The ACLU and Christmas

No court has decreed that it is unconstitutional for traditional Christian Christmas hymns to be sung in public schools at Christmas time. The ACLU has.

No court has decreed that the word “Christmas” must be erased from public school calendars. The ACLU has.

No court has decreed that public celebrations of Thanksgiving and Christmas require recognition of all other religions and all other religious holy days. The ACLU has.

No court has decreed that what happened on December 25th cannot be mentioned in our public schools. The ACLU has.

No court has decreed that the Christmas vacation must be referred to in our schools as “The Holidays” and that the Christmas tree must be called “The Holiday Tree.” The ACLU has.

No court has taken the position that freedom of religion really means freedom from religion on public property and in official public discourse. The ACLU has.

The list of similar cases is more extensive than this, of course, and the ACLU’s goal is immediately evident to us all. What is shocking is the fact that Catholics and other Christians passively permit the ACLU and other secularist fanatics to continue without challenge to subvert our religious heritage.

Where are letters to the editor in our secular newspapers written by Christians protesting these intimidations? We given away a significant portion of our constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech, a freedom that is public as well as private.

The ACLU and its allies have successfully installed secularism as the official governmentally recognized and established religion of our country. This is more than sad ­ it is tragic. Yet, in the face of this onslaught we are supine and passive. Everything but Christianity is to be tolerated and even preferred while we are to be suppressed. I, for one, am ashamed at our passivity.

The ACLU succeeds largely only because of its intimidation. It wins few lawsuits because our American Constitution is not against us, only those who manipulate it are. If you find yourself in a debate with an ACLU member or one who supports their position, ask them to quote a judgment from a cited judicial case that supports what they claim.

Do we read of Christians aggressively challenging them at school board meetings, at PTA meetings, or in city council meetings? Perhaps I do not read newspaper accounts broadly enough to be aware that Christians are, in fact, rising up to challenge these secular fanatics. I can only hope that in the year 2004 A.D. I shall read about such accounts.

For further information about the law, the Constitution and public religious expression you may want to visit the Alliance Defense Fund at
and the Thomas More Law Center at
You will find them to be of great help.

About Charles Irvin

Fr. Charlie was ordained a priest June 3, 1967 and has served as pastor of St. Mary Student Chapel in Ann Arbor, founded Holy Spirit parish in Hamburg, MI, served as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi parish in Ann Arbor and was pastor of St. Mary parish in Manchester, MI when he entered Senior Priest status in 2001. In 1999 he was appointed Founding Editor of FAITH Magazine which has grown into Faith Catholic Publishing located in Lansing, MI. He is now very active in his “retirement.”