A Christian rethinks the annual media line about a "war" on Christmas. About this “War on Christmas,” this Christian and veteran lover of Christmas has more than one thought to share.
Christmas is a holiday that most Americans associate with all manner of symbols, from candy canes to crosses, decorated trees to dangling lights, snowfall to Santa Clause. It is next to impossible for us to imagine Christmas without also thinking about some combination or other of these signs.
Sadly, it has also become impossible for those of us in contemporary America to think about Christmas without thinking about “the war” that various media outlets assure us is being steadily waged against it.
First, for certain, our world consists of a not-insignificant number of anti-Christian zealots who are determined to eradicate from the public life of American and Western culture every last vestige of Christianity.
Second, it is indeed Christianity, and this religion alone, that is the object of the secularist’s wrath. We must guard against being fooled by his talk of the generic “religion:” There is a reason why we never hear about the War on Hanukkah or the War on Ramadan.
Third, the assault against Christianity is part of a much larger cultural trajectory, an ever-growing propensity of Western peoples to visit transformative change upon their civilization generally, and its apex — America — specifically.
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Jack Kerwick, Ph.D. (photo)