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Robert Lyon is back!

Web posted on November 21, 2019

Welcome to our second column since my takeover of The Fountain Pen.

Today, I'm Happy To Report that Rev. Robert Lyon, one of the most popular columnists on the Fountain Pen, has agreed to continue as a contributor of his 'Hey, Jude' commentary.

An ordained minister, Robert will continue on an ad hoc basis to discuss various interpretations of Bible text and issues in our increasingly secular world.

His first column will appear tomorrow, just in time to celebrate the first Sunday in Advent.

Speaking of the onset of the Christmas season, Robert has also just published an ebook that makes a very good case to support the christmas Story as related in the Bible by Luke and Matthew. It may restore or boost your faith in the Christmas Story

Titled, A Christmas You Can Believe In, Robert uses science, history and archaeology to support his argument that the story in the Bible was not only possible but very likely the true story.

I read and assisted with the ebook as it made its way to publication and I must say I was impressed not only with the conclusions Robert made but also how he was able to explain how a Virgin Birth could take place and how the Three Wise Men were guided by a brilliant, huge star to the birthplace of Jesus. Often those two events are seen as stumbling blocks to accepting the accuracy of the Christmas Story.

If you're interested, A Christmas You Can Believe In is available on the website

While we are discussing Christmas, which is only one month away, I can't help touching on the political correctness that has developed overtime about avoiding calling the holiday Christmas in case we make those of other religions upset. Or, to display publicly a Christmas tree or the Nativity because someone might take umbrage. Canadians are very tolerant and there is room for everyone to celebrate the holidays relative to their own religious traditions. Or, even to dismiss them if they are atheist.

Those who come here understand from the strart that this is a Christian country founded on the moral principles of the Bible. Indeed, our first explorers of this country, who documented its beauty and riches, were Christian missionaries or Christian followers. These are our traditions and should not be open to question.

I could continue to write about our desire for inclusiveness but I believe Ben Stein, the noted American actor, writer and commentator put it more succinctly. What follows is an essay he wrote that is as relevant today as it was when written.

Ben Stein wrote for CBS in 2005:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees. It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me.

I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica (celebrities?] and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him?

I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.

While Ben Stein wrote for an American audience, his words can apply equally to us. After all, aren't we cousins?

That's it. Until next time. Or, should I simply say: Merry Christmas!