- Holidays and Celebrations
Congressman: Stop Being So PC
It's the time of year that is supposed to represent "Peace on Earth, Good Will Towards Men." In recent years though the holiday season has become a war instead.
There are those who do not honor any religion that seek to stop the celebration of Christmas in schools and government facilities/properties. They use the old standby "separation of church and state" as their argument.
Let's be honest here. The children in schools are looking forward to the visit of St. Nick. They are not dissecting the holiday.
Some people line up in the "freedom of religion" category and state that those of non-Christian religions are being discriminated against and insulted by the holiday.
Paganists point to the fact that the holiday was started as the Winter or Summer Solstice (depending on the hemisphere), Saturnalia in ancient Rome, Makar Sankranti in Hindu, Dongzhi Festival in China, and others. Click here for an exhaustive history of Christmas.
A Monk named Dionysius Exiguus created the B.C./A.D. system of dating based on the birthdate of Jesus. His calculations placed December 25, 1 B.C., as Jesus' birthdate. Nearly all experts now are of the belief that Jesus was actually born in March. So what. It's the date chosen to honor the birth of Jesus. The meaning is what is important - not the actual date.
We celebrate Presidents Day instead of having two separate federal holidays.This is another case where there is a convergence of holidays with the birthday of Jesus thrown in. This convergence has resulted in overlapping traditions. It's up to each person to celebrate in his own way and be TOLERANT of others.
Jehovah's Witnesses don't believe in celebrating birthdays. Are we going to remove all birthday-related merchandise from stores or forbid people from singing "Happy Birthday" in restaurants?
If you do not approve of 'Merry Christmas,' accept it in the spirit in which it is given and answer it in your own manner (kindly). For example you could say Have a Good Day, Merry Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah, say thank you or just nod. Don't get mad about it and don't prevent that person from being permitted to say Merry Christmas.
A resolution in congress that recognizes the importance of protecting Christmas from becoming another casualty of political correctness was introduced by Congressman Henry E. Brown, Jr., (R-SC).
"I am troubled by the growing sentiment that the phrase ‘Merry Christmas’ is not appropriate and I am worried that attempts to celebrate a ‘politically correct’ holiday season may cause the loss of some of the traditions sacred to this widely celebrated holiday," Congressman Brown wrote on his website, "I recognize that there are many religions that celebrate a variety of holidays this month and in accordance with the First Amendment, I believe it is important to preserve the right for everyone to worship as they believe. As a Christian, I feel it is also important that I have the right to celebrate Christmas and observe its significance as a national holiday and I strongly believe that wishing someone ‘Merry Christmas’ should never be met with disapproval."
The resolution expresses support for the use of the symbols and traditions by those who celebrate Christmas. Furthermore, it "expresses disapproval of all attempts to ban or limit references to Christmas."
"I will continue to work to protect the sanctity of this great holiday,” the Congressman wrote.
Our forefathers created this country on the basis of personal freedoms and freedom OF religion NOT freedom FROM religion. They were primarily Quakers and Puritans (some of my ancestors) and the concept of no religion would have been completely alien.