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What Would Jesus Do? Sometimes It Takes A Jew To Know Jesus Wouldn't Cram Christmas Down The Country's Throats.

Reported by Ellen - December 3, 2005

It was Scrooge time again Thursday night (12/1/05) on Hannity & Colmes. Sean Hannity and the religious right once more sought to kill the joy of the season by cramming "Merry Christmas" down everyone's throats and condemning anyone who doesn't want to go along. Ironically, it was Alan Colmes, a Jew, who effectively argued that this is not what Jesus would have wanted.

Sean Hannity opened the discussion by announcing that the Jackson County, Georgia public schools are "under attack for allegedly censoring symbols related to Christmas. According to an email obtained by the Alliance Defense Fund..." Hannity went on to say that a school principal asked that nothing with a religious connotation be worn by teachers. The sole guest was David Cortman, senior legal counsel at the Alliance Defense Fund, a far right organization dedicated to promoting Christianity and the gospel. Their Alliance Alert webpage reads like a TV Guide of past and present FOX News programming.

Hannity launched his usual diatribe to force Christmas into every nook and cranny in his usual way - by declaring himself a Christmas victim. "It just fits as to what's going on around the country - attacks against religion, attacks against Christianity and attacks more specifically in this case against Christmas."

Cortman, of course, agreed and alleged that most of us would rather be celebrating Christmas than having "a meaningless winter break."

When it was Alan Colmes' turn, Cortman began by saying, "Merry Christmas" despite the fact that Colmes is Jewish. Colmes said he was not offended by the remark. Comment: But I found it a bit creepy in that it did not come as a spontaneous expression of joy, but a calculated means of pushing an agenda. What's next - a claim that the majority of people believe in prayer so FOX News guests will start saying prayers on TV?

Colmes read an excerpt from Matthew 6:1 that he also put on the screen. "Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven." Colmes said, "(Jesus) didn't want people to seek public recognition for whatever their religious beliefs were."

Cortman seemed a bit taken aback for a moment, then insisted this was something different, the right to celebrate Christmas. Colmes said, "They have the right."

"There is no right by the four percent who does not celebrate Christmas..."

Colmes interrupted, "Is anybody being stopped from going to church, from praying, from celebrating one's religion in this country? Is anybody being denied the right to be a Christian?"

Cortman's response proved that practicing religion is not what his gang is really after. "They're being denied the right to celebrate Christmas in the public schools." He insisted that there was nothing illegal about saying "Merry Christmas" or wearing an angel pin or reading from the Bible. Comment: Just because something is legal doesn't mean a school should allow it. Smoking, roller skating, having sex, carrying a gun may all be perfectly legal but that doesn't mean that school is a good place to do it.

Colmes said student prayers are fine so long as a school doesn't do it. He reiterated, "Jesus said public displays are false piety and that's not the way to celebrate Jesus Christ, as was said in Matthew."

Cortman must have been a bit stymied. He laughed a little derisively. "I know this may be difficult for you to grasp but Jesus did not tell people to put their beliefs in the closet."

"I didn't say that. I did quote Matthew. That's what it said in Matthew."

Hannity ended the discussion.

Comment: Instead of whining about saying Merry Christmas, why don't these people donate some time and money to trying to make our schools better and safer. I talk to teachers all the time who pay for class supplies out of their own money, whose middle school students can't read and whose programs are being underfunded or cut altogether. What's more important: making sure public schools provide a good education or making sure they're a forum for Christianity?

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