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Summerall: That’s what it’s all about

December 8, 2012

I’m not sure if anyone has heard that the sitting Governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant has had the audacity to put a Nativity Scene on the front lawn of the Governor’s Mansion. Imagine that! A Nativity Scene in Mississippi! A group who calls themselves Mississippi Atheists have gotten in touch with the ACLU to see if they can make Gov. Bryant remove the offensive scene. Really.
Has the world gone completely nuts!? Uh..it’s CHRISTMAS! Duh. CHRISTmas.
In 2001, CBS gave up all rights to Peanuts Specials. Not because Charlie Brown and Snoopy didn’t generate advertising dollars. Not because nobody wanted to watch them anymore. But because in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” blanket carrying Linus, quotes from the second chapter of Luke. The network felt it needed to distance itself from such “outdated ideals” that some people might be offended by. They still run Frosty the Snowman and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, (obviously these are not outdated or offensive) but they sold all rights to Peanuts after 35 years to ABC. I always wait, now that Charles Schultz passed away, to see when someone will decide that the cartoon would be better without Linus’ quote. Or that “A Charlie Brown Christmas” needs to simply fade away.
I was under the impression we lived in a free society. If a Nativity Scene offends you, don’t have one. If the second chapter of Luke being quoted by a cartoon character offends you, don’t watch it. It’s simple. People who want to strip me of my rights, in order to not offend someone, offend me.
I have heard many people of the Jewish faith say that they don’t have a problem with Christmas. That Christmas trees are beautiful to look at. If we want to deck our halls while they spin their Dreidel and light their Hanukkah Menorah, I don’t think either of us mind.
What is it about that one birth, over 2000 years ago that makes people want to erase it from existence? What is it about the man Jesus, that makes people who don’t believe in Him so angry? Why does freedom of religion seem to mean every religion BUT Judeo-Christian? If Gov. Bryant wanted to celebrate Budhha’s birthday, the ACLU would back him 100 percent. Throw Jesus in there and everyone starts screaming about offending the atheists and the warlocks. It’s about time the ACLU sits down, shuts up and worries about something that is really offensive, like the Kardashians or Honey Boo Boo.
So next time you see one of these “offensive” Nativity Scenes, remember what Linus said, “That’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown.”

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