Yet not all Christians even celebrate Christmas. As a child, there was a girl in my school that was a Jehovah's Witness. She had to sit out in the hall at every party. If Perry has his way, we are not going to magically convert every child to Christianity, we will just alienate and segregate a lot of people.
Sure, some will say that doesn't count, that Jehovah's Witnesses are on that list of "fake" Christians. Fine. I had a job some years back where every Christmas we had a party. There was a group of Protestants of different faiths that would vocally protest the office Christmas party every year.
Their problem? They felt that Christmas was for Christians only, and since non-Christians were able to join the gift exchange, they refused to participate. But, they felt left out and wanted gifts also, so they were offed the option to only exchange gifts with each other. They were unwilling, which led the office managers to cancel the Christmas celebration for the entire office. The Christians won, and there was not allowed to be a Christmas party ever again.
What people like those supporting Rick Perry's message fail to understand is that they are wanting to open a huge can of worms by making this nation a Theocracy. If they read the Bible in schools, which Bible? Will the Book of Mormon be read in schools with a large number of Latter-Day Saints or other Mormons, will the Quran be read where there is a large body of Muslims? If prayers are said over the loud speaker, will they be pre-written or from the heart? These are just a few of the arguments that will come from a supposed "Christian Utopia" some Conservative Christians are looking for.
As Christians we are commanded to share the good news of Christ. However, it is God that will decide the fate of those who reject Him, not the public schools and not the United States Government. I've said it before and I'll say it again: as long as Religion is an argument in education rather than knowledge or learning, the schools and our children will suffer. Perhaps, if more parents would realize the importance of the role that they play in their own child's education, religious, ethical and otherwise, knowledge and learning would return to the schools and to our children.
And to Rick Perry's point, the military might be able to get us out of our current wars faster if they were allowed to focus more on fighting for whatever reason we are engaged in, rather than worrying about G.I. Joe's sexual orientation.
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