Christmas Banned by Purtian Christians

Christmas Banned by Purtian Christians

December 15, 2008 Commentary Religion 0

Few realize that due to Puritan influence in the 1600’s, Massachusetts banned Christmas.  The rationale behind this was three fold:

  1. The ritual reminded the Puritans of the Church of England, which they were escaping;
  2. They didn’t consider Christmas as a religious holiday as it did not coincide with the birth of Christ as purported; and
  3. The Puritans frowned on drinking, feasting and playing games – which was a big part of the Christmas holiday.

The law was only active for 22 years and read:

For preventing disorders, arising in several places within this jurisdiction by reason of some still observing such festivals as were superstitiously kept in other communities, to the great dishonor of God and offense of others: it is therefore ordered by this court and the authority thereof that whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing of labor, feasting, or any other way, upon any such account as aforesaid, every such person so offending shall pay for every such offence five shilling as a fine to the county.

So to all those proposing religious influence within our government by banning same-sex marriage, I say:

Merry Christmas.

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