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A complaint about a Vassar, Michigan Christmas display

December 24, 2009 Leave a comment

You have to love those “anonymous” complaints.

They had on the news that someone wrote an anonymous complaint about a Nativity display near the city offices of Vassar, Michigan. It’s a First Amendment violation of separation of church and state, they alleged, suggesting that the city would soon hear from the American Civil Liberties Union.

The city has rightfully pointed out that the First Amendment has no such stipulation (it actually comes from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to a church talking about “walls” of separation) and that there are no plans to take the display down.

I’ve never grasped why people get so offended by Nativity displays. It’s called CHRISTmas, a holiday where we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Presuming that Muslim countries have a holiday celebrating the birth of their prophet Muhammad, it would be ridiculous to protest and ask why there’s no display of Jesus’ birth there or of other religions.

Granted, Jesus probably was born in the spring…

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Perhaps Tiger Woods should read Ecclesiastes

December 5, 2009 Leave a comment

There is indeed nothing new under the sun, as Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes.

Tiger Woods is a world-class golfer, arguably the best to ever play the game. He makes millions of dollars a year from golf salary and endorsements. He has a beautiful, Swedish wife and two kids. Millions look up to him.

It’s hard to imagine that someone like that would cheat on his wife.

The exact details are none of my business, but I have to wonder if Woods is learning what Solomon learned around 3,000 years ago: a life where you have everything you could possibly want, apart from a relationship with God, will leave you absolutely miserable.

Solomon had knowledge, wisdom, wealth, fame, and all the women he could possibly want. What did he say about it? “All is vanity.”