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November 25, 2012

HOPKINS: Merry holiday!

(Continued)

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Perhaps the bell ringers with the Salvation Army? Many people don’t seem to realize that the Salvation Army is a faith-based organization. Wait until you read in our upcoming issue of Faces & Places what an atheist said to a bell ringer who wished him “Merry Christmas.”

Maybe it will be displays on private property. I read a letter to the editor a few years ago in which the author was complaining on Dec. 30 that Christmas was over and it’s time for people to take down their displays. Never mind that the Christmas season continues to Jan. 6, the day that the Three Kings arrive.

Does a ban on private property sound far fetched? I don’t think it is. There are people still trying to keep the 9/11 “cross” found in the ruins of the Twin Towers from being displayed at the memorial site in New York City. They seem to have forgotten that the memorial is privately owned and operated. The operators of that site should be free to do as they please. Yet, somehow this is being debated in the courts.

So, Merry Christmas everyone! Enjoy it while we can because there may be a day in the future where we won’t be able to express our feelings, or will have had our feelings eliminated by mass marketing and political correctness shaped by the left.

John J. Hopkins is the managing editor of the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. His column appears on Sundays. Contact Mr. Hopkins at john.hopkins@lockportjournal.com.

John J. Hopkins is the managing editor of the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. His column appears on Sundays. Contact Mr. Hopkins at john.hopkins@lockportjournal.com.

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