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Talk About Town: Is There A War on Christmas?

The annual War on Christmas discussion is heating up, and we want to hear what you think.

Every December, the holiday decorations go up around White Lake and Highland with fun light displays on houses, and lit up trees in the downtowns.

This month in Michigan, a Warren man won his court battle to be able to put up a nativity scene on Mound Road. According to Fox 2, it was something his family had done since the 1940s, until being stopped by Macomb County officials in 2008.

The scene will be up by Dec. 15.

These manger scene legal scuffles are some of the latest battles in what many—headed up by national TV station Fox News—have dubbed the "War on Christmas." From the use of Happy Holidays over Merry Christmas, to the end of Christmas trees and manger scenes in many municipalities, some argue that the nation is choosing political correctness over "the reason for the season."

But some cities celebrate the Christian holiday publicly without complaint. Dexter has a nativity scene, as well as Birmingham and Troy, which are set up by area churches. Plymouth has a scene in its downtown every year, but also has a Menorah. Farmington has bypassed one holiday display in favor of a "unity candle." Both White Lake and Highland have tree lighting ceremonies each year and the Christmas tree remains on display throughout December.

Recently a woman in White Lake has been standing at the intersection of M-59 and Elizabeth Lake Road holding signs with various sayings including, "Jesus is the greatest gift on Christmas."

So White Lake and Highland, Patch wants to know: What do you think of local cities and businesses displaying nativity scenes? Do you think there's a War on Christmas?

Tell us in comments.

Nicole Maendel December 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I've passed through this intersection several times and have seen this woman's signs, and, while I respect her right to express her opinions regarding the Christian celebration of Christmas, I also believe it's important to remember that there are those in our community and our neighboring communities who observe other traditions/celebrations during this 'Holiday Season' which might include: Winter Solstice, many Indians observe Diwali, Buddhists celebrate Bodhi Day, many African-Americans celebrate Kwanza, many Jews celebrate Hanukkah, followers of Kemetic Orthodoxy celebrate the Day of the Return of the Wandering Goddess, Wiccans celebrate Yule--just to name a few. And, of course, there is 'Festivus' for the rest-of-us!
Gerry S December 12, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Lol Nicole!
Mark J Smith December 13, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Our freedoms are being eroded by those who want a godless America. We should have the right to display our religious beliefs without fear of reprisal or lawsuits. Why should an atheist or muslim dictate to me what my religion should be? I don't tell them that they have to believe! It offends me greatly but they don't give a damn only if something offends them!
Greg Burks December 13, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Well put Mark! Wasn't a big reason many came to America was to escape religion persecution in their own country and now those same peopel want to dictate whats right to us? On another note, I wonder how many of these people who complain about Christmas are out at the malls and stores on Black Friday?
Gerry S December 14, 2012 at 04:43 AM
This issue is not about atheist or Muslim intrusion on your religious beliefs, Mark. You are free to display your religious beliefs without fear of reprisal or lawsuits. When municipalities do so it becomes separation of church and state issue however. I appreciate this stipulation in our constitution as it eliminates the possibility of religious extremists dictating our country. If you could, I would be interested in reading just how these atheists and Muslims have eroded your freedoms? They apparently haven't eroded the freedoms of the lady in the picture.
Nicole Maendel December 14, 2012 at 02:57 PM
:)
Tracy Stuart December 14, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Christmas is about the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, thus the word "CHRISTmas!!" Let us not forget that! Society is losing sight of what the true meaning of Christmas is. It is not about gifts and shopping. It is about the birth of our Lord! I refuse to skirt around the entire Happy Holidays! I am Christian and do not care if I "offend" others by my beliefs! God Bless the person who stands on the corner spreading the word about our Lord!
Bonita Fong December 15, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Our U.S. Constitution guarantees us the freedom to worship and follow our own pathways to God (or Allah) any way we wish. No one should fear persecution or harassment for which ever way they choose. As I see it, the lady on the corner is following her conscience and should not be criticized or harassed. She is not a terrorist, She is not forcing people to do or believe as she does. All people need do who disagree with her is ignore her. Christians originally began to celebrate Christmas, never dreaming it would spiral into the commercialized event that it has. So much so that many have forgotten the reason and now Santa Clause has become the "God" of Christmas. The lady on the corner is reminding Christians (and and anyone else interested) that God sent his son, JESUS, to demonstrate his love for us and to let us know that we can live forever with him in heaven if we will first love him, then love our neighbors as ourselves, and worship him. As part of God's family, we should then strive to act as his arm on earth. A big job, and we constantly fail at it but he will forgive us if we confess our sins and ask forgiveness. His death on the cross was as a sacrifice for forgiveness of our sins.

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