BANNING CHRISTMAS MUSIC
Where will it end? In the ongoing crusade of bureaucrats (posing
as educators) to eliminate even the mildest manifestations of
Christmas from the public schools, a school district in New
Jersey has banned the playing of instrumental carol music.
Henceforth, student bands of the South Orange/Mapplewood School
District will be restricted to playing pap like “Winter
Wonderland” and “Frosty the Snowman,” instead of the supposedly
controversial music for “Silent Night” and “Hark The Herald
Superintendent Peter P. Horoschak said that when manifestations
of Christmas were purged from the schools in the 1990s,
instrumental music somehow was overlooked.
“Rather than try to respond to all the various religions and try
to balance them, it’s best to stay away from that and simply
have a nonreligious tone to them and have more of a seasonal
tone,” Horoschak told The Newark Star-Ledger.
When they can’t use the mythical Wall of Separation (Christmas
trees are “unconstitutional”) as an excuse, bureaucrats fall
back on tolerance and multiculturalism. We can’t observe
everything -- Hanukah, Ramadan, Kwanza, etc. “If we only
celebrate Christmas, non-Christians will feel excluded,” they
But 96% of the American people do not celebrate Hanukah or
Ramadan. America wasn’t settled by Muslims. The Founding Fathers
weren’t Hindus or Druids. Our currency doesn’t have the motto,
“In Allah (or Shiva) we trust.”
Predominantly, the public- school system is paid for with the
taxes of Christians. It exists in a country based on
Christians must fiercely resist this spiritual sanitation. We
must let public-school bureaucrats know that we are deeply
offended – and we have the political clout to do something about
HUMORIST WANTS TO
Comedian Garrison Keillor, host of a
popular program on National Public Radio, told the audience at
the opening of the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s
Hospital, that he wants to disenfranchise Christians.
“I am now the chairman of a national campaign to pass a
constitutional amendment to take the right to vote away from
born-again Christians,” Keillor said in a Nov. 3rd. speech. “My
feeling is that born-again people are citizens of heaven, that
is where their citizenship is. It’s in heaven; it’s not here
among us in America.”
Of course, this was a feeble attempt at humor. Still, it
illustrates the left’s rage at Christians over the last
If Keillor (who describes himself as a life-long Democrat) had
said blacks shouldn’t be allowed to vote (“They’re citizens of
Africa”), or Jews (“They’re citizens of Israel”), no one would
have found that funny. The media would be howling for his blood.
Christians are the last group that can be mocked and insulted
Is Keillor saying that only evangelical Christians are motivated
by faith? Don’t committed Catholics and Orthodox Jews also have
a higher allegiance?
Keillor may have missed it, but the gentlemen who wrote our
Constitution and established our system of government, all were
orthodox Christians, just like the born-again Christians he
hates. The president takes his oath of office on the Christian
Bible, not on the NPR charter.
By his reasoning, Keillor should be doing stand-up comedy in
Cuba, China or North Korea. Philosophically, he’s a citizen of
those God-hating countries, far more than of America.
VETERANS GROUP SLAMS
PENTAGON OVER BOY SCOUTS DECISION
In the last Patriot Pastor Alert, I reported to you on the
decision of the Department of Defense to end sponsorship of Boy
Scout troops by military bases. Apparently, I’m not the only one
outraged by this.
The head of America’s largest veterans’ group sent a scalding
letter to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, demanding that
the policy be reversed.
“The idea that sponsorship of Scouting by American military
units is ‘unconstitutional’ goes beyond the absurd, even well
past the point of stupidity,” wrote Thomas P. Cadmus, National
Commander of the 2.7-million member American Legion.
“How is it that government can fund chapels on military bases,
and chaplains in the military, but not accommodate Scouting? Why
is it that the rank of Eagle Scout is an attribute highly sought
in candidates for military academies, but will soon become
unwelcome on military bases?” Cadmus rhetorically asked.
Presumably, for the same reason that Congress can start its
sessions with a prayer, but public school children can’t.
The DOD’s cowardly retreat on the Boy Scouts was part of a
settlement of an ACLU suit. (The group claimed that since God is
in the Scouts’ oath, military sponsorship violates the First
It’s sad that gentlemen with medals on their chests can’t stand
up to the bullies of the American Civil Liberties Union.
RU-486 DANGEROUS TO THE
HEALTH OF MOTHERS TOO
The FDA is now requiring a strongly worded warning on the
abortion drug, RU-486, noting that there’s a risk of “rare but
serious complications that may occur with any abortion.”
This decision comes more than a year after an 18-year-old died
as a consequence of taking RU-486 to kill her unborn child, then
in the 7th week of gestation.
At the behest of then-President Bill Clinton (a subsidiary of
the abortion lobby), RU-486 was approved in 2000, despite its
known dangers. Since then, approximately 360,000 women have used
the drug to take a human life.
I don’t have a medical degree. But it makes perfect sense to me
that any drug that can terminate a pregnancy would also put the
mother at risk.
We knew RU-486 was lethal for unborn children. Now there’s
confirmation that it’s dangerous for women as well.