I have to wonder why some people feel they have to fight against Christmas. Oh, they don't fight against the celebration and gift giving necessarily, they fight against the word and the traditions. They want the word "Christmas" removed from the English language, I guess because it contains the name "Christ". But why would they worry about it?
If you're an atheist, you don't believe that God and Jesus exist. If you don't believe they exist, why would you worry about people who do believe it? I don't worry about people who don't believe that God exists. I feel sorry for them, since they have nothing to look forward to after this life, but I don't try to shut them up or prevent them from expressing their beliefs. So why do they feel a need to prevent me from expressing mine?
If a city somewhere in the United States wants to erect a nativity scene at Christmas time, why do you care? Seriously, does it hurt you? Does it force you to believe something you reject? Will it change your life if your city decides to do this? My guess is the answer is "No". Yet you complain. What is the reason for the complaint? Is it because you truly feel assaulted or because you just want to complain? I would guess the latter.
I was born to Christian parents and was raised in a Christian home. I believe in God and in Jesus Christ as my savior but I do not allow non-believers to effect my life. If you don't believe as I do - that's fine for you. I may feel sorry for you but I don't lose any sleep over it. Nor do I file lawsuits to prevent you from expressing your views - even publicly. So why do you fight me and others expressing ours?
I was watching Bill O'Reilly earlier and in one segment he was talking to the governor of Rhode Island about a Christmas tree versus a holiday tree. It seems the people of Rhode Island would prefer a Christmas tree. Anyway, at the end of the show O'Reilly was reading e-mails from viewers. One of them said "Mr. O'Reilly - as an atheist I must say I enjoy Christmas. It brings out the best in people and promotes peace and good will." That's not an exact quote but it's close. And he's right. Two things in this country bring out peace and goodwill... national emergencies and Christmas. So why would anyone object to Christmas if it promotes peace and good will?
Christmas has always been about caring for others and doing good things. How sad that some people would want to change that. Xmas just doesn't have the same meaning. Xmas doesn't illicit good tidings of great joy or peace. It illicits commercialism.
Merry Christmas to all of my friends and readers. I won't say "Happy Holidays" because it goes against what I believe. If you disagree... sorry.