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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-12 01:24 PM
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2. I'm sick of Bill O'Reilly's godless war on facts.
Edited on Mon Dec-03-12 01:58 PM by No Elephants
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:32 (KJV)

The White House is decorated to the gills for Christmas and the "national" tree is on the lawn. There is a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and a menorah lighting ceremony. And no one knows what the family does--as it should be.

What on earth more does O'Reilly want/expect be done? And why does he expect government to do it?

Christmas trees--not mentioned in the Bible, except that the OT says not to bring trees indoors as the heathen do.

Santa, Christmas decorations and Christmas presents--not mentioned in the Bible, either, except that the Magi brought a few gifts to Jesus, but the presents in stockings and on and under trees tend not to be for Jesus (well, not directly).

The Puritans who founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony, some of the most fundamental and religiously observant folk on earth at the time, forbade any outward manifestations of celebration of Christmas because the bible mentioned none.

Christmas celebrations in Puritan New England (16201850?) were culturally and legally suppressed and thus, virtually non-existent. The Puritan community found no Scriptural justification for celebrating Christmas, and associated such celebrations with paganism and idolatry. The earliest years of the Plymouth colony were troubled with non-Puritans attempting to make merry, and Governor William Bradford was forced to reprimand offenders. English laws suppressing the holiday were enacted in the Interregnum, but repealed late in the 17th century. However, the Puritan view of Christmas and its celebration had gained cultural ascendancy in New England, and Christmas celebrations continued to be discouraged despite being legal.

So, as usual, the whining has nothing to do with the Bible, or religion or godlessness, but about insisting that some big mouth whiner's personal views be imposed upon us all.

But the truth? Yep. In the Bible a lot. And O'Reilly has been highly and persistently disrespectful of it, including his claim that Obama has engaged in a godless war on Christmas.
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