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December 18, 2004


The LAT reports that conservative Christians think it is tyranny of the minority for store keepers to say "Happy Holidays" in December rather than "Merry Christmas." Lemme 'splain; no, there is to much; lemme sum up: your festive season is rammed down the throats of every non-Christian in this country. Frankly, the only thing poor non-Christians like about December is (a)decreased workload and (b)end of the year bonuses. Making plans for Dec 25 is not high on our to-do list. If you cared about the "peace to all" aspect of your holiday, I'd have a lil more sympathy. But quite frankly, I appreciate not being wished a merry Christmas.

Now, does that mean I don't think you should celebrate your religious holiday? Of course not. I bought mi chavo Christmas presents and even bought Christmas wrapping paper to wrap them in. But give me a break. A few retailers recognizing diversity of beliefs should not be boycotted, they should be celebrated.

Here are some quality quotes from the nutcase wing of Christianity:

Our position is: If they want the gold, frankincense and myrrh, they should acknowledge the birth of the child," said Wooden, pastor of the Upper Room Church of God in Christ.

Conservative Americans feel ready to push back against "the secularists or the humanists or the elitists" who dominate popular culture, said the Rev. Mark Creech of the Christian Action League of North Carolina, which is based in Raleigh.

"It's a cultural war. We are in the thick of it," Creech said. "It's not so much an attack on us. It's an attack on Christ." ...

"I think the Christians are out of the closet," Coggins said.

Ed Jones, president of the Greater Raleigh Merchants Assn., agreed. This Christmas, he is more conscious than ever of "a conspiracy of leftist-leaning people that want to bring down traditional values in our country," he said.

Let me be clear: I don't mind getting a seasonal card that says "Merry Christmas" if you include a "Happy Hanukah" for me. And if you don't know me well enough to know to write a nod to my beliefs, you prolly shouldn't be giving me a card. I also don't mind the fact that Christians are truly excited about their holiday and it's a big deal for them and they like to decorate their homes, etc. Feel free to practice your religion. Just recognize that saying "Happy Holidays" still excludes nonreligious folks and doesn't in any way diminish your ability to celebrate the birth of Christ. Personally, I hope more Christians go back to their Bibles and read about the prophet I respect, who is also know as the Prince of Peace. Building a culture of peace instead of feeding the military industrial complex would be a great way to celebrate Christmas.

Posted by cj at December 18, 2004 12:59 PM


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