Archive for Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Christmas, politically incorrect?

January 20, 2009


Editor's note: Today's letters to the editor are from Southwest Junior High students learning about persuasive writing.

To the editor:

All public buildings, such as schools, have been told to ban all symbols and icons that have any resemblance to religion. This also interferes with Christians innocently trying to get festive with the yearly celebration of Christmas.

The main argument against Christmas celebrated in public areas is that, “It is politically incorrect, and will be offensive to those outside the Christian faith.” Even the image of Santa Claus has been banned from such areas, and Santa Claus has much more to do with the spirit of gift giving than it does with the Christian faith.

The belief that Christmas should be private is completely ridiculous. The United States was founded under mainly Christian beliefs, it is absurd that Americans are making such a huge deal about the few people (Christians or not) who are truly offended by it.

There is no rule that if you celebrate Christmas you must give into the Christian faith. Many non-Christians celebrate Christmas for their own enjoyment, and not to express their beliefs. It’s a free country, and there should be no policy against getting a little festive when Christmastime arrives.

Jacob Hood

Southwest Junior High


Omegatron 9 years, 5 months ago

Instead of banning holidays like Christmas, how about allowing the observance of all winter holidays of all faiths in order to build religious, and cultural, understanding. I think that would be more PC...

SantaClaus 9 years, 5 months ago

Dear Jacob:My legal name is Santa Claus, and I'm a Christian Monk and volunteer advocate for the 2 million children in the U.S. annually who are abused, neglected, exploited, abandoned, homeless, and institutionalized through no fault of their own. As a Monk, I believe that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, not the crass, commercial, secular spectacle it has become in many places. I also believe that the greatest gift one can give is love, not presents. The United States (and many other countries) celebrate the birthdays of many famous and historical folks. Why should it be politically incorrect to celebrate Christmas? Please visit TheSantaClausFoundation dot org sometime and let me know whether or not you believe that Santa Claus, based upon St. Nicholas, represents a loving and giving spirit. Almost all faiths claim love as one of their basic tenets; so, I think it would be a tough argument to claim that someone like Jesus, St. Nicholas, or Santa would be offensive to someone who might embrace a different faith tradition. Blessings to all, Santa Claus

Leslie Swearingen 9 years, 5 months ago

Jacob, political correctness is a recent phenomenon and it too will pass. The thing is to treat others with respect and that means that Christians should be treated with respect also.

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