Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
Obsidian, you may call me small-minded if you like, but you know what? A small-minded man would likely miss the irony of his Chris...er, Holiday card
considering he is suppsed to be a Christian.
Now, let me help you out on your syntax a little. All denominations of Christianity worship Christ, not all religions. Since this is a
Christian nation, there should be no reason for the word Christmas to be excluded in the Christmas cards from the White House.
Maybe its best that the charade not be continued, though. Maybe it is best this way.
TC, I never referred to anyone as "small-minded." Fact is, the US is a country where freedom of religion is one of the key freedoms guaranteed by
the Constitution (important enough to place that freedom within the first amendement, along with the freedom of speech). The holiday of Christmas
denotes exclusively the holiday celebrated by all denominations of Christians, and while there are many, and the majority of US citizens are of one of
the Christian denominations, Christianity is not the exclusive religion in the US. In addition to Christians, we have Jews, Hindus, Buddists, various
denominations of Paganism (such as Wiccans), and many others. We all are entitled to the same rights and same treatments, as outlined by the First
Amendment. This being the case, why is it that the office of the President, the leader of this nation, should only send out Christmas cards, aimed at
only one religion (including all of its denominations) within the US? I think that a "Happy Holidays" card is far more inclusive of all religions,
and even of those that don't practice religion, but observe at least the gift-giving tradition this time of year.
Personally, I follow a non-denominational "pagan" form of spirituality, and I observe Yule at this time of year. I have NEVER seen a "Happy Yule"
card in a Hallmark store (in fact, I've only ever seen them of pagan spiritualist websites and small shops of a similar interest). This doesn't
make my belief system any less valid.
In fact, I find the notion of the office of the President, who is supposed to represent ALL Americans, sending out a card geared towards one
particular religion offensive. I'd much prefer to see a Happy Holidays card sent from such a public office. A Happy Holidays card includes ALL
Americans... not just Christians.
You have the freedom to observe your holiday, just as I have the freedom to observe mine. I hold you in no higher or lower regard for practicing your
own beliefs, and respect that you have chosen your beliefs for yourself. This doesn't mean that I have to be innundated with a Christian holiday,
when I don't even follow the Christian religion.
The position of President of the United States is a wholly secular position, and should be reflected as such with all materials issued by the office.
A card stating "Merry Christmas" isn't very secular now, is it?
We all know that Bush himself really had little, if anything, to do with the wording on the Presidential holiday cards. I applaud whoever it was that
made the decision to make non-denominational holiday cards that included ALL Americans, instead of just Christians.