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CHRISTIAN CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS RETURN AS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS CHALLENGED

Editor's Note:  For the past few years Christian celebration of Christmas has been under attack, but this year, given the changes that are happening worldwide with the gathering rejection of political correctness and those that propagate it, the tide is beginning to turn and a Christian Christmas is returning. Our feature article this month takes the form of several stories from home and abroad where those that seek to take Christ out of Christmas have been challenged and Christmas is once again becoming a celebration of the birth of Christ rather than just a convenient holiday or a reason for presents. Be encouraged and join the wave by putting Christ at the centre of your Christmas celebrations.


 

TWO AUSTRALIAN POLITICIANS SAY CHRISTMAS MESSAGE SHOULD NOT BE WATERED DOWN


Source: Compiled by APN from media reports


 

Christmas banners hung around The Rocks in Sydney have been replaced, as the NSW Finance Minister defended Australia's Christmas traditions. The banners, featuring images such as an ironic hipster model with Christmas baubles decorating his beard, were branded with the slogan 'Very Merry', a popular hashtag on social media. Although contemporary in design, the NSW Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet called for the banners to be replaced after receiving complaints from the public that they were too politically correct. New banners were hung in their place saying 'Merry Christmas'. Mr Perrottet explained his decision, saying that the Christian message of Christmas shouldn't be hidden: "Celebrating diversity shouldn't mean censoring ourselves and neutering our own culture and traditions".

 


While he admitted the 'Very Merry' slogan was probably not chosen as a conscious step to avoid the word "Christmas", he believed it was meaningless: a "vacuous, bland platitude". The banners were an example of society surrendering to a vocal minority, he said, and the city should be more proud of Christian-based Christmas tradition. "Instances such as this reflect the forlorn surrender of our culture to the secular zealots who, for years, have been telling us that joyfully celebrating Christmas is offensive and exclusive," he said. " "Frankly, like many Australians, I'm sick of the tiptoeing. Sick of apologising for the good, true and beautiful elements of the country and the culture I love."


 

However Mr Perrottet believes it's hypocritical for the state to celebrate other religious festivals by "lighting up the Opera House for the Hindu festival of Diwali, for example, or hosting Ramadan commemorations at Parliament House", and yet try to water down Christmas. He said the celebration of Christ's birth is not offensive." It is deeply embedded in Australian culture as the biggest holiday on the calendar." "It commemorates the day when Christians believe a loving God came into the world in the fragile form of a child, taking on our humanity in all of its frailty," he wrote. "It is the end of the working year and the beginning of the summer break. "Christmas is hands down fantastic, and it is utterly bizarre that we should feel the need to hide it away.

 


Immigration Minister Peter Dutton also spoke out in defence of Christmas traditions after hearing that a school in his electorate held an end-of-year celebration replacing all Christmas carols with secular songs. The lyrics of We Wish You A Merry Christmas were replaced with "we wish you a happy holiday". Talking on Sydney radio, Mr Dutton called it "political correctness "gone mad". "Many of the people, regardless of their religious belief, would be happy to sing Christmas carols, happy to enjoy the fact that we celebrate Christmas as a Christian society," Mr Dutton said. "It has gone too far. Last week it was reported in the UK that a Muslim family would open their restaurant to the elderly and homeless for free meals on Christmas Day. It's a lesson to us all: if a family who don't even celebrate Christmas can spread Christmas joy, then it's high time those of us who hold it dear did likewise."


 

 


WHEN AN IDIANA RESIDENT CONVINCED HIS COUNCIL TO REMOVE ITS CHRISTMAS TREE CROSS RESIDENTS DID THIS


Source: Life Site News

 


When residents of Knightstown, Indiana, learned to their dismay that their council had caved into removing a large illuminated cross from the town's enormous Christmas tree after the threat of a lawsuit, they decided it was time to fight back. They banded together to put crosses in their windows and in their yards, letting the world know that they would not let "Christ" be taken out of Christmas. "The Cross will come down, but we can still light the town with crosses," a local Facebook post declared. "Look on the bright side, instead of just one cross, we can now have hundreds, we can light them everywhere in town." Earlier this month, the town council representing 2,100 residents ordered the removal of the cross after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a suit on behalf of a resident.

