posted on Dec, 17 2005 @ 05:21 PM
Originally posted by BaastetNoir
true many other religions seem to celebrate something around this time of the year, but it was never a problem up untill now ? so i guess it for lack
of better things to do.
Actually I think it's because only within the last 30 years or so have we reached a point of acknowledging that America is a nation of many
religions, not a Christian nation. Non-Christians used to tolerate all kinds of official, government-sponsored Christianity, and are no longer
willing to do so.
why not Maerry Christmas AND Happy Holidays ??
why must the "Merry Christmas" be removed...
You, personally, can say whatever the heck you want. It's only when the government says it that it potentially violates the First Amendment.
I guess you might argue that this "Happy Holidays" thing is more polite. But like I said, it's kind of a tempest in a teapot.
my beef is >>> so in order not to offend anyone , lets offend the christians and refuse to mention THEIR holyday ??? typical idiocy of the
"politically correct gang"!
Well, there are two approaches nowadays it seems to me. Sometimes we avoid mentioning anyone's holy day, and sometimes we mention everyone's. (You
know, Happy Christmas-Solstice-Yule-Kwanzaa-Hannukha-etc.-etc.) (Including that Hindu holiday I can never remember the name of.) I find the first
pretty bland and blah, but it's what I do when addressing holiday greetings to my Christian friends and family. The second is cumbersome and I
don't personally do that, but am usually amused when I see it. I could see you being offended if it were acceptable to officially recognize
non-Christian religions but not Christianity, but that is not the case.
A few years ago, a the council of town in Georgia with a large Pagan population tried to pass an ordinance making some part of the calendar "Earth
Religion Week" or "Earth Religion Month" or something like that. A number of Pagan groups (as well as Christian ones) complained and got it
reversed. Why did the Pagan groups do it? Simple: a firm belief in the First Amendment. No government can be allowed to establish ANY religion,
and that includes ours. Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. If we can do it, so can you -- and you outnumber us (so far).
There is a very legitimate concern about Christians sometimes asserting religious ownership of our nation and culture. Holiday greetings represent a
very trivial aspect of that concern, and as I've repeatedly said, a tempest in a teapot.