December 25, 2013, - 8:59 am

Merry Christmas to All of My Christian Friends & Readers

By Debbie Schlussel

Merry Christmas to all of my Christian readers & friends. I wish you a very joyous and merry Christmas with family, friends, and everything that you wish for. I hope you are enjoying the holiday.

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Even though I believe very strongly in my own religion and I am not a Christian, I am thankful that, for now, America’s strong Christian tradition remains. With G-d’s* help, it is the only thing that keeps us from becoming a Muslim nation. Like you, I want to continue to practice my religion freely and for that to be the case for my fellow co-religionists and yours. As I’ve said so many times before on this site, even though I do not believe in Christ, I do believe that America has resisted becoming a Muslim nation thus far because of its strong Christian heritage and the fact that the majority of Americans still identify as Christians. That is and has always been the backbone and at the forefront of America’s traditional values. People like Miley Cyrus and the supporters of Hezbollah in Dearbornistan have one thing in common: they do not go to church and they do not believe in our common Judeo-Christian values, traditions, and heritage.

Look to Europe, and you’ll see why every single country there is moving toward becoming an Islamic state. Yes, a good part of it is because of immigration and birthrate problems that face America as well. And because of the welfare state for these immigrants and multiple births, as well as an orthodoxy of multiculturalism. But, ultimately, it’s because Europe has lost its Christian faith and more and more of its population is either unaffiliated or atheist. You see it in Great Britain. You see it throughout Scandinavia, where marriage and other sacraments of the Church and of Judeo-Christian values are anathema. Those are the same countries that have willingly allowed themselves to become ravaged by Muslim immigration and the corresponding hate. There is a reason Malmo, Sweden is no longer welcoming to Jews and the Israeli Davis Cup Tennis Team cannot compete there in front of a live audience, lest they be blown up.






And if you think Europe is unique, it is not. We are no different, just a decade or two behind, except for America’s still strong Christian faith. Yes, more and more Americans are leaving Christianity or are becoming lapsed in their observance of it. And devout Muslims are growing in numbers in our midst. But we are still a Christian nation by far, with well more than half of America celebrating Christmas today. Yes, we are experiencing the same religious decline as in Europe, but it’s to a far lesser, much slower degree. As I always say, atheists and lapsed Christians are future Muslims, ripe for the picking. Just look at all the former hippies and feminists who choose this cult (Islam) that imprisons the mind and the body, while they spent their lives denouncing Christians and Jews and fighting Nativity displays in the courts and wishes of “Merry Christmas” in the major retailers.

While Jews were an active part of every step of American history, from its founding to all of its battles (we fought in every one, including the Revolutionary War–American history is inextricably part of Jewish history and vice versa), and America has always been a Judeo-Christian country, those of us who are realists know it is really and has always been a Christian nation (unless we continue to do nothing about the ever-increasing encroachment by Islam on our shores). Most of the Founding Fathers were Christians, as were most of the revolutionaries who fought off the British. Yes, there were exceptions who came pretty close to atheism (such as Thomas Jefferson), but for the most part, they were Christians (and had some Jewish help–see Haym Solomon and so on). And that’s why America’s still around and as we know it–because of its Christian heritage.

That could change and in the long-term demographics, it looks like it will change because we’ve done nothing to stop that. America as we know it–and Christmas as you know it–may not be around (to the extent that they are now) in several generations. You and I won’t see it, but your great-great-great-grandchildren and theirs may. Look at what has happened to Christians in the birthplace of your religion: the Middle East. They aren’t under siege–that was yesterday. Today, they are no longer there, unless you count their scant and meager presence. They’ve been forced out and have left in droves to the West and other locals, if they haven’t been killed off first. Bethlehem, Jesus’ birthplace, is majority Muslim–vast majority Muslim. And, no, contrary to Palestinian terrorist-in-chief Mahmoud Abbas a/k/a Abu Mazen’s claim, Jesus was NOT a Palestinian. He was a Jew. Never forget that.

Yes, today, more and more Americans are obsessed with Us Magazine and TMZ and what celebrities are wearing and with whom they are sleeping. Many more Americans of Christian heritage can name all of the members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan than can name Jesus’ apostles.

