Friday, December 23, 2005

The Fight for Religious Freedom-a New Victory

It is good to see that my hometown upscale mall, the Paseo Colorado in Pasadena, CA is finally wising up and reversing a ridiculous decision earlier this week that took down the annual Hanukkah display, a menorah, from this years holiday display.
The reason. It is a "religious symbol" and the mall's management, Developers Diversified Realty, said it is a new policy of not displaying religious symbols. This as the Christmas Tree, er Holiday Tree, was standing tall in the bright and warm California sunshine.
After rightful outrage, the management company relented and the menorah lighting ceremony will be held this Monday, the day after the first night of Hanukkah.
My friends, this is what anyone of us who sees this war against religion in the public square are fighting against. This anti-religion zealotry that does nothing to protect religious freedom.
The constitution is clear on the subject. The first amendment says that congress shall make no law to establish a religion and prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
When people like the so-called People For the American Way and Americans United for Separation of church and State lead the way to assault our constitutionally protected freedoms and then when their shock troops enforce it, they will stand back, cower and make some aside that people like that are just a little bit overzealous. As was the old Soviet Union and present day Communist China with respect to religious freedom.
Thankfully, this issue untied Jews and Christians and as more assaults on our religious freedom occur, we will also see Islamics and other faiths joining with us to protect our rights in America.
Thank you Paseo Colorado for seeing the light!

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