Sunday, December 18, 2016

It's That Time Again. The War on Christmas

Peter Heck has an article today at the American Thinker entitled It's Not a War on Christmas;It's a War on the Constitution Heck starts out with this:
One of the most bizarre traditions of the holiday season for me is to watch those who assail the purpose and meaning of Christmas become apoplectic when someone weary of their politically correct antics refers to the behavior as a “war on Christmas.”
It seems to me that if you don’t want to be accused of warring against Christmas, you should stop attacking people’s public celebration of it. Stop attempting to deprive the community you live in of its collective expression of the significance of the holiday just because you don’t share their convictions. When you do that kind of thing, don’t be surprised when people point out your petulant childishness.
While the Constitution clearly sets aside certain rights that we all have by virtue of our Creator and our humanity, and takes these out of the realm of democratic decision, thus protecting minority rights, nowhere does the Constitution dictate a right not to be offended.

Indeed, the Founders knew, if we have forgotten, that being offended is a choice.  One can choose to be offended, taking another's words and actions in the worst possible light, or one can choose to take them in the best, and not be offended.  And even when one can not find any way to take something other than as a provocation, one can always choose to pray for that person.  Oh, that's right, you don't believe in a higher power, so all you can do is be perpetually offended.  Well, I am sorry for you.

Heck writes again:
You can be an outsider. You can be different. And in America your rights are protected from majority coercion to violate your unique conscience. But only in the mind of a narcissistic lunatic would those rights include some bizarre ability to deprive the majority of their public expressions just because you take offense.
Governments can and should reflect the values of their people. If you don’t share those values, there is absolutely nothing in the Constitution that allows you to harness the power of government to silence them.

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