It would seem that irReverent Falwell has ordered his minion on a (dare I use the term) Crusade against those that would not merely speak ill of Xmas, but even those who would chose not to speak of it at all.
- Falwell has put the power of his 24,000-member congregation behind the "Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign," an effort led by the conservative legal organization Liberty Counsel. The group promises to file suit against anyone who spreads what it sees as misinformation about how Christmas can be celebrated in schools and public spaces.
The 8,000 members of the Christian Educators Association International will be the campaign's "eyes and ears" in the nation's public schools. They'll be reporting to 750 Liberty Counsel lawyers who are ready to pounce if, for example, a teacher is muzzled from leading the third-graders in "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing."
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What blows my mind about this is that he's commissioned lawyers to take legal action against these people. Now, to put it quite simply, you do not take legal action against someone unless you believe that they have caused you damage/injury and you want to extract those damages from the person.
Now, let's think about this. While I admit... I am not Christian. I do actually like many of the teachings of Jesus. The one that stands out over most is, "Love thy brother." See in this world of Gay Bashing, Marriage Protection, Cross Burning... it makes no sense that these behaviors stem from teachings that include, "The Prodigal Son"
Maybe it's me. Maybe it's my unholy, uneducated, damned perceptions that don't afford me the bless-ed eyes to see this man's holy work. But for everything I've come to understand about Jesus and his teachings...I can only see Mr. Falwell as one of the strongest examples of doing everything Jesus taught not to do.
In this season of giving and remembrance... In any season... All we really can ask is that people try to be the best people they can be and let each be their own person.
(Sorry, have to go, it's a lawyer wanting to talk to me about my misrepresentation of Xmas)