Wisconsin State Rep. Scott Allen had a public Christmas message for residents of his state that went far beyond what was appropriate for an elected official.
Rather than saying “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” and leaving it at that, Allen told Jews, atheists, Hindus, Muslims, and everyone else to consider converting to Christianity, before rattling off a handful of Bible verses:
Merry Christmas. To me and my fellow Christians, celebrating the birth of our Savior, our Emanuel, well, it is one of the most important celebrations of the year. For those who may watch this who are not Christians, I invite you to consider the hope offered by the Prince of Peace.
For all who watch this, I hope that you are filled with joy and high spirits and that your life is full of festivity and rejoicing. If, like me, you celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, I ask you this holiday season to consider the words found in Hebrews 10: 24-25: “Let us consider how we may spur one another one in word and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another.”
My friends, we attain peace through love. This season, think of how you can love the people in your life: Family, friends, neighbors, just a little bit more. Encourage them. Fellowship with them. Our world needs more love and more peace. We do our part to make this world a more peaceful place by being more loving in our relationships. We gain strength through love. Hebrews 10 concludes: “We are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.”
There’s a pleasant message from a politician: I invite you to join my religion before you’re destroyed. The subtext, of course, is that he believes there’s something wrong with non-Christians.
Because there’s so much joy in a religion where your only options are eternal bliss or eternal torture.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter yesterday to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos regarding the proselytizing, asking for all documents relating to whether state resources were used to create the video.
(via Fox 11)