ADL'S 'DECEMBER DILEMMA'
By Rev. Ted Pike
10 Dec 08
ADL just issued its annual Christmas warning that
America is not a Christian nation and Christ should be given no more
importance than Chanukah, Buddha or Kwanzaa. I thought I’d write a rebuttal
but couldn’t improve on my response to ADL last year.
The Anti-Defamation League says America has a big problem at Christmas-time
- a "dilemma". Christianity is given much more prominence
than other faiths. Jews, some African-Americans, who celebrate
Kwanzaa, and other religious minorities feel left out, as if their
holiday observances are unequal to those of Christianity.
ADL is launching a massive "December Dilemma" campaign,
educating public schools, government institutions, and town officials
nation wide that such "bias" in favor of Christianity is
not only unconstitutional but a grievous civil rights violation.
In order to make members of all religions welcome during the holidays,
ADL insists that "schools and governments . . . cannot favor
one religion over another." (See, Guidance
Offered for the 'December Dilemma' from www.adl.org)
Administrators should allow no more references to Jesus than to Mohammed
or Confucius. Ideally, no more Christmas trees should be displayed
than stars of David or Buddhist shrines. Only a sprinkling
of Christmas carols can be allowed, interspersed with secular “x-mas” music.
ADL says “…songs which ‘call on God for His blessing
and contain an avowal of divine faith’ are not appropriate
for public school students to sing." Instead of celebrating
Christ as Savior, ADL contends the Christmas season should be a time
to celebrate all the world’s diverse paths to God.
Rational Balance at Christmas
What is a balanced policy toward minority faiths during religious
holidays? Simple. Not only America , but every nation should allow
religious groups to display their symbols in proportion to their
numbers. This month, in Israel , let Jewish symbols and practices
dominate during Chanukah. Let Moslem observances prevail in
Islamic countries during the fast of Ramadan. But in a country
as Christian in origins, numbers, and practice as America, let’s
not let ADL, representing the thinking of liberal Jews constituting
less than 1% of Americans, forbid us to allow Christian symbols to
prevail during a Christian holiday season.
Americans of non-Christian faiths have equal rights before the
law, entitling them to unrestrained enjoyment of their religious
beliefs. But equal rights to display their symbols does not
mean they have the right to demand the same degree of public representation
as the American Christian majority. It does not mean the majority
should reduce its level of religious expression in order to equal
that of the minority.
This policy should be as true in Israel as in the United States
. Yet, during Chanukah, ADL does not demand that Israel guarantee
just as much exposure be given to Christian or Moslem minorities. ADL
does not insist that Christian crosses be displayed alongside menorahs
at the Tel-Aviv airport, in schools, or in government offices. No,
ADL believes Israel is somehow different from America . Maybe
its because Israel is a Jewish nation, founded on the Talmud’s
supremacist values. Certainly the great majority of its inhabitants
are Jewish. Being the dominant, ancestral/religious majority
they claim rights to national enjoyment of their religious values,
unrestrained by requests for parity from minority faiths.
So why doesn't ADL even handedly apply the same thinking to the
dominant 77% majority of Americans who claim to be Christians, also
the ancestral culture of our country?
It's because ADL is not really concerned with fair play or the
hurt feelings of religious minorities. Such is a manufactured "dilemma" which
ADL exploits to help achieve their real goal - taking Jesus Christ
not only out of Christmas, but out of American public life and values.
ADL wants to secularize America and the world so that Jewish supremacist
values and symbols may rule unchallenged.
Here’s proof: in its December Holiday Guidelines for Public
Schools, ADL, with incredible audacity, advocates that the Menorah,
quintessential symbol of Judaism, replace Christian symbols in holiday
displays in public schools. ADL recommends: “For instance,
on a board filled during the winter months with images of snowflakes,
candles, and evergreen trees, it might be appropriate to add images
of Santa Clause and even a Chanukah Menorah, because the overall
message is clearly a celebration of the season – not the promotion
of a religious point of view. However, a nativity scene, crucifix,
or other undeniably religious symbols are not appropriate for a public
school display. . .”
Christmas: Non-Problem for Centuries
Except for increased secularism and materialism, Christmas has
been celebrated in essentially the same way for at least a thousand
years, blessing and inspiring not just Christians, but sojourners
of other religions and creeds who dwelt in Christian lands. Far
from feeling discriminated against by the prevailing Christian observances,
minorities have always understood the majority’s right to such
privileges. As long as their personal rights and safety were not
threatened, no dilemma existed.
Like so many other “problems” ADL has with Christianity,
the one now being dramatized throughout school systems and government
agencies in America has little basis in reality. This "problem" originates
primarily from Jewish complainers and the perennial "Grinch
of Christmas" - ADL.
Ultimately, ADL, aspiring to become the ethical guide for government,
society, and even Christians, wants Christians to worship Christ,
not in public places, where the feelings of non-believers might be
hurt. Nor in churches, which ADL would like to see invaded
by homosexuals hired through ADL-inspired "ENDA" legislation.
Bills Top Democrat Agenda) Rather, there is one place anti-Christian
Jewish activists deem suitable for Christian worship. This has been
their preference since their Bolshevik forefathers overthrew the
Christian monarchy of Russia in 1917, slaughtering millions of Christians.
Activists Created Communism) It remained their preference
in 2004 when ADL National Executive Board member, Philadelphia D.A.
Lynne Abraham had 11 Christians incarcerated for the “hate
crime” of witnessing to homosexuals. In fact, ADL–led
Jewish activists are now creating “hate crimes” bureaucracies
world-wide to hasten arrival of millions of Christians to this place.
What is this ADL-approved place of solitude, reflection, and prayer?
You guessed it: a prison cell.
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative
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