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-The Battle over Christmas has Begun! -Announcing Our first Winners of the Scrooge Awards for 2009

by Dr. D ~ November 29th, 2009

The Birth of Jesus
(Image by Loci Lenar via Flickr)

Already the battle lines are forming in this years war over Christmas and the first skirmish is over. The initial win is taken by the Scrooges, in this case before the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia (HT:Crossfeed News).

A three-judge panel on Tuesday upheld a ban on religious ’holiday’ songs in the New Jersey School District of South Orange and Maplewood. The three Judges ruled that school administrators were free to determine which songs they consider appropriate in providing a a secular and “inclusive” academic environment.

The three judges are the winners of our first ‘Scroogies’ for 2009. Bah Humbug!

This hit particularly close to home for me since my best memories in school revolve around singing in the choir during the Christmas season and in those days we could perform songs from Handel’s Messiah, sing Silent Night, Joy to the World, and we even enjoyed singing several Hanukkah songs—all over ruled by this judgment and the current school board in New Jersey.

This weeks runner up for a ‘Scoogie’ is Bishop Humphrey Southern of Repton in the UK who proclaimed this week that wishing others a ‘Happy Christmas’ should be avoided since it could be an insult and an actual ‘obscenity’ to some. The Bishop almost won the award except his attitude towards Christmas probably won’t affect too many accept those close to him while the three judges continue the march towards secularism in America and their ruling affects thousands.

However there is no excuse for a Christian  Bishop to say the following:

“But Advent is not supposed to be about ‘Happiness’ or comfort. In fact it’s deeply uncomfortable. It’s about judgement and what’s wrong with the world.”

Please ‘Very Wrong Reverend’ Bishop Humphrey, is Christmas really “about judgment and what’s wrong in the world”? The coming of Jesus Christ was called —’Good News’ by the angels on Christmas Eve. I really wonder if the Bishop really even understands the New Testament?

My own kids growing up knew better and they never went to seminary. We used to read the Christmas story on Christmas Eve then I would ask them what Christmas was really all about and they would always recite John 3:16-17 as an answer:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  -KJV

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