The good people of Ozark have been whipped into a frenzy by tales of Christian persecution and myths of a War on Christmas. The heightened emotions and bunker mentality of those defending the Christmas cross seem to have wiped out one important fact: the cross violates the Constitution. Defending the cross is not defending your religion, it’s defending a violation of the First Amendment.
Liberty — a limited government — also requires a secular government. Politicians occupy an office. That office is given certain powers and prohibited from anything else. Just like politicians can’t use the office to promote their personal business and enrich themselves, they can’t abuse a public office to promote their personal religion. Our government simply does not have any religious power. In the words of Alexander Hamilton, our government, even the president, has “no particle of spiritual jurisdiction.”