It seems that every year about this time, the punditry on the right has to thrown in a word or two about the “war” on Christmas. Personally, I don’t take it that far – calling it a war is just a bit too overblown for my tastes, though I do find the fear of Christmas in corporate America to be alarming every year when the issue comes up.
Recently, there have been a couple of Christmas-related shenanigans that have caught my attention. First, a Chase Bank branch in Southlake, Texas was told by the Chase corporate office to remove the Christmas tree that had been donated by a friend of the branch manager. According to Chase, they aren’t anti-Christmas, they just don’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable or unwelcome.
This begs the question: what, exactly, about a Christmas tree, would make someone feel uncomfortable or unwelcome? We’ve seen it time and time again: employees required to say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas,” decorations that only say “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings,” because in our litigious society, corporations are so afraid that someone will be offended at the mention of Christmas and get sued.
The second case is an eye-roller: liberal NPR commentator Nina Totenberg actually apologized for using the word Christmas!
In her own words:
Well, these agencies, including the Defense Department, don’t know how much money they’ve got and for what. And I was at – forgive the expression – a Christmas party at the Department of Justice and people actually were really worried about this.
“Forgive the expression?!?” What’s to forgive? A Christmas party is, after all, a Christmas party. It’s not like she was going to a passion party or a KKK rally or something…but she does work for NPR, so maybe she was afraid she would be given the Juan Williams treatment for using the word Christmas on the air.
Frankly, I think it’s all a bunch of bologna – Christmas is a federal holiday, after all, so everyone should be saying “Merry Christmas,” because that’s what it should be! Whether you celebrate Christmas as a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, or you just prefer Santa Clause and giving presents, or if you just enjoy having a day off on the 25th of December, just have a freaking merry Christmas!!! We don’t need all of this angst over a holiday, and there really is no reason for it. It just so happens that most people in America celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, and since Christianity has been determined to be politically incorrect by the godless leftists, we all have to live in fear that some Muslim/Jew/agnostic/atheist/Buddhist/Hindu/Shinto/Scientologist will be offended at the mention of another religion’s holiday.
For the record, I wouldn’t be offended if a store clerk wished me a Happy Ramadan or a Happy Hanukkah, though it would be slightly awkward, since most American’s aren’t Muslim or Jewish. But at least they wouldn’t have to worry about me turning around and suing them for their offensive mention of a religious holiday I don’t celebrate.