Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Parting shot in the war on Christmas

"Merry Christmas" letter to the editor, Valley News Dispatch, Dec. 27, 2005, page A6Today's Valley News Dispatch included the attached letter to the editor that strikes me as typical of much of the silliness in the so-called "War on Christmas."

The writer from Harrison suggests that someone has determined "what we should say at Christmastime." Without being able to name a single such person who has attempted to control her speech, she pronounces that whoever they may be, they are "idiots."

And why are these imagined controllers of speech "idiots?" Because the holiday has only one conceivable meaning to the writer. The urging to wish everyone a "Merry Christmas" is not based in any posture of goodwill toward humanity, but rather in an assertion of majority rule and an attempt to deny that people of minority faiths or non-faith have any justification for their attachment to their own holiday observances.

This attitude does not feel like the Christmastide I am trying to observe.

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Stewart said...

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