Fox News Host, Bill O’Reilly, has just announced that Christians have won the war on Christmas. His war consists of saying Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays.
He said that he is saving Christmas from all the pinheads who want to destroy the country by wishing people “Happy holidays.” He has called the greeting “insulting to Christian America” and bemoaned the “‘Happy holidays’ syndrome.”
Did he forget that we broke away from England so that we could pursue religious freedom? Where is the freedom for the people who don’t celebrate Christmas, who don’t believe in Christ? Are they not entitled to celebrate the holidays of their religion? Why would he call those people pinheads who don’t share his beliefs? Where is his tolerance? . . . you know, the kind of tolerance that Jesus preached, the kind of tolerance that said, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.”
We have a fair amount of Muslims, Jews, and Atheists in this country who may not share O’Reilly’s views. When someone wishes me Merry Christmas, I thank them and wish them a Merry Christmas. When someone wishes me a Happy Chanukah, I thank them and wish them a Happy Chanukah. When someone wishes me a Happy Kwanzaa, I thank them and wish them a Happy Kwanzaa. When someone wishes me a Happy Holiday, I thank them and wish them a Happy Holiday.
What difference does it make what words are being used to wish someone well? I would much rather be wished joy and happiness in someone else’s language and belief system than have to endure the hatred and bitterness behind the words of the people who share my religious beliefs.
When all is said and done, the holidays come once a year and it is usually marked by generosity and good will toward everyone. If the greetings of a happy and successful year are given from the heart, that should be good enough for all of us.
There is no war on Christmas. There never has been a war on Christmas. However, I’m beginning to believe that there should be a war on stupidity and warmongers, but that’s redundant, isn’t it?
It’s bad enough to be engaged in a war that you know is manufactured for political reasons, but it’s a lot worse to be drawn into a battle for no reason.
So, whatever your beliefs, have a Happy Everything.