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While the message of Christmas might be “Peace on Earth,” there’s a war going on, a holy war against Christmas itself.
Last year, American Atheists put up billboards featuring a little girl writing a letter to Santa that said, “All I want for Christmas is to skip church.” This year’s billboard featured Santa’s response. “Go ahead and skip church! Just be good for goodness sake.”
Christians, unhappy that Christmas symbols such as nativity scenes are being removed from public places, are fighting back with posters like “Christmas Is About Jesus,” being distributed by a Tennessee pastor.
Now, a Texas organization called Texas Values is petitioning state residents to protect a 2013 state law that permits the usage of words such as “Christmas,” “Hanukkah” and “Santa” in the state’s public schools.
Here’s My Take: Remember when the only controversy over Christmas was if the word was shortened to Xmas? Christmas as we once knew it no longer exists. This doesn’t mean the message of Christmas, “Peace on Earth,” is any less relevant. Who knows? Maybe the message will begin to outshine the symbols.