The Christian War on Christmas
Fox News loves to talk about the “War on Christmas.” What they don’t realize, of course, is that while modern secularists have only recently found their new cause célèbre, Christians have been battling it out for centuries. The ACLU may dislike manger scenes, but those who consider them a violation of the Second Commandment simply loathe them.
Puritans don’t care much for any holidays, least of all those with presumed pagan pedigrees. Your editor toyed with such vanities, and now finds himself somewhat of a Tevye about it all. In “Fiddler on the Roof” two of Tevye’s friends, Perchik and Mordcha, are arguing, and Tevye agrees with each one as they make their case.
Avram: (gestures at Perchik and Mordcha) “He’s right, and he’s right? They can’t both be right.”
Tevye: “You know… you are also right.”
Since no one seems to keep track of days and seasons like the Eastern Orthodox, we thought we’d ask David Withun to throw a few yule logs on this raging fire for us in The Pagan Origins of Christmas (and other things we thought we knew).
Among other stories this issue, we’ll spend some time with Sir Francis Drake. If it seems his story is a little heroic, that’s because it was exactly that. Perhaps, a greater concern for all of us should be the secularists’ efforts to expunge from our history books the true Christian character of the people and events that shaped our world.
On the Cover
French Huguenot Church, Charleston SC by Ruch Cox, 2002, oil on panel, 12” x 16”
The Oct-Dec 2014 issue includes these articles:
- History of Christmas
- O Little Town of Bethlehem: The Story of a Hymn
- Sir Francis Drake
- Margaret Blaarer
- “Now Here This …”