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For many years now, Lighthouse Trails has been trying to warn the
body of Christ about the book that first introduced contemplative
spirituality into the evangelical/Protestant church. That book, Celebration of Discipline
by Richard Foster, was released in 1978, and in that first edition,
Foster said, “we should all without shame enroll in the school of
contemplative prayer.” Since then, and largely because of the
influence of that book, contemplative spirituality has saturated the
church in no small way, and many Christians have truly “enroll[ed] in
the school of contemplative prayer.” Through our research, we have
determined that over 90% of the  Christian colleges, seminaries, and
universities (the places our future pastors are trained at) have, to one
degree or another, accepted Richard Foster’s spirituality via their
Spiritual Formation programs (which always use textbooks either by
Foster or ones that point to him). What’s more, from years of research
and correspondence from believers, we estimate that a copy of Celebration of Discipline sits on the bookshelves of the majority of Christian pastors and leaders today.

we have dedicated ourselves day and night for 15 years to bringing
this issue to the table of present-day Christianity, hoping to see
Christian leaders at least acknowledge that there is an issue here, our
message has, for the most part, been rejected or simply  ignored by
the evangelical  leadership. And yet, one of the most prominent,
well-known, and respected evangelical leaders has himself put into
print that Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline promotes New Age practices. Here are Jeremiah’s own words from his book, The New Spirituality in the chapter titled “New Age Influence in the Church” (subtitled: In this lesson we see how the New Age movement is changing the church):

Sometimes false doctrine—and in the case of
this present study, New Age ideology—gets into the church from within,
and sometimes from without the body. Once it infects the church it
can spread like an infection. . . .

Dr. Norman Geisler, Christian apologist, was
attending one of the most respected, and largest Baptist churches in
the country. He was astounded to hear the huge choir singing a song
whose lyrics included: “I [meaning God] am the grass you walk in, I am
the air you breathe, I am the water you swim in.” That is pure
pantheism. God is not the grass, nor the air, nor the water. Those are
all elements He created, and He is totally distinct from them. It is
shocking that someone in the leadership either didn’t have the
discernment to recognize what the lyrics were saying, was too busy
with musical things to notice. But that’s how New Age influence enters
the church—when no one is watching.

Dr. Geisler has also made some notes on the contents of one of the best-selling Christian books of our day, Celebration of Discipline
by Richard Foster. Geisler noted some 15 different places in the book
where New Age and Eastern practices were recommended for
Christians—thing such as Transcendental Meditation, turning from
“manyness” to “oneness,” meditating on the void (nothing), and others.
(The New Spirituality, David Jeremiah, Turning Point, 2002, pp. 106-107; emphasis added)

David Jeremiah acknowledges that once New Age
ideology “infects the church it can spread like an infection.” And
surely, we have seen this take place.

Two things are sad and confusing: First, Christian leaders must not share David Jeremiah’s concerns about Celebration of Discipline
because 14 years after Jeremiah stated wrote this, Foster’s influence
has only escalated within the church and Christian colleges. Second,
and this we find most confusing, one year after The New Spirituality was published, Jeremiah’s book Life Wide Open
was released. In that book, as we have written about in the past on a
number of occasions, Jeremiah says there are a handful of people who
have learned the secret to living a passionate life (for God), and
then he proceeds to name a number of these people which include New
Age sympathizers, a Buddhist sympathizer who converted to Catholicism,
ecumenist and contemplative advocate Rick Warren, and a Catholic
contemplative mystic. You can read about this in our article “David Jeremiah’s Book Life Wide Open – Still Sold on His Website – Still Includes New Agers.”

While we cannot understand how David Jeremiah
could favorably point to those with New Age persuasions shortly after
warning about the New Age in The New Spirituality, nevertheless,  a major player in today’s Christian church warned about Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline and the practices that book endorses.

Perhaps not too many pastors and leaders read David Jeremiah’s book, The New Spirituality.
Perhaps they have no idea what David Jeremiah (and Norm Geisler)
think about Richard Foster’s book. If you have a pastor, and you think
he might have a copy of Celebration of Discipline in his
pastor’s library, you might consider printing this article and giving
him a copy. Tell him, this time it isn’t Lighthouse Trails saying it
but rather is a leader whom they most likely respect saying it.

