Ed Driscoll

Life Imitates Mark Steyn

On Christmas day, we linked to a couple of items from Power Line and Mark Steyn on whether or not Christmas was vanishing in the US. Steyn wrote:

Every time some sensitive flower pulls off a legal victory over the school board, who really wins? For the answer to that, look no further than last month’s election results. Forty years of effort by the American Civil Liberties Union to eliminate God from the public square have led to a resurgent, evangelical and politicised Christianity in America. By “politicised”, I don’t mean that anyone who feels his kid should be allowed to sing Silent Night if he wants to is perforce a Republican, but only that year in, year out it becomes harder for such folks to support a secular Democratic Party closely allied with the anti-Christmas militants. American liberals need to rethink their priorities: what’s more important? Winning a victory over the kindergarten teacher’s holiday concert, or winning back Congress and the White House?

In Britain, by contrast, the formal symbols remain in place: the Queen is still Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and the Archbishop of York still sits in the House of Lords. But, underneath all that, Christianity has collapsed, the churches are empty and the new Europe is as officious about public expressions of faith but without the countervailing balance of America’s First Amendment protections.

Today, Jayson Javitz of PoliPundit, in a post titled, “Law of Unintended Consequences” writes:

The far left has been trying to litigate and browbeat religion out of the public arena for decades.

This piece, in the Washington Times, addresses whether the angry, hyper-separationists