Around Town: “Merry Christmas”

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IT’S CHRISTMAS | The Holy Day, not “holiday”

This one has been around for awhile, but in light of a letter to the editor we just received from someone who was chewed out by a local store clerk for saying “Merry Christmas” – instead of the more politically-correct “Happy Holidays” – I’ll share it anyway…

To All My Democrat Friends:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

To My Republican Friends:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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4 Responses to Around Town: “Merry Christmas”

  1. js13 says:

    This is somewhere between ignorant and offensive. Let’s begin at the top. You don’t have “Democrat” friends. As a newsman and a “writer,” you should know that the word “Democrat” is a noun. I am a Democrat. JFK was a Democrat. It’s a noun. Democratic is an adjective, and it, therefore, describes a noun. So, it is the Democratic Party, they are your Democratic friends, and we will elect a Democratic president in 2008. Please take note of the relationship between these two parts of speech and use them correctly.

    Secondly, your little story has no specifics, of course. There was “someone who was chewed out by a local store clerk.” Well, that makes a good bit of sense. But, there is a larger issue here, of course, that you are ignoring. In many cases (although I will admit, not all) the shift to a more inclusive language is driven by businesses themselves. The free market, which those of you on the right swear by, is driving this shift. They want customers regardless of beliefs, so they make this change. Money, Bill, and the free market drive this shift just as much as anything else.

    I also find it rather telling that you find attempts at inclusive language to be offensive or problematic. There really is something fundamentally wrong with considering people of other faiths? I know what your response is. You want to claim that this is either anti-Christian or that these unnamed boogie men are attempting to keep you from expressing your faith. Is your faith and Christianity so fragile? I don’t know about your personal faith, but I do feel confident that Christianity is strong enough to withstand some people saying “happy holidays.”

    Lastly, you make the assumption that this is a division between Republicans and Democrats (see, I’m using it as a noun, Bill, so the above is correct. I did add an “s” because I am discussing more than one—that is called the plural). So, apparently the Republicans are the party of Christmas and, assumedly, Christians. Is this correct? Is that your claim? What’s that based on? It’s based on nothing more than your sad, sad stereotypical assumptions. I could go through the litany of programs that Democrats support that align well with Christian belief (like helping the poor) and the litany of un-Christian programs and actions many Republicans support, but it’ll do little good. I am reminded of a quote from Bush the other day. To paraphrase, he said he looked forward to the “true facts” to come out about an issue. People like you, unfortunately, have a fundamental misunderstanding of reality and think if you believe it (like the notion of “false facts”), it must be true.

    Of course, I am sure your defense is that you were just trying to be funny. I’m just wound too tight and can’t take a joke. Right?

    Well, you’re the guy running the paper, and this is the type of ignorant and offensive drivel you condone. It’s really rather sad.

  2. bhorner3 says:

    The writer of the above comment used a fictional e-mail address, so I couldn’t respond directly to see why he was having such a bad day…but at any rate the “ignorant and offensive drivel” he refers to didn’t appear in The Herald…

    Feliz Navidad!

  3. allteldude says:

    Both the tone and the litany of js13 is highly offensive. Sadly, this individual is apparently not a student of Christianity which espouses that individuals should practice charitable individuals and never asks that Caesar (ie Government) do so. This democratic, and therefore partisan Democrat, assailant misses the point. Yes, free-markets drive customers, but being forced into hiding for being a Christian even as we are asked to recognize secular holidays like Kwanza and the need to be sensitive to members of other faiths as our faith is mocked wreaks of academic espoused secularism.

    He mentions that Democrats support various programs that Republicans do not. As a country that is starting to condone such Governmental programs, they will turn more and more away from the Christian tenets that espouse neighborly behavior.

    It is simply astounding that such an individual could have such rhetoric. After 60 years of bankrupting the American government with entitlements and the war on poverty that now enslaves countless individuals as third generations of the welfare state how could this person be so blind to history.

    Ahh, but I digress. I liked your post!!

    And I thought it was funny!

    And, lest I forget, Happy Christmas!!! Wait, “Happy Holidays”!!!, wait, I mean, MERRY CHRISTMAS. (though actually steeped in many Pagan beliefs. . . . )

    But it’s the birth of our savior that we celebrate in our hearts and not the festivals and rituals upon which our current retail Christmas is based!

  4. jonbowens says:

    Kwanzaa, anyone?

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