Iraq’s Christian leaders have cancelled public Christmas celebrations and warned believers against decorating their homes. The reason? New threats of terror attacks by al-Qaida against Iraqi Christians. Two months ago, al-Qaida insurgents brutally attacked Christian worshippers during a church service in Baghdad, killing 68 men, women and children. Since then, al-Qaida terrorists have proudly claimed responsibility for bombing Christian homes and neighborhoods throughout the Capital. No Christmas displays in Iraq this year!
Before you say “that could never happen here,” listen to this: In May, students at a Massachusetts public middle school took a field trip to a local mosque where they participated in a prayer and listened to lectures on Islam. Parents, who gave signed permission for students to visit the mosque, were not informed in advance that the students would hear a Mosque spokesperson denigrate Western civilization and glorify Islam. What is most astonishing is that this occurred in the same state where public displays of the nativity have been prohibited and firefighters forced to remove a "Merry Christmas" sign from their station.
At every sales interaction, we are reminded that the 'reason for the season' has all but disappeared, as we endure the innocuous greeting "Happy Holidays." Considering the increasing intolerance of Christianity and acceptance of Islam, it seems the theft of Christmas can no longer be blamed on the Grinch.