But so long as we are a Christian nation–which continues to be based on its Judeo-Christian roots–and haven’t fallen to Islam in the way Europe has via political correctness/multi-culturalism and a vast welfare state with uber-generosity toward illegal aliens (and again, we are doing that as well, unfortunately), I will be safe to be a Jew and will be able to freely practice my religion, G-d willing. In the end, it is His (G-d’s) will, but with our help. G-d helps those who help themselves and we must help ourselves in this regard.

It’s a problem that many of those who identify as Christian in America (and the rest of the West) are Christians in name only and don’t practice much of anything. The religion that is fast growing here–through immigration (legal and illegal), women-as-baby-factories mass births, and brainwashing conversions–is Islam. That’s got to change.

While some see my fellow co-religionists in Judaism as anti-Christian, I assure you we are not. Those who oppose your holiday displays and religious observances are not devout Jews. We who believe strongly in our faith have no issue with yours. We know that the enemies of Christmas and Christianity are also the enemies of my faith of Judaism. While some try to erase references to Christmas in America–whether in commerce or in education, whether in Hollywood or in trying to decimate Nativity scenes at the local city hall lawn–I am not among them. I do not share your religion nor some of your religious beliefs, but I celebrate that you celebrate.

The day that Ramadan or Eid Al-Fitr or Eid Al-Adha are national holidays (and they are holidays in several American school districts and union factories–thanks, unions!–around the country already) is the end of days or the precursor to them for our America where you and I are free to practice our Judeo-Christian holidays and religious observances. At least, it’s the end of days for you and me to be able to live in peace. And, again, we are well on our way there. Like I said, that day may be sooner than you think–in a few generations, if we continue to do nothing about Muslims seeping into our country and expanding their stronghold.

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While we have that strong Christian background that is an essential part of America’s fabric and history, Christian America hasn’t had the necessary resistance to Islamic immigration that we need and the fight against Muslims’ refusal to be absorbed in American culture that is required to preserve our freedoms and our American way of life. Christian America–primarily the left-leaning, “progressive” portion of it–has bent over backward (and forward) to the many unreasonable, un-American, unconstitional demands put forth on our society by Muslims.

In that respect, many churches and Christian organizations–especially the leftist ones such as the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America (PCUSA) and so on–have failed and their celebration of Christmas today is phony and hollow. They have maintained their status quo–or worse, engaged in this multi-cultural “interfaith” dialogue to lend legitimacy to the supporters and agents of Islamic terrorism and tyranny. And they aren’t working on sustaining their faith and its continued existence in America–which must include resistance to Islamic tyranny on our own shores–for future generations.

That’s something to think about as you gaze happily at your Christmas tree while you and your family open presents (and are hopefully lucky enough to have presents in this age of ObamaCare insurance payment hikes). Will your great-great-grandchildren and their children be able to do the same? Will their great-great-grandchildren be forced to say Midnight Mass in a basement hiding from the Mukhabarat (“secret police) and Mutaween (“Muslim religious police)?

You are celebrating the birth of Christ today, but in future tomorrows, your progeny may all be forced to “celebrate” Ramadan and the Eids because we did not do enough to stop from becoming Eurabia, American Annex, or as I call it, “Islamerica.” Your descendants may be forced to hide under hijabs and niqabs and be oppressed for their faith and religious practice, just as mine were in every single Muslim nation in which they lived throughout history (and as they had to do in the Communist Soviet Union), just as the dwindling Christian populations are in every single Muslim nation in which they lived and have now been forced to leave or lose their lives.

Christianity is under attack all over the Muslim world. And as America inches closer to the Muslim world, it will come under attack on our shores more and more. If you think ACLU lawsuits over Creches are bad, just wait. And if you think the Muslims in America are different in that respect, you simply aren’t thinking at all. They are no different than their fellow co-religionists, except that they have not yet reached critical mass here. But they are getting there. And in the long run, if we do nothing, the result will be the same here as it is in the Muslim world and every European country well on its way to becoming part of the Muslim world.

Don’t be fooled by the leadership in the Palestinian Authority and its pseudo-embrace of the Christmas tourism in Bethlehem. They need the money, and business is business. Quietly, they–the Palestinian Muslims who dominate Bethlehem and the rest of the Muslim world sneer at all the pilgrims who’ve come to mark the Christmas holiday . . . all while they count the cash they’ve meet from selling trinkets to the visiting Christians. Christians and Christianity in Bethlehem are merely a business, a customer base for Muslims to make money off of. They are a means to an end for the Muslim Palestinian Authority which rules the place and is alternately feuding with and trying to merge with HAMAS. More than three out of every four Bethlehem residents are Muslims and that rate is growing. The Muslim call to prayer, not prayers at the Church of the Nativity, is the loudest sound. And it is not just a call to prayer, it is a call to war. They are at war with all of us. Like humans amidst the sounds of a dog whistle, we just don’t hear it.

