There's a new front in the war on Christianity....and Christmas.
Ironically, it's a war being waged in the suburbs of our nation's Capitol.
The school board in Montgomery County, Maryland has decided to appease Muslims by making the school calendar "religious neutral."
Beginning next year, all Christian and Jewish holidays will be removed from the calendar. They won't even mention the word Christmas or Easter or Yom Kippur.
Muslims have been urging---actually demanding, the district close schools on at least one of their 2 holidays, and have been gathering outside the school board offices holding signs that read "Support equality for Eid." And, "Because ...our children matter too."
Now that the Muslims have been appeased and Christmas, Easter and Yom Kipper have been dumped, everything is okay, right?
School board member Rebbeca Smondrowski told the Washington Post, "This seems the most equitable option."
The school board said the new calendar will reflect days the state requires the system to be closed and that it will close other days that have shown a high level of student and staff absenteeism. Though those days happen to coincide with major Christian and Jewish holidays, board members made it very clear that the days off are not meant to observe those religious holidays, which they say is not legally permitted.
The school board says the only noticeable difference will be that the published calendar will not mention any religious holidays by name.
They promise not to say the word.
This has got to be a highlight---a sort of Christmas miracle for the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation who fights this Christmas battle every year threatening a law suit against any school that recognizes or observes Christmas in any way.
The Post says the Muslims have been asking Montgomery school officials for years to close the school for at least one of their two major Muslim holidays.
How many Muslims attend the school?
The Post says that is unclear.
History has shown appeasement doesn't work.
History is correct. The Muslims were shocked by the school board's decision. They are not happy.
They say "by stripping Christmas, Easter, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipper, they have alienated other communities now and we are no closer to equality."
Equality is elusive isn't it?
Muslims have been focused on getting their holiday on the school district calendar for next year. Now they feel the board threw them a curve,
They say the board's members were willing to "go so far as to paint themselves as the Grinch who stole Christmas" to avoid granting equal treatment for the Muslim holiday.
That's an interesting analogy.
Multiculturalism is a terrific concept. It is destroying Europe. France has awoken to the error of it, and England is awakening to the issue. Germany has already taken steps to deal with the consequences of multiculturalism. Spain is wondering if its too late. Now its attempting to put its hands on the throat of our own culture.
If we could loose ourselves from the chains of political correctness.... what about suggesting to our Muslim friends that America's heritage is strongly linked to Christianity and Judaism? Not Islam.
And because of this historical bond and our heritage as a nation, we recognize these holidays.
However, we could say, they, and other religious people, are welcome to live here legally and enjoy the unprecedented freedom and prosperity that these Christian beliefs have produced in America.
If there is any question in anyone's mind how America's Founders viewed religion---specifically Christianity and the Bible in relationship to this country, a closer look at their words makes it abundantly clear that we have lost our way.
David Barton has collected the Founders thoughts and words on the subject. A mental stroll through their comments will be refreshing, informing and energizing...and hopefully motivating.
Example: Noah Webster-Founder and Father of pubic education.
"The Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children under a free government ought to be instructed. No truth is more evident than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people."
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