Here we go again...
Town Says 'No' to Nativity Scene, 'Yes' to Menorah
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The town of Palm Beach, Fla., told a federal judge Thursday that he has no authority to demand that they come up with a good reason why Jesus Christ in a manger should not be displayed next to a menorah on public property....Two women wanted a Christ in a manger display next to the menorah but the town refused, saying the Nativity scene could only be placed in a lesser-trafficked park.
So what exactly is this town trying to prove? And why aren't Jewish people upset about the secularization of their religious symbol? Perhaps because the only reason that Chanukah shows up on the radar of non-Jews is because the commercial sector needed a Jewish holiday to make money off of. They have already totally commercialized Christmas. Everyone expects to go running around like chickens with their heads cut off trying to buy the perfect gift for everyone on their Christmas list. That's what Christmas has come to be about these days.
In an effort to boost profits (and show how diverse and understanding of different cultures they are) the commercial sector went looking for another holiday to commercialize. And so they fastened on to Chanukah, a religious lightweight when compared to the Day of Atonement and Passover. And it's in December too.
So now every year we see more and more wrapping paper in blue and silver with menorahs and stars of David. Mini menorahs are on sale everywhere. We see how-to TV shows telling you how to throw the perfect Chanukah party and make the perfect Chanukah decorations. But how many people actually have a clue about what Chanukah is really about?
I think Christians have finally realized that one of their high holy days is being taken over and perverted into something else. Now we're faced with an uphill battle to revive the true meaning of Christmas. It is the remembrance of the precious gift of eternal life that God extended to humanity at the cost of his innocent son's life.
It'll be interesting to see what, if anything, this town has to say for itself.