Since When Can’t You Say “Merry Christmas?”

The obnoxious, self-righteous Christians who use the phrase “Merry Christmas,” as a war of words to others when overaccentuate it in a loud, almost vicious, voice make me sick. I just want to tell them, “Calm down. This is America. You can worship what you want here. You don’t have to force it on people. In fact,, freedom of religion also means freedom from religion, so back up off me.” Instead, I smile and say, “Thanks. You too.” Or if they’re pushy, I’ll tell them, “Happy holidays,” just to entertain myself and to make them feel indignant. I mean, they want to feel that way anyway and it IS the season of giving so I’m giving them what they want.

I mean, please. Jesus, if he existed at all, was a Middle Eastern Jewish socialist. Would they have refused to wish “him” a Happy Hannukah? Christmas didn’t even exist when he was allegedly around. They have no need of getting all uppity and bent out of shape about it.

It has always been my view that people should represent their faith, or at least their humanity if they ascribe to no religion, and that the best way to do that is to let their faith shine through them, not to use it as a weapon and form an army of us against them with those who do not share their beliefs. Convert or die should have faded out with the Crusades. Can they just not?

For example, people love to joke about Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons who knock on their door to share their faith with them. People talk about mean things they say or do when they’re at their door and use it as an opportunity to prank them or say horrible, very unchristian things to them. Even though I don’t share their faith, I respect their dedication and appreciate that they want to enlighten others who may be in search for something to believe in. When they come to my door, I open it and greet them politely with a smile and tell them that I have different beliefs but thank them for trying to share the word with others. I offer them a non-caffeinated, non-tannic beverage as mission work is thirsty work and wish them luck on their mission. I’ve seen some surprised glances between the believers and some have taken me up on my offer of something to drink and they’re always appreciative that I’ve treated them as (gasp!) a fellow human being.

Practice and celebrate what you want. Or not. It is none of my concern. Other than hoping people practice peace and kindness. We’re all on this planet to help each other and are only on it a short time. We should spread sunshine, not minefields. Peace.

Steve Dustcircle

Recently, there was a rambling of a speech in which our president said that Christians would finally be able to say, “Merry Christmas” again.

Oh, the applause! You would think he had just freed religious slaves.

So, Christians weren’t allowed to say, “Merry Christmas?” Almost every time I step into a place of business in the month of December, I’m greeted or parted with a religious holiday phrase. It’s always been like this.

Maybe Trump was talking about the times others would rather not be told, “Merry Christmas.” I personally don’t care for it. I don’t celebrate it. I don’t believe in either of the reasons we have the season: both Jesus and gifts. I’m not religious or ritualistic. I either ignore them, tell them to have a nice day, or I tell them I don’t celebrate.

I’m not given to consumerism either. Why should I buy something for someone…

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