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A Ban on Taking the Lord's Name in Sincerity

A Ban on Taking the Lord's Name in Sincerity
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By with Michael R. Shannon Saturday, 13 January 2018 09:00 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Pennsylvania, of all places, brings us the story of a two-fer in the cultural civil war that’s now raging. A secularist managed to combine the "War on Christmas" with the "War on Christians" in a single attack. What’s more, the skirmish took place in Adams County, a suburb of Gettysburg, which many people consider the turning point in the shooting Civil War.

Fox 43 News tell us Mark and Lynn Wivell waited until Saturday, December 16 to put up their Christmas display, so they weren’t among the annoying eager-beavers that start decorating for Christmas as soon as Halloween concludes. Mark explained, “As part of our Christmas decoration, we would display the name Jesus to point out to everyone that we in this family believe that the reason for the season is to celebrate the birth of Jesus.”

That wasn’t good enough for one Grinch. Naturally, he or she couldn’t just avoid viewing the display. This is about control and the primacy of what they want, so a complaint was made to the homeowner’s association. The Wivell’s were “ordered by their [HOA] to take down their Jesus Christmas display after one of the neighbors reported it as offensive.”

Because the lights spelled out a name, Jesus, instead of a Rorschach blot in a tree or the outline of a house, HOA assn. president Bud Vance said that was too legible, “After taking a look at it, it isn't in accordance with normal Christmas decorations.” Elves, Santa, reindeer, and snowmen are evidently just fine, as long as they remain anonymous, but no names of the Savior are allowed.

The way these Christian skirmishes usually go is the Christians latch on to the meek-and-mild part of the Bible and cave under pressure. But not this time. Mark Wivell can read, too, and he said in no uncertain terms, “We have ordinances with regard to Christmas decorations, and my Christmas decorations comply with the HOA ordinances on Christmas decorations.”

What’s more, the decorations — one assumes to make a point — are still up and will remain up until next Monday when all decorations are required to be taken down.

Now it appears the HOA officials are trying to portray themselves as the injured party. They issued a whiney statement that complained, “It is, indeed, unfortunate that our attention has been unnecessarily redirected in this manner with a suggestion that Scrooge is alive and well in our community.”

My advice for HOA officials would be if you don’t want to be mistaken for a craven and cowardly Scrooge, don’t act like a craven, cowardly Scrooge.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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Pennsylvania, of all places, brings us the story of a two-fer in the cultural civil war that’s now raging.
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Saturday, 13 January 2018 09:00 AM
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