And that call to prayer isn’t just the loudest sound on the other side of the world in Bethlehem, it is also now the loudest sound in Hamtramck, Michigan, once a stronghold of Catholics. It is also the loudest sound in Canton, Michigan. And Dearbornistan and Dearbornistan Heights, and a growing number of American cities and towns as the virus spreads.

For me, a strong Christian America is a strong America where religious Jews like me can celebrate our religion, our Sabbath, and our holidays, just as it enables you to celebrate Christmas today. Let’s keep America that way not just for us, but for future generations. We must do that if we want our faiths, our people, and our country to survive into the future.

Again, I wish you a wonderful holiday and a Merry Christmas overflowing with joy, family and loved ones, friends, good health, food and drink and other sustenance, warmth, and shelter. And even though I do not celebrate your holiday, I appreciate the gift you give me every day: your readership (and comments and tips, too), your support, and your camaraderie in the marketplace of ideas. And most important, our common goal and aim for the survival of Western civilization, of which the Judeo-Christian ethos is the backbone.

And, remember, we are all still here and allowed to practice our faiths freely because of G-d. May He bless us all.

Thank you and, again, Merry Christmas.

* Religious Jews do not write/type out G-d’s full name out of respect for Him.

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51 Responses

Thank you for a well informed break down of what is going on in our country today and what we unfortunately have to look ahead with dread for what awaits us in the future.If we are not careful they will piece by piece take our country away from us.As noted already it is happening. That aside.Have Happy Christmas,Merry New Year.Best luck of peace,love and success.Keep fighting the good fight. WE have few left who will give us the truth.Stay warm and safe.Cheers.

Steve on December 25, 2013 at 9:56 am

Part of the tendency to marginalize Christianity is for liberals and their sycophants to conflate Christianity with Evangelical Christianity. I respect both, but Evangelical Christianity has been under attack for several decades politically and culturally, and the shorthand reference to Evangelicals as ‘Christians’ assists in marginalizing Christianity as a whole. Neither should be marginalized.

Little Al on December 25, 2013 at 9:57 am

    A most interesting point, Little Al.

    skzion on December 25, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Its a fact nearly all the good Christmas songs in America were written by Jews and some of the best Christmas music again comes from Jewish composers!

      Religious Jews don’t begrudge others celebrating their faith. A belief in G-d should instill happiness in all of us and we should share it with our families, neighbors and friends.

      Its true its a Christian holiday – but its importance is not about the material aspects of it but in finding spiritual joy and peace. We’re in more need of it in our troubled times. And those who hate to say “Merry Christmas” hate America.

      Religious Jews have no problem saying “Merry Christmas” to Christians. People should honor their traditions and without them we are all like Tevye famously said, “the fiddler on the roof!”

      NormanF on December 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones Debbie

Even though it is Christmas I don’t think Christians can forget that this year has culminated in what looks certain to be the eventual extinction of Christianity in the holy land its birthplace.
History certainly will not forget it.
On this day we must look forward with hope but there cannot be hope without an acceptance of reality.

Frankz on December 25, 2013 at 10:11 am

Isaiah 9:6-7

New International Version (NIV)

6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.

L Thorson on December 25, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Dear L Thorson,

    Most beautiful … Thank you.

    Darrell L. Hicks on December 25, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Merry Christmas to you Miss Debbie. Very good comments in this article . Many today will give attention to the holiday, but will only mention it’s name. Christmas “magic”, whatever that is. The Spirit of Christmas, without saying what Christmas is all about. Many do not believe in Jesus Christ, and it is entirely up to them. When they do mention Him they keep him a baby, as at Christmas. Christ’s birthday is celebrated at this time of year, even though He was born , most likely in the spring or fall. The Christian beliefs in Old and New Testaments, along with the Jewish people beliefs in Old Testament teaching are a guiding principle that our nations laws were based on. The farther away from these principles we get the farther away from our freedoms and morals and civility we get. As it’s been said, “..if you believe in nothing, you’ll fall for anything..” or something like that. The powers that be, in government are behind the sceenes, as they are in sports, business, entertainment..ect.. will do all they can to destroy America. America has been blessed of G-D, not the mu-slime diety, not the Dog Star diety who is Lucifier, but The Lord G-D Almighty. Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season, as it’s been said before. Well that’s my comment, for what it’s worth. Thanks to Miss Debbie, for allowing these comments.

