This weekend, while watching the “War on Christmas” fights going back and forth on Facebook, I decided to research a specific line that I remembered using as a tagline …sometime awhile back. I couldn’t remember when, so I looked for it — and was quite amused to find that it had been 10 years ago exactly.
The line: “Why is it that anyone thinks they’re entitled to go through life without ever being offended?”
The story that tagged told of a boneheaded attempt to not “offend” anyone by using the word “Christmas.” I made a graphic of the quote and threw it up on Facebook; it’s below.
Anyone who is offended by someone wishing them a “Merry Christmas” needs to chill — just like anyone offended by wishes of “Happy Hanukkah” or “Fabulous Festivus” or whatever.
And certainly no one should be offended by “Happy Holidays” as somehow being “anti-religious” since surely everyone knows what the origin of the word “holiday” is, right? Right?!?
Complaining About Politeness
All of these wishes are someone saying something nice, so for someone to take offense and insist they “should” say something different is just being a jerk. Right?
Seriously: does anyone have a non-obliviotic argument to the contrary? Put a comment in below!
Maybe I hang around cooler people than those I see on Facebook or on the news who are all up in arms because someone dissed their religion by wishing them Happy Holidays (aka, “happy holy day”).
Saturday night I was wished Happy Solstice. Thank you! I’ve been wished Happy Hanukkah (thanks!), Merry Christmas (you too!), Merry Secularmas (heh! Thanks!), and more. Why should I be offended by someone being polite?
I’ll go so far as to say those who choose to be offended by others being polite have a problem, not the people doing the greeting. The world would be a better place if we chose to appreciate differences, rather than be offended by them. What a boring world it would be if we were all the same.
Then I punctuated my position on Facebook by posting a link to last year’s provocation, where I argued in my blog that we should Keep the X in Xmas. No death threats have been received yet, but sure enough, someone unsubscribed from True in protest: “I have grown tired of your blatant anti Christian views.”
So Happy Holidays to you all — no matter what holiday you celebrate. And if it’s “none of the above” then, well, Merry Secularmas! If you can’t hack that, then have a great Wednesday, OK?
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