Chicago’s “holiday tree” in 2011

By John Ruberry

The War on Christmas, the secular-progressives’ assault on Christmas and yes, religion, is fading away. And Christmas is winning.

In today’s video message to our military, some of whom of course belong to faiths other than Christianity, President Trump beamed, “I just want to wish everybody a very, very Merry Christmas, we say Merry Christmas, again, very, very proudly. Very very Merry Christmas.”

Nearly two years ago then-candidate Donald Trump mused, “When was the last time you saw ‘Merry Christmas?’ You don’t see it any more. They want to be politically correct. If I’m president, you’re going to see ‘Merry Christmas’ in department stores, believe me, believe me. You’re going to see it.”

And you know what, I’ve seen “Merry Christmas” in department stores this year. Yesterday at the end of the weekly meeting at my job my boss, who is Jewish, wished everyone “a very Merry Christmas.”

And I’m hearing more “Merry Christmases” this year than I’ve heard in years. Believe me. I figured this would happen, as I posted in this space on Christmas Day last year.

True, the counter-attack in the War on Christmas goes back at least five years, but Trump is the first prominent politician to embrace it, so the president is entitled to a victory dance as he rocks around the Christmas tree.

Blogger outside of Chicago’s Trump Tower

Closer to home, for me that is, comes this Christmas triumph. In 2011 for the first time there was a “holiday tree” at Chicago’s Daley Plaza. Rahm Emanuel is Chicago’s first Jewish mayor–and he’s also the city’s first secular-progressive one. And it was in his first year in office when the concept of a Chicago Christmas was axed. But this year it’s a Christmas tree again. I’m not sure when the switchback occurred, but it’s ironic to note that a couple of weeks ago the embattled mayor declared Chicago a “Trump-free zone.”

An hour ago, subbing for the usual host on This Week With George Stephanopoulos, Jonathan Karl wished viewers “a Merry Christmas” at the end of the show.

And from Morton Grove, Illinois I will do the same this Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas to you!

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

From Trump’s Twitter feed

By John Ruberry

For as long as I can remember the words “Merry Christmas” have been pushed away from public life, in the both the political and business world. I get it. No one wants to offend people who aren’t Christian, or those few Christians, such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who shun Christmas.

However, 83 percent of Americans are Christian, and for many of them Christmas is their favorite time of the year. And I know some secular progressives who set up Christmas trees in their home.

When  President-elect Donald Trump on the later stops of his ‘thank you’ tour replaced his ‘USA’ lectern logo with a ‘Merry Christmas’ one, it got my attention.

And Trump’s Christmas spirit didn’t end there

“We’re gonna start saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again,” Trump said at a Michigan ‘thank you’ rally. “How about all those department stores, they have the bells and they have the red walls and they have the snow, but they don’t have ‘Merry Christmas. I think they’re gonna start putting up ‘Merry Christmas.'”

About ten years ago the ‘War on Christmas’ compelled Christians who wished to say ‘Merry Christmas’ at their workplace to bite their tongues, including those working extended Christmas shifts at retail stores to accommodate Christmas shoppers. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, one of the defenders in the ‘War on Christmas,’ declares the conflict all but over, as increasingly more retail outlets use the word ‘Christmas” in their holiday advertisements. On Christmas Eve I was greeted with a hearty “Merry Christmas” when I walked into the local Walmart–and when I left.

Meanwhile, the outgoing president’s final Christmas card, oops, I mean holiday card, oh wait, make that a seasonal card, features the first family and a sprig of holly. Nothing else.

I’ll be shocked if Donald Trump’s first presidential Christmas card isn’t much different, even though his oldest daughter is a convert to Judaism.

Howard Kurtz ended today’s always excellent Fox News’ Media Watch program with “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.” Yes, like a rare planetary alignment, Christmas Eve and the first day of Hanukkah share the came spot on the calendar.

And from me to you, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

The progressive war on Christmas has become one of the fundamental constants of the universe.  Here is one of the more egregious examples from this year’s annual battle to make sure all things religious are exiled from any property that may be considered public and the dreaded Merry Christmas is never uttered.

Indiana Town Removes Cross From Christmas Tree After ACLU Lawsuit

The mythical separation of church and state was once again used as a justification for vanquishing this cross, which was used for decades.  All it took was one complaint and the ACLU bullied the small town into submission with a lawsuit they could not possibly afford to fight.  Yes, the separation church and state is mythical.  It is a fairytale created by Justice Hugo Black when he wrote his decision for the 1947 Supreme Court case Everson versus Board of Education.  Justice Black claimed that the establishment clause of First Amendment prevented any government organization, at any level, from participating in any type religious activity because that clause built a wall of separation of church and state.  This ruling was a complete departure from the reality that existed in this country from the very instant of the ratification of the Bill of Rights right up until the instant he delivered this ruling.  It completely contradicts the transcripts from the writing of the Bill of Rights and the transcripts of the ratification debates in the States.  Here is what James Madison had to say during the debates when this clause was written:

Mr. Madison said, he apprehended the meaning of the words to be, that Congress should not establish a religion, and enforce the legal observation of it by law, nor compel men to worship God in any manner contrary to their conscience.