William on December 25, 2013 at 11:52 am

I was listening to Christmas music this morning and it struck me how uplifting, glorious and thrilling the music is that celebrates the season and the Reason.

Then I went looking for Islamic music. Because .. I’ve never heard of Islamic music ..

Wow. I heard two cats being strangled with a mongoloid beating a gas can. Talk about awful. I guess Muslims feel not joy but hate in their hearts.

Jesse on December 25, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Have a Good Day Debbie, Skunky, and Jonathan E. Grant. There ain’t nothing better than just sitting down on this day and reading either Thou Shall Prosper or The Torah or The New Testament.

It is refreshing to the soul.

Confederate South on December 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Thank you Confederate South. The other day, we (my wife and I) were at a friend’s Christmas Party. There were Christians and Jews who cared about and loved each other. I admired their beautiful tree and decorations, and they in turn admired the aspects of Judaism.

    That is America, in a nutshell.

    Jonathan E. Grant on December 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm

This is a fine column, and I agree with almost every word. Almost. I can’t quite agree with the following:

“Most of the Founding Fathers were Christians . . . Yes, there were exceptions who came pretty close to atheism (such as Thomas Jefferson), but for the most part, they were Christians. . . .”

Little Al’s point about the term “Christian” is helpful in this regard. Insofar as the Founding Fathers were Christians, they were not Evangelical Christians. Jay and Hamilton were Episcopalian, for example. That makes them nearly Catholic, and there are Christians who do not consider Catholics Christians. A few were Unitarian (e.g. John Adams); as Unitarians reject the divinity of Jesus, they cannot really be called “Christian.”

But I’d say a majority of the Founders (certainly a majority of the most important Founders) were Deist, including Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, Paine, and Washington. While the definition of Deism is itself fuzzy, Deism does not accept that Jesus was of the substance of G-d, even though Jesus was typically admired as a source of instruction. Deism does hold that there is a God of some kind. Typically, this God is referred to in terms of “Providence” or something similar. Unlike today’s airhead “spiritual” people, Founders who were Deists took their Deism seriously. For example, Jefferson wrote a letter about the education of a child in his extended family. Religion was reserved for the teen years, when the child’s “understanding” would be developed enough for the topic.

The importance of Deism explains why “Jesus” is omitted from our founding documents, which would otherwise be hard to understand. There is a very clear Judeo-Christian “flavor” to these documents nonetheless, which is how we know they were not the product of atheists.

What I find interesting about Evangelicals, however, is that while they were not important as Founders, they are awfully important as supporters of that which the Founders wrought. Mockers just can’t understand this, but I don’t find it particularly difficult, and the key is again Jefferson. He emphasized the importance of farmers. Why were they important? Well, they lived outside the cities; they were not affected by every new whimsical notion as city folk were. They were very hard workers. One could say that they were the a reserve of uncorrupted morality. As city dwellers would end up corrupted, farmers were necessary to defeat the corruption periodically.

I’d argue that the importance of the Evangelicals is that they have certain of the “farmer” qualities. They did not and could not have created our founding documents, but they may very well prevent the Union from being destroyed.

skzion on December 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Good point about farmers.

    Little Al on December 25, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Silver Bells – by Jacob Harold Levinson and Raymond Bernard Evans:

    Silver bells silver bells
    It’s Christmas time in the city
    Ring a ling, hear them sing
    Soon it will be Christmas day

    City sidewalks busy sidewalks .
    Dressed in holiday style
    In the air
    There’s a feeling
    of Christmas
    Children laughing
    People passing
    Meeting smile after smile
    And on every street corner you’ll hear

    Silver bells silver bells
    It’s Christmas time in the city
    Ring a ling, hear them ring
    Soon it will be Christmas day

    Strings of street lights
    Even stop lights
    Blink a bright red and green
    As the shoppers rush
    home with their treasures

    Hear the snow crunch
    See the kids bunch
    This is Santa’s big scene
    And above all this bustle
    You’ll hear
    Silver bells, silver bells
    It’s Christmas time in the city
    Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
    Soon it will be Christmas da

    NormanF on December 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Sammy Cahn wrote the lyrics to “Let it Snow, Let it Snow!:

      Oh the weather outside is frightful
      But the fire is delightful
      And since we’ve got no place to go
      Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!!

