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The December Wars

Menendez, Albert J.

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1993. First Printing. Hardcover. Num Pages: 170 pages. BIC Classification: HRA; JP. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 233 x 160 x 19. Weight in Grams: 420. Religious Symbols and Ceremonies in the Public Square. 170 pages. In an age of "political correctness", Christmas has become a controversial holiday. Each year brings court battles over heated school board meetings in the public schools. This book traces this dispute as far back as the fourth century, when Catholic orthodoxy turned Christmas into a major propaganda tool and a religious observance. Cateogry: (G) General (US: Trade). BIC Classification: HRA; JP. Dimension: 233 x 160 x 19. Weight: 420. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780879758578

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Title: The December Wars

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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In this age of "political correctness," Christmas has become our most controversial holiday. Each year brings new court battles over nativity scenes on public property and heated school board meetings in the public schools.

Author Albert J. Menendez traces this dispute as far back as the fourth century, when Catholic orthodoxy turned Christmas into a major propaganda tool as well as a religious observance. Over the centuries there has been a surprising amount of disagreement among the various Christian sects about the nature of the Christian observance and whether Christmas should be celebrated as a holiday at all. The English Puritans and the Scottish Presbyterians, for example, were adamantly opposed to Christmas celebrations.

In our own day, the controversy has engendered a complex legal tangle stretching from local councils to the United States Supreme Court. Menendez reviews the specific arguments and decisions in the judicial debate over religious symbols in the public square, and he explores the broader implications of the controversy for church-state relations. The December Wars provides a fascinating historical and legal perspective on our most popular holiday.

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In this readable and informative volume, Menendez (research director, Americans for Religious Liberty) argues that the legal and commercial conflicts surrounding the Christmas season "represent only the latest chapter in a long story of conflict about the nature and meaning of Christmas." He first explores the controversies that emerged in the fourth century and then traces the varying views toward Christmas held during the Reformation, as well as in Puritan and Victorian England; last, he discusses the changing role of Christmas in the United States. In spite of the ambiguity of court decisions, his review of U.S. legal literature will be particularly valuable to local communities addressing practical questions regarding Christmas and Hanukkah symbols and celebrations in public schools and forums. An important addition to most libraries; well recommended.
- Cynthia Widmer, Downingtown, Pa.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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