Well, here we are a week after Thanksgiving and already the usual suspects are beginning to attack Christmas. Their ranks seem to grow every year.
Whether it is the A.C.L.U. going after Nativity scenes in public arenas or private businesses instructing their employees to greet their customers with “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas,” the emphasis seems to be to de-Christianize Christmas. More and more the One whose birthday Christmas is meant to symbolize is an unwelcome intrusion to the commercial festivities.
Ironically, at the same time, it is more and more politically incorrect to say anything that might even remotely be construed as disrespectful to other religions. Look, I think we should be respectful of everyone’s beliefs as long as they are peaceful and promote goodwill. Just because you disagree with someone theologically doesn’t mean you can’t be gracious and kind and tolerant to that person.
One thing is sure if you’re not, you will be doing a disservice to your own beliefs. Wish me “Happy Hanukkah” and I’ll be honored. Have a festival that celebrates Ramadan, I may not attend, but I would certainly do nothing to infringe on your rights to your beliefs. That being said, simply make a place for my Christian traditions and celebrations.
I believe our Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. And so, let me wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.
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