Are the words Christmas Tree really so offensive to non-Christians that we must abandon them?
Why can the Christmas season and its various accoutrements not be referred to by their name? Does that mean that the various festivals of other religions (think "Hanukkah" or ""Diwali") should be called something else... maybe just "holiday"?
I don't like this at all - surely religious tolerance must go in all directions and we can all refer to our own special days in the name we know them by?
I don't find Christmas offensive. A secular government, however, which promotes one religion over another, I do find offensive. Citizens can call it whatever they want.
As I understand you, government should not wish citizens a Merry Christmas or Happy Hannukah etc and should be uninvolved from a religious perspective?
Is that not a contradiction to the fact that the country was essentially founded by Christians?
Or, we were founded by freedom lovers who understood the importance of freedom of religion and the importance of separating church and state.
I have no problem with it at all. I also have no problem with people saying Merry Christmas. My lack of belief should not impact anyone other than myself. Everyone should be free to believe (or not) whatever they choose.
I'm an atheist and I say "Christmas" and "Merry Christmas". It's sort of a fun big holiday of pretend for me. But I'm certainly not offended.
That's not the point.
Our government was founded to be RELIGION NEUTRAL. It neither promotes nor degrades religion. Still people want the government to fund different Christmas activities, even though it is a holy time of year for other religions, too.
I saw your comment that this country was founded by Christians.
It was also founded by Jews, deists, and even some atheists.
James Madison (author of the U.S.A. Bill of Rights) thought this was so important that he put it in the first amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ...
In other words, they wanted to keep the government seperate from religion. The U.S.A. was the first country to take this step; it protects all of us. It keeps our government from telling our churches what they can (or cannot) preach. It keeps us from being taxed in order to support a church. It also keeps the government from taxing our churches.
By the way, some Christian groups are anti-Christmas trees.
Thanks for stopping by - I understand your point to mean it is better to wish nobody a happy anything, particularly as government... I have been led to understand that shops cannot even put up Happy Christmas signage for fear of offending someone..?
You say absolutely right and I agree with you regarding to refer own special days in the name we know them, moreover Christianity is one of the top growing and peaceful religion in the world.
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