That kind of political correctness is indeed going too far. Inyri Forge summed it up quite well.
17th June 2002
I have never in my life heard of anybody being offended by the word Christmas, Christmas decorations, Christmas customs, or anything else Christmas related. When I was at school there were two Jews in some of my classes who not only tolerated Christmas, but enjoyed it. The same goes for the multitude of Muslims who were there as well. I'm an atheist, as is nearly everybody I know, and none of us have a problem with Christmas. I'm not exactly sure who they're trying to protect with all this. But fortunately, it seems to be limited to America at the time being. No 'holiday trees' over here that I've seen.
SaquistMan Hangs Bound, Blindfolded Santa From Tree Neighborhood Residents Furious POSTED: 11:31 am EST December 7, 2005 UPDATED: 12:24 pm EST December 7, 2005 MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- In one South Florida community, a man's holiday decorations are causing holiday fear for local children instead of creating cheer. Residents called police and complained to the city that a house in Miami Beach had a life-sized, blindfolded Santa Claus doll hanging from a tree with its hands tied. Some residents were furious and said their naughty neighbor put jolly old St. Nick in a position that is not too merry. But even police officers couldn't save a Santa who was bound, gagged and hanging for the holidays. The owner of the house says it's freedom of speech. But his neighbors think it's the start of a creepy Christmas. Parents are afraid the decoration will cause a nightmare before Christmas for their children. The owner was not at the house, but Miami NBC station WTVJ found him at his primary residence. The man said the Santa Claus was an artistic expression. He said the hanged Santa Claus would be down by Wednesday. that's hillarious.... This just came on the new...
No, it's an asshole thing to do. Lets hang an effigy of Mohammad from a tree in Jerusalem. Would that be funny?
08'aIgnorance is not an excuse
28th November 2003
gameplayerabmI really think that the measures public schools are taking to prevent the stepping on anybody's toes are beginning to get ridiculous. There are increasing instances of songs being edited to remove words like "God" or even "holy" from them, and candy canes have even been prohibited if they have religious messages on them. Parties and events cannot be called "Christmas" parties, and the Christmas break schools have has been mysteriously renamed as the "Winter Break". All in the interest of secularity, right? OK, OK, all of the above I can stomach. For all of the above, it can technically be argued that such practices will promote a religion and therefore are unconstitutional given the principles of separation of church and state. (Not laws, as it's never in the Constitution, but that's another thing entirely.) But there is one instance that is entirely inexplicable. There is a school where you cannot say "Christmas"! The word has been officially banned from the campus!
Wow, I pray to God (heh) that we wont get that PC crap here. Christmas might have been a Christian tradition from the biggining, but now it's not, atleast not here. I don't know anyone who celebrates Christmas to celebrate the birth of Jesus, or even thinks on religion during Christmas time.
There's a difference between forcing a religion on someone and this.
USMA2010 No, it's an asshole thing to do. Lets hang an effigy of Mohammad from a tree in Jerusalem. Would that be funny?
Well, there's a bit of a difference between hanging Santa and hanging Jesus. Santa doesn't really have a religious significance.
No! I'm Spamacus!
17th June 2003
If you are going to celebrate one, celebrate them all or none of them, that's how I feel. Here Christmas is refered to pre-Winter break, with winter vacation coming in February. Easter is refered to an early spring break, with spring break coming a week later. However, we have many Jewish holidays off, yet none of them are given "politically" correct names. I have a slight problem with being too "fair" that you begin to exclude other people.
Well fine, celebrate all of them. Don't catagorically name them under one though. Holiday Break is just plain annoying, we all know exactly why we get it off.
I think we as americans take things to personally. We worry about what is PC to point of headache...perhaps in this way we need to emulate our british compatriots and just laugh it off
I'm lying when I say trust me
8th June 2004
Honestly, if an immigrant comes to a country that is generally 'christian' and has Christmas, then what right is it of theirs to be offended? If you're in a Western country, you have to expect this kind of stuff. In other words, if you don't like it, then go back to where you came from. If I was to move to Saudi Arabia, would I be offended by people celebrating Ramadan and other religious holidays? No, I wouldn't because that is part of their culture. Christmas is a part of ours.
Honestly I dislike Christmas now because its become such a comercial orientated thing now, even as a not particaulrly religous person I feel its a shame. Too many people these days are concerned with what presents to get others or what they will recieve. Christmas as far as I see it is just an oppertunity for shops to sell us more crap we dont need. To me Christmas is overhyped bull, sorry the good intentions are often lost under a Christmas tree full of parcels, if you want to spread good will and prosperity to all men do some frikkin charity work, if your religious Christ should be with you all year round not just during Christmas. As for it being banned or a touchy subject, thats OTT. You ban diwali your racist, you allow Christmas your offensive, thankfully I've never experienced the banning of certain things such as others in this thread. Anyway kinda an off topic rant, I dislike Christmas because I think the business sector have corrupted it but it should still be allowed to be expressed, mainly because it does still hold a religious value to some people, jsut like any other religious event should be allowed to be celebrated equally.