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Say Merry Christmas and Mean It: The First Amendment and Christian Traditions

christmas candles(I wrote this article two years ago but it still rings true today. However, thankfully, it’s beginning to change.)

Two of the most familiar and most sacred of Christian holidays are the celebrations of Christmas and Easter. Christmas is celebrated on December 25 each year by billions around the world to commemorate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Easter is celebrated in the spring and denotes the death and resurrection of Christ.

If Christmas is such a holy celebration, then why has Christmas become a time in which many Christians are uncomfortable with the custom of saying Merry Christmas?

Years ago, the introduction of political correctness, which involves using language that is less offensive, became part of the American culture. Since its introduction, some believe that it has been used to curtail free speech protected under the First Amendment which grants individuals the right to speak freely without interference from the government and also prohibits the government (not private citizens) from establishing a religion. Thus, each person has a right to practice (or not to practice) any faith without government interference.

Unfortunately, it’s the Religion Clause of the First Amendment coupled with political correctness that seems to have caused many Christians to take pause in freely celebrating their own beliefs. Christians have become so concerned about not offending others that their own religious freedoms have been eroded. The mere mention of the words Merry Christmas have some Christians convinced that they may be prohibiting others’ religious freedoms.

Many Christians are too willing to accept the notion that saying Merry Christmas is no longer an continue reading at TheBlaze

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