So I got a few rather nasty anonymous emails about my post about Congress "recognizing Christmas".
I first want to say, HAVE THE BALLS TO USE YOUR REAL NAMES.
Secondly, for those who don’t see the "shoving down the throat" of Christmas. Take a step back. Ben Franklin, our famous atheist Founding Father, said we need to watch our for "..the tyranny of the majority". Think about that for a second. What does that mean to you, the majority?
Have you had strangers come up to your children and say "Have you been good little girls this year? I hope so! Santa only comes to good children."? Have you had your 3 year old burst into tears because of this? Have you ever had your child ask if we were BAD people because Santa doesn’t come to your house?
How about having your child announce that "my children will be Christian so they can have Santa come"? Replace Christian with any other religion. How would that feel to you?
Has your child ever looked at a Menorah and begged for one in your house? Imagine the reverse. Your child seeing Christmas lights and trying to explain to them that to light the Christmas lights MEANS something to Christians. It’s not all secular as some would have you believe.
Has your 5 year old ever had to comfort the 3 year old by pointing out that Hannukah, a MINOR holiday, gives the kids more gifts than Christmas? Have you had to explain to your children how it is much more fun to have Passover, Rosh Hashannna and Sukkot than just Christmas and Easter? (I’m leaving out Yom Kippur because, well, face it, it’s not a fun day for kids.)
And for those stats you sent me Mr. "George Orwell", 50% of Jewish marriages are interfaith? Yep, 47% of Jews who have married in 1996 are interfaith. About 33% of those marriages have children who are being raised Jewish. And the stat that 70-80% of Jews celebrate Christmas? What the hell are you smoking?
According to the 1990 National
Jewish Population Survey, 82% of Jewish households never have
a Christmas tree.
So yeah, being non-Christian in the United States is really difficult. It’s very hard on kids. One thing that we have learned from Hanukah is this, be true to who you are and don’t change just to fit in. What? You don’t KNOW the Hanukah story? Read and learn.
Yes, Christians are the majority. Yes, Christmas is considered holy by the Christians. No, I don’t mind people saying Merry Christmas. I say Merry Christmas back. No, I certainly don’t mind your Christmas cards. I have many on my fridge. But don’t underestimate what it means to others who don’t celebrate Christmas to have something so obvious "recognized". To some of us, it is another step towards making this a theocracy, not a republic.