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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Should Saying "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Birthday, Jesus" be an Act of Defiance?

I thought it was simply my sometimes over-active imagination but now U.S. News & World Report columnist John Leo senses it, too. Signs here and there of a gathering rebellion against the PC crowd's determination that nobody - especially not kids - has any Christmas fun in a public place. The increasing stridency of these poor souls reminds me of nothing so much as those Puritan Proctors who stood in the back of Massachusetts congregations using long poles to make sure nobody nodded off.

Since everything allegedly "starts" in California, we ought to be encouraged that the Governator is expressing his own brand of defiance by proclaiming the state's official "Holiday Tree" is actually a "Christmas tree" and will be as long as he is chief executive. How long before we hear Ahnald warning the ACLU that there will be "no girlie-man holidays" in California?

It also appears that some media outlets, notably Fox News, have devoted more critical attention to the proliferating examples of local PC fanatics poking their poles at people, schools, city councils and companies. These crusaders may be on the public's last nerve.

Coming from a Southern Baptist background, I well understand the roots and importance of the "Separation of Church and State" clash. After all, it was Baptists in North Carolina and Virginia who insisted that James Madison write a Bill of Rights for the U.S. Constitution that included a specific protection against Congress making any religious denomination the established national church.

I'll bet that, being mostly Scots-Irish, were those North Carolina and Virginia Baptists here today they would instantly understand that banning Christmas from the public square is itself a form of religious establishment. And they would thus take about three nanoseconds to tell the anti-Christmas crowd exactly where to put those poles.

Maybe next year around October when the "holiday season" commences, millions more of us will spread that kind of defiance by proclaiming "Merry Christmas" as often as possible, but especially in public places. And "Happy Birthday, Jesus." He is after all the reason for the season.

I'll be posting lightly if at all between now and New Year's, so Merry Christmas to all.