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Christmas continues to disappear!
In Dec. 16 Issue

Every Christmas we hear of more and more instances where the word Christmas is being removed from our society.

It is not only the word Christmas that is being removed it is our very freedom that is slowly disappearing.

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ." - Patrick Henry.

This great country was founded within the beliefs of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and we should not forget. Those doing all the complaining should also be reminded it is  because of the beliefs of our forefathers, they are enjoying the rewards of today.

Stories like the following are common today and more and more, we as a society are allowing it to continue. We hope society will reach a limit and stories like the following will soon disappear.

Residents in Brookville, IN say enough is enough. They’ve decided to fight a Wisconsin group that is demanding the removal of a nativity scene from the outside the county courthouse. Hundreds turned out over the weekend for a rally in support of the longtime tradition.

“This is our right, this is our season,” said Pam Henson in an interview with Fox News. “These people who don’t want to celebrate or don’t want us to put these symbols of Christianity don’t have a problem with taking paid holidays.”

Santa Claus is no longer welcome at a YMCA in New York City replaced with Frosty the Snowman and a penguin.

Santa had been a longtime tradition at the 14th Street McBurney YMCA’s annual Christmas luncheon. Boys and girls were allowed to give Old Saint Nick their Christmas wish list but Frosty doesn’t take gift requests and neither does the penguin.

The YMCA, which is in the middle of rebranding itself from the Young Men’s Christian Association to “The Y,” defended their decision.

School officials at Ames High School in Iowa removed a Christmas tree from the cafeteria after receiving complaints that the tree was “offensive,” according to several media reports.

The tree had been donated to the school for its winter dance. The tree was decorated in Iowa State University Cardinal and Gold colors. School officials told local media it was called a “winter tree” not a Christmas tree or a holiday tree.

However, students said it was clearly a Christmas tree. Apparently, the twinkling lights and ornaments gave it away.

Students were very upset after the tree was removed.

“You can’t stop the world from celebrating,” student Jay Hoskins told the newspaper. “It was kind of heartbreaking.”

 And it turns out the complaints came from adults not students.

The clock tower at Southern Illinois University has played Christmas carols for nearly 15 years. But this year, someone complained and that led university officials to silence the holiday tradition until they could add a more diverse selection of music.

“We got a complaint about not being inclusive in the music,” said university chancellor Rita Cheng.

She backed off comments she made to a local television station that claimed the music was indeed removed because it was “religious” and “offensive to non-Christians.”

Cheng said they were specifically asked to include Jewish music and they may also add some Kwanza tunes.

“If it was Jingle Bells or White Christmas or something like that, I think it would be a lot more respectful,” reported one student.

We could not believe the following story when we read it this week.

The students were part of a junior high school American History class at Wickenburg Christian Academy in Arizona. After taking pictures on the steps of the Supreme Court building, their teacher gathered them to a side location where they formed a circle and began to pray.

According to Nate Kellum, senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, a police officer “abruptly” interrupted the prayer and ordered the group to cease and desist.

They were told to stop praying because they were violating the law and they had to take their prayer elsewhere.

The American History teacher, Maureen Rigo, said she was stunned.

“I was pretty shocked because we’ve prayed there before and it’s never been an issue,” she told FOX News Radio. “His (the police officer’s) comment was ‘I’m not going to tell you that you can’t pray. You just can’t pray here.”

A woman who’s been spreading holiday cheer with her elaborate Christmas display has drawn the ire of officials in the New York village of Lindenhurst and she could be arrested.

Mary Groth’s home is decorated with 32,000 Christmas lights and dozens of ornaments. Her family’s yuletide cheer generates hundreds of dollars for local charities.

“When the economy is bad and people are having hard times, I’m trying to turn around and make something good for people,” Groth told Fox News.

But village officials said her toy soldiers and gingerbread men are too close to the sidewalk and they also allege that she has unlicensed electrical wiring on her lawn.

A 57-year tradition of placing a nativity scene outside city hall has come to an end in Canonsburg, PA and all it took was one complaint.

The borough manager asked the local Knights of Columbus chapter to relocate Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus over a separation of church and state issue.

“The Christmas tree is now a holiday tree,” Michael Alterio told the newspaper. “I think the whole community, whether Methodist or Presbyterian, surely can’t be happy about it.”

And so ends a 57-year tradition.

And as the stories go on and on and on. So ends our tradition and our freedoms.

We are reminded...

"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution." - Abraham Lincoln

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