- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 24, 2002

"Grandpa," my grandson asked innocently, "why do people say 'X-mas' and lots of newspapers ads print the same word 'X-mas.' Doesn't X mean an unknown?"
We had just set up our tree and an outdoor manger with Mary and Joseph awaiting the arrival of her beloved son, the Christ child. I furrowed my brow and was about to reply when the young one went on: "We know Christ, Grandpa, so why are people referring to him as unknown?"
Unfortunately, that is precisely what is happening to our nation today. There are forces today seeking to destroy any reference to religion any reference to God.
The ACLU has been excessively active in threatening or lodging legal assaults against schools, communities, organizations that plan to or are preparing to install a creche a tableau of Mary, Joseph, livestock and the Magi around the crib of Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem. Suddenly, the creche or any semblance of celebrating the birth of Jesus is verboten."
Has Jesus Christ abandoned us, or have we forsaken Him?
Little by little, especially since 1993, our nation, founded by men and women who fled England to worship freely, without the chains of bigotry and hate, has slipped perilously down a godless slope of sin and immorality.
Planned Parenthood, which worships the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, is now openly decrying the tradition of Christmas. This year, the abortionist group is mailing holiday cards to all aficionados of their godless creed. The card reads: "Choice on Earth," a blasphemous play on the Christian phrase: "Peace (or Christ) on Earth."
Ironically, this organization that fights for the right to abort a living being is sending out cards celebrating a birth.
Every excuse for "social diversity" is being given for negating any Christmas display. The New York Times, in one edition alone, displayed full-page multi-thousand dollar ads by such giant retailers as Macy's, Lord & Taylor, et al, advertising gifts for the holiday season. No mention of Christmas in page after page. One could only deduce that Xmas is so spelled when combined with the word "sale."
In South Orange, N.J., another vulgar display of ignorance and blather was evident. It seems that, although tickets had been purchased, sixth-grade children were abruptly forbidden to attend a showing of the movie "A Christmas Carol," a Dickens masterpiece. The empty-headed principal instead gave orders to replace this traditional Christmas story a lovely story of giving and love with "The Great Railroad Race," ostensibly because the Dickens classic "might offend" some parents.
In almost every American city, the ACLU has instituted action to prevent a Christmas display. It would seem that the action is indeed anti-Christ and not adherence to the Constitution, the group's justification for its dogmatic screed of separation of church and state.
However, for the first time in memory, Beaux Bridge, a little Louisiana town, has finally called ACLU's legal bluff and its continued crusade against God and Christmas. The tiny township is preparing to sue the ACLU for a legal attempt to block display of the nativity scene in the Town Square. This town square, the town's mayor asserts, is available for use by any faith-based organization.
The Christmas season is a time for joyous celebration. It stands as a beacon of hope and a time of prayerful expectation. The prayers offered are made to deepen our faith, hope and charity. It has been thus for almost 200 years here in the United States, a nation founded on faith in God and not on Baal, the false god.
The word Christmas comes from the Latin, Cristes maesse or Christ's mass. Historians pinpoint the first celebration of Christmas, the birth of Christ, to Rome in 336 AD. It is a federal holiday as is Martin Luther King or George Washington's and is seen as the biggest event of the year, especially for kids of all ages. It is estimated that there are 1.8 billion Christians in a total world population of 5.5 billion, the largest religious group in the world. In the United States, 241 million out of a population of 281 million people are Christians, or 85 percent.
Those who would keep trying to keep Christ out of Christmas or even God from our lives might just recall this simple little poem: "The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach is joy. There is radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see"
In the media, a Mallard Fillmore cartoon depicts a father holding his young son on his lap as they enjoy an evening together. It reads: "popcorn, 84 centsorange juice, $2.95a Charlie Brown video, $11.99 watching a 'Christmas Special, that's what Christmas is about' = PRICELESS."
"I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for ALL people. a savior has been born for YOU"
And that is what Christmas is all abouta joyous and priceless celebration of a little child.

Joseph J. Duome is a former New York newsman who always looks forward to celebrating the Christmas holidays with family and friends who also happen to be members of the press.

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