‘Tis The Season

It’s that time of year again, time for almost-educated, ill-informed people to misinterpret the Constitution (yet again) and file complaints about hateful nativity scenes around town. It’s becoming as much of a tradition as egg-nog, kissing under the mistletoe and doing bumpers of coke late night, Christmas Eve (C’mon, what did you think Perry Como meant when he sang White Christmas? ). 

Here’s the First Amendment as it is written:: 

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, of the press; or the right of the people peacably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Where in there does it say that people (even government officials) cannot display a nativity scene?  If anything, the First Amendment gives us the right to do just that.  Where the complainers get it wrong is that it’s not a religion issue.  It’s not a separation of Church and State issue.  The issue is how many rights do we want to keep as individuals, and how many do we want to forfeit to the government? 

That is why the battle lines in this issue are drawn very much along party lines.  Don’t be confused, it’s not that Conservatives are necessarily more religious than Liberals (although Liberals do seem to have more than their fair share of atheists.  Don’t forget, without religion you atheists wouldn’t exist.).  It’s just that Conservatives like to keep the rights that were afforded to us in the Constitution.  Notice the people that get the First Amendment all twisted usually fuck up the second one too.  But hey as long as we feel safe, who needs rights?

 

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