CSM reported The all-inclusive "Happy Holidays" greeting has become an annual December puzzler for towns, public schools, and businesses: How do we respect the holiday traditions of one group of citizens without causing detriment to another?
The answer is simple. If there are a significan number of Jews in your market area, have promotion for Jewish holidays. If there are a significant number of Muslims in your market area, have a promotion for Muslim Holidays. If there are a significant number of people that actually celebrate Kwanzaa (most don't), have a promotion for that holiday. And since at least 80% of your market area are practicing Christians, and since 96% celebrate Christmas, have promotions for that holiday, including not just Santa and reindeer, but also have nativity scenes, since it is Christ's birthday the Christians are celebrating.While Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and in some years Ramadan and Diwali, share the same season, last year's polls show around 96 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas. For a pluralistic nation that prides itself upon embracing both freedom of expression and the separation of church and state, the widespread public celebration of Christmas poses a unique quandary.
Why should it. The constitution does not say that Walmart, Target, or Sears may not celebrate religious holidays. (It does not even say that state or local governments can't. It just says that Congress cannot declare any particular church as State Church for the entire country.Guiding public displays of Christmas cheer are a patchwork of inconsistent, local-level policies - the perfect conditions under which litigation emerges. Successive years of legal action by civil libertarians have effectively curtailed the public promotion of all things "Christmas," giving rise to more politically correct - and judiciously safe - "Holiday" observances. In doing so, public officials and retailers alike have nurtured a well-founded hypersensitivity to the opinions of a minority group. But just when the scales of political correctness seem to be gaining balance, along comes a new backlash. This year, it's the majority group of Christmas adherents who are alleging a persecution of beliefs.
Good for them!!!!!After nearly two decades of watching community Christmas parades slowly evolve into Holiday parades, school Christmas vacation into winter break, and town hall crèches into snowmen, Christmas observers are revolting. Among the recent reactionary signs:
- More than 800 lawyers are enrolled for the third year of The Alliance Defense Fund's Christmas Project initiative, which supplies legal aid to towns and schools nationwide that face challenges to their traditional Christmas celebrations.
I wish them luck.Last year, the initiative successfully defended Christmas displays on public property by the town of Cranston, R.I., and the school district of Bossier Parrish, La.
And John Gibson wrote The War On Christmas
They should reverse their policy, and until they do, we should boycott Walmart
Good for them. The Congressional "Holiday Tree" is now a "Christmas Tree" again, thanks to Speaker Hastert
Good for them. Boycott Walmart, Target, and all other stores that do not promote Christmas.
In the end, the balance between sensitivity and celebration may always be elusive. A CNN/USA Today/Gallop poll conducted last year showed that Americans were evenly split on whether the public shift from "Christmas" to "Holidays" was a change for the better.
That must have been a very biased poll. I would like to see a real poll.Such societal ambivalence exemplifies how the masquerading of traditionally held beliefs with insincere modern sensitivity ultimately serves no one well. When towns hold "Community Tree" lightings, do we all - majority and minority alike - not understand on a deeper level that it is really an old-fashioned "Christmas Tree" lighting redefined for the modern, politically correct era? Is it any big secret that the $435 billion dollar "Holiday shopping" bonanza currently under way is comprised primarily of "Christmas" gift buying? And when school children go on vacation for "winter break," do we not accept that it will always occur during Christmas week? By softening the "Christmas" connection simply for December etiquette, we neither fully show sensitivity toward the views of the minority nor genuinely celebrate the traditions of the majority. We are left then with a sanitized holiday season, fraught with fears of politically incorrect missteps. Then, no one has a truly happy holiday of any sort.