Related Article:

Celebration of Discipline – 38 Years of Influence! – Probably On Your Pastor’s Bookshelf”



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LTRP Note: We find it noteworthy that on the eve of our going to press with Roger Oakland’s new book, The Good Shepherd Calls,
we read this letter to the editor that arrived in our inbox this
morning. The things this letter talks about are some of the same things
Roger discusses in the book. What’s more, this letter to the editor is
more proof that it isn’t just Lighthouse Trails, Understand The
Times, and a handful of other discernment ministries that see what is
coming about. (Those whom we challenge and critique want people to
think that it is indeed just a handful, but it isn’t.)  Based on the
phone calls, e-mails, letters, and social media comments for nearly 15
years, it is clear that many Bible-believing Christians understand
the times in which we live and see the apostasy coming upon the
church. As for the letter below, we commend this woman for speaking up
and warning her church members.
Dear Lighthouse Trails:
small Southern Baptist church recently finished Beth Moore’s
“Entrusted” series which includes articles from her daughter Melissa
Moore.  Not having experienced Beth Moore I wanted to give her the
benefit of the doubt.  Being informed by Lighthouse Trails and other
discernment websites, I approached the class with a good deal of
wariness.  I love Beth and Melissa Moore as sisters in Christ.  I was
hoping to find nothing of concern in “Entrusted.”  This was not the
case.  Following are some of my concerns.
Quite a lot of this study had to do with unity.  Beth had
several pages of praise for the unbelieving “hero,” Rabbi Gamaliel and
his speech that unified the Sanhedrin, holding him up as an example
for church leaders to follow.  She then contrasted Gamaliel with
believers Paul and Barnabas and expressed dismay that they should
split in a disagreement over John Mark, as though it was an avoidable
incident over a minor problem.  She had a strong emphasis on not
“compromising fellowship,” with a major criteria for unity being that
we join together for evangelism regardless of denomination, and with
the assumption that we all believe the same basic Gospel message.  All
other major doctrines seemed to be a minor concern.  There was a
quick negative comment about what divides us, the inerrancy of
Scripture being one of them. She read Acts 14:3 concerning God’s use
of signs and wonders through Paul and Barnabas, saying that she wants
and expects wonders and indicated we should as well.  Before one of
her grandchildren was born, “a word had been spoken” that led them to
believe the child would be a boy, but it was instead a girl . . . a
false prophecy.  .  Her daughter Melissa wrote approvingly about
traditions of the early church (i. e., Roman Catholic), the liturgy
and especially the creeds, with a desire to see all churches united in
incorporating these traditions in weekly worship. There was a
personal story from Melissa about how comforting she found this form
of worship, as she was sharing the same worship experience with
churches all over the world at the same time.  Lastly, Beth switched
among at least eight Bible versions, including The Message. Beth Moore

There were other comments scattered throughout the videos
and written materials with which I disagreed mixed in with a majority
with which I did agree, making it difficult to sift through it all. 
However, at the inerrancy of Scripture comment, I couldn’t hold my
tongue.  When I told the ladies’ Bible study group that I couldn’t
agree with Beth on this, as well as her subtle comments promoting
ecumenism, I was met with defensive hostility and warnings about
division in the church.  I never intended to cause waves or division,
but I love those ladies and I couldn’t let this pass.  There was
obvious tension and discomfort at the next church service.

How can we unite in evangelism when we don’t even agree on
how to be saved?  How can we unite with those who hold unscriptural
views on marriage, sexuality, abortion, health-and-wealth,
etc.?  Doesn’t it matter what a new believer is taught?   Is being
safely in the fold all that matters?  Most importantly, the world
appears to be nearing Christ’s return and we are warned about the
increase of apostasy and deception.  The experiential emergent
movement, Chrislam, etc. are rapidly transforming the world’s
religions by incorporating Roman Catholic traditions and encouraging
religious unity.  Aren’t Bible studies like this one leading in the
same direction?  Yet churches like mine seem completely oblivious. 
Should we not warn them, or at least raise suspicion?
I haven’t been back.  I don’t want to be the focus of the
problem.  My hope and prayer is that these brothers and sisters whom I
love will instead focus on the major issue of discerning apostasy.  I
pray they don’t trust anything that comes from any source without
doing a thorough evaluation.  And I pray they discuss everything
before admitting it into the church, perhaps electing a trusted group
of Bereans to act as a defense against apostasy.
Thank God for Lighthouse Trails Research and similar
discernment websites, speaking the truth, and shining the light in the
darkness.  Thank-you, LTR!
Related Articles:
Remembering the Enticing Appeal of Richard Foster and Beth Moore’s Be Still Film
Beth Moore & Priscilla Shirer – Their History of Contemplative Prayer and Why War Room Should Not Have Used Them
Is Beth Moore’s “Spiritual Awakening” Taking the Evangelical Church Toward Rome?


