Religious Trend of 'Tolerance'

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While many of us have spent the day tracking the legal woes of Michael Jackson (search), the Green River killer, Jose Padilla (search) and Lee Boyd Malvo (search), some other grotesque things have transpired in the legal arena.

A school in Plano, Texas told eight-year-old Jonathan Morgan to stop handing out candy canes that called Jesus the rock of ages — the same school previously nabbed another student trying to hand out dangerous pencils bearing Jesus' name.

A Florida federal court has ruled it permissible to put a menorah on public display, but not to show off a manger. And yet another court — this one in Kentucky — says the Constitution prohibits any public display of the Ten Commandments (search), even if accompanied by moral proclamations from every other creed and faith.

The court apparently did not know the very chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court (search) feature the ten rules handed down on Mount Sinai (search) — along with other widely-held precepts.

These three events have in common the idea that our Constitution views religion as a dangerous thing — and Christianity as the most dangerous of these dangerous things.

So I ask you: Who is dangerous in this case, and who is addled: The people responsible for attempting to display a word or two of immortal and immutable moral truth or the black-robed judges who believe they get to set the rules of right and wrong — that they're the ones charged with serving as God's surrogates on this earth — and that all other clerics must be silenced in the name of — are you ready? — tolerance.

Well, in keeping with the spirit of the season, permit me to respond to this trend with three simple words: Ho, ho, ho.

That's My Word.

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