      Oh, it doesn’t show signs of stopping
      And I’ve brought some corn for popping
      Since the lights are turned way down low
      Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

      The fire is slowly dying
      And my dear is still good-by-ing

      But as long as you love me so
      Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It snow

      When we finally kiss goodnight
      How I’ll hate going out in the storm!
      But if you’ll really hold me tight
      All the way home I’ll be warm

      Oh, it doesn’t show signs of stopping
      And I’ve brought some corn for popping
      Since the lights are turned way down low
      Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

      When we finally kiss goodnight
      How I’ll hate going out in the storm!
      But if you’ll really hold me tight
      All the way home I’ll be warm

      The fire is slowly dying
      And my dear is still good-by-ing
      But as long as you love me so
      Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

      NormanF on December 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm

        Irving Berlin – known as Isadore Israel Baline – wrote the lyrics to “White Christmas”:

        I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
        Just like the ones I used to know
        Where the tree tops glisten
        And children listen
        To hear sleigh bells in the snow

        I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
        With every Christmas card I write
        May your days be merry and bright
        And may all your Christmases be white

        I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
        just like the ones I used to know
        Where the tree tops glisten
        And children listen
        To hear sleigh bells in the snow

        I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
        With every Christmas card I write
        May your days be merry and bright
        And may all your Christmases
        May all your Christmases
        May all your Christmases be white

        I’m dreaming of a white
        Christmas with you
        Jingle Bells all the way, all the way

        NormanF on December 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Norman I think that Elvis’s version of this song is pretty good.

      Ken b on December 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I am from Maryland, and we were a state founded essentially by Catholics (The Carrols were Catholic and one was a signer of the Declaration of Independence).

    However, John Adams was not a Unitarian. He was a rather devout man. As to his religion, he wrote to Jefferson, after Jefferson’s presidency ended, that “The love of G-d and His creation, delight, joy, triumph, exultation in my own existence…are my religion.” (Source: David McCollough).

    Adams grew up attending the First Church in Braintree, Mass; however, while in the Continental Congress, he tried nearly all churches – the Anglican Christ Church, the meetinghouses of the Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Quakers, the German Moravians, and even the Catholic Church, where he found himself both distressed and moved, and awed and affecting. (Again, see the book “John Adams” by David McCollough.)

    Jonathan E. Grant on December 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      JEG, I’m no expert on Adams. As I noted, though, Unitarianism back then was a real religion. In other words, one really could be a devout Unitarian. It is perhaps significant that your quotation does not mention “Jesus.”

      skzion on December 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    One comment on the Founding Fathers. The Episcopalians and Unitarians were not the same, then, as they are today. They had a more “real Christian” belief. These denominations have been watered down so much that Jesus Christ is no longer the center of their beliefs. It’s religious show business at best.

    William on December 25, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Merry Christmas to all the Christian readers of this site as well as any other readers here who celebrates the holiday.

JeffE on December 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Debbie, thanks for this article, even though I don’t exactly agree with every word and sentence during the course of the article, but it’s still well written. First things first, regarding Christmas, the holiday is a holiday that originally derived out of the Pagan holiday of “Yule”, Yule was an indigenous midwinter festival celebrated by the Germanic peoples, absorbed into celebrations surrounding Christmas over the Christianization. The earliest reference to it are in the form of month names, where the Yule-tide period last somewhere around two months in length, falling along the end of the modern calendar year between what is now mid-November and early January. So in essence, Christmas is apart of a “Winter Solstice” from the Pagan holiday of Yule.

Secondly, you’re right regarding the vast majority of population of this country where the folks verify themselves as “Christians” per se, but about more than half of them aren’t practicing Christians (I personally can relate to them), many of them are deist, secular-humanists, etc., I personally these days view myself as an “Animist” and happen to be one of your some Animist fans and readers Debbie, and animism has no dogmatic-doctrines, teachings and puritanical-patriarchal hierarchies, etc.

