The Brits have it right: forget Happy Holidays, just wish people Merry ChristmasWatch
p.s Happy Christmas, everybody. Have a smashing day!
How about, ''Happy SHUT THE **** UP!?'', and end this pointless arguement.
why should a state government be saying "happy *this religion, not others*" when it isn't meant to be guiding people into one specific religion over the other? if you're going to actually have a separation of church and state, you can't give preference to a religion like that, you just can't unless your reasoning is majoritarian, but the constitution of the USA isn't majoritarian, it's individualistic. it protects individuals from being subject to being led into religions from an authority of the state, which has the power of the police and the military on its side when it tells you "celebtrate this christianity holiday happily" (that's subjectively the message)
At some point, someone in a junior position, at a council somewhere, made a very, very stupid remark. Picture the scene - the council's November meeting, and all is quiet. When, keen to impress, Mr Junior Member moots the idea of renaming the lights "winter lights." His idea is struck down. But, quicker than a flash, a Daily Mail journo has heard of the goings on in the council meeting. Not wanting to let the facts get in the way of a good, and seasonal, "political correctness gone mad" story, they run it. The next day, we wake up to the news that Christmas is banned!
The council's pleas for calm are not heard. "This is not policy" they say. "We love Christmas" they cry. But they go ignored and we (well, the right wing press at least) look for someone to blame. They soon find a target. The Muslims. That's right - the ones who ruined every Marks and Spencer customer's Christmas. They have form - they are experienced bringers of gloom, well versed in removing all that is pure and Christian from this once great country.
But it remains the fact that the whole thing which started this was rubbish. However, it soon starts becoming reality. A few people are taken in by the story and believe it. Soon, it does actually start affecting the way things are done. My friend at work organised one of our parties this year. "Of course it isn't actually Christmas themed" he said, "You just can't risk offending people - you know those stories you read..."
And there is nothing we can do. No number of soundbites from some bloke at the Muslim Council of Great Britain, where they state the bleeding obvious - that muslims really don't mind us celebrating Christmas, will dispel the myths which pop up at this time of year.
It has just become a seasonal thing now. Every year, sometime in late October or early November, we are told that Christmas has been banned, thin end of the wedge, things will get worse, buy your burka now, hell in a hand basket etc etc. Then, every year, Christmas happens - like it always has done.
p.s. Been drinking since early this morning. If this reply is not relevant to the thread, please excuse me. Merry Drinkmas.