O Christmas Tree

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&gt;.

“The Constitution of the United States,” Amendment 1

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5 thoughts on “O Christmas Tree

  1. I totally agree with you that society takes the meaning out of holidays. It’s sad that christmas has lost almost all connection to Jesus’s birth. I like how you brought in and quoted other sources to support your thoughts. You took this topic to a different place than I would have, but I totally appreciate your points.

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  2. I agree with you. It is true that Christmas is a Christian holiday and there does not seem to be anyone complaining about other religions to remove symbols of their faith during their religious holidays. I liked how you used other sources to support your argument and you also did a great job of conveying your emotions on the topic.

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  3. I agree yet disagree with a lot of your post. Overall though I think you did a good job of sharing your thoughts on the subject. I like that you point out that Christmas is a uniquely Christian holiday that has been celebrating Jesus’s birth since 336 AD, but people choose to celebrate as a non-Christian holiday.

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  4. I agree, Christ should be everywhere and not allowed in specific places. Yes they are the government and are stupid most of the time but I still think it should be allowed. And God days say forgive and forget.

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  5. I like how you point out that sometimes by following some laws other laws are being broken. Also, when trying to be more tolerant of others the intolerance grows towards ourselves by others and even us at times. People should celebrate holidays as they please even if they seem to be favoring a certain religion, we are supposed to have that never ending freedom but we keep facing obstacles in order to do so. Your voice can be clearly heard from this post and that is awesome because you are trying to speak out for what you believe in.

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