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Former President Jimmy Carter Says Bush’s Policies Are Not Aligned With American Values.  Just What Could Those Values Be?  Support For The Yuletide Season?

Part Four

By Perry Hicks - GCN    Filed 12/5/05

In promoting his new book, Our Endangered Values, former President Jimmy Carter is breaking the unwritten code of former presidents not to criticize those currently in office.  According to Carter, the Bush administration’s policies are not aligned with American values.

Oh, really?  What values might that be Mr. President?

Could it be America’s revulsion of the Founding Fathers abhorred by the Left as nothing more than slave owning white men?

How about Christianity, which is so noxious that, like sexually explicit magazines, must literally be removed from public view?

Could that mean Christmas Trees, offensive for their jolly reminder of the yuletide season?  Or even the crime of wearing the colors green and red to school during the month of December?

Perhaps it is marriage, an institution reviled by the radical feminists of your party- unless of course it involves same-sex couples?

Could it be prosperity which your party seems almost universally find tantamount to evil?

Or perhaps, it is the current president’s aversion to killing the unborn, particularly in a process that could lead to fetuses being grown for their body parts, not unlike tomatoes in a hydroponic farm?

The answer to this last point is “no” for Jimmy Carter, who is himself a self professed born-again Christian, does assert that he doesn’t think the Democrat Party "ought to identify itself with freedom of choice, with abortion."

Yet, in another breath, Mr. Carter said American politics is being “infused” with “fundamentalist religion.”

By this remark could I take it that he would prefer politics being infused with fundamentalist atheism?

Of course, while Carter has been quoted as saying, “I've never been convinced, if you let me inject my Christianity into it, that Jesus Christ would approve abortion," he has also said, that while he personally opposed abortion, he would not encourage Roe v. Wade be overturned.

From this I can only conclude that Carter’s view of American values is to be on both sides of an issue.

However, if banning abortion is not what bothers Carter, what is all this Fundamentalist Christian animus is all about?  Is it that the Religious Right does actually believe in encouraging the reversal of Roe v. Wade?

Isn’t this why Christmas must be banned?  Some how children’s Christian identity must be disparaged so that they will be averse to growing up in their faith?  In this way, opposition to abortion will someday die out?

Laughably, Carter further claims his purpose is not at all partisan while at the same time asserting that over the last five years (the exact span of time Bush has been in office) “there's been a dramatic and disturbing and radical change in the values of this country.”

I would presume then that the previous president’s, values are where Carter would see us return. 



The Offensiveness of Christmas Trees

Perhaps it is the push-back that Christians and even Jews are making about the gradual criminalization of Christmas that has Carter concerned about a “disturbing and radical change in values.”  It has certainly reduced the number of such reports this year- at least so far- and even some reversals.

Last year saw an outbreak of attempts to ban Christmas:

  • In Maplewood and South Orange, New Jersey, the school board ordered that Christmas carols, even instrumentals, not be played during Holiday concerts.
  • Denver Colorado would not permit a Christian float in the Christmas parade because the float would have carried a banner saying, “Merry Christmas.”
  • In Franklin, Michigan, the Holly Day celebration was changed to Winter Festival because “Holly Day” was too “Christmassy.”

You see, in each of the above cases, the authorities contend that they are only avoiding offending the sensibilities of the minority.  It matters not if the majority is absolutely incensed.

But these are not the most egregious examples.  No, beyond the religious symbols and choral lyrics, there is the offensiveness of Christmas trees themselves.

Consider the situation in Bellvue, Washington, where atheists, Sidney and Jennifer Stocks, sued to have a Christmas tree, that by the way was not called a Christmas tree, removed because they believe “no religious symbols should be displayed.”  The tree was a place for collecting charitable donations that were reported to have been as much as $25 thousand.

Never mind that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that Christmas trees are not religious symbols.

That insignificant fact did not prevent Pasco County, Florida from banning Christmas trees in all public facilities.  Fortunately, Pasco County reversed its decision when it received an “educational letter” from the American Center for Law and Justice.

And what was the lesson delivered to Pasco?  Christians can sue, too.

However, in East Manatee, Florida, Braden Middle School had no Christmas trees at all, ostensibly because they wanted to keep the holiday “generic.”

These bans on celebrating Christmas- or in PC parlance- “recognizing” a holiday- do not stop even at Christmas Trees.

The Plano Independent School District actually banned children from wearing the colors red and green, parents from exchanging gifts on school property and even criticizing school officials.

And when parents were asked to supply items for the “Winter Break Party,” they were instructed to send in only white napkins and plates.

The reason given for the all white requirement?  Parents were told the school district was “shunning” the colors red and green.

The problem the left will have with banning Christmas- and it is an attempt to ban- is that many people are ethnically Christian.  Yep, they may not be church-goers but they identify themselves with western (Christian) culture.  So, after they are told to be sensitive to and tolerant of others, they find themselves being made to feel somehow unclean simply because of Christmas.

Adding to this is the other battles in the culture war that predisposes ethnic Christians to rebel:  Attacks on Boy Scouts; infringement of 1st and 2nd amendment rights; eminent domain; the diminution of parental authority; and the general derision of America itself.

I suspect the reason some find this backlash alarming is that it is working.  Christians are fighting back both in the courts and with their dollars.  And they can find a press, as in FOX News, talk radio, and even web-based publications like Gulf Coast News, who will not explain away how usurping their rights are somehow good and Constitutional.  In short, it is no longer open season on traditional Americans.  They can and will fight back.

Merry Christmas!

In Part Five, we will see how and why the left refuses to educate our children.

Part 1 - Monumental Incompetence: Epitomized By The Democrat National Committee, The Left Arrogantly Presumes They Have All Of The Answers. However, Their Track Record Says Otherwise. Filed 8/21/05

Part 2 - Monumental Incompetence: Radio Talk Show Host Michael Savage Identifies Liberalism As A Mental Disorder.  In Other Words, A Democrat Government Could Be Likened To An Insane Asylum Run By The Inmates. Filed 10/11/05

Part 3 -Monumental Incompetence: To The Left, Getting Bush Is More Important Than Winning Elections.  Helping the RNC Is The ACLU, Cindy Sheehan, and Texas Prosecutor, Ronnie Earle.   Filed 11/3/05

About the Author.....

Perry Hicks is a former Mississippi Coast resident and was a correspondent for the old Gulfport Star Journal. He has appeared on Fox News Channel. Perry has also hosted his own radio talk show on the auto industry with a mix of politics. Perry is a former college professor and a frequent contributor to GCN writing on stories of national importance with local interests. His articles can be found in the GCN Archive.

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