Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
Karl Marx was a “socialist” who became known as the “Father of Communism”. By 1847, he outlined, “The Communist Manifesto”. His philosophy spread throughout Europe with one obstacle – “God”. In order for people to rely on socialism or communism, the people needed to give up their authority and trust in the government to supply their needs. However, Christians did not rely on government. Christians relied on Christ. Marx called religion “the opiate of the people” and not only hated Christians but also the Jewish religion.
While Russia had celebrated Christmas through 1917, the Bolsheviks of the Marxist Russian Social Democratic Labor Party, through Vladimir Lenin, came into power banning Christmas nationwide. The Cathedral of Christ was destroyed with all Christmas symbols and bibles being banned. Religious gatherings were illegal with only a few willing to risk their jobs, freedoms, or even their lives. It wasn’t until 1991, when Christmas became an official holiday once again
In 1949, the Communist Party took over China. For ten years, Mao Zedong banned religion until his death in 1976 calling religion “a hindrance to economic growth.” Bibles and Churches were destroyed and Christians were humiliated. The government began persecuting, arresting, torturing, and executing Christians for their faith through 1993. While Christmas can be seen commercially in China today, there is a crackdown to eliminate Christmas from the schools and universities.
During the 1920s, socialist and communist organizational leaders within America created their own manifesto to take over the Democrat party adopting the Soviet slogan, “Let us drive out the capitalists from Earth and God from Heaven”. Roger Baldwin, an admitted communist, started the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 1920 to “suppress” Christianity through a godless revolution outlined in his book, “Liberty Under the Soviets”. By the 1960’s, socialist and communists captured leadership roles within the Democrat party with the beginning of a transformation toward socialism within America. Legislative and judicial rulings began to limit Christianity and God in America as judges like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was General Council for the ACLU, were elevated to our courts, including the United States Supreme Court.
Subtlety, through the phase “separation of church and state”, which is nowhere to be found in the U.S. Constitution, began to be implied as law to slowly drive out God and religious freedoms from America as Socialist Norman Thomas predicted in 1944, “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until, one day, America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”
In 1971, Saul Alinsky, a self-described Marxist, wrote the Democrats modern day playbook, “Rules for Radicals”, which outlines what Democrats must do to manipulate the American people to accept socialism/communism. He states to tell people what they want to hear (lies) in order to gain power. He then dedicates his book to Lucifer, the satanic father of lies who achieved his own kingdom (Hell).
It is no wonder why in 2012; Democrats booed God and demanded the removal of God from the party platform during their national convention. In December 2018, Democratic National Committee Chairman, Tom Perez bashed Christianity as a Republican organizing tool, which makes it clear how the Democrats hate Christianity.
Now what will the Democrats do about Christmas? Like in Communist China, commercially, Christmas is important; but there must be a way to eliminate the religious influence on America; but how? Some Democrats’ answer is to eliminate the meaning of Christmas in school and keep it out of sight in society. No more will people be allowed to say, “Merry Christmas” but we must be inclusive, tolerant, and politically correct to say, “Happy Holidays”. Democrat U.S. Senator Patty Murray was the first to refer a Christmas tree as a “Holiday tree” in 2006. In Ramsey County, Minnesota, the courthouse banned red poinsettias because someone deemed them a “Christian symbol.” Nativity scenes are being removed due to legal organization from the ACLU. No longer will students have “Christmas vacation” but now it will be called, “Winter recess”. Christmas songs about Jesus have been eliminated from some schools. A principal in Nebraska banned candy canes because the shape was a “J” symbolically standing for Jesus. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” was banned from some school due to the reference to Jesus. Children were disciplined for giving pencils that said, “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.”
However, while communist have tried to drive out Christianity and Christmas, thankfully, the Federal Court of Appeals ruled school have been violating the rights of individual and “students’ rights since private religious speech on public property is protected by the First Amendment”
Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, stated, “The First Amendment does not require the elimination of Christmas.”