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Great to be with you this morning we're actually talking about.
The war on Christmas and we're joined now by doctor Alex McFarland the world and religion expert and talk show radio host if -- like to follow him on Twitter as well go -- like this Korea at Alex McFarlane good morning CEO.
Good morning and more southern -- Christmas greetings from Atlanta what -- off.
I'm happy indeed and I can tell you if you.
Yet -- -- with you as well.
Is it goes a little bit about this senate you know a lot of people are saying that Christ is being taken out of Christmas.
Yeah -- well I I agree I do think there's a war on Christmas in America because I think there's a war on christianity and Christmas is part of christianity.
Yeah there -- a lot of our people and groups organizations that would like to see god and religion christianity and Christmas vanished from our culture.
And people need to be mindful of this.
Yeah I mean we see here recently in the news with the with the principal upset about Christmas celebrations going on school in saying that it it you know it is an issue of -- separation of church and state you think that's that's that really an issue.
-- -- -- holiday parties say are wearing a Santa -- something like that.
He did it -- -- tragic retailers.
Are not some retailers are not allowing their employees to say Merry Christmas some are I applaud retailers like wal greens and Macy's that it encouraged there.
Employees to be able to say Merry Christmas.
Tom I do wanna give a website AF -- dot net that lists.
Retailers that are pro Christmas and retailers that are anti Christmas.
But I want to say that it's an issue of separation of church and say it is absolutely false.
And I'll give you just a few examples some of our our.
The leaders throughout American history including our our most notable -- George Washington.
Abraham Lincoln FDR who was a Democrat was one of the most vocal supporters.
And many many of our presidents throughout the history of our country had issued Christmas Eve proclamations Christmas proclamations.
-- John F.
-- in his Christmas proclamations would encourage people to.
At at Christmas quote followed the prince of peace.
And Reagan did and and bush senior -- Bill Clinton as well also to save that -- To follow our constitution god in Christ in Christmas have to -- be expunged from public life is absolutely false.
Well and others would say added then the -- That.
It's it's actually better if he did say Merry Christmas to somebody because as they're gonna be happy to hear it.
Will know exactly and if somebody is offended -- we can simply smile and say well.
I retract the Merry Christmas sort of bothered you.
You know it's so counter intuitive because you see god and christianity are inextricably woven into the very fabric of our national.
Are our politics our culture.
God and christianity are part of who we are as Americans.
FDR in his Christmas proclamations talked about how.
Quote the scripture.
Shaped this republic.
-- and it's very unfortunate not to mention let me say this it's it's disingenuous in light of our history.
But it goes against the will of 80% of the American people right now.
Roughly 173 million Americans identify themselves as Christians that's an 80% majority.
And so I would say Christians you know we are the majority and we need to graciously but decisively assert ourselves.
And in our communities it locally regionally nationally we need to let it be known.
That we will not allow god and Christ to be banished from our culture.
Berth this nation out of a biblical -- belief in the -- -- Christian god.
And if we want our kids and grandkids.
To know who -- is and even if democracy will be.
The the the cultured that they inherit we've got to defend.
And to a large degree Christ within our culture.
Well -- had a lot of folks would say today that -- Christmas is become just.
Americana it's for people of of all religions is that OK can't.
Well our Christmas is part of American culture but let me say that when we're talking about the birth of Jesus Christ and the reality of the Christian message we are talking about actual history.
One of the things I think -- is notable especially for those that may -- -- unaware of this is the history city of Jesus.
Even critical scholars found -- non -- evangelical scholars will recognize that Jesus lived.
That he was known to be a miracle worker that he talked about the way of salvation.
He was crucified at passover -- -- again.
On his followers understood that the resurrection.
Validated his identity and message.
And so what when we're talking about Christmas now we're talking about reality it's not just.
Some person's opinion but it is actual verified reality and compelling lines of evidence proved.
The authenticity of the Christian faith.
And I would just say here at Christmas you know win the economy is bad and people work.
Anxious on a lot of levels lot of unrest around the world politically economically.
Christ is the greatest gift -- and let me say -- on some Americans want to banish Christ in Christmas that Christ is not given up on America.
And god loves all people even those that resist him and this Christmas the greatest gift -- is the forgiveness in the fulfilling.
That comes from having a relationship with Christ and that's available to all people.
Doctor Alex and violent thank you so much for your time today warm and a lot of hearts on on this finally Friday morning we really appreciate your time.
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-- -- Merry Christmas to you as well.
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