 DiSalvo and the latte-sipping Levesque: unable to implement basic
security measures, or just Leftist ideological thugs and foes of free

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 “Catholic” college sticks up for pro-abortion Trump foe. My latest in FrontPage:

According to a fawning profile
in New Hampshire’s Union Leader Sunday, after Lauren Batchelder, a
student at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, questioned
Donald Trump at a Republican candidates’ debate about equal pay for
women and abortion rights, Trump outed her on Twitter as a staffer for
Jeb Bush – whereupon, Batchelder claims, she received death threats from
all over the country. “Campus security at Saint Anselm was incredibly
supportive, she said” – which is ironic, since if Saint Anselm
administrators had been consistent, Batchelder would have been expelled:
in an ugly demonstration of how only the Leftist point of view is
acceptable on campuses nationwide these days, Saint Anselm last year
banned me from the campus on the pretext that I have received death
Saint Anselm claims to be a Catholic college, but it is actually just
another center for Leftist indoctrination, with a veneer of Pope
Francis-type Catholicism. Batchelder’s pro-abortion stance didn’t
trouble them at all – but my own opposition to jihad terror, violating
as it does so many politically correct shibboleths, troubled them a
great deal.
The sorry story unfolded this way. Several years ago, a student group
invited me to speak at Saint Anselm. The event was going ahead and
posters were being put up advertising the talk when Saint Anselm’s
then-President, Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., canceled my
appearance, reportedly citing complaints he had received from Muslim
students at the school. Islamic groups, like their Leftist allies, share
a taste for shutting down their foes rather than engaging their ideas,
and Fr. DeFelice was happy to oblige them.
The following year, after Fr. DeFelice was replaced as President of
the college by Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, and Saint Anselm’s philosophy
department tried again to get me on campus, inviting me to be the guest
speaker at a symposium. But DiSalvo nixed that appearance as well.
Several Saint Anselm professors balked at this, complaining to DiSalvo
that colleges were supposed to be centers of free inquiry and
intellectual engagement, and that he was acting contrary to what
institutions of higher learning were supposed to be all about by banning
points of view in line with political correctness.
Cornered, DiSalvo found an excuse: he was all for free inquiry and
unpopular opinions (the unpopular question in my case being the rather
obvious point that Islam is not really a religion of peace), but he just
couldn’t allow me to speak on campus because I had received death
threats. He explained that, were I to be present on campus, Saint Anselm
students would be endangered – what if a violent extremist were to
burst onto campus while I was speaking?
Absurd. Since I first began receiving death threats, I have spoken at
universities nationwide, including UCLA, Temple, Penn State, UNC, UVA,
Dartmouth, DePaul University, SUNY in both Binghamton and Stony Brook,
Brown, Cal Poly, and many, many others. When people who have threatened
appear in public, they generally are in the company of security
personnel who are equipped and prepared to deal with any incident. Why
Saint Anselm considered any kind of security arrangements to be
inadequate, DiSalvo didn’t explain, leaving open the question: why is
Saint Anselm College so much more unsafe than all other campuses? Other
colleges and universities nationwide can and do host speakers who have
been threatened, and take measures to ensure everyone’s safety. Saint
Anselm, by its own admission, can’t do that.
But as implausible as it was, DiSalvo stuck with his security excuse.
And so, on one swing back up to New England last summer, however, I was
asked to appear on a Fox News show, but a Fox producer told me that I
couldn’t do the segment from the Videolink at Saint Anselm’s New
Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP), as she had been told that I was
not welcome to use the Videolink there. This was based on the same
pretext: because I have received death threats, my presence constituted a
danger to the students.
Since I doubt that everyone who has received death threats is banned
from Saint Anselm College (and indeed, Donald Trump spoke there after
receiving highly publicized death threats over his proposed Muslim
immigration moratorium), I went to the college to try to find out why,
only to be violently confronted by a security guard, James Stankiewicz,
who became hysterical and unhinged, and assaulted me when I asked him
mildly if the NHIOP received public funding. I was then banned from
going onto the campus altogether, on pain of arrest. When I wrote
politely to Neil Levesque, the head of the NHIOP, which was directly
responsible for the ban, asking for information about why I was banned
and for a list of who else had been banned from campus for receiving
death threats, he had a corrupt cop from the Goffstown, New Hampshire
police department threaten me with arrest if I contacted Levesque again.
This is how a Leftist “institution of higher learning” deals with
dissenting points of view these days. Only one point of view is allowed:
when I received death threats, I was banned from Saint Anselm College,
but when Lauren Batchelder received death threats, she received
protection from the same college, even though her opinions oppose its
stated principles — but not from contemporary Leftist
fashion. Batchelder can only hope she doesn’t get Jim Stankiewicz mad.
What is happening at Saint Anselm College is happening at colleges
and universities all over the country nowadays: deviate from the
hard-Left line, and you will be brutalized, roughed up, and threatened
with arrest. The idea that Saint Anselm College or any similar
institution in the U.S. today is actually an institute of higher
learning, rather than simply an indoctrination center for the
authoritarian Left, operated by thugs with no respect for civil
discourse, is absurd.
Saint Anselm College, like so many other outposts of American
academia, has swiftly descended from the days when ideas could be
entertained and dismissed on their merits alone. But as ridiculous as it
is, the contention of DiSalvo and Levesque that those who have been
threatened should not venture onto campus should be taken at face value.
Anyone else who has received death threats and goes to Saint Anselm
should know that there they are exposed and vulnerable. Who wants to be
on a campus that claims that it can’t take elementary security measures?
It’s high time to drain the swamp, in academia as well as in the political realm.



 Far-left and rogue elements of CIA setting framework to justify stealing election
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s daughter is leading the
effort to steal Electoral College votes from Donald Trump over
accusations of Russian hacking made by elements of the CIA.

electors, led by Pelosi’s daughter Christine, have called for an
intelligence briefing on claims made by rogue elements of the CIA that
the Russian government hacked the DNC and John Podesta’s emails to
directly benefit Donald Trump.
The 10 electors in question comprise nine Democrats and one Republican.

In their letter, addressed to Director of National Intelligence James
Clapper, the electors asked if there are “ongoing investigations into
ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or associates, and the Russian
government interference in the election.”
“We further require a
briefing on all investigative findings, as these matters directly impact
the core factors in our deliberations of whether Mr. Trump is fit to
serve as President of the United States,” they added.

The electors also called on Donald Trump and his campaign to
unequivocally prove “that he and his staff and advisers did not accept
Russian interference, or otherwise collaborate during the campaign, and
conclusive disavowal and repudiation of such collaboration and
interference going forward.”
The Hamilton Electors, a rogue group
determined to stop Trump’s victory, are also using the accusations of
Russian hacking to push for electors to switch their votes.

“2016 will go down as one of the most successful cyber attacks in US
history unless electors do our job and reject Donald Trump at the
electoral college,” said Michael Baca, a Democratic elector from
Chris Suprun, a Republican elector from Texas, said “the
idea that a foreign government has interfered with our elections to
undermine their credibility, much less support one of the candidates,
indicates a Rubicon has been crossed for our nation, and we need to
consider it carefully.”
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee
(PCCC) has urged opponents of Donald Trump to stage protests in all 50
state capitols when the electors meet to cast their ballots on December
19 in the hopes of forcing some to switch their vote for Hillary
The PCCC, founded in 2009 by former MoveOn organizers
Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor, has close ties to far-left
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.
The attempt to steal the
election from Trump through the Electoral College comes after the
colossal failure of Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s recount effort in
Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Upon conclusion of the
recount in Wisconsin, Trump actually gained a net total of 132 votes. A
federal judge denied Stein’s recount request in Pennsylvania, claiming
her allegations of voting machine hacking “borders on the irrational.”
supposed secret assessment from the CIA, first reported by the Jeff
Bezos-owned Washington Post, has not garnered unanimous support from the
intelligence community. The Office of the Director of National
Intelligence (ODNI) has refused to endorse the CIA’s assessment because
of “a lack of conclusive evidence” to prove intent.
It is clear
that the far-left, in conjunction with the mainstream media and rogue
elements of the CIA, are laying out a case to justify stealing the
election from Donald Trump, or assassinating him outright.


 Proof Foreign Governments Did Interfere In Election - to Help Hillary!
 Hillary Clinton has received financial compensation from multiple foreign entities
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Hillary Clinton has a rich history of being influenced by
outside forces, yet the media is currently focused on claiming Russia
helped Trump get elected despite having no substantial evidence.

emails found on Hillary Clinton’s private email servers during her
tenure as Secretary of State provide a clearer picture of the
“pay-to-play” connections between Clinton’s State Department, the
Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative and the private
investment consulting and investment firm of Teneo Holdings, Inc. in
For a full list of the foreign governments Clinton has answered to, you can download an extensive spreadsheet because the list is almost too large to publish in a web-friendly format.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the top two players:
– A Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, bragged about the Saudis funding 20% of Clinton’s presidential campaign earlier this year.
– The Communist Chinese have put massive amounts of money into the pockets of Clinton via U.S. subsidiaries.
Some of the other donors include countries that may surprise you:
selling millions of dollars of weapons to corrupt governments such as
the Saudis, Qataris and Kuwaitis, to “influence-buying” within the
Clinton State Dept., there is no shortage of evidence exposing Clinton’s
level of compromise.
Alex Jones breaks down the amount of influence foreign countries have on Hillary Clinton:


Jones sends an emergency message to Donald Trump that he must fight
back against accusations of Russian involvement in our elections:



 Video: Liberals Want Urinals Installed in Women’s Restrooms
 Cultural transformation of American values 
nearly complete
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Liberals in California are perfectly OK with urinals being
added to female bathrooms in the name of transgender equality, as
exemplified in social prankster Mark Dice’s latest video.

has issued a new transgender bathroom equality bill,” Dice tells a
couple walking on the beach, before asking their opinion on urinals
being installed in women’s restrooms.
Check out the video for some sad, but hilarious reactions:



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“She said my poster is an issue of separation of church and state.
She said the poster had to come down because it might offend kids from
other religions or those who do not have a religion.”

That is how Dedra Shannon, an aide in the school nurse’s office at
Patterson Middle School in Killeen, Texas, explained the confrontation
she had with the school’s principal concerning the poster she had used
to decorate the door to the nurse’s office in the school, depicting a
famous scene from the traditional Christmas TV show A Charlie Brown Christmas.

In the scene, a frustrated Charlie Brown asks if anyone knows what
Christmas is all about. At that point, his friend Linus quotes the
biblical passage about the birth of Christ found in the second chapter
of Luke’s gospel, including the words, “For unto you is born this day in
the city of David a savior who is Christ the Lord.” Linus then tells
Charlie Brown, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

Inspired by that scene from the TV program that has run for almost
half a century, Shannon used the image of Linus, a scrawny Christmas
tree, plus the Bible verse that Linus cited, in a six-foot poster on the
door of the nurse’s office.

Across America, school nurses regularly inform young teenagers about
the availability of birth control pills, and even where they can access
an abortion, but this is the poster that is “offensive” in Killeen,

Shannon put the decoration up on December 5; then on December 7 the
school’s principal told her, “Please don’t hate me, but unfortunately
you’re going to have to take your poster down.” According to Shannon,
the principal said it was “an issue of separation of church and state.
She said the poster had to come down because it might offend kids from
other religions or those who do not have a religion.”

The principal said Shannon could leave up the poster itself, if she removed the Bible verse.

“I just took the entire thing down,” Shannon said. “I wasn’t going to
leave Linus and the Christmas tree without the dialogue. That’s the
whole point of why it was put up.”

Shannon noted, “Throughout the school there are talks about
diversity. Well, you aren’t being very diverse if you are not allowing
the Christians to put something up that refers to a Christian holiday.”

Last year, another school canceled a stage performance of “A Charlie
Brown Christmas” because of concerns it might violate the First
Amendment to the Constitution. Or at least a judge’s interpretation of
the First Amendment. But it is highly unlikely that James Madison would
have viewed a poster of Charlie Brown as a violation of the First
Amendment, which prevents Congress from establishing a national religion.

