Thursday, December 01, 2005

In Order To Form A More Perfect Union...

Sweet mother of snowglobes... behold! A treasure of incomparable sweetness... possibly. The piece of art that was at first the bane of my existence has grown on me in the past 6 months or so. I do believe that if the producers keep it true to its original form, I shall be quite smitten with it for some time. Now, the rest of you have likely abandoned interest, but I am perpetually in awe of the hilarity. Bon bon bon!

So, y'all have undoubtedly heard of the steaming conflict over the role of religion in Christmas and the de-spiritualizing of the holiday in the United States. Stores are forced to say 'Happy Holidays,' people are ticked at the President for putting up a Christmas tree in D.C., et cetera. Personally, I only see common sense on one side of the coin, but I will justify my beliefs (or attempt to) presently. This matter is extremely important to me and I do not feel that it is possible to sit back and ignore it.

First, I think we can all agree that the basis of this argument comes from the 1st amendment, and as to whether or not there is in fact an 'establishment of religion' going on in events such as those mentioned above. Some people are supposedly offended by the word 'Christmas,' a term used by priests and pagans alike for centuries. They find themselves to be in the minority and feel that we as Christians are imposing beliefs upon them that they do not themselves hold. It is true that the Constitution aims to abolish that injustice: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech..."

However, let's take a look at what the term 'religion' entails. I believe that there can be quite a bit of insight gained when one simply begins with the correct information. According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, religion refers to 'a set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader; a cause, principle, or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion.' Very nice. Thus, it is true that to establish or enforce a preferred set of beliefs is unconstitutional. But how often is this done in every store, on every television, and with every passing year?

If the given definition of religion holds true, our society has in fact established several laws that could be considered in violation of the first amendment. It seems to me that as a devout Catholic, I am in the minority. You see, Agnosticism has become a religion, that is, 'a cause, principle, or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion.' Materialism has become a religion. Lust, self-worship, hatred. All religions. I see people sacrificing thousands of dollars, their purity, and their hope all in worship of things of this world. When, on a rare occassion, I am channel surfing, I can immediately see evidence of it. If I am wrong, and people are not making cars, money, sex, and power their gods, why then the obssession with them? It seems to me that most go at it with more than a 'conscientious devotion,' and with something close to a maniacal avidity.

Personally, as a minority, I am deeply offended by these false religions established so firmly in our nation's core with wreckless abandon. My adversary, you are offended by a plant and a few words; I must face porn, 'reality' dating shows, MTV, and the juniors sections at department stores that sell nothing but skin-tight and low-cut tops. I see no sense in the accusations and goings-on of those who feel excluded because of trees and seasonal greetings, because I as a Christian must face worse than that. I know the facts, and I won't consider these accusations valid until the day that all impressment of idolatry is stripped of this society. Grab your calendars, folks, it'll be a long wait.

1 Comments:

At December 01, 2005 11:46 PM, Blogger Andy said...

I agree completely, this whole politically correct thing is getting way out of hand. In my opinion there isn't enough emphasis on Christianity in Christmas these days. The media converted it over to materialism long ago. I can guarantee that when you mention the word Christmas to children Santa and presents are the first things that pop into their heads even if they are Christian.

 

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