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The Case against Christmas Returns

Magazine article Free Inquiry

The Case against Christmas Returns

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At first blush it seems like a no-brainer: Christmas is a Christian sectarian holiday, argues Cincinnati attorney Richard Ganulin, and the federal government has no business celebrating it. Last year, Ganulin filed suit in federal court seeking to end government observance of Christmas as a legal holiday U.S. District Judge Susan J. Dlott dismissed the suit in a breezy decision that was notable--possibly unique--for including stanzas of original nursery rhyme amplifying Dlott's belief that Ganulin's suit lacked merit.

Now Ganulin has filed a 47-page appeal, setting forth legal, historical, and constitutional arguments for regarding Christmas as the day when Christian Americans celebrate the alleged birthday of their savior, a holiday that implicitly excludes non-Christians.

"All Christian children in this nation grow up learning that they are preferred by their government," Ganulin's appeal begins. "All non-Christian children grow up learning that they are not. That is a lesson taught by the government's establishment and subsidy of Christmas Day December 25 as a national legal public holiday." Ganulin continues: "Christmas Day is the day Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Christian Messiah, and the day Christians celebrate the arrival of Santa Claus, the Christian personification of the religious and holiday spirit of Christmas. Both Jesus Christ and Santa Claus represent Christian beliefs and practices. Christmas Day is the quintessential Christian celebration by name, origin, sectarian dictate, and modern practice. …

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