EDITOR'S DESK: ‘Blessed are the Children’ who attended parade

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 01:13 PM.

This god, demonstrably, is not the Biblical Jesus, and rather is a deity that groups likeWestboro Baptist Church worship. Thatentity takes pleasure from other people’s pain, with campaigns that “thank God for AIDS,” proudly tell people “You’re going to Hell” — the church’s website even has parodies of popular music with this message — and lodge disparaging remarks about various lifestyles they disagree with.

Utterly lacking mercy and grace, pursuing instead a message of hate, groups like this one destroy community and demonstrably counter the Biblical Christ.

Further, such mean-spirited messages counter Christmas’ very essence.

Christians who see, increasingly, civic actions to remove even secular mentions of Christmas — ignorantly opting for inaccurate, insulting terms like “holiday tree” in a wrong-headed pursuit of fairness or separation of church and state — would like nothing more than to focus on “the reason for the season.”

That precludes a counterfeit Christ co-opted by some to divide a country that typically grows closer during the holidays.

Increasingly, readers wrote to us, Saturday’s divisive messages “killed” the Christmas spirit for their families.

That’s not surprising, as this and a couple of other displays compromised children’s innocence, the season’s backbone.

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