By Brent Parrish
This is just unbelievable. The Army has been told it can no longer use the word “Christmas.” Just think about that for a moment. The very people who serve and sacrifice to protect our inalienable rights are being told they cannot practice their inalienable rights.
Via Fox Nation:
Don’t say Christmas.
That’s the message that was conveyed to a group of soldiers at Camp Shelby by an equal opportunity officer from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, according to a soldier who attended a recent briefing.
“It’s unbelievable that the Army would ban ‘Christmas’ like it’s a bad word,” said Michael Berry, an attorney with the Liberty Institute, a legal firm representing the unidentified soldier.
Two weeks ago, a routine meeting was held at the Mississippi base with various leaders of the 158th Infantry Brigade. During the meeting, they discussed an upcoming Christmas football tournament. The equal opportunity officer immediately objected to the usage of the word “Christmas.”
“Our equal opportunity representative stopped the briefing and told us that we can’t say Christmas,” the soldier told me. “Almost the entire room blew up. Everybody was frustrated. The equal opportunity rep told our commander that not everyone celebrates Christmas and we couldn’t say Christmas celebration. It had to be holiday celebration.”
The soldier said there was a brief, but heated discussion about political correctness. At one point, the equal opportunity representative tried to deflect the criticism by pointing out it was the Army’s rules – not hers.
I am so sick and tired of the constant attacks on our right to religious expression by the radical left. One of the main reasons we left the Old Country for the New Country was for the right to worship freely without interference from the state.
What part of the First Amendment does the left not understand? It’s quite clear to me. So, let’s review, shall we?
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
How is saying “Merry Christmas” a congressional establishment of religion? Did the Congress pass a law saying soldiers must say “Merry Christmas”? Did Congress pass a law that required all military personnel to celebrate Christmas?
The First Amendment clearly states the “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” But the First Amendment also clearly states the Congress cannot prohibit the “free exercise thereof.” But that is exactly what is happening … the government is telling Americans they do not have the right to exercise their inalienable right to worship as they see fit.
This inalienable right extends to all citizens. The First Amendment did not state that only Americans citizens can worship freely; it clearly states that all Americans have the right to religious expression, including the military.
And yet any display or mention of Christianity in the public sphere is interpreted as an establishment of religion by many on the left. How so? How’s does that work? Did Congress pass a law establishing Christianity as the official religion of the state? No. So the whole “establishment clause” argument used as a justification to silence Christian worship in the public sphere is nonsense. The Founders never said anywhere that Americans cannot freely express their religious beliefs in the public sphere, quite the contrary. For crying out loud, that’s why we have a First Amendment!
This whole “separation of church and state” argument is not found anywhere in the U.S. Constitution. The whole “separation of church and state” argument used as a justification by many to squelch the free expression of religion in the public sphere has been drawn from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptists. Jefferson wrote in his letter he believed that their should be a “separation of church and state.” James Madison described this concept as “drawing a line between church and state.” That’s why the establishment clause was included in the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”
But it appears many have simply discarded the “free exercise thereof” part of the First Amendment, simply interpreting the establishment clause as meaning any expression of religious sentiment in the public realm is an”establishment of religion” by Congress.
It’s interesting to note that when Jefferson penned his famous letter to the Danbury Baptist Association he attended church services at the House of Representatives the next day. Can you even hold a church service at the House of Representatives these days? Don’t we have a Senate chaplain? Is that an “establishment of religion”? Or is it the free exercise thereof?
MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYBODY … MERRY CHRISTMAS!