People have been saying Merry Christmas for over 2000 years. Especially in the United States for over 200 years. Why has this expression become so offensive over the past few years? Does Merry Christmas offend you? If so, why?
No, it doesn't. It has zero religious significance, so why should it?
I AM a militant atheist and there are many things that DO offend me - creches on public property, 10 commandments plaques in courtrooms, religious mottos on our money and the pledge of allegiance and more, but if you wish my "Merry Christmas", I'll respond in kind.
By the way, just to start off not to offend anyone, not on purpose anyway, just thought this would be a nice holiday topic
I'm offended by the removal of the 10 commandments plaques in courtrooms, by the removal of the religious mottos on our money, by the removal of the of God the pledge of allegiance, and more...
Being offended by the absence of things... huh.
How dare the whole world not cater purely to my beliefs!
I think some ardent Christians are getting a lesson in what it is like to be a minority group.
Being not discriminated against and not excluded is the most you can ask for.
Well, then I guess our founding fathers would have really ticked you off..
If it offends someone then those individuals need to seriously get over themselves.
By the way, not everybody liked Xmas: http://masstraveljournal.com/features/b … ned-boston
It isn't offensive, but neither is it offensive if some person or group decides to say something else instead. (BTW it dates from the mid-16th century, not the birth of Christ)
I will often say "Happy Holidays", especially if I'm not sure that the person celebrates Xmas. If they say "Merry Xmas" to me, I respond that way, but if I initiate, it's probably going to be "Happy Holidays" unless I know the person well.
By the way, zzron: were you perhaps hoping for different thoughts from the terrible atheists?
Why heavens no Pcunix you horrible heathin. LOL You know I love ya brother! This topic just seems to come up this time of year and it has just always baffled me. What's the dang deal when it wasn't an issue even as far back as the 70s and before.
Do you see anyone here with an issue?
I see no issue. I see the OPPOSITE issue - Christians being offended by my saying "Happy Holidays".
Perhaps THAT is the real issue?
I'm a Christian, and I don't get how "merry Christmas" can be offensive to anyone. When someone wishes me "happy Kwanzaa" or "happy Ramadan" or "happy Hanukkah," I'm not offended. I smile and say thanks.
What PC police?
All I ever see is people who are offended if you don't say Merry Christmas--as if it is compulsory.
Hanging ornaments from trees is so pagan. People who object to the term 'Merry Christmas' have to much time on their hands.
That's why this year I've opted to tell everyone Happy Kwanzaa. The response I get from most people is "huh?"
I don't find Merry Christmas offensive. I don't find Happy Holidays offensive either. I don't find anything said in the spirit of good will offensive.
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Thanks for All you have done and continue to do for us on this site. Have an Excellent Festive Period and New Year. Take Care.
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