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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Do They Know It's Christmas, Chanukah, Yule, Deepavali .....

   By Emelius at 2:15 PM

      The Christians are going off on another tirade about how secularists and Jews are trying to kill Jebus again by trying to be inclusive during the holidays. This is a movement that was actually started by the FOX 'News' channel (aren't they supposed to report news, not make it?). It is in fact the Christians who are being separatists this holiday season by forcing their religion on everyone else. Saying Happy Hollidays and Seasons Greetings is not enough for them and for some reason seen as not including Christmas. I try to handle religion by being tolerant of all beliefs and ideas religious or not. The choices are simple, we either include every religion this holiday (including Islam), or we exclude them all. For me it is far easier to go with one simple message that speaks to everyone in one easy to understand banner. So Happy Holidays!

But the "keep the Christ in Christmas" contingent is particularly agitated this year over what its members see as a troubling trend on Main Street: Target stores banning Salvation Army bell ringers; UPS drivers complaining to a free-speech group that they have been told not to wish people a "Merry Christmas" (an accusation UPS denies as "silly on its face and just not true"); and major corporations barring religious music from cubicles and renaming the office Christmas bash the "end of the year" party.

"I think it is part of a growing movement of people with more traditional values, which make up the majority of people in this country, saying enough is enough," says Greg Scott, a spokesman for the Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund.


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