Over the past decade or so, it has become a stereotype of political correctness that we are no longer allowed to say “Merry Christmas”; we must say “happy holidays” or something equally non-religious.

Although I am yet to meet someone who was actually offended by the jovial greeting of the season, our political betters have unilaterally determined that it is unsuitable for our modern, secular sensibilities. Businesses especially have adopted this PC rule, effectively banning the outdated, moralistic phrase from their vocabularies. 

But why?

After all, are we not celebrating Christmas, the celebration of Christ’s birth?

Imagine celebrating Halloween, or Valentine’s Day, or any other holiday, but fighting tooth and nail to bar people from saying the day’s namesake.

Our nation is trying so hard to memory hole its Christian heritage that it wants us to whitewash even Christmas of any mention of Christ.

The Founders of this nation repeatedly affirmed the idea that schools should teach students about God, using the Bible as their textbook. Centuries later, the Supreme Court kicked God out of the classroom. And now, only 60 years after Engel v. Vitale and Abington Township v. Schempp, we can not even say “Merry Christmas” because it apparently reminds some men too much of a “less civilized” time when religion and morality actually meant something to America.

How quickly we have fallen!

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Every generation has standards; the only question is whether our set of standards will permit good and censure evil or censure good and permit evil. Sadly, as Christ becomes taboo in America, someone else is taking His place.

As Citizen for Self-Governance reported, Disney, the “family-friendly” entertainment giant, recently premiered a reboot of its Santa Clause series in which kids mistakenly spell “we love you satan.”

So… we can make jokes about the prince of darkness, the source of all evil in the world, but cannot even mention Christ at Christmastime?

It gets worse.

In Virginia, a satanic temple has been approved to start an “After School Satan Club” on school property. A club volunteer told reporters that they hope to offer an alternative to church-sponsored events for children.

All of this comes after a noticeable increase in “public activity by groups that openly identify as followers of Satan” over the past year.

How is it that in a “Christian nation” Christ is taboo, but satan is not?

How is it that we cannot read the Bible in schools, yet pro-satan groups are allowed to meet on school property?

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Political correctness is much worse than any of us ever realized. Political correctness is, in fact, a new religion supplanting the old one. It says kids can learn about the devil but would never dream of telling them about the God of the Bible. It says evil is permissible and ousts Christ from the public square.

“The social engineers who developed political correctness set out with the explicit goal of destroying traditional standards and establishing new standards of speech in their place,” writes Michael Knowles in Speechless: Controlling Words, Controlling Minds. He later adds: “Either conservatives will summon the courage to enforce traditional standards, or we will all succumb to the new rules.”

Obscenity is everywhere. George Carlin’s Seven Dirty Words have made their ways into shows and movies that even kids watch. Wild sexual kinks are flaunted in the classroom. Satan is in vogue.

Such is the condition of our “politically correct” world.

And before you accuse me of being puritanical or easily offended, I will point out that such is also the condition of a world in which “Merry Christmas” is, apparently, deeply offensive.

Again, I repeat: Every generation has standards; the only question is whether our set of standards will permit good and censure evil or censure good and permit evil.

Jakob Fay is a staff writer for the Convention of States Project, a project of Citizens for Self-Governance.

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