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One Reporter's Opinion @ Americanism Left 'Cold in the Night'

Friday, 16 December 2005 12:00 AM

It is this reporter's opinion that the very heart of America is under attack. There are those, foreign and domestic, who actually HATE this great nation and all it stands for. Led by atheists and the ACLU, there are groups who would love to destroy the promises on which our nation was founded – our very way of life.

Aided and abetted by strange court decisions and oddball judges, each day brings a new shocker. We find federal judges ruling against the Pledge of Allegiance as unconstitutional, finding that "one nation under God" violates schoolchildren's right "to be free from a coercive requirement to affirm God."

The latest target of the atheists is to remove "in God we trust" from our currency, claiming that this phrase violates the so-called separation of church and state.

Recently I reported on another in a long series of outrageous court decisions that vie to change the American way of life. A ruling by the 9th Circuit Court has all but decided that parenthood is unconstitutional (see

The parents were furious; they argued that they, not the public schools, have the sole right to control upbringing of their children by introducing them to matters of and relating to sex. The court told these parents that they have no right to protest what public schools tell their children. The court essentially declared: "PARENTHOOD UNCONSTITUTIONAL."

Incidentally, the 9th Circuit is the same court that struck down the citing of the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance as inappropriate.

Then there is the outlandish decision by five U.S. Supreme Court justices, led by David Souter, ruling that city governments can grab land from one private owner and give it to another private owner. The case of Kelo v. City of New London gave these draconian eminent domain rights to any local government to take anyone's private property if the government thinks it will generate greater tax revenue or derive any other economic benefits when the land is developed by the new owner. Under this ruling by the highest court in the land, say goodbye to your private property.

And now the attack is turned against Christmas – nativity scenes, Christmas displays and even the Christmas tree itself. The mere greeting "Merry Christmas," it seems, has spawned a battleground. Recently a Christmas-loving cab driver tells of being banned from working because he rebelled against company orders to remove his Santa Claus hat. The cabbie said his employer barred him from picking up passengers for refusing to pay a fine for wearing the Santa hat. It was the second year the cabbie had worn a Santa hat while driving and he reluctantly paid the $50 fine. "For God's sake, where's your Christmas spirit?" he asked them.

But he got the last word. He bought a bag of sweets to hand out to his customers on Christmas eve, but added, "They'll probably fine me for that, too."

And how about the Wisconsin school that secularized the lyrics of the beloved Christmas carol "Silent Night" (the most-recorded song in history, written by Franz Gruber and Joseph Mohr). The parents were up in arms when it was announced that the lyrics to be sung to the tune of "Silent Night" were to be changed to:

And the school program was to include decorating classrooms with not only Santa Claus but also Kwanzaa symbols, menorahs and Labafana (a mythical witch that is part of a traditional celebration in Italy).

The Supreme Court has noted, "Music without sacred music, architecture minus the cathedral, or painting without the scriptural themes would be eccentric and incomplete, even from a secular view."

We are pleased to report that the children at Ridgeway Elementary in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, will not be singing "Cold in the Night" but, in the tradition of Gruber and Mohr, they will repeat the 1818 lyrics as written, "Silent Night." For the singing of this heartfelt hymn since 1818 will, in spite of the ACLU and the atheists and all the PC people around the world, resound throughout the ages – past, present and future.

Last Sunday at St. Kilian's church on Long Island, my editor was pleased when the priest, after a rousing round of "Silent Night," before the Benediction, stopped to say a word about political correctness at Christmastime. He told the congregation, "Maybe we could all compromise and just say 'Happy Christmas,' but you will always have the last word anyway if you say, 'Happy Holiday,' because the word 'holiday' derives from 'holy day.'" He wasn't afraid of the ACLU or anyone else.

All across America, controversies over Christmas and its celebration in the public square have reached a fever pitch this year. Battles are raging over everything from what to call evergreen trees to whether or not retailers should allow their employees to wish customers a "Merry Christmas."

But from this reporter and all of us at NewsMax.com to you and yours, we wish you a "Merry Christmas!" in the warmest of heartfelt traditions.



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