Bureaucrats decide Congressmen cannot write “Merry Christmas” in official mail
Bah, humbug, say the anonymous rulemakers -- who have ruled that generic holiday greetings are OK, but not any mention of the dreaded word "Christmas"
“Recently I was reading an article explaining how congressmen can no longer reference ‘Christmas’ within their Christmas mailings. Whether congress should use taxpayer funds to send greeting cards to constituents is an entirely different matter, but the cards were not disallowed, just the reference to ‘Christmas,’” said Konetchy, who is seeking a Senate seat from Michigan.
“This action is another attempt by government to unconstitutionally secularize society – directly against our God-given right codified within the first amendment; ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;’
The amendment is intentionally ignored and misapplied.
“It prohibits Congress; not valedictorians, city councils, public sector employees, the private sector, or even individual congressmen; just the institution of Congress, from making laws establishing a religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. In other words, Congress has no authority over the religious practices of the people whatsoever.
“Is disallowing the mentioning of ‘Christmas’ in federal Christmas cards prohibiting the free exercise of religion? I think so. What about using federal law to prohibit a city from erecting a manger scene, schools from singing religious Christmas carols, or courts from displaying the Ten Commandments? All these actions are the free exercise of religion by a free people, and their prohibition by federal law is blatantly unconstitutional.
“Freedom of religion cannot coincide with a tyrannical government. Free men are accountable to a higher source, God. They appreciate government’s limited role in securing their liberty, but they do not serve or fear government. They serve God.
“Religion breeds hope. To control the people, hope must be removed; the Christian values of hard work, self reliance, and voluntary charity must be eliminated and replaced with dependency on government.
“We have allowed our government to morph into a self perpetuating entity desiring submission and control. To remain a free people we must reassert our God-given rights and restrain government back to its constitutionally enumerated powers. Otherwise we’ll forfeit our rights forever. Merry Christmas and God Bless these United States of America.”