December 23, 2006

"Merry Christmas"

All I keep hearing about this year is the War On Christmas, where people who celebrate this holiday are supposed to do so in the greatest of secrecy. It's become taboo for government, businesses, even airports to put up Christian-themed displays.

Somehow nativity scenes or anything Christian is the purest of evil and, like Janet Jackson's breast, cannot be displayed in public. A Menorah or a Kinara are suitable for people of all ages, and can be displayed by businesses or in public without fear of retribution.

There is no outcry to include Santa or anything Christian in these displays, the Catholic church does not threaten lawsuits if their holiday demands are not met.

For the past two days, I've been wishing "Merry Christmas" to the people I interact with on different delivery locations. Some reply, some opt for a safe "Happy Holidays" or "Best Wishes". In one case I got "Merry Christmas - we're not afraid to say that here!"

Now here's the lesson for this season: Today, while doing my laundry, I went next door to the local 7-11 for some coffee and a paper. I spoke with the lady behind the counter who's there almost every week. If she's not there, then it's always a gentleman, both of whom are Indian and don't celebrate Christian holidays.

Know what she said to me today? "Merry Christmas!"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened at the Seattle SEATAC Airport was unfortunate. I think the Rabbi would have achieved his goal if he hadn't threatened the airport with litigation if his demands weren't met. Even he admitted that his complaint back-fired. So, instead of getting a menora displayed, all holiday decorations were removed, basically ruining it for all the holiday travelers.

Personally, I think it would have been nice to see Menorah.

It should be noted that this "anti" Christmas sentiment goes beyond the display of Christmas trees in an airport. There is a minority out there that cannot abide anything that bears the notion of a higher being that may call them into account for their actions someday. This is the faction that got prayer removed from schools and tries to put the kibash on people from saying a prayers at graduations (Christian or otherwise). There have been attempts to get the "In God We Trust" off the currency, off the pubic buildings like court houses, removing a stone with the 10 commandents etched in it because it's a court house with a small group of people shrieking "Separation of Church and State" who clearly don't grock the concept of what that phrase REALLY means; get Christ out of archaeology BC and AD to BCE and CE; and out of old Warner Brother cartoons (Porky Learns the Pledge for example) and out of songs on the radio and out of TV programs.

So you see, it goes well beyond the Christmas tree.

It's a really sad commentary on where we as a society are headed.

9:42 AM  

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