Do you realize that? Our schools, colleges, and mass media are so thoroughly purged of any mention of God that it's easy to forget who we are, most of us.
Only about 1% of us are Jewish, and another 1% are Muslim. Add a few agnostics, atheists, and persons of other religious faiths, and you've got yourself a nation.
That vast majority of Americans are Christians. You wouldn't know if from our public celebrations, these days. The dreidel song and Hanukkah seem to take equal billing with Christmas songs in many venues, including my children's schools. No, it's worse than that. The dreidel and Hanukkah compete with Frosty the Snowman. Jesus is nowhere to be seen or heard.
Honestly, if you were to give it proportionate attention, references to Hanukkah in December should come up about 1 time for every 82 references to Christmas. But it's equal billing for both holidays in many places or, worse yet, the soul-numbing whitewash of Happy Holidays, with an icy bow to winter.
All Americans should worship freely (as long as they worship side by side in peace.) I know good and peaceful Jews and Muslims who share this American life with us. Bless them!
But speaking to the 82% or so of my fellow Americans who share my faith, let us not forget our Christian heritage!
Christianity is a huge part of what made this nation great. It is Christianity, more than most other religions on earth, that recognizes the importance of separation between church and state. Jesus recognized a separation between the things of God and the things of Caesar. Christianity in America today is also a shining beacon of religious tolerance, particularly as compared to any Islamic nation on earth.
Yet we have walked willingly so far in the direction of political correctness that we are in danger of losing our own hearts and souls.
Finding nothing but "winter" in too much of the public square, I turn away from the world and seek out the tiny Christian music station on my radio, to hear every Christmas song I love. I turn to my church and happily sing Gloria in Excelsis Deo!
If I drive by our church, there's a nativity scene out front.
There's one at the local El Pollo Loco, too -- surprisingly. But someone has placed a lamb in the manger. Baby Jesus is AWOL.
I will not forget Christmas. But when you and I are long gone, will Christmas live on in America?
Please say that it will. Please teach your children well.
First of all, there was a big shift in Congressional states from "blue" to "red" states. Texas is the huge winner, picking up 4 seats. NY and Pennsylvania both lost seats. California failed to gain any seats for the first time.
The 111th Congress's Final Insult "The 111th Congress began with an $814 billion stimulus that blew out the federal balance sheet, so we suppose it's only fitting that the Members want to exit by passing a 1,924-page, $1.2 trillion omnibus spending bill. The worst Congress in modern history is true to its essence to the bitter end"
It's a fundamental principle that too many in academia, in the courts, in the media, and in the White House have forgotten:
Barack Obama's job as president is to serve the 50 states -- not to rule them.
I'm reminded of this by the refreshing report of governor-elect Nikki Haley's recent chat with Obama, in which she told him that if his administration does not honor the federal government’s nuclear energy commitments then, “The people of South Carolina want their money back.”
If that seems like a radical request, it shouldn't be. The framers of the Constitution established the federal government as a servant of the 50 states and their people -- not their master.
Here's the video of Nikki Haley speaking about her discussion with Obama: