Wednesday, September 9, 2009

News: ALL Holidays in U.S. Are Unconstitutional

Many today like to argue that the government (at all levels) may not do anything that creates the impression of endorsing any kind of religion. This attitude comes as a result of using the metaphor "separation of church and state" as a guide to the entire meaning of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of our Constitution. As mentioned many times on this blog, using that metaphor to interpret the First Amendment is a serious mis-reading of the Constitution, but for the two minutes let's just assume the interpretation is correct.

Do you know where the word "window" comes from? According to Webster, it comes from merging the words "wind" and "eye" together. Or some believe it came from the words "wind" and "hole" together. Either way, it makes sense, and describes the early examples pretty well. They were holes through which wind could blow and through which one could see. Today's windows will, in fact, allow wind to blow through when they are opened and usually allow a view out (or in).

The source of "holiday" is a merger of the words "holy" and "day" (see Wikipedia). So "holiday" originally meant "holy day." How then are people who believe in the "separation..." metaphor quoted above content to allow a public school or any branch of government declare or observe holy days several times a year? We're not just talking about Christmas and Easter holidays (Winter and Spring holidays, in today's lexicon); we're talking about Presidents' Day, Labor Day, etc. All these are official holidays or "holy days."

So let's see a show of hands - how many are willing to work right through any currently-defined government/national holiday? Please sign the sheet as you leave the room. Thank you for your attention.

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