If ever we needed proof that American academia has been completely hijacked by anti-religious Marxists, one should read the memorandums issued by university executives attacking believers in this holiday season.
According to a statement distributed at a diversity event by the University of Montana, outward signs of celebration should exclude the colors that denote a religious connotation- like red and green Christmas trees.
Jewish Hanukkah is targeted, too, with menorahs, dreidels and the colors blue and white also described as being "not appropriate."
I was always under the impression that this country was founded on Judeo Christian principles but this is dismissed in the academic world as being offensive to other cultures. Ha!
This hostility towards the celebration of religious holidays is just a prelude to outright banning of these events. Religion has always been the enemy of the Marxist ideology and atheism that has decreed it to be â€˜the opium of the masses.'
A populace with belief in a higher power than the state is dangerous to that state's existence. It must be stamped out and the best way to do that is incrementally with politically correct screeds demanding fairness to those who might be offended by public acts by organized religions. Who are these people anyway? Offended by the color of Christmas and Hanukkah decorations? Are you kidding?
Chad Felix Greene writes that as a Jew he used to resent a kind co-worker's annual Christmas card and even reported her to HR angrily complaining that her intentions did not matter as long as he felt the offense and the act itself made working there feel unsafe.
Eventually over the years, he began to appreciate the season for its benevolent intent and writes: â€œIt is so easy to be offended, so easy to feel hostility and suspicion. Victimhood is attractive because it gives people permission to be judgmental without consequence and feel superior in doing so. It creates a sense of being special, enlightened, and above it all. But this merely traps people in a cycle of bitterness and loneliness as they fight the urge to simply enjoy the holiday season with everyone else. Ironically, the fact that they receive the same gift as everyone else demonstrates their inclusion in the group rather than highlighting their difference."
In one of my former jobs, I worked as an office manager for an owner who was an observant Jew. I would take over the business on Fridays when he left early to observe Sabbath with his family.
I absolutely loved that tradition which reminded me of how we spent our Sundays in the â€˜50's when stores were closed, workers had days off and family meals were spent together in this day of rest after attending church.
I admire anyone who shows that reverence for the Almighty in spite of the worldly intrusions in our lives. Mazel tov to all.
I have always tried to reflect on how I would feel living in a non-Christian country during one of their religious celebrations. If it meant that the season would be full of good cheer, gift giving from friends and strangers and general bonhomie. I'd join right in with the festivities regardless of the reason for them unless the deity being honored wanted me dead for not being a disciple.
So what has become so scary about religion celebrations here in America that academic administrations are doing their best to shut them down?
This disdain is most prevalent in the states where Marxism has successfully hijacked the legislatures. Local laws forbidding creches and menorahs in public areas have been enacted in blue states like California and New York. Consequently hostilities towards those of faith commonly explode in these areas, most recently in Rossville, California where a Salvation Army bell ringer was beaten by a stranger after he greeted him with, Merry Christmas."
Freedom Of religion not freedom From religion is in the constitution of the United States, a country that has always been a haven for all religions.
One might imagine that this anti religious fervor originated with Madelyn Murray, founder of American Atheists' successful campaign against G0D that removed Him from the schools but this animosity started much earlier.
Andrew Breitbart traced it to the Frankfurt School in the 1940's which was euphemistically called a social theory institution but in actuality was just an anti-capitalist Marxist machine.
It was Andrew Breitbart's introduction to cultural Marxism at Tulane University that began his journey to the right.
What Breitbart saw was his professors running down America, our founding, and the institutions that undergird the health of our civil society. The core principles of communism are detailed into 45 goals in researcher Cleon Skousen's book â€œThe Naked Communist." Most of these have been accomplished. Among them are:
#17 Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
#18 Gain control of all student newspapers.
#19 Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations that are under Communist attack. [Note: The success of these goals, from a communist perspective, is obvious. Is there any doubt this is so?]
#20 infiltrate the press. Get control of book review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.
#27 Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a "religious crutch."
#28 Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state"
I find it inspiring that the current administration has ignored #28 and our president frequently calls for us to remember we have been blessed with this nation founded on Judeo Christian values.
We are not and will never be a pagan nation as long as we keep our eyes open and keep the Almighty in our daily lives and hearts.
I wish you all a Happy Hannakuh, Merry Christmas and Glorious New Year..