It is quite clear from this quote, the Establishment Clause prevents the federal government from passing laws that would establish an official religion and it prevents the passage of laws that would force individuals to worship in a specific manner.  Rather than use the official transcripts, Justice Black based this sweeping new constitutional doctrine on a personal letter between Thomas Jefferson and the Danbury Baptist Church.  To add insult to injury, he completely distorted the actual text and meaning of that letter.

What makes the Everson ruling even more inaccurate; Justice Black completely disregarded the free exercise of religion clause of the First Amendment.  This clause specifically prevents the federal government from passing laws that would prevent individuals from freely exercising their religious beliefs.  Free exercise of religion is one of the most important god-given natural rights that every individual is endowed with.  Here is what George Mason had to say about free exercise of religion when he wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights in 1776.

That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity, towards each other.

The Virginia Declaration of Rights served as the model for the US Bill of Rights and George Mason played a prominent role in the writing of the US Constitution,

Justice Hugo Black completely massacred one more fundamental constitutional principle when he wrote the Everson ruling = The United States Bill of Rights only applies to the federal government.  It never applied to the States and it most certainly never applied to cities and towns.  That is abundantly clear from the transcripts of the State ratifying conventions for the Constitution when a Bill of Rights was demanded, from the transcripts in the House of Representatives and Senate when the Bill of Rights was written, and from the transcripts when the Bill of Rights was ratified by the States.  How can the establishment clause prevent a town from having a cross on a Christmas tree or any other type of religious display?  It cannot.  There is no constitutional basis or this lawsuit nor any similar lawsuit filed by the ACLU.

It’s the Christmas season and the usual suspects are up in arms, upset at Christmas trees, at nativity scenes and determined to make sure that nobody says aloud the holiday that must not be named.

There is of course a proper response to each and every single one of these idiots who have their knickers in an uproar, and it’s this:

5 U.S. Code § 6103 – Holidays

Current through Pub. L. 114-38. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.)

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(a) The following are legal public holidays:
New Year’s Day, January 1.

Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., the third Monday in January.

Washington’s Birthday, the third Monday in February.

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May.

Independence Day, July 4.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September.

Columbus Day, the second Monday in October.

Veterans Day, November 11.

Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November.

Christmas Day, December 25.

In other words under federal law December 25th is a national holiday and is called Christmas. This is directly written into the US code.

You may not like it, you may object to it, you may scream bloody murder but this is the law on the books at the federal level.

Now if you don’t like federal law, there is a remedy for it.

You can call your two senators and your representative in the house and call upon the to remove December 25th from the list of federal holidays and if you can get 218 members of the House and 60 senators to approve and get a presidential signature or 290 members of the house & 67 members of the senate you can toss out Christmas even if the president objects.

But until you do December 25th is Christmas Day and if you consider that a micro or marco aggression, I really don’t give a damn and neither does the law.

At Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft brings us a story of yet another tolerant Imam:

When you say: “Merry Christmas,” you are saying: “Congratulations on your false religion,” “Congratulations on your false understanding of life.” You are congratulating them on the most evil of polytheism and heresy.

As Ibn Qayyim said, this is worse than fornication, drinking alcohol, and killing someone, because you are approving of the biggest crime every committed by the children of Adam – polytheism.

Pam Geller nailed it:

More interfaith dialogue and mutual understanding

But at least they are in line with some in the US Army

Two weeks ago, a routine meeting was held at the Mississippi base with various leaders of the 158th Infantry Brigade. During the meeting, they discussed an upcoming Christmas football tournament. The equal opportunity officer immediately objected to the usage of the word “Christmas.”

“Our equal opportunity representative stopped the briefing and told us that we can’t say Christmas,” the soldier told me. “Almost the entire room blew up. Everybody was frustrated. The equal opportunity rep told our commander that not everyone celebrates Christmas and we couldn’t say Christmas celebration. It had to be holiday celebration.”

The soldier said there was a brief, but heated discussion about political correctness. At one point, the equal opportunity representative tried to deflect the criticism by pointing out it was the Army’s rules – not hers.

But apparently this ban on Christmas embraced by this Imam & the “equal opportunity representative” of the Army is not shared by all as evidenced by this e-mail I received this week.  Subject line Merry Christmas:

My friends, I wish you very merry Christmas, happy holidays & a very prosperous new year.May God bless you & your families with health wealth prosperity & long useful lives.Amin. Sincerely Bashir U Mehmud & family.

