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Years ago, a group in Orange County, Calif., tried to stop a church from being built with a steeple that sported a cross at the top. Bear in mind that the church was being built on private property. The complainants’ argument was that the mere sight of the Christian symbol offended them. They lost, but think about their Orwellian reasoning: In the name of tolerance, the government should ban any outward sign of faith.

In a country in moral free-fall, silence is freedom of speech, religious suppression is tolerance, and atheism is the de facto official religion of the state.

But be of good cheer. Even Orwellian progressives can’t put out all the Christmas lights or stop carols from being heard in the malls and department stores. America’s retail sector, which depends heavily on Christmas shopping to put it into the black every year, has too much to lose. The clear words of the Constitution continue to be a bulwark against censorship-minded secularists.

We also have it on good authority that the real story of Christmas will never be erased from human consciousness.

In Mark 13:31, Jesus assures us, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

Robert Knight is senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.