It's that time of year again when Christian attorneys stand ready to oppose those who try to ban Christ from Christmas.
"Those who deny that there's no war on Christmas just have a different reality in which they live," says Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver. The Christian attorney points to one recent example: the Veterans Affairs medical center in Salem, Virginia, which banned Christmas altogether – including the Christmas tree.
"This year we've seen a number of attacks on Christmas – [one of them being] the absurd situation that Christmas trees are not permitted," he says, referring to the Salem situation. "That is probably one of the most absurd positions of any government official: that a Christmas tree cannot be permitted because it's Christian and establishes a religion – and yet that's exactly what was happening at Salem, Virginia."
VA officials have since ruled the tree will be permitted, but only along with Menorah and Kwanzaa exhibits as well – apparently not taking into account that the White House has a Christmas tree on government property with no displays representing other religions or other movements.
Staver says something is conspicuous by its absence in this Yuletide debate. "We need to get back to some common sense, and not only common sense [but also] to our Judeo-Christian heritage and history," he argues.
"That's why we are aggressive in this 'Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign' to make sure that these kinds of actions, attempting to censor out Christmas, do not carry the day."
In situations such as in Salem, Liberty Counsel says it prefers to educate on the law but will go to court if necessary.