Tuesday, December 13, 2005

BJC on Respecting Religious Diversity During Holidays

Brent Walker, Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty, has some sound words on the need for respect for religious diversity during the Holiday season. Here's a quote:

Then why are these culture warriors bound to start a brouhaha in the midst of the love, joy, peace and hope of Advent?

It's part of a concerted effort to affirm the mythical "Christian nation" status of the United States. (By the way, the Puritans and many other religious people well into the 19th century refused to celebrate Christmas because they thought it was unchristian and not supported by Scripture). So, in the words of the title of the Beatles song, "I, Me, Mine," it's all about ME and the brash assertion of MY supposed right to impose my religion on others. Moreover, and I hope it is not a too jaded thought, these bombastic diatribes about a war on Christmas attract publicity and make for good fund raising. (Truth be known, the Christmas spirit is threatened more by runaway commercialism -- beginning just after Halloween! -- than by any supposed cultural hostility to a holiday that more than 90 percent of our citizens celebrate.)

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