Some of you know I have a dear Rabbi friend. He sent me the following rant in regard to something we were discussing and I wanted to have you all read it. I figured that coming into the Christmas season was a nice time to post it. I hope you appreciate it as much as I do:
“This country was founded by Christians, with distinctly Christian values and attitudes. The vast majority of its citizens are anywhere from nominal to religious Christian. Who in their right mind disputes this?
But not just that — our society derives enormous strength and vitality from its fundamentally American Christian character. That character is what drives us to liberate oppressed nations, open our national checkbook to the needy abroad and take personal responsibility for the needy amongst us. Without our American Christian character we would be France or Britain.
For the 1.4% of us who care, Hanukkah is usually over by mid-december, and Kwanzaa doesn’t matter. We SHOULD be saying Merry Christmas at the end of December — ALL of us should!!!
Christmas is a national folk holiday for all non-Christian in America. I don’t have to accept Jesus as my savior or go to a Christmas service to be happy when Christmas time is here.
PS– let us grow up by bringing back manger scenes to main street America. And stop insisting that a menorah be placed wherever a Christmas tree appears, it’s just ridiculous!!
Z: Clearly, if the whole country felt like my friend did we’d be a lot better off…less divisiveness, less thin skinned hurt feelings, more respect for all faiths, etc. You can see why I’m so fond of this friend and respect and admire him so much. Would that all people were like him.