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Grinch or Good Idea?

John on December 2, 2006 at 9:51 am

Mary Jane Wilkie, as Sunday school teacher in NJ, has a modest proposal for the nation:

In a nation where people routinely declare their adherence to separation of church and state, a national Christmas holiday is hypocrisy. Returning Dec. 25 to ordinary status – as it was before 1870, when Congress made it a federal holiday – has many practical benefits. More important, it would restore the integrity of how Christians honor the birth of Jesus Christ.

Sounds radical but her intent is devotional:

Unburdened of the glitter and tinsel, the piped-in sugary music at the malls, the frenzied shopping, Christmas could breathe again, become what it was intended to be, and observed in a spirit of devotion by those of us who believe in Jesus, our Christ.

More and more I’m thinking this might be a good idea. Christmas wouldn’t disappear, it would become just like Easter, a holiday for believers. Those with no interest in “holy days” would be spared the interruption in their work schedule.

So here’s the secular humanist wish list. Could we accomodate this?

  • Take “In God We Trust” off the money.
  • Remove “under God” from the pledge of allegiance.
  • Put an end to the Christmas holiday.
  • End tax breaks for churches.
  • And make “marriage” something that only happens in a church. Everyone else can get by with civil unions. Or, as is more likely, without them.

I think we could. Of course it wouldn’t be quite as cozy and comfortable for believers in the US, but maybe Mrs. Wilkie is right. Maybe that would be a good thing. So if we did all that would the secular humanists be satisfied? Would it put an end to all the “theocracy” talk?

Yeah, right.

Related: Mary Katherine Ham suggests an alternate holiday for secularists: Leftivus for the rest of us!

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