There Is No War On Christmas

By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

There are a lot of Christians defiantly posting quotes on Facebook declaring they will not succumb to political correctness, or have their right to free speech denied, when they want to wish someone “Merry Christmas”. These statements exclaiming oppression fail to hold up with a little scrutiny.

The easiest fallacy to address is the free speech argument. If a person can continue saying something, i.e. the government has not restricted their ability to say it, they retain their right to free speech. If they are being criticized for saying “Merry Christmas”, or if their employer has instructed them to instead say “Happy Holidays”, they still retain their right to free speech. However, that right does not protect them from criticism nor does it protect their employment. A person can be fired for the things they say, even if what they are saying is based on their religious beliefs. If the expression of their religious beliefs reach a level where they can be mistaken for the beliefs of the company, the company can decide whether to allow that person to continue representing them or they can force a separation (aka “fire them”) to correct the misunderstanding.

When a person says “Merry Christmas” they are saying “I am a Christian.” When a business says “Merry Christmas” they are saying “we are a Christian business.” The implication is “we are not a business of non-Christians.” (It is also easily inferred “we are not a business for non-Christians.”) This is where things are problematic. An as individual, people have the right to associate with or shun other people on any basis. “I don’t want to be near any Muslims” is legal (as an individual), but as a business it is illegal to say or imply “we will not hire or do business based on religious preference”.

As for personal expressions of “Merry Christmas”, Neil Gaiman explained it best when he suggested that any time you see the words “politically correct”, replace them with “treating other people with respect”. Saying “Merry Christmas” to other people is not “politically correct” also means that it is not “treating other people with respect”. A person can say “Merry Christmas” to anyone they wish, but when they do it to people who are not Christian they alienate them. It makes them feel like the other person’s Christianity is preferable to their own religious preference.

For me and my personal beliefs: The very first story about mankind in the bible (of Adam and Eve in the garden) is a metaphor about choice. God gave man the ability to chose, man chose to defy God, thus forcing a separation from God. Almost every story in the bible is about a person (or a group of people) given the opportunity to choose. The choices they make determine the happiness they experience in life. I choose to respect other people. I choose to respect the choice God gave them in picking religious beliefs. If I know someone is a Christian, or if I’m in the appropriate environment (church), I say “Merry Christmas”. If I don’t know the other person’s religious choices, I don’t want to make them uncomfortable, I wish them “Happy Holidays”.

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