Kathy Mattea.nThe same sort of “fine tuning” is applicablento my observation on supermarkets,netc. Here in Rockford, there arenseveral local supermarket chains, wherenCHRISTMAS is the time when thenbureaucrats and judges who rule thenUnited States launch their perennialnwar on Christianity. A recent skirmish innBoulder, Colorado, may give a hintnof future directions the war may take.nBoulder is a secular university town withnseveral government agencies and “nonpolluting”ncomputer industries, run politicallynby a “liberal” machine. Its publicnschools are good in science and extracurricularnactivities, but mediocre to unspeakablenin many academic areas. Itsnsecond high school, Fairview (named fornthe view of the Rocky Mountains fromnthe school, not for its hideous “modern”narchitecture), has had an annual Christmasnshow for over two decades, organizednby choir director Ron Revier, antalented musician and conventionalnsecularist. For 20 years or so the musicalnprogram, a hodgepodge of seasonal music,nhas ended with the student choirnmarching through the auditorium hummingn”Silent Night.” For the choir director,nit was “a simple, magical moment ofnbonding.”nThe bureaucrats who run the publicnschools thought otherwise. In 1992, districtnadministrator Lydia Swice declarednthat humming “Silent Night” created “anreligious service atmosphere” and couldnno longer be permitted. (Note bene, lector.nThere was no religious service. Thenpeople who run our country are intentnon eliminating even the “atmosphere” ofna religious service.) Last year Revier triednto salvage his finale by getting his handsnon some repulsive New Age lyrics intendednto be sung to the music of “SilentnNight” while desecrating all that inspirednthat music. The bureaucrats brooded.nObviously, the desecration of a Christianntradition is to be encouraged. Therenwas, however, another consideration.nWhile the 300 students from six choirsnmarched out, singing this tripe, wouldnthe audience be rerunning in theirnminds and hearts the words a simplenchoirmaster wrote out of his Christiannwe do shop, as well as smaller groceries,nwine merchants, greengrocers, etc. But Inhave tried to persuade my wife not to gonto a certain Chicago chain with a historynof underpricing to eliminate competi­nCULTURAL REVOLUTIONSnfaith? The risk was too great. On thenday before the musical program in 1994,nQueen Herod sent down her edict. Nonsinging. No humming. Our rulers’ warnagainst the Christian tradition is totalnwar. Better silence than “Silent Night.”nThe night of the program the auditoriumnwas full, as it is each year. Revier’sntalented and committed students againnput on an excellent program for theirnparents and the Boulder community.nWhen it was over, the students started tonfile out in humiliating silence, a silencenmandated by those who run our country.nNo one knows who started it. As the studentsnfilled the aisles of the auditorium,nthe entire audience rose to its feet,nsinging. Singing the words of “SilentnNight.” The students joined in. The auditoriumnof Boulder’s Fairview High wasnfilled with words and music proclaimingnthe peace and love sent into this worldnby the only true Cod, the Father of ournLord, Jesus Christ. Glories rained fromnheaven above. Heavenly hosts sang,n”Hallelujah.” As a contemporary educatornmight put it, “it was a magical momentnof bonding.”nThe traditions of what Bronson Alcottncalled “civil disobedience” began in religiousnobedience. Socrates in his DefencenSpeech uses almost the same words asnSaint Peter before the Sanhedrin in Acts:n”We must obey God rather than men.”nSocrates did not believe, any more thannfollowers of Jesus do, that we ought tonavenge personal insults and injuries. Thenproclamation of God’s word is somethingnelse again. Christians have a moralnand religious duty to disobey, to defy, angovernment intent on suppressing Christianity.nEven secularists who want toncontinue to enjoy the blessings of civilngovernment and scientific and artisticncreativity, even of simple law and order,nmay want to ponder what George Washingtonnwarned in his “Farewell Address.”nWhatever benefits education may bringnto a certain type of mind, religion hasnbeen and must be the foundation ofnnntion. My real point is to tell people tonshop not according to my opinions butntheirs.nmeaningful existence for most peoplenand every society. Christianity pervadesnevery aspect of American society, evennof traditions that predate Christianity,nsuch as science and self-government. Itsndisappearance will bring, is alreadynbringing, chaos and tyranny. The regimenthat rules the United States must go, andneach American must do his part, even ifnat first that part consists only in raising anjoyful noise unto the Lord.n—E. Christian KopffnPROPOSITION 187, California’s famousn(or infamous) proposition to denynpublic services to illegal immigrants andntheir offspring, encouraged at least onenmember of Virginia’s General Assemblynto propose similar legislation in thisnyear’s session. The stout-hearted fellow’snname is Warren E. Barry, and he representsnFairfax County in Virginia’s Senate.nFor some time now, the rising number ofnillegal aliens in Virginia and the cost ofneducating immigrants in Fairfax Countynhave ruffled the senator’s feathers. Lastnyear, he introduced a measure in the assemblynthat would have required thenCommonwealth to calculate the cost ofnproviding public services to illegal aliensnand to establish procedures to reportnthem to the Immigration and NaturalizationnService. That bill passed thenSenate but stalled in the House, whichnestablished a commission to study thenissue.nThough Barry couldn’t get statisticsnon Virginia, facts and figures on sevennother states are available from the UrbannInstitute, which published a report onnthe subject in September. California,nNew York, Texas, Florida, Illinois, NewnJersey, and Arizona spent $3.1 billionneducating 641,000 illegals. Those statesnalso report spending $445 million onnMedicaid for illegals. Local municipalitiesnand counties such as Washington,nD.C., and Arlington County probablynspend about the same amount of moneynMARCH 1995/5n