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The Rocky Mountain News has an article titled “Christmas’ Return to Stores” which talks about Wal-Mart, Target, and other leading retail chains returning to a “Merry Christmas” branding during the holiday season.
After an uproar in recent years from Christian Consumers, several retail chains have felt the push and decided to return to using such a slogan instead of the religion-neutral “Happy Holidays”, or as I read somewhere recently (and have since adopted to poke fun at the secularists’ dream of a politically-correct holiday season), “Christmahanukwanzadan”.
The return of the Christmas spirit: Wal-Mart on Thursday unrolled its holiday retail plans, and it is all about Christmas. It’s a far cry from a year ago when religious and other groups boycotted retailers for downplaying the holiday in favor of the more politically correct generic holiday season.
The trend has caught on: Macy’s plans to have “Merry Christmas” signs in all departments, and all window displays will have Christmas themes. Target is on board, too. Goodbye “holiday music” from last year, and welcome “Christmas music.”
I have no problem with stores offering decorations and gifts for other holidays such as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa—but watering down the Christmas holiday season so as not to “offend” those of other faiths is plain retarded. I don’t need a store to say “Merry Christmas” anymore than I need a Catholic priest to recognize the Book of Mormon as the word of God—neither affect my own faith and belief system. I couldn’t care less if the advertising and promotional items and products of a given store is focused towards Christmas or not. What I do care about is the neutralization of all things religious in our society, and the Fahrenheit-451-like dumbing down of anything that takes a moral or religious stance so as not to offend the diverse minority in society. Political correctness is absurd!
If somebody says Happy Hanukkah to me, I won’t be offended. If a store decides to advertise for the holiday and carry Jewish items, I’m not going to throw a hissy fit. Same with Kwanzaa and any other religious holiday. But removing all mention of Christmas so as not to offend a small minority of people is detrimental to their own business because by catering to the minority they are upsetting the majority.
The JBS comments on this news article, also pointing out the following:
In a related matter, residents of the city of Milwaukee will have a public Christmas tree for the first time since 1995. Beginning in that year, the city began calling its municipal tree a “holiday tree” presumably because that designation was more “inclusive.” This despite the obvious insult to Christians whose holy day the tree was erected to celebrate. Milwaukee aldermen Jim Bohl and Terry Witkowski were instrumental in getting the Milwaukee Common Council to give the tree its appropriate designation. “If we don’t have the fortitude to call the city’s Christmas tree what it is, then what do we have the fortitude to address as far as city issues?” Bohl told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
It is singularly appropriate that this occurred in Milwaukee, the most German of all major U.S. cities, for it is from Germany that we get the Christmas tree tradition.
Converting traditional Christmas symbols (which usually don’t even have anything to do with Christ… but I digress) into neutered “holiday” symbols is a secularist push to be “sensitive”, “tolerant”, and “inclusive” that I find disturbing and ludicrous.