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Bleached FaithThe Tragic Cost When Religion Is Forced into the Public Square$
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Steven Goldberg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758611

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758611.001.0001

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The Ultimate Demise of Christmas and Chanukah

The Ultimate Demise of Christmas and Chanukah

(p.66) Chapter 4 The Ultimate Demise of Christmas and Chanukah
Bleached Faith
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This chapter discusses how the celebration of Christmas and Chanukah has been drained of their religion meaning. It begins by looking at the litigation over Christmas and Chanukah symbols on courthouse steps and other public property. Here, as with the Ten Commandments, we see legal battles where victory is more dangerous than defeat. Religion, in order to win the dubious honor of appearing on the lawn of city hall, must be stripped of its real meaning. The chapter also considers how the economic side of these holidays, combined with the battles over the public square, have resulted in a remarkable victory for the commercialization of religion. The true history and meaning of both Christmas and Chanukah have become changed almost beyond recognition.

Keywords:   religious meaning, Christmas, Chanukah, religious symbols, commercialization, religion

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