You might remember the name Bashir Mehmud if you were reading this site back in Aug of 2010.

His sermon was a no nonsense one about the start of Ramadan next Wednesday and the need for spiritual renewal, the rewards of fasting and the need to avoid sin and temptation. The basic thrust of the sermon could have been given in any Catholic Church in preparation for Lent. He also asked the congregation to pray for the members of their community that were killed in the May 28th Mosque Attacks. (Their Branch of Islam the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community are rejected by many mainstream Muslim groups). His sermon also touched on a denouncement of violence. Not surprising as his sect has been the target of radical Islam

We spoke for 45 minutes after the service. He has lived in Fitchburg for almost 30 years and has seen the change in the town. His opinions on the direction of the city and the cultural decay of the country could have been said by my mother.

He has since retired but the local Mosque remains the same, and the most hopeful sight you can see in Fitchburg is every 4th of July where you see this.

Did you ever think you’d see the day when an Islamic Sect is more friendly toward Christmas than a representative of the US Army?

Under any other administration I would not have believed it.

“To the angel of the church in Laodicea, write this: ” ‘The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the source of God’s creation, says this: “I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot.  I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’ and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, and white garments to put on so that your shameful nakedness may not be exposed, and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise. Be earnest, therefore, and repent.

Revelation 3:14-19

Today I went to the 8 a.m. Mass so I could watch the Sunday shows, it was a pretty good sermon on Love of God and Neighbor but when I was leaving church and saw the Church Bulletin I found myself upset at the second page

You’ll note that the Boxed event at my parish St. Anthony di Padua is our Country Christmas Fair on November 17th, but we also have announcements from three other Catholic Parishes.

St. Cecilia is having a “Holiday” fair

Immaculate Heart of Mary is their “Annual fall festival”

St. Joseph is having their “Holiday Festival & Craft fair”

Holiday? What holiday? Flag Day? Chinese New Year? Yom Kippur?

I’m very proud that my parish did not join in this nonsense.

These are Catholic Churches for God’s sake, this is the same thing that drove me nuts about Anna Maria College and their “Holiday” concert. Either we are Catholic or we are not. If our own Catholics are not willing to say the word “Christmas” during their own events. If we are not respecting Christmas then why should we expect anyone else to?

Either your faith means something or it does not.

I first heard about Stacy Trasancos from Lisa Graas. Since then I and others have written about this mother of seven who expressed her discomfort over a sight in the park and was bombarded with hate mail and death threats, not only against her but against her children too. A sample:

I lamented the lack of coverage by the MSM of such threats on my radio show last week against a mother of seven so I was pleased to hear that renowned defender of women and children Dianne Williamson writing for the Telegram & Gazette owned by the NY Times decided to comment on it:

Yes, she’s been the target of some truly ugly hate mail and threats. It goes without saying that such responses are reprehensible, but par for the course in the anonymous Internet world.

Well OK I grant you that’s not much of a condemnation, but that’s only two sentences. I’m sure that as a renowned defender of women and children, she opens up on those threatening Stacy’s life and her kids in the other 44 sentences right?

I’m sure it’s a challenge to suffer from homosexually-induced agoraphobia — the term applied by local wag Brendan Melican — and get any shopping done. But Trasancos isn’t afraid to express herself on her blog, “Accepting Abundance,” which has attracted much chatter in the blogosphere, based on her fear of being mobbed by the gays the minute she sets foot outdoors.

OK well that’s not quite defending a mother of seven from people making violent threats, but I’m sure that she as a renowned defender of women and children, she will surely not continue along that line:

Trasancos is obviously intelligent,

See, I’m sure she’s going to stick up for a mom with seven kids over the likes of Perez Hilton and the Guardian Newspaper, you know the weak vs the powerful…

… and of course she has every right to express her odious opinions.

…ah, I guess not:

But it’s a shame that some people continue to spout bigotry and ignorance in the name of religion. And it’s a shame that, somewhere in Worcester in 2011, seven young people are being raised to view love between two people as sick and immoral.

Now forgetting the ambiguity of that phrase (Perhaps Dianne will be invited to make that point at the next B4U-ACT conference.) I find the statement odd because orthodox Christian belief for its entire existence has taught that homosexual acts are sinful.

So apparently according to Dianne Williamson, that renowned defender of women and children, it is a shame that Christians in general and Catholics in particular, are taught orthodox Christianity as has existed for centuries.

Perhaps Dianne as a renowned defender of women and children and religious bigot open minded person can tell us what parts of Christian belief are acceptable for Stacy Trasancos or any other Christian to express publicly and teach their children without expecting to deal with threats of violence against them or their children?

