Christmas GiftThe illustrious Christian writer C.S. Lewis could be unequivocally grumpy about certain contemporary Christmas customs, if we judge from his essays on the subject. For example, in his 1970 essay collection, God in the Dock, Lewis has two such articles, of which the better known is entitled "Xmas and Christmas," undoubtedly a masterpiece in the art of social commentary. Written in imitation of the style of ancient historians, and wittily subtitled "A Lost Chapter From Herodotus," Lewis takes note of the "strange" habits of the people of the remote island of "Niatirb" (Britain spelled backwards), which require every citizen utterly to exhaust himself fighting his way through crowds to buy greeting cards and gifts in celebration of a feast known as "Exmas." On that day, though so "pale and weary" from the "Exmas Rush" that they look as if "some great public calamity had fallen on Niatirb," the "Niatirbians" nonetheless eat and drink to excess, so that "on the day after Exmas they are very grave, being internally disordered by the supper and the drinking and reckoning how much they have spent on gifts and on the wine." Nevertheless, Lewis goes on to say, among a small number of the "Niatirbians" there is a separate feast, known as "Chrissmas" (by some inscrutable caprice falling on the same day as "Exmas"), in which the birth of a Child to a fair woman is called to remembrance with great solemnity, according to certain religious rites.

HopeAs I see it, the beginning of the United States of America was the most dramatic and significant episode in a long pilgrimage — the pilgrimage of the Christian idea of law, liberty, and self-government. Christianity is the master principle of our organic documents of government — the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

Star in Night Sky Over CityThe simple and enduring faith of Christians has proven unconquerable despite the persecutions from ancient Rome to modern-day Iraq.

Nativity SceneBecause "public life" now entails virtually every part of our lives, erasing references to God entirely from public life means virtually eliminating them from America.

Planned ParenthoodWhile many major retailers like Home Depot, Lowe's, and Wal-Mart grapple with today's politically correct pressure in deciding whether to advertise using the words "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays," Planned Parenthood, America's leading abortion provider, boldy unveiled their holiday strategy. Planned Parenthood (PP) of Indiana now has a marketing scheme that sees them offering "gift certificates" for the holidays for services performed at any of the state's 35 PP clinics. The certificates, billed as an "unusual yet practical gift this holiday season," are available in $25 increments. The certificates can be used for health exams, and yes, abortions.

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