State sponsered Christmas holidays - unsecular? Watch
- 30-12-2010 13:53
- 01-01-2011 05:44
What if we simply called it "Winter Holiday" instead of "Christmas Holiday"? Would that solve the problem?
(If so, it's clearly got nothing to do with being a secular or religious country - it's just a case of semantics).
- 01-01-2011 23:49
I think it's a matter of tradition more than anything, not religion. You've got to have holidays. The way it is now makes sense because most people in this country celebrate Christmas anyway.
- 04-01-2011 18:43
It's a purely hypothetical debate anyway, could you imagine the backlash against any politician who tried to 'steal Christmas'.
(Original post by TheRevolution)
- 04-01-2011 19:42
Can any country really call itself secular if it makes Christmas day and days around Christmas a national holiday?
Doesn't it amount to the implicit state support of Christianity over other religions?
However if you are talking about a state that actually is secular - for example the USA or France or another country like that then yeah you maybe have more of an argument however Christmas is not only celebrated by Christians but also atheists and those of other religions. For example my Jewish friends receive Christmas presents on Christmas day. Just because they don't believe in the celebration of the birth of our Lord doesn't mean they don't celebrate the feeling of goodwill, happiness and peace, etc, that is present on Christmas day.
Thanksgiving is celebrated across America, originally it was for the Pilgrims celebrating surviving in the New World, but now it is time for simply being grateful - you don't have to be an Old Stock American to do that..