Each year a handful of businesses and organizations cave in to threats of lawsuits and controversy concerning the use of the phrase “Merry Christmas” or the display of religious or even secular symbols such as trees or Santa Claus. They should not fear the vocal minority of Americans who, like the Soviet leaders during the Cold War, view religious belief and exercise as a threat to the power of the state. Businesses and organizations have a First Amendment-protected right to express their beliefs and the beliefs of the customers they serve.
If you want to be offended by something, let’s be offended together by a so-called religious sect, Islamic fascism, which seeks to kill all of us. More importantly, let’s fight and defeat Islamic fascism together. Stop wasting precious time and resources on the imagined threat of religious symbols in the United States, when a real threat looms to our national security and our very existence.
Symbols of the season help us display our faith, but also brighten the hearts and imaginations of children. “Here comes Santa Claus” still works for a lot of us. Even I as an adult can’t get excited about “Here comes Holiday Guy.”
Religion and faith give us a lens to view America’s role in the world and the individual contributions we can make to secure our nation’s status as the shining city of hope. Christmas is the time to celebrate the God of the Christian and Jewish faiths who guided our Founding Fathers in spirit, words and battle, who brought Lincoln to his knees in prayer, who inspired King’s dream, and who lights a path for the rest of us Americans blessed to call this great country home.
May your days be merry and bright.
Herman Cain is the National Chairman of the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute. He is the former president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Inc., and currently is CEO and president of T.H.E. New Voice, Inc., a business and leadership consulting company.
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