Someone sent me a link to this article where the mayor of Tifton, Georgia reverses a previous decision and declares his commitment to Christian “principals” — and I’m sure they appreciate the support.
As mayor, I recently changed the name of the long-time annual Christmas Celebration with a new Proclamation. When I became mayor in 2008, this was one of my priorities but I moved methodically in the process.
To leave Christmas out of the name all these many years just did not sit right with me. Our country was founded on Christian principals and our priorities to that end have kept this country free!
I would argue that our freedom has largely come as a result of rejecting the views of the dominant Christian beliefs at pretty much every point in our history. Support for established churches that crushed freedom in the colonies (and in Europe long before that) came exclusively from Christians. Slavery was justified on the basis of the Bible’s endorsement of that practice for centuries, as were the Jim Crow laws that followed for a century after its abolition, including all of the bans on interracial marriage. Prohibition was purely a Christian project, as was opposition to women’s rights and civil rights for blacks and, currently, the battle for equality for gays and lesbians. We have been kept free by our continual throwing off of the influence of Christian beliefs.
I don’t agree with the places I spend my money during Christmas time saying “Happy Holidays”; it was “Merry Christmas” since I was old enough to remember and then almost overnight it changed, leaving Christ out of the season we celebrate as His birthday.
Nonsense. Saying “happy holidays” has nothing to do with “leaving Christ out” of the season; it has only to do with the recognition that some of their customers don’t celebrate Christmas because they’re not Christians. That’s a perfectly reasonable way to handle the situation, but since it is a threat to Christian cultural hegemony the wingnuts lose their minds over it.
You certainly do have to commend the courage of a politician declaring his fealty to the faith of the overwhelming majority of voters in his town.