Published December 20, 2007
For 25 years Christmas trees had graced the Seattle Airport, but two years ago a decision was made to remove the trees from the airport. The politically expedient decision was made because a local rabbi threatened to sue the Port of Seattle if an eight-foot menorah wasn’t erected to “balance” out the Christmas trees.
Interestingly enough, an organization of Jews, Jews Against Anti-Christian Defamation, came to the rescue, protesting the lawsuit of the rabbi and insisting that the trees be put back on display.
Don Feder, newspaper columnist, author, and president of JAACD, stated, “As Americans, we are deeply troubled by the injustice done to Christians in a country founded on the tenets of Christianity, by believing Christians.”
In an interview with World Net Daily last year, Feder said, “Particularly pernicious is the leftist idea that it’s legitimate to base your politics on anything except religion. You can say that my politics are based on the views of Karl Marx or Ayn Rand or Jane Fonda … and that’s okay, but as soon as you say your worldview is based on the Bible, that’s considered an illegitimate basis for embracing certain political views.”
Jackie Mason, an entertainer and comedian, was one of the founders of JAACD. He was forthright in his understanding of the organization’s mission, commenting, “All my life, I was always worried about Christians persecuting Jews. And who knew that Christians (This allusion to ‘Christians’ is debatable.) would start persecuting other Christians? And who knew it would take the Jews to defend Christians from each other?”
Mason continued, “Jews applaud saying ‘Merry Christmas’ because it celebrates brotherhood and friendship, and encourages the extension of love and happiness to everybody in the world.
“Pornography is allowed in this country because freedom of speech protects it. Rappers are singing songs about killing everybody in the streets, and it’s protected. But if, God forbid, you say ‘Merry Christmas’ a whole fight breaks out. Love is the only thing they hate. Hate is protected. Love is obnoxious to them. How nuts can you get? If a store is selling rap music, it’s protected. But if that same store hung up a sign that said ‘Merry Christmas,’ they would be in all kinds of trouble.”
Obviously, to those of us who believe, Christmas is much more than a celebration of brotherhood and friendship and an extension of love into the world, but we should express our gratitude to JAACD for coming to our aid in the defense of Christmas.
While the mention of Christmas is under attack in some circles, Ramadan and other religious observances seem to be protected. In fact, at this time of the year I find it quite disturbing that Michael H. Hart’s book, The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, lists Muhammad as the most influential person who ever lived. Jesus Christ was given third place in Hart’s book. Islam seems to be on the advance unabated in America.
Our young people across the country are being indoctrinated in the Islam religion. A seventh-grade social-studies textbook, Across the Centuries, gives the birth and expansion of Islam 55 pages while the Middle Ages in Europe get merely seven pages and the Byzantine Empire gets six pages.
According to The Kansas City Star third, fourth, and fifth-graders in Herndon, Va., are to be given lessons in the three Rs: Reading, ‘Riting, and Ramadan. The paper stated, “During this instruction, public school children will play act being Muslims, and, perhaps unwittingly convert to Islam.”
One Islamic website states, “Students are routinely exposed in their classroom to new information and opinions, hence they tend to be more receptive to new beliefs and ideas. Schools are therefore fertile grounds where the seeds of Islam can be sowed inside the hearts of non-Muslim students.”
In this same article the Muslim students are urged to form Muslim fellowship groups and Quran study groups. They are urged to engage non-Muslim students in one-on-one discussions to share the Islam faith, and they are challenged to become writers and editors in school newspapers and publications.
The website urges Muslim students to serve others stating, “When natural and human-created disasters occur, Muslim students should be the first ones to respond by setting up a disaster relief assistance booth. This gives a very positive picture of Islam and Muslims as servers of humanity, compared to the negative images of Islam portrayed by the media.”
Another step toward Islamizing the schools suggested by the website is getting books and magazines on Islam written by Muslims in the school library and providing the librarian with a list of recommended books on Islam. Muslim students are also being urged to incorporate aspects of Islam in school projects, such as speech classes, history classes, and writing assignments.
Then the website suggested that Muslim students should approach the school authorities as a group and get Islamic dates such as Ramadan, Milad an-Nabi, and Day of ‘Ashura on the school calendar.
While all this is happening Christians are watching as crèches are being removed from public display, “Merry Christmas” is becoming an unwelcomed salutation, and Christmas carols are being replaced with meaningless holiday ditties.
If Christianity fails on this continent, it won’t be replaced by secular nothingness, but by a creed that both Jews and Christians should fear.
So, what do you prefer saying, “Allah Akbar” or “Merry Christmas”?
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