I am the type of person one might call pugnacious, too passionate, or even a hater. Why? Because I happen to hold a different opinion from the norm. It does not seem tolerant of other viewpoints, but, if you care to read further, I will show you how my opinion makes sense.
I do not agree with professor Mock’s opinion that Christmas decorations proclaiming the true meaning of Christmas should not be displayed on government buildings. First, Christmas is an entirely christian holiday, just like Hanukkah is uniquely Jewish. In 336 AD is when the first Christmas was celebrated in order to commemorate Christ’s birth (Graves). Ever since then, this holiday, which is specifically Christian in nature, has been celebrated year after year on December 25th. There are other holidays we could be celebrating around this time like Hanukkah and Kwanza, but the very fact that we are celebrating Christmas should make us want to give dueful recognition to the origin of this holiday.
We are not pushing our religion on others by wanting to celebrate Christmas with Christ. Christ was already there, and it is our modern society that wants to take Him out of His own holiday. God is, in fact, being taken out of everything public. I believe it is well known how controversial the mention of His very name in schools is. If the first amendment says we have freedom of religion, yet society tries to ban the very mention of certain religion, something isn’t right. The first amendment is: “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” (Amendment 1). By taking God out of public schools, we break our freedom of speech and religion laws. While trying to be tolerant of all religions, we only succeed in oppressing Christianity in this way.
Christians are also oppressed when Christ is taken out of Christmas. If the public decides to celebrate our Christian holiday above all of the other holidays that are around this time of year, they should not complain of the origin of the holiday being manifested in public nativity scenes. Perhaps you think I “hate” other religions because I disagree, but I only ask for the recognition and the freedom that is both reasonable and lawful.
Graves, Dan, MSL. “The 1st Recorded Celebration of Christmas.” Christianity.com. N.p., June 2007. Web. 03 Nov. 2014. <http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/301-600/the-1st-recorded-celebration-of-christmas-11629658.html>.
“The Constitution of the United States,” Amendment 1