serge, on 10 November 2015 - 12:34 PM, said:
Here is the problem. If Danny isn't offended and every non-Christian I know isn't offended, why are businesses getting rid of saying merry Xmas?
My religion, which is Christian Orthodox observes Christmas on Jan 6. I have never told anyone who wished me merry Christmas on Dec 25th not to wish me merry Christmas.
I have lived in a country that is 95 percent Muslim. We observed and celebrated Muslim holidays because our friends and colleagues did. We never were offended by Muslim tradition.
I guess I just don't understand why saying "Merry Christmas" is better than saying "Happy Holidays." It's the exact same sentiment, but some people feel more included by the latter. So why are people so prickly about sticking to the former? Stores don't do it because they don't want to offend someone, they do it because they don't want to disclude anyone.
I work for a huge company. My office has a Christmas party, not a holiday party. That's fine! I go every year, and I often wear a Santa hat. It makes sense to have a party at that time of the year for many non-religious reasons, so great. We have fundraisers through the year to raise money so the party is free, extra drinks are free, and extra money is donated to many excellent secular causes.
My old office had a Christmas party too, but there were as many pictures of Jesus as there were of Santa, the donated money went to a Church-sponsored charity, and there was a Christian prayer before the meal. I didn't go to that one, and I didn't participate in the fundraising - it was a company-sponsored event that excluded me, which is something that a government office shouldn't do, and that if a private company chooses to do, they choose to do so knowing that some people might be excluded and may or may not choose to work at an office that excludes them in this way.
Long signatures are really annoying.