I just re-read a thundering post I put up a year ago about a major concern of mine this time of year. The mainstream culture’s war on Christmas has me wanting to mount a backlash. In light of the economic meltdown and bailouts, a lot has been said this year about Ayn Rand and striking against the system. I wonder if it’s time for Christians to “strike,” at least in terms of taking back their holiday from the secular mainstream that has watered it down and now wants to deny the validity of the original completely.
The language in my original may have been a little harsh–I don’t really think that only Christians should celebrate Christmas. It’s important to be able to share our traditions and beliefs with others, and certainly I don’t mean to deny the celebration of Christmas to anyone just because they may not exactly be devout. However, yes, it does bother me when that growing body of society that denigrates Christians, that belittles God, and that wants to flout the Western world’s–and especially America’s–Christian heritage, or strip our public realm of it entirely, still wants to put up a tree and get presents.
If atheist warriors like Christopher Hitchens or Richard Dawkins want to put up lights or a tree this year, they’d better face a huge groundswell of protest from outraged Christians.