 


The suit claims that since the cross is the "preeminent symbol of Christianity, representing the instrument of the crucifixion of Jesus," it is a religious symbol that has no place on town property. The claim in the suit stated that every day people were "forced to come into direct and unwelcome contact" with the cross on top of the tree as they drove through town. The law-suit claimed this has caused them "irreparable harm," which can only be remedied by removing the cross. But town residents had trouble believing the cross was hurting anybody. "There's a church on every corner here," one resident said. " Are people offended by all those crosses?"

 


Despite reporters not being able to find anyone there who supported the case, officials capitulated to the threat, saying the town could not afford a legal battle that they might lose. "It is with regret and sadness that the Knightstown Town Council has had the cross removed from the Christmas tree on the town square and is expected to approve a resolution at the next council meeting stating they will not return the cross to the tree," the town council released in a statement. When residents tried to block the bucket truck that came to remove the cross, police had to be called in to remove the crowd. "It's just ridiculous," resident Aaron Magee said. "I'm very offended that the cross was taken down, and I want it put back up. We all want it put back up."


 

When residents realized there was nothing they could do about the removal of the cross, they came up with a plan to blanket the town in crosses. Residents made wooden crosses that volunteers handed out to anyone who would take one. Crosses soon started popping up throughout the town, in yards, on doors, and in windows. Many of them were illuminated with Christmas lights to shine brightly in the night. Residents hope to have crosses placed throughout the town in time for Christmas Day. "Honestly, I would love to see every house in town put a sizable cross on full display," one resident wrote on a blog. The resident hopes that having Donald Trump as president, he has stated that America will start saying "Merry Christmas" again, will help restore religious liberty to their town. "When Trump takes office we will no longer fear retribution for saying Merry Christmas or for praying in school, or for keeping God in our pledge," the resident wrote on a blog.


 

 


IN UK HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVISTS GAVE JESUS SAME-SEX PARENTS UNTIL CHRISTIANS TOOK ACTION

Source: Marriage Alliance Australia

 


Redefining marriage opens the door to everything being reconstructed to suit the preferences of the LGBTI lobby. In countries where same-sex marriage has been legalised, the known consequences have already proved more drastic, far-reaching, and ludicrous than presupposed. A recent case reveals that not even historically based figures are impervious to being reworked for the LGBTI agenda.  Mark Thaler, from California, had made two Christmas tree decorations, one with two Josephs cradling baby Jesus, and another with two Marys. The cute ornaments were being sold for £13 on Thaler's Zazzle.co.uk shop Pride and More.


 

However, rather than surrender such historical figures to be used as LGBTI propaganda, Christians spoke up against the ornaments. Many felt that the design was an attempt to normalise same-sex marriage in younger generations, and to overtly mock the faith of Christians who would recognise the egregious portrayal for what it is. Concerned citizens called out the designer for reworking a religious narrative to suit the preferences of the LGBTI agenda: "They blasphemously portray the Lord Jesus being parented by a homosexual couple. What depths will the LGBT lobby stoop to in order to try and normalise their behaviour?"

 


In an encouraging example of the power of raising your voice, the complaints convinced the designer to remove the ornaments from his website. But the story still illustrates that nothing is sacred in a post- same-sex marriage world. Now that same-sex marriage has been legalised in the US and the UK, activists have taken it upon themselves to rewrite history according to an LGBTI narrative. If you think that the LGBTI agenda stops after same-sex marriage is legalised, you are unfortunately  very misled. They're coming after your beliefs as well.


 

As Australians continue to debate the issue of legalising same-sex marriage in Australia, it is imperative to remember that same-sex marriage is only the tip of the iceberg. If we allow marriage to be redefined, we will open the door to many other facets of our life to being forcefully reworked. The case of the same-sex nativity ornaments sends a clear message: marriage, religion, and history will be redefined if marriage is overhauled, and that is only the beginning.


 

Source: Australian Prayer Network

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