Away with the manger
I’m willing to bet that President Barack Obama’s Christmas address this week will shine with a religious significance that’s about as bright as what was in his unusually short Thanksgiving proclamation, which gave a token reference to God via a quote from George Washington.
Even in the Obamas’ superstar Christmas interviews with Oprah Winfrey and Gloria Estefan, there were discussions about Santa Claus, Christmas trees, ornaments, gingerbread houses and even their dog’s Christmas stocking. Obama even gave a Christmas shout-out to all Hispanics. But there was not one mention of religion or a hint of the real reason for the season.
Gone are the days when presidents and most politicians publicly rejoiced in the birth of Christ. Like many of you, I still remember a day — even in Washington — when Christ was central to Christmas. It was an America that was far less politically correct, an America that wasn’t afraid to stand up for its belief in the babe who was born in Bethlehem.
Besides Obama, even our modern Democratic presidents have stood up for America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and the true meaning of Christmas. Here’s a small sample. (If you’re interested in more, I encourage you to go to the exclusive expanded edition of this same article at WorldNetDaily, which documents more than a dozen of our other presidents’ Christmas confessions and festivities, from George Washington through George W. Bush.)
It’s well-known that President John Kennedy was a Catholic. What’s not so well-known is that in 1957, then- Sen. Kennedy disclosed at a National Conference of Christians and Jews dinner what he believed was the remedy to the ills in society: “Upon what can we rely? Where can we compete? In what can we find hope for’ the future? The answer,I believe, lies ultimately in the very principles which we honortonight — the principles of our Judaic-Christian heritage.”
PresidentLyndon B. Johnson publicly declared on Dec. 22, 1963: “We were taughtby him whose birth we commemorate that after death, there is life….In these last 200 years, we have guided the building of our nation andour society by those principles and precepts brought to earth nearly2,000 years ago on that first Christmas.”
PresidentJimmy Carter spoke to the nation Dec. 15, 1977: “Christmas has aspecial meaning for those of us who… know that almost 2,000 yearsago, the Son of Peace was born to give us a vision of perfection, avision of humility, a vision of unselfishness, a vision of compassion,a vision of love.”
PresidentBill Clinton addressed the nation Dec. 21, 1999, with these words: “St.Matthew’s Gospel tells us that on the first Christmas 2,000 years ago,a bright star shone vividly in the eastern sky, heralding the birth ofJesus and the beginning of his hallowed mission as teacher, healer,servant and savior.”
WillPresident Obama’s Christmas address rival those Christian confessionsof past presidents? Will it even reflect them at all? Or will hisyuletide cheer be another politically correct concoction, adding to theones that already have adorned the first year of his presidency?
Unlikeall preceding presidents, President Obama has denied America’s richJudeo-Christian heritage before the eyes and ears of other countries,as he publicly declared in Turkey on April 6 for the whole world tohear: “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.”
Whoare the “we” to whom Obama refers? Consider how his statement smacksagainst the former presidents’ statements above. The truth is thatevery time President Obama has had an opportunity to stand up forChristianity in any way, he has not only denied it but also disdainedit.
Even duringhis presidential campaign, Obama sarcastically belittled America’sJudeo-Christian heritage and degraded its adherents with trite remarkstypical of any atheistic antagonist. For example: “Whatever we oncewere, we are no longer a Christian nation”; “the dangers ofsectarianism are greater than ever”; “religion doesn’t allow forcompromise”; “the Sermon on the Mount [is] a passage that is so radicalthat it’s doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive itsapplication”; and “to base our policymaking on such commitments [asmoral absolutes] would be a dangerous thing.” (See the YouTube video“Barack Obama On The Importance Of A Secular Government.”) And yet overthe past year, President Obama has sympathized and supported Muslimsand Islamic theology, practice and culture. He even has defendeddomestic terrorism, by encouraging Americans “not to jump toconclusions” about the Fort Hood shooter’s being a Muslim extremist.And Obama refused to say anything against jihadist and IranianPresident Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when, on Dec. 7, he publicly accused theUS of actively planning and plotting to stop mankind’s real savior:“[The US has] devised all these plans to prevent the coming of theHidden Imam because they know that the Iranian nation is the one thatwill prepare the grounds for his coming and will be the supporters ofhis rule.”
A mostgrave manifestation of our president’s secular legislation isObamacare’s incorporation to use federal funds to pay for abortion andthereby step on and force people of conscience who are pro-life to payvia their taxes for the terminations of life in the womb across thecountry. (What a tragedy to pass such legislation in the shadow of theday when we celebrate the birth of the world’s savior, Jesus Christ.)
WhatPresident Obama, like many other far-left politicians, needs is aparadigm shift — a new way of seeing America, which is really an oldway. It’s the way our founders viewed America, and it incorporates agood ol’-fashioned Christmas proclamation of Christ’s birth. ThatAmerica is the one I outline in the new (January 2010) paperbackexpansion of my New York Times best-seller Black Belt Patriotism, which is ironically the same Christmas gift I’m sending to the president!
Thereis also one gift that I propose the president give this nation. Seeingas Obama prides himself on being the technological president, in lieuof his Christmas proclamation this year, I suggest that he just sendout across the nation the online link to a YouTube video that I hadposted under the title “Ronald Reagan Christmas address (12-23-81).”
Copyright 2009 Chuck Norris. Distributed by creators.com