Third, as I explained in my last paragraph that population wise, the country is Christian, however our laws and government happens to be secular and quasi atheistic, where we have separations of politics and religion from being practice during the course of political speeches, works, etc. We also have both, “freedom of religion and freedom from religion”, and we all know what that means. And the muslim population here in the US remains barely under 1%, and I also recognize the muslim birth-rates, muslim immigrations, etc. from both here on this blog of yours Debbie and other websites across the internet, anyway Ms. Schlussel, I hope you enjoy your day, even though you don’t celebrate Christmas (or Yule) as you said in the link!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on December 25, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Debbie, your thoughts are well put. As a Jew, I am honoured to be able to celebrate this holiday with my Christian friends. There is more that binds us than what separates us. I have always felt that there is little distinction between Christians and Jews. Both of our religions are based on the old testament. We both have Judeo-Christian values. We believe in the 10 commandments. The only major differences are that we should not eat pork and have other dietary restrictions (which many Jews do not keep). Finally, Christians believe in the second coming of the Messiah, while Jews are still waiting for Him to come for the first time. Happy holidays.

George Berger on December 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    George, I do not mean to be a killjoy, but I do have to comment on your comment.

    “Both of our religions are based on the old testament.”

    Jews do not have an “old testament.” We have a Torahs. The Christian New Testament is central to Christianity, as it introduces the teachings of . . . Jesus (!).

    “We believe in the 10 commandments.”

    No, Jews have 613 commandments (mitzvot).

    “The only major differences are that we should not eat pork and have other dietary restrictions (which many Jews do not keep).”

    It’s true that many Jews do not keep the dietary restrictions, but it is not true that the differences between Torah Judaism and Christianity can be summed up in a few passages of Leviticus that cover what we can and cannot eat. I mean, there are many tens of volumes of the Talmud!

    I don’t dispute what binds Jews and Christians together. I just wanted to clarify some points for our readers.

    skzion on December 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      skzion,I do have to comment on YOUR comment.

      Your appropriately respectful reply to George Berger was of a quality I itched to see expressed. So why didn’t I reply, myself? I should be so lucky as to have your powers of expression.

      lee of the lower case "l" on December 25, 2013 at 4:10 pm

        Thanks lee.

        skzion on December 25, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      Skzion, exactly!

      There are differences in outlook. They are important and shouldn’t be waved away.

      That said, the Christmas songs I posted illustrate the Jewish contribution to the spirit of the holiday and to American culture.

      Nobody writes whimsical songs like that anymore and that’s sad. Not even many Jews are aware of how greatly their forebears contributed to America.

      In earlier ages, that was unimaginable! Jews should not be ashamed of the joy and happiness they’ve brought to millions of Americans and the last thing on earth they should stand for is the abolition of Christmas as an American religious tradition and national holiday.

      NormanF on December 25, 2013 at 4:16 pm

        Interesting points, Norman.

        skzion on December 25, 2013 at 5:53 pm

I’m a first-time reader, a Christian, who followed a link here from a Jewish friend. Thank you for writing this. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a most happy and blessed New Year. And may our nation rediscover it’s mooring.

Connie on December 25, 2013 at 3:33 pm

God bless you Debbie!!!

Yipi' McCoxaurd on December 25, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Okay, time for a little humor.

Roses are reddish,
violets are bluish,
if it wasn’t for Christmas,
we’d all be Jewish.

Merry Christmas, friends!

Jonathan E. Grant on December 25, 2013 at 4:47 pm

And of course, as we all know, Christmas music has become secularized. Long ago, Christmas music was Silent Night, Joy to the World and It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.

Now, for the most part, Christmas music is Frosty the Snowman, Sleigh Ride, and songs like that. Just another step in the secularization of the United States.

Little Al on December 25, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    And the Jewish contribution? Wittingly or not, these songs do contribute to the secularization of the day.

    Let it snow?

    Yes, we hear these songs, and yes, they are classics, but they do dilute the religious meaning of the day, whether or not that was the intention of the writers.

    Little Al on December 25, 2013 at 6:31 pm

“It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by “religionists”, but by Christians—not on religion, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”…Patrick Henry

As the son of a Jewish Dad & a Catholic Mom (who’s father was also Jewish), I too realize the great value of Judeo-Christian values in our beloved Republic. And may G*d bless & keep all my fellow Schlussel regulars on this Christmas!

Cicero's Ghost (NB) on December 25, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Patrick Henry WAS a Christian.

    skzion on December 26, 2013 at 1:38 am

      @ skzion:

      Indeed he was. And that excerpt, from one of his speeches to the VA House of Burgesses just goes to show that the man not only lived his faith, but understood its relevance & importance to all of this nation’s citizens.

