I've already posted about the issue, and linked to this page as well, but I can't resist this guy. People like him make me sick. I've reproduced his entire article here, for your viewing pleasure. His words are in blockquotes.
Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays
Written by Nathan Tabor
Thursday, December 22, 2005
What’s the real difference between wishing someone a ''Merry Christmas'' or instead, saying ''Happy Holidays''? Both are said in kindness, and meant to wish someone well during the same time of year. It seems that the two should be interchangeable, that they both essentially mean the same thing. Therefore, when someone takes offense to being wished a ''Merry Christmas,'' it seems like no big deal to just substitute ''Happy Holidays'' and be done with it. It may seem like no big deal, but it is.
A Very Big Deal.
Christmas is not just any old holiday. Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, and the teachings of good will and kindness towards one another that Christ brought to this world. We celebrate his birth not only to honor Him, but to remind ourselves of how we strive to live our lives of faith.
Ok, like I've said before, Christmas isn't about christ at all. At least not christmas on the 25th of December. Its all about the solstice. December 21, the shortest day of the year (for those of us in the northern hemisphere), is the reason for the season. The entire point of Yule, the ORIGINAL winter holiday, is the celebration of the imminent end of winter, and the coming spring's rebirth.
The majority of Americans belong to a religion or faith that believes in the teachings of Jesus. Why is the majority being asked to hide its faith for the so called ''comfort'' of a minority? Our country is based on majority rule (with some important caveats). While it would be unreasonable to force all to be the religion of the majority, it is equally unreasonable to ask the majority to deny its faith because a select few are uncomfortable. Yet, this is exactly what is happening.
Hey, asshole, the freedom of religion means we're free to practice ANY religion. Not just christianity.
We deny our children the right to celebrate Christmas in their public schools. They are not allowed to sing Christmas carols, decorate Christmas trees or even hand out candy canes with religious sentiments. In fact, some of our children have been punished, suspended, or chastised for doing so. What message does this send to our children? It implies that there is something wrong with expressing faith in Jesus. It subtly pulls them away from their faith, while at the same time promoting other minority faiths as being somehow ''better'' or more acceptable. Our children are damaged by these ridiculous practices, and it is time to put an end to the persecution of Christianity in our public schools. Christianity is the predominant faith of our country, and it should not be treated as if it was deviant or radical or even subversive. Yet, it is. It's a small wonder that our society is moving farther away from religion and losing touch with the discipline and moral code that religious practice offers.
Again, moron, seperation of church and state prevents ANYONE from celebrating ANY religious holiday in conjuction with government funded activities. Our founding fathers clearly saw the threat in allowing christian events in our public dealings, OR IT WOULDN'T BE IN THE CONSTITUTION. Allowing religion to pollute public schools, or any other government arena implies support for that religion. Religion has no place in school. In any school. Period. And who the fuck are you to say that minority faiths are less acceptable than christianity.
It is also interesting to note that many non-Christians observe Christmas. Has any Christian ever come out and condemned anyone for participating in the holiday without believing in Christ? Has any Christian group ever come out and denied a religious presentation in a public school by another religious group? Of course not. It is only Christianity which is repeatedly shunned from school celebrations. The liberal agenda is hard at work, making sure that Jesus stays out of his own holiday.
This is perhaps the greatest paragraph of the entire piece. It sure is amazing how many people celebrate christmas. Did it ever occur to you that those of us who say Happy Holidays AREN'T ACTUALLY CELEBRATING the birth of christ??? What a moron. Again with the Jesus is the reason for the season bullshit.
The fact is that the teachings of Christ are the basis for our legal system and government. Thou shalt not kill, (murder) covet thy neighbor’s wife, (adultery) lie, steal, bear false witness, etc. all come from the Ten Commandments. As a member of our society, we buy into these beliefs as true and sound. Therefore, we have a reason to celebrate Christmas even if we aren’t Christian, as we are celebrating the fundamental cornerstones of our society.
More ignorance. Our laws have nothing to do with christ or christianity or the ten commandments (otherwise they'd post the ten commandments at courthouses). They're based on the single pagan directive: Harm none, do what ye will. In other words: don't kill, steal, lie, etc...
What we lose when we generalize the Christmas season with the ambiguous “Happy Holidays” is the connection between Christ and Christmas. That is exactly what the liberals want us to do. They want to level the playing field and keep the minority in rule, instead of the rightful majority. Liberalism is socialism, and if you look at socialism or socialist countries you will find that they often do not allow religion. They don’t want anything to compete with the influence of the government over its people. ”Happy Holidays” is the first step in eradicating the most prominent religion from our society.
What can we do about this? We can remember to stand proud in our faith, and not allow ourselves to be browbeaten by the minority liberal agenda. We can set a place for Christ at our Christmas table, and make sure that our holiday is centered around the teachings of Jesus. We can take the time to renew our faith, and build upon the strength that our faith provides for us. We can greet one another with a boisterous “Merry Christmas!” and know we mean just that.
You, sir, are an excellent representation of what's wrong with this country. You are nothing more than a blind follower, too ignorant to think for yourself, because it's all been laid out before you. You can't help it, you were raised that way. It really isn't your fault. You don't even realize how ignorant you are. People like you are runining the nation with your ignorance. You represent your religion well, you're the spitting image of a christian. A complete and total pushover. You belive simply what you are told, and nothing more. I dare say that christ would think you, and those who agree with you, total fools. If there's one thing that should've been learned from THE MAN WHO WAS EXECUTED FOR BEING A TROUBLEMAKING RABLEROUSER is to always question, to never blindly follow the man. You who are so quick to call everyone liberal, forget that christ himself was a rebel. A hippie, if you will, wandering the land in poverty trying to spread the message of love and peace. If christ was the son of god, and he came back today, he'd probably be disgusted by the lot of you. I know most of us are.
The truth is, many of the pagan ideals are closer to what christ was trying to teach than anything being taught in protestant, christian churches today. Yes. I said it, and its true. Pagans are better christians than christians themselves. Without even trying!!! Never mind the fact that christ was, according to your bible, Jewish.
You say liberalism is socialism, I say christianity is tyranny.
For someone who professes to give his life for christ, you're a disgrace to the very god you worship.
About the Writer: Nathan Tabor is a conservative political activist based in Kernersville, North Carolia, where he owns a successful small business, and was a recent candidate for Congress. Nathan receives e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reproduced without permission, for the fair use of comment and critisism.
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