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Merry Paganmas

I've known for some time now that Christmas is really just some Pagan holidays enveloped by Christianity.  I've also known that if Jesus was born during the Passover, which the Bible claims, then he would have been born in April not December.  In fact, Mormons hold that Jesus' birthday was April 6th.  So, I kind of chuckle under my breath when people say that it's Jesus' birthday.

At any rate, I'd never really thought before about the irony of Christians now claiming that people are trying to "take the Christ out of Christmas" when in fact it was never there to begin with.  They should be complaining that we've taken the Paganism out of Christmas, because that's what it was to begin with.  I suppose this is just one more example of how Christians can be hypocritical without even realizing it.  They take a holiday away from one religion (or several) and then get all huffy and offended when they feel like someone's trying to take a holiday away from them (even though this isn't the case).

People all too often argue that there's some sort of war on Christmas or on Christianity.  Why?  Well, in part because some people say "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" instead of "Merry Christmas".  I already wrote about why I think it's silly to complain about that.  Other people complain about efforts to remove Nativity scenes from public property.  I'm sorry, but one of the problems that early Americans had with Britain--one of the reasons they wanted to declare independence--was that they were tired of having only one choice for religion.  They didn't want to be dictated to by the Church of England.  They wanted people to be able to choose for themselves what religion to believe (or to believe in none at all).  So, merging church and state in this way is not a step toward freedom of religion, it is a step away from it.

To publicly support one religion by using public property and public funds to celebrate its holidays is a step toward an establishment of religion, which the Constitution forbids--and for good reason.  Therefore, requiring that public entities remain neutral in the religious sphere is only promoting religious tolerance, by allowing people to worship whichever religion they want and to celebrate whatever holiday they want.

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