"I will honor Christmas
in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."
- Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
the Kansas City Star, Kansas City, Missouri:
.... seasonal observances in the workplace and other public arenas
are being questioned more this year as some Christians clamor to “keep
Christ in Christmas” and recognize the dominance of Christmas in
In several cities across the country, there has been public debate about
whether the official trees should be called “holiday trees” or
President Bush and first lady Laura Bush have come under fire from some
Christians for choosing a “happy holidays” greeting card. The
tempest about the White House greeting card — fanned in part by Fox
News commentator Bill O’Reilly — caused Laura Bush to respond that
the president sends greetings to many who are not Christians, and that
the generic greetings were appropriate.
Retail chains also are being criticized by some Christians for
advertising and decorating for “the holidays” instead of Christmas.
The American Family Association, which describes itself as a pro-family
advocacy organization, circulated petitions pledging to boycott
retailers that didn’t use the word “Christmas” in their sales and
“Ask these companies why they banned ‘Christmas’ in their in-store
promotions and retail advertising, and they will tell you they didn’t
want to offend anyone,” said Don Wildmon, the association’s founder.
“They mean, of course, anyone except Christians.”
By DIANE STAFFORD, The Kansas City
I read an article posted on the American Family Association's website
regarding the "Holiday" cards sent out by the White House.
First Lady Laura Bush stated that the cards were mailed to people of
different faiths and were appropriate ... the author of the article
emphatically stated that "this is not acceptable!"
In other words, the only religion they want acknowledged and recognized
in the United States ... is Christianity.
To me, the bottom line to all of this
is not that "Happy Holidays" is politically correct ... for
that really has nothing to do with this controversy ... this greeting
speaks to "inclusiveness" rather than our differences ...
brings us together ... rather than separates us ... all of which the
Religious Right is against! In our personal relationships we know
the religion or non-religion of our friends and acquaintances ... and
can greet them appropriately ... but to the community at large we do not
... and I, like First Lady Laura Bush ... feel rather than
"political correct-ness" ... we are being appropriate and
respectful by using an inclusive greeting. Christmas
is NOT the birthday of Jesus ...
and this solstice holiday was began years before religion influenced
this season of celebration.
This year, Hanukah begins at sundown on Christmas, and Kwanzaa falls on
the day after Christmas ... all the more reason to use inclusive
greetings. Personally, I love all three holidays ... or any
holiday for that matter because holidays give us something to recognize
generally that is Good.
On my way to work each
day I pass a billboard sign for the Morongo Valley Church located in
Morongo Valley, California. The sign reads, "X Santa, Love
Jesus" ... proclaiming the fundamentalist Christian mantra to
eliminate Santa from Christmas traditions. Like
you can't love both? ... most of all, I
don't like the fundamentalist Christians attempting to make Santa bad!
Back in the dark ages of my life when I thought that God and Jesus were
listing my sins (mistakes) ... I always loved Santa because I always got
something for Christmas ... even when I knew in my heart that I had been
a bad boy at times during the year. Santa is a symbol of giving
and joy ... a fairytale for sure ... but one that captures our hearts
and our imagination. To my knowledge, Santa does not have a
religion ... or any particular dogma ... neither is he limited by race,
nationality or language. Kind of like God ... giving to everyone
unconditional love and acceptance!
So It Is!
Love Use Me In Its Own Good Way,