Perhaps I’m over-reacting. It’s just a religious difference it’s not like she’s attacking Stacy personalty in a media organ owned by the most powerful Newspaper in the country just after she and her kids have been threatened. Is she?

Trasancos is a Baptist convert to Catholicism, and it’s ironic that she’s so judgmental, considering her own colorful background. Now a married, 42-year-old stay-at-home mom, she wrote on the website Catholic Online that she got pregnant in college. Her seven children are from three different men. She’s been divorced and has had an abortion. She’s taken drugs and worked as a stripper. She writes a column for the Catholic Free Press.

Now I thought we weren’t supposed to make any judgement about “love between two people” but that whole paragraph sure sounds to me like an attack based what Dianne Williamson, renowned defender of women and children, considers poor choices Stacy has made in her life.

Well it’s funny, turns out that Stacy Trasancos would agree that she made bad choices in her life. In fact she tells the whole story of a woman who was lost and had done some really self-destructive things who found Christ and the church and turned herself around as her conversion testimony. You can read it here.

Now me I’ve only been writing for a short time and I found it riveting but for Dianne Williamson, renowned defender of women and children, it permanently disqualifies Stacy’s moral judgement.

One might think that the warnings of someone who has actually pulled themselves from a bad path (drugs, stripping, multiple children from multiple partners) to a good path (faithful and clean mother of seven) might be a person to be admired. In fact one might think that if such a person said: “Don’t make the mistakes I made.” you would heed and respect that advice, particularly tolerant liberals. But nope, to that renowned defender of women and Children, Dianne Williamson, that’s makes her even more worthy of attack.

Of course if Stacy was still stripping or using drugs and had aborted say, the last 4 kids I’m sure Dianne Williamson, as a renowned defender of women and children, would have managed a sympathetic column on a single mom with three kids stripping to make it in a tough economy. I’m sure she would have waxed poetic and there wouldn’t have been a dry eye in the newsroom.

I wonder, Stacy’s two oldest children are 22 and 16, they remember they old Stacy, they were raised by her. I wonder if they would prefer the old Stacy that Dianne Williamson renowned defender of women and children, would have found more sympathetic or the new Stacy that Dianne considers a bigot?

How about you? Which one would you rather have watching your kids, in your house or as your neighbor? Which one’s judgement on right and wrong would you trust more?

Exit Question: If I remember right Dianne Williamson has been writing for quite a while, at least two or three decades, I wonder when her first column defending Gay Marriage was? Was it before the whole civil unions debate? Before the Court case when it was imposed on Massachusetts in 2003 or after? I think it would be interesting to see if she found it a worthy topic before it became a cause celeb for the left. Wouldn’t you?

Update: How it it that I find this story so similar to Stacy’s tale:

San Juan Capistrano Fines Family for Reading Bible without Permit

Well of course they should need a permit, look at what all that Bible stuff did to Stacy! Hey if Dianne every decides to go west, I can think of one city government that might have a job for her.

Mini update great line from Tina Kobe:

Where two are three are gathered in His name, there good ol’ California city government is in the midst of them.

Update 2: Ok now it’s spreading to the schools, have a Christian Opinion get suspended:

A Fort Worth high school student was sent to the principal’s office earlier this week for telling another classmate he believes homosexuality is wrong.

Fourteen-year-old Dakota Ary spent most of the day Tuesday serving an in-school suspension. It was punishment for discussion in his German class at Fort Worth’s Western Hills High School.

“We were talking about religions in Germany. I said, ‘I’m a Christian. I think being a homosexual is wrong,’” he said. “It wasn’t directed to anyone except my friend who was sitting behind me. I guess [the teacher] heard me. He started yelling. He told me he was going to write me an infraction and send me to the office.”

Via Michael Graham who asks the $64,000 question:

Question: Why the heck was this kid suspended at all? What did he do wrong?

The school has not contradicting his account of what happened. So is the school saying that merely expressing an opinion about homosexuality is wrong? If so, do you think he would have been suspended for saying “I’m a Unitarian and I think homosexuality is great?”

I wish I was a tort lawyer in that district.

If you were busy having a life with family and / or friends on Christmas day like most people then you may have missed our excellent Christmas show.

But no worries, thanks to the miracle of uploading the file show 6 with the Curt Jester, Damian Thompson and James Marley is available online right here.

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For the only time so far we have taped our show, but we do have an original DaTechGuy on DaRadio episode.

Our Christmas Special has three Guests, from England Damian Thompson who writes the Holy Smoke column for the London Telegraph, The incredible Curt Jester and Poet, Polymath and Theology Scholar James Marley discuss Christ in Christmas and the Church and the Media.

So when 9 p.m. comes and Christmas dinner has been eaten and all the gifts are opened tune into WCRN 830 AM and give us a listen.

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