The Killeen school administration defended the principal’s action.
“Our employees are free to celebrate the Christmas and holiday season in
the manner of their choosing. However, employees are not permitted to
impose their personal beliefs on the students. The display in question
was a six-foot-tall-plus door decoration in the main hallway of the
school building, and included a reference to a Bible verse covering much
of the door.” Horrors!

Texas Values, a non-profit advocacy group, is providing legal
representation to Shannon. In a letter the group sent to the district,
they argue that the display is no more of an establishment of religion
than the Pledge of Allegiance (which includes the phrase “under God,”
and has been upheld by federal courts).

“It’s amazing that even a quote from ‘Charlie Brown’s Christmas’ is
not even safe for some overzealous or misguided government officials,”
said the group’s president, Jonathan Saenz.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton weighed in on the controversy,
declaring the actions of the school district a violation of both the
First Amendment and Texas law.
He argued that Shannon’s display is
specifically protected by the “Merry Christmas Law,” which was enacted
in 2013 by the Texas Legislature. “We passed that law precisely because
of this type of discrimination against people of faith,” stated Paxton,
adding, “No school official in Texas can silence a biblical reference to
Christmas. This is an attack upon religious liberty.”

The “Merry Christmas Law” was a reaction to school districts and
government agencies telling employees that they could not even so much
as say “Merry Christmas” to fellow employees.

This is not the first time in history that the Christian faith in
general, and the celebration of Christmas in particular, have come under
attack by governmental authorities. In the 1930s, National Socialists
(Nazis) in Germany pushed the “de-Christianizing of rituals related to
birth, marriage, and death,” according to Klaus Fischer, writing in his
book Nazi Germany: A New History. In 1938, carols and nativity
plays were forbidden in the schools. Even the word “Christmas,”
celebrated in Germany for over a thousand years, was replaced by the
secular “Yuletide.”

One is not surprised that a totalitarian regime such as that led by
Adolf Hitler would hate the Christian faith, but it is disheartening, to
say the least, that such an attitude could prevail in the heart of

“I’m disappointed,” Shannon said of the school’s censorship of the poster. “It is a slap in the face of Christianity.”

It would seem so. All across the country, Christian beliefs are
regularly challenged in the public schools, including beliefs about
evolution and creation, the institution of marriage, and abortion. The
Christian belief that sexual relations should be within the institution
of marriage between one man and one woman is not only ridiculed, it is
labeled as bigoted.

Of course, there are hundreds of thousands of teachers in the
country’s public schools who are devout Christians, but they are often
afraid to speak of their faith for fear of being reprimanded, fired, or

Yet, Christmas is a federal holiday. Considering that, shouldn’t
students be informed, as part of their education, just what it is that
Christians believe about Christmas? After all, without the birth of
Christ, no such holiday as Christmas would even exist. In fact, it is
very unlikely that the United States of America would even exist had not
Jesus Christ been born.

For example, teaching in a civics class what Democrats believe,
citing the party’s most recent platform, is certainly not imposing the
Democratic Party on students. Teaching what Adolf Hitler, Muhammad, Karl
Marx, or Woodrow Wilson believed is not imposing the beliefs of those
historical individuals on anyone, either.

Linus, a cartoon character created by Charles Schulz, a devout
Christian, accurately summed up what Christmas was “all about” —
certainly what Christians believe it is all about. Should school
children be shielded from that knowledge? After all, the celebration by
Christians of the birth of Christ has generated a wealth of literature
through the years, including A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, and the poem “T’was the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Moore.

Is an explanation of what Christians believe about their own holiday,
which places such literature in context, something that should be
censored in the public schools? Is it imposing a religion to say that
Christians believe the birth of Christ is “what Christmas is all about?”

Perhaps Shannon’s father, Danny Brey, pastor of the Soliders of the
Cross Cowboy Fellowship near Fort Hood (located outside Killeen), said
it best: “People want us to be tolerant for everything but they don’t
tolerate Christianity. They bow down to everything else, but when it
comes to Christianity…”

Just as the Apostle Paul demanded his rights as a Roman citizen under
Roman law, Christians should likewise demand that they be treated
equally in the public schools, which their tax dollars financially