. You know what they say about the Wisdom of the World? Pure Foolishness.

Congratulation Pastor Mark Boykin, for having the courage to stand up and say, the Reason for the Season is NOT a Christmas Tree, and Enough with the Discrimination of Christians, you ARE the Winner of the Display of Logic Award for Today, December 12, 2010. I'll tell you what, I wish more Christians Sued. Everyone, for ANY reason. We would see an end to the open Discrimination and the marginalizing of the Christian Faith.
Peter

Sources:
WPBF, ABC, News 25 - Pastor Resurrects Boca Raton Christmas Controversy
Sun Sentinel- Christian group demands Boca Raton display Nativity scene

1 comment:

Doug Indeap said...

The phrase “separation of church and state” is but a metaphor to describe the underlying principle of the First Amendment and the no-religious-test clause of the Constitution. That the phrase does not appear in the text of the Constitution assumes much importance, it seems, only to those who may have once labored under the misimpression it was there and, upon learning they were mistaken, reckon they've discovered the smoking gun solving a Constitutional mystery. To those familiar with the Constitution, the absence of the metaphor commonly used to describe one of its principles is no more consequential than the absence of other phrases (e.g., Bill of Rights, separation of powers, checks and balances, fair trial, religious liberty) used to describe other undoubted Constitutional principles.

Some try to pass off the Supreme Court’s decision in Everson v. Board of Education as simply a misreading of Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists–as if that is the only basis of the Court’s decision. Instructive as that letter is, it played but a small part in the Court’s decision. Perhaps even more than Jefferson, James Madison influenced the Court’s view. Madison, who had a central role in drafting the Constitution and the First Amendment, confirmed that he understood them to “[s]trongly guard[] . . . the separation between Religion and Government.” Madison, Detached Memoranda (~1820). He made plain, too, that they guarded against more than just laws creating state sponsored churches or imposing a state religion. Mindful that even as new principles are proclaimed, old habits die hard and citizens and politicians could tend to entangle government and religion (e.g., “the appointment of chaplains to the two houses of Congress” and “for the army and navy” and “[r]eligious proclamations by the Executive recommending thanksgivings and fasts”), he considered the question whether these actions were “consistent with the Constitution, and with the pure principle of religious freedom” and responded: “In strictness the answer on both points must be in the negative. The Constitution of the United States forbids everything like an establishment of a national religion.”

Note, too, that as President he vetoed two bills, neither of which would form a national church, on the ground that they were contrary to the establishment clause.

The First Amendment embodies the simple, just idea that each of us should be free to exercise his or her religious views without expecting that the government will endorse or promote those views and without fearing that the government will endorse or promote the religious views of others. By keeping government and religion separate, the establishment clause serves to protect the freedom of all to exercise their religion. Reasonable people may differ, of course, on how these principles should be applied in particular situations, but the principles are hardly to be doubted. Moreover, they are good, sound principles that should be nurtured and defended, not attacked. Efforts to undercut our secular government by somehow merging or infusing it with religion should be resisted by every patriot.

Wake Forest University recently published a short, objective Q&A primer on the current law of separation of church and state–as applied by the courts rather than as caricatured in the blogosphere. I commend it to you. http://tiny.cc/6nnnx