Conservative columnist and movie critic Michael Medved has penned an interesting op-ed on the controvery we often see around Christmas. What makes this op-ed pertinent to the readers of American Creation is that Medved makes some controversial (though not indefensible) claims regarding America's founding.
In this latest op-ed "Christmas Symbols Deserve More Respect Than Atheist Insults," Medved focuses on the latest holiday season display controversy in Washington state.
Apparently, once Washington state officials opened the door to a nativity scene, they felt pressured to accept (at least initially) displays from other faiths and perspectives as well. This led to a highly contentious and often comical parade of controversies.
**Read about the anti-religion display sponsored by the Freedom From Religion Foundation that helped stoke the controversy. Click here.
**Read a transcript of Bill O'Reilly interviewing Glenn Beck on the Washington state capitol controversy. Click here.
Washington state has apparently suspended any further holiday season displays to stem the controversy. Medved says (I think correctly) that this could all have been avoided had Washington state officials not succumbed to the "reasoning [that] once you've permitted a nativity scene, there's no reasonable basis for resisting the Flying Spaghetti Monster Holiday Display."
Says Medved: "Those who believe that Christmas symbols and Festivus poles equally challenge the First Amendment establishment clause unthinkingly accept some of the pernicious and prevalent distortions of ignorant political correctness."
According to Medved, it is constitutionally and politically acceptable for public buildings to permit (perhaps even embrace) traditional (i.e., religious) symbols associated with Christmas.
Medved, who is Jewish (and thus not theologically aligned with evangelical Christianity), argues that "all framers of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence accepted and endorsed the deeply religious nature of the people they represented" and that many Founders, including even Thomas Jefferson, "openly expressed their conviction that the survival of liberty depended on Christian faith."
To read the rest of Medved's article, click here. Even if you disagree, I'm sure it will provoke thought and discussion.