That "most wonderful time of the year" has arrived, and with it, most predictably, another round of attacks (yawn) by Secular Humanists doing their best to destroy the season by removing the Christ child from the creche.
Yes, these are the same people who think goodness exists without God (with a capital "G") and lose their free-thinking minds at courthouse displays of the Ten Commandments. Nothing against all the free thinking atheists out there, but what rational argument can be made against "Thou shalt not kill" or "Honor thy Father and Mother"?
You'd think free thinking would involve thinking outside the box a bit. It would have saved an atheist group time, money and the embarrassment of recently losing their lawsuit to remove a statue in Whitefish, Mont. One person, out of the countless thousands having skied past the 57-year old statue over the years, found it offensive. Had a little of that "free thinking" been conjured, maybe they would come to the same conclusion the judge overseeing the case did in late November deciding the "Jesus" statue should remain because it is of a historical nature having been erected as a World War II memorial for veterans who saw a similar one in Europe during WWII.
Indeed, America's founders separated church and state because of the tyrannical mess they escaped from and fought against, but it is a ruse to suggest God was removed in the process. Au contraire. Judeo-Christian morality is woven through the very fiber of the U.S. Constitution. The founders under-pinned our nation's laws with morality to maintain a steady framework that has been systematically chipped away at by individuals, a tiny minority I might add, forcing the masses to conform to their own religion of worshipping themselves, i.e., "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
So now they are going after Charlie Brown. An atheist group is upset an Arkansas school offered students an optional, meaning not required, school field trip to see a production of "Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown" which just happened to be showing at a local church. The Nov. 29 letter sent to the Little Rock Arkansas School District by the Appignani Humanist Legal Center speaks to separation of church and state and complains: "The message of the play is clear: Jesus Christ is the son of God and the messiah, and the real meaning of Christmas is to celebrate the anniversary of his birth. It is completely sectarian in nature and expressly rejects any secular version of Christmas ..."
Well, duh. The group claims they are standing up for the rights of children, but what child, after watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas" has a conversion experience? But ... if they do ... good for them. I'm thinking these people might need to deal with their own Christianphobia. Charlie Brown? Come on.
The American Humanist Association's (AHA) website unveiled its latest un-Christmas campaign, "Bias Against Atheists Is Naughty, Not Nice," which accuses Christians of intolerance and depicts Santa Claus drafting a naughty list in the towns where the AHA claims atheists experienced discrimination because of their disbelief.
At the expense of sounding nit-picky here, on what basis would these particular free thinkers claim discrimination is wrong? In doing so, aren't they inadvertently acknowledging a belief in Judeo-Christian morality and a fortuitous belief in God? Check out Deuteronomy 10:17 which states God is against partiality (discrimination). Humanists say humans can be "good without God," but fall back into the same trap about the definition of good and how they arrived at that definition.
They claim they want freedom from religion, which they already have because it is one of our founding principles. Besides, Christianity is not a religion. Never was. Never will be. It's a relationship. A way of life. A choice.
But freedom - from God - is another matter altogether, and that's something they'll have to work out with the man upstairs.
Susan Stamper Brown is an opinion page columnist, motivational speaker and military advocate who writes about politics, the military, the economy and culture. Email Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org or her website at susanstamperbrown.com.