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hysterical bloviating and bleating we hear from the ACLU this time of year
about whether school choirs can sing "Silent Night" is just gas,
sound and fury, but signifying nothing.
and bullies of secular fundamentalism will yammer on about the separation of
church and state, and the horrors of recognizing Christmas in public settings,
as if democracy itself will be shattered if anybody so much as mentions the
name of the Prince of Peace let alone sings a song or two in his honor.
can save their breath, for Christmas is clearly, flatly, unequivocally and
Christmas itself is in the Constitution.
This is not
even a matter for debate, for the Framers themselves dated this document, one
of the two most important political documents in human history (along with the
Declaration of Independence) from the very first Christmas. You could look it
I'll look it up for you. Here's how the Framers concluded:
in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth
Day of September in the Year of our Lord
one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the
United States of America the Twelfth. In witness whereof We have hereunto
subscribed our Names..." (Emphasis mine.)
the foundational document of the greatest nation in history to the birth of
Jesus Christ, the Founders essentially celebrated Christmas as they signed
their names. Since the Declaration was also dated from the first Christmas, you
can even say that the two most important political documents in history are in
the nature of Christmas cards from the Founders to us.
noting how deliberate and how majestic this all is. Jesus is referred to as
"Lord." They were acknowledging Jesus Christ as the true and rightful
sovereign of this fledgling nation.
And they did
not identify Jesus as "the" Lord, but rather as "our" Lord,
each signer acknowledging his own submission to him as master over their own
lives. And since they were acting on behalf of the whole American people, the
Founders in essence were entering into a covenant with Jesus Christ as our
rightful lord and liege.
say, "You can't attach any significance to that. That's the way they dated
everything in those days.” This just makes the case much worse for secularists,
because it is an explicit admission that the advent of Jesus Christ was so
widely accepted as the dividing line of human history that every document
without hesitation or question was dated from the year of his birth.
There was a
time when claiming that the earth revolved around the sun rather than the
reverse was a controversial, world-view transforming declaration. Now we all
accept that routinely. The very lack of controversy is an evidence of how
widespread it is now to accept what was once a radical breakthrough and a giant
ordinariness of dating the document to the birth of Christ, the utter lack of
any controversy over including Christ in the Constitution, is the most
compelling evidence of all that the Founders saw him as the pivotal figure in
reason, we can't commemorate the Constitution without at the same time
commemorating the Nativity. And every time we do something as mundane as sign a
check we bear silent witness to the influence of the God-man in history. All of
history is divided into two epochs, and Jesus himself is the center point.
But we must
note that this dating may not, in fact, be as routine as our secularist friends
want us to think. For the Founders did not just date the Constitution from the
birth of Christ but also from the birth of the nation: "in the Year of our Lord one thousand
seven hundred and Eighty seven and of
the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth."
obviously was a dating decision that was deliberate, thoughtful and
for the Founding Fathers, the two most important dates in all human history
were the birth of Jesus Christ and the birth of the United States of America.
I'm inclined to agree.
Christmas this season content in the knowledge that Christmas is not only
perfectly constitutional, it is IN the Constitution itself and will be until
the end of time. Merry Christmas, everybody, from me and every signer of the
Constitution of the United States.
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