Headlines I found from a 20 second google search:
- Brussles Bans Annual Christmas Tree Display - It May Offend Muslims
- Scrooge civil service bosses ban Christmas deocrations from government office for being 'innappropriate in a modern. diverse workplace'
When does it stop? We have Winter Trees instead of Christmas Trees, complete bans on seasonal decor, and traditional carols altered and twisted to not 'offend' folks. How is my Santa sweater offensive? How is a fake green tree with twinkle lights and little glass balls in a public space forcing Christian views on you?
|My front porch CHRISTMAS decor.|
I will meet in the middle - manger scenes depicting the birth of Jesus Christ can stay out of public spaces (IF and ONLY IF the people of the local community want that). But festive holiday decor like a lit-up tree covered in glitter and a life-size Santa are totally fair game.
Want to know what Christmas is about? The birth of Jesus Christ. He is the "Reason for the Season." We celebrate his birth on December 25th every single year of our Earthly lives and that will never, ever change. But as far as being offensive? I don't think wearing reindeer antlers covered in bells or walking down the sidewalk singing "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" is pushing any sort of religious doctrine on an individual: atheist, Muslim, Christian, or otherwise.
When I worked in retail, I told a woman "Merry Christmas!" as she was leaving the store. She replied with an equally cheerful and jubilant "Happy Hanukkah!" I did not immediately feel as if the entirety of the Jewish population was persecuting me. I did not feel likes there was a crowd of Jews waiting outside to bash my skull in with menorahs until I converted to Judaism. No one filled my gas tank with dreidels. In fact, the only thing I felt was happiness - even though I was wrong in addressing her personal holiday traditions and religious convictions, there was an equally amicable response to my well-wishings.
The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion. There will always be people around you with different views - and they have the Constitutional right to practice those religious views. No Christmas tree or Santa figurine, gingerbread cookie or fruit cake, has EVER forced Christian doctrine on a non-Christian... so your constitutional right to freedom FROM religion is taken care of there, too. Leave my cheery decorations and the Constitution alone.