Most of the people that people that goes to these parades are people that have children. You think the children really care about what the name of the parade is? No! They're focusing on the balloons, floats and other entertainment that's presented. So this is not a case for the children's enjoyment, this is yet another case of non-Christians bogarting their views on an accepted Christian community. Christians have and are being killed for naming the name of Christ in foreign countries where Christianity is not accepted, but American government accepts Christianity as its religion. Calling something Christmas other than Holiday is not forcing anyone to acknowledge Christ. Its not belligerently demanding that if you don't accept Christ you can't be apart of the parade celebration. Just like Christians can't bogart their beliefs on individuals, non-Christians can't do to it to Christians. For those who may not know what a bogart is; it is defined as someone "behaving in a hostile, belligerent, or intimidating way". Look Christianity is the religion of this nation, that won't change-consider some of these words from the fathers of our nation-these and more can be found at Wallbuilders:
From: John Quincy Adams: The Sixth President of the United States
The law given from Sinai was a civil and municipal as well as a moral and religious code; it contained many statutes . . . of universal application-laws essential to the existence of men in society, and most of which have been enacted by every nation which ever professed any code of laws.
- The Ten Commandments are important as they are included in the Law from Sinai. Adams says these laws are "essential to the existence of men in society"-not Christian men, but all men. Whether people realize it or not God's laws provide the framework and infrastructure for living, morality and ethics.
Our liberty depends on our education, our laws, and habits . . . it is founded on morals and religion, whose authority reigns in the heart, and on the influence all these produce on public opinion before that opinion governs rulers.
- Education, law and habits should be founded on morals detailed in the Holy Word of God. 2 Tim 3:15-16 states "...the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in rightousness:" If you want to know how to live your life-line it up with the word of God.
Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime & pure, [and] which denounces against the wicked eternal misery, and [which] insured to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.
- My God! Those who decry the Christian religion are attempting to undermine the solid foundation of morals. Christianity is the best and, I say, only security for the duration of free governments.
- The word undermine, according to Webster, means to weaken something by removing or wearing away; to diminish or weaken something gradually. In other words the change doesn't happen at once or the destruction doesn't come suddenly, its done little by little. For this cause any ground taken from Christianity in this society is gained ground for immorality, unethical living and the inevitable collapse of society. And furthermore, this is why the least denunciation of Christianity, whether it be removing prayer from schools or the Nativity scene from businesses deserves an outcry and protest. Psa 11:3 says "If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?"-Somebody got to say something!
[P]ublic utility pleads most forcibly for the general distribution of the Holy Scriptures. The doctrine they preach, the obligations they impose, the punishment they threaten, the rewards they promise, the stamp and image of divinity they bear, which produces a conviction of their truths, can alone secure to society, order and peace, and to our courts of justice and constitutions of government, purity, stability and usefulness. In vain, without the Bible, we increase penal laws and draw entrenchments around our institutions. Bibles are strong entrenchments. Where they abound, men cannot pursue wicked courses, and at the same time enjoy quiet conscience.
- Yea, he's basically saying get the Word and Gospel of God into the hands of all people advocating the Great Commission given by our Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Mark 16:15.