November 30th, 2006 06:04 EST
There seems to be a cultural initiative and imperative in America to subvert and undermine inherent Christian elements of Christmas. I say “seems to be” because the situation is not as it appears at first glance. We can see this anti-Christian agenda demonstrated in the common trend of substituting the religiously biased “Merry Christmas” with the politically correct phrase “Happy Holidays”. But how can America really be calling for or prefer the removal of Christ from Christmas, when statistics show that the vast majority of Americans still believe in God, are essentially Christian (in word, if not deed), in a country predominately based on Judeo-Christian principles? Obviously, the case has been misrepresented. I blame the media, who tend to exaggerate, and have spread the notion in their “news” reports, implying an undeclared War On Christmas, and against Christianity.
In truth, the actual complaints against the alleged offensiveness of Christmas originate from a vocal political minority— a type of special interest group-- with a distorted egalitarian agenda and media representation. Though I am no Christian and do not advocate Christianity--- not that there is anything wrong with it, suggesting that we completely anesthetize and sanitize Christmas of its Christian heritage for the sake of not offending people of other religious orientations is idiotic. Most of those non-Christian minorities who don’t celebrate Christ or Christmas realize and accept that no offense is intended, letting the majority do what they will without them, as is their way.
While a separation of Church and State is still in full effect, Christian aspects are imbedded in American culture.
An air of mundane neutrality permeates and pollutes our culture with a sense and sensibility of encouraging inoffensiveness, which we know as political correctness. Certain “liberal” people are insisting and insinuating that Christmas be made more subtle in its intimations and references to Christ, so that non-Christian Americans don’t feel invalidated, alienated or insulted.
It is ridiculous to insist or expect a primarily Christian based nation to stop being what it is or abandon its traditions, merely so as to not offend the minority.
Indications from the critics of a Christian Christmas are that being the majority is a bad thing, unfair to the minorities. But being a minority may also be interpreted as a bad thing, because they are subjected to the whims and predilections of the majority.
It works both ways. However, this is the proper nature of a democracy: majority rules.
When in Rome... and such.
Promoting the subduing of Christmas would be like saying that if the majority of people are against murder, then we should allow it anyway to accommodate the murderers. We wouldn’t want to offend or oppress them— as a minority, or hurt their feelings and damage their self-esteem, nor deny or violate their individual rights, or show prejudice against murderers.
Yet, we cannot deny that Christmas hokum is blatantly and indiscriminately arrayed virtually EVERYWHERE in public in this country each winter season. A definite impression exists of Christmas being foisted on us involuntarily, almost force fed into the community habitually and obligatorily. Celebrating Christmas— religiously or secularly-- feels mandatory and expected, with a saccharine sense of cultural indoctrination and oppression. The spirit of Christmas is almost a religion, a religious expression, in itself. Thematic Christmas décor is near impossible to ignore. Whether we're talking Jesus or Santa, we're getting it at both ends. But non-Christian and non-Christmasite minorities are just going to have to tolerate this traditional and provincial majority display of local color as part of the domestic package of living in the United States of America.
And most of them politely and gracefully do.