      Hope all’s well with you & yours, my friend!

      Cicero's Ghost (NB) on December 26, 2013 at 11:21 am

Merry Christmas, everybody

Infidel on December 25, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Merry Christmas to you too Infidel, Skzion and everybody.

Frankz on December 25, 2013 at 11:02 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlCEXA8oqjM

Frankz on December 25, 2013 at 11:05 pm

“And that call to prayer isn’t just the loudest sound on the other side of the world in Bethlehem, it is also now the loudest sound in Hamtramck, Michigan…”

How true. I was visiting a friend in Chatsworth (CA) and heard the cacophonous, vile, blare of the “call to prayer” from an islamic center that had opened up nearby a few years ago.

t was a chilling, annoying and a clear, intrusive assault on all infidels.

He said that property values had slid 40% since and his neighborhood is peppered with “for sale” signs as muslims buy-in to the neighborhood at cut-rate prices displacing the formerly quiet middle-class, diverse neighborhood.

DS_ROCKS! on December 26, 2013 at 2:48 am

Oh, and thanks, Debbie.

We went to a very nice eve celebration at iChurch L.A. in North Hollywood (https://www.facebook.com/ichurchinla – putting in a little plug for them) and then had a relatively sparse, but very pleasant Christmas at home while pumping nearly zero dollars to China.

DS_ROCKS! on December 26, 2013 at 3:14 am

I feel really pity!!
I mean r u taking shelter under a religion, which u do not believe to be true, Just because you want to save ur self 4m another emerging faith??
I m sure all ur guns would have been facing christianity if there was no islam!
Although I wouln’t be able to change, your life longe perceptions about what happened, 1400 year ago, in madina as we have been on diffrent pages.
But how would you justify the spread of islam in US and europe today when most of us are not practicing muslims, we, mostly, skip prayers,
do not fast, corruption on the rise, divided into various sects, economically and technologically backward nations without any power and strength.
. Who is imposing Islam today?
If it is still spreading without any serious effort from our part then there must be something which attracts neutral and unbiased people.
To feel and see this something you must remove your glasses of prejudice.
After all we are all GOD’s creatures and HE wants us all to recognise HIM. That is why HE has been sending Messangers to the sons of Adam.
It really hurts when somebody looks down upon you.

Sami saadi on December 26, 2013 at 4:26 am

    @ Sami:

    Islam has NEVER sought “peaceful co-existence” with ANY religion. EVER. The fact that there’re entire passages about “taquiya” in the Koran speak to the isnsidiousness of the “Religion of Peace.” Spare us your self-righteous indignation.

    Cicero's Ghost (NB) on December 26, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Oh spare us the tears, Sami. We can assess Muslim countries quite easily by what they do. Internally, there is no a single example of a country with a Muslim majority in which the non-Muslim minorities do not decline. The rate of decline depends on the type of regime, with a military authoritarian regime reducing the rate, and a cleric-run regime increasing it.

    Of course Muslims are hypocrites who regularly avoid the few requirements of Islam. However, they are fully sharia-compliant when it comes to dealing with the infidel.

    skzion on December 26, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Thanks for the article. Too many people in this country do not understand how Judeo-Christian values influenced the writers of the Constitution.

Gracie on December 26, 2013 at 6:47 am

” And in the long run, if we do nothing, the result will be the same here as it is in the Muslim world and every European country well on its way to becoming part of the Muslim world.”

and that is why Obama wants your guns

John J on December 26, 2013 at 9:46 am

Debbie,

Thanks for the Christmas whishes and article. Merry Christmas to all on this forum!

Peter on December 26, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Thank you, Debbie, for your good will and for your straight-forward analysis of the state of affairs in our country. You have a better grasp of the threat facing us as a nation, and the answer to that threat, than most.

joan on December 26, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Thank you Debbie for your good will and observations. The Muslims have allies helping to destroy the fabric of this country – corrupt politicians, leftists, atheists and judges. However,once the fabric is destroyed, the Muslims will turn on and destroy the politicians, leftists, atheists and judges, who will be astonished when that occurs.

I believe Christ will return in our lifetime, as the world is falling apart. America has kept it together, but America is collapsing. The center – America – cannot hold.

Concerned Citizen on December 26, 2013 at 6:59 pm

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