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That Time Of Year

Each year I promise myself, to no avail, that I will not allow politically correct liberal attempts to denigrate the Christmas season annoy me, as each year I find my blood pressure going through the roof right around this time. For example, in recent years the American Humanist Association spent thousands of dollars on an advertising campaign specifically targeting the Christmas holiday. Oops! Did I write Christmas? Of course, I meant to say the upcoming Winter Festival season. The ad campaign states “Why believe in a God? Just be good for goodness’ sake.”

Now, one could argue that the intent of the ad is well-meaning as it simply puts forth the argument that people should be good. I would argue that if that were the case, why involve a question that makes one suspect an individual’s belief in a higher power? The ad could have been just as compelling if it simply said: “Just be good for goodness’ sake.” The organization’s website greets each visitor with a banner proclaiming: “Join us and help promote progressive, dynamic values!” I have always been amused by the fact that over the past several years, the left has abandoned the term “liberal” for the more palatable “progressive” descriptor.

I asked a friend of mine who is also a steadfast atheist and card-carrying member of the American Humanist Association, why his group felt it necessary to denigrate a long established Christian holiday which harms no one? He advised me that the organization is committed to building an inclusive America, grounded in an embrace of reason, ethics, scientific inquiry, and compassion—rather than religious dogma.

I finally asked my friend to look me in the eye and tell that he absolutely does not believe in God. He did so without so much as a blink. In turn, he asked me why do I believe in God and place so much stock in this celebration of Christmas? I thought long and hard prior to responding, but ultimately I told my friend that when I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bike. When my mother overheard my prayers one evening, she reminded me that the Lord doesn’t work that way. So, I just stole one and then went to church, where a priest heard my confession and plea that the Good Lord forgive me for this terrible theft. And you know what? The priest in the confessional told me that after I recited an Act of Contrition, the Lord’s Prayer and 10 Hail Marys, the Good Lord would forgive my transgression. Ever since then, I always thought it would be somewhat disrespectful for me not to acknowledge his birthday every Christmas.

Notwithstanding the above, in closing, I wish the Humanist “progressives” of this world a Merry Christmas and I will keep them in my prayers!

This past Sunday morning’s high tide at 9:20 a.m. took many residents by surprise, being accompanied by significant tidal flooding of many streets throughout the Channel. Dan Mundy emailed me that West 15th Road was under two feet of tidal flooding. Even West 12th Road, with its newly emplaced end of street bulkhead and raised street, experienced several inches of flooding.

Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

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