Hanukah is a celebration of a Jewish victory in a battle in which the Maccabees, a Jewish sect, fought against forced assimilation. Change religion, or die were the two options. The Maccabees chose the third option: fight.
(This year it starts on Tuesday, Dec. 12th.)
When we celebrate Hanukah in America, we are also celebrating the establishment clause in the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. This clause not only protects freedom of religion, but freedom from religion.
Hanukah in America, also celebrates Article VI of the U.S. Constitution proclaiming, “. . .no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” No organization, group of voters, or political party has the right to require a test of faith in order to represent this country.
Today, Hanukah comes to remind us WE are the modern Maccabees, however we are no longer few in number nor are we without power or authority. The U.S. Constitution is our authority, and a belief in a tolerant and accepting God is our strength.