New York City Schools: “Suggestion that a crèche is a historically accurate representation of an event with secular significance is wholly disingenuous.”
I have often criticized, both on this blog and elsewhere, the so called “War on Christmas.” My opinion has been that it is principally a means for some on the Religious Right to do fund raising by stirring up people’s fears. I haven’t changed my opinion that an awful lot of that does go on. And I also think that a lot of the examples of that “war” that you get from places like Fox News can be pretty silly.
Today though, I read this piece that has made me question whether maybe there is something genuine about the “War on Christmas” after all. Maybe I shouldn’t dismiss the idea entirely. Maybe there really is a desire by a great many of our cultural elites to diminish the recognition of Christmas, and the Christian Faith of which it is a part, in our public sphere. And maybe those people are out there doing everything that they can do to make the rest of us structure our public lives according to their secular dogmas, – dogmas that, perhaps, a majority of Americans do not yet subscribe too. Here is an excerpt from the article by Tom Piatak:
“The desire to efface Christmas that lies behind the elevation of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and all the rest is illustrated by the New York City schools, which ban Nativity scenes but regularly display menorahs and Moslem crescents. Nor did the New York City schools try to rectify this when their hostility to Christianity was challenged in the courts. Instead, they vigorously defended the ban, claiming that the “suggestion that a crèche is a historically accurate representation of an event with secular significance is wholly disingenuous.” The birth of the most important figure in history carries no weight in New York City, nor does the fact that the birth was first depicted in a crèche by another seminal historical figure, an itinerant friar from Assisi named Francis. It does not take a belief in the divinity of Christ or the sanctity of Francis to recognize their tremendous impact on the history and culture of the West. Apparently, though, the multiculturalists are eager to promote every culture but our own.”
You can read the whole